OpenGrants is run by an experienced and passionate team of entrepreneurs, technologists and philosophers. We believe that, if done right, a business can be an effective catalyst for lasting change. Our past experiences exposed major challenges with grant funding, so we’re building the tools and community to solve them. It’s not an easy path, and not a typical company. Our mission—build modern infrastructure for public funding to massively improve the efficiency and equity of those funds—is what drives us every day.
To empower people around the globe with access to grant funding resources.
To deploy modern financial infrastructure to support efficient, equitable, and transparent grant funding processes.
Organize the ecosystem of funders, recipients and consultants. Set standards for the market. Empower decision makers with the data they need to intelligently design funding programs.
- Be Honest
- Question Everything
- Maximize Value
- Don’t Be An A**hole
OpenGrants was launched in 2018 with investment from friends and family. We have since raised additional funding from a variety of institutional and independent investors. OpenGrants continues to raise capital via the CAFE (Continuous Agreement for Future Equity). Meet our investors and discover the OpenGrants investment community.
Technology and science will continue to advance exponentially in the labs and research institutions of the world. This constant drive for advancement is in our nature, and unless there’s a catastrophe, it won’t be stopped.
Unfortunately, the infrastructure that holds up our society was not designed to keep up with today’s pace of change. Our education systems, economic models, and cultural norms are buckling under the pressure of a world that looks completely different than it did just 20 years ago. A global pandemic has exposed the cracks that have been spreading for decades.
Nowhere are these cracks deeper than in our government, where hardworking bureaucrats do their best to distribute billions of dollars in taxpayer money—money that’s earmarked to improve our societal condition—using PDFs, Excel, and often educated guesswork.
The core issues include outdated technology, lack of data, and poor communication tools. Because of these issues, public funding is indisputably inefficient, ineffective, and inequitable. As entrepreneurs and technologists, we cannot in good conscience sit back and let it continue.
Fortunately, the scenario is primed for action. Never before has technology been more available, affordable, secure, and scalable. Never before has the government been so hungry for—and open to—new solutions. And never before has society so blatantly witnessed systemic issues be exacerbated by outdated infrastructure.
The future of prosperity depends on our ability to bring an intelligent external solution into government. We must build deep partnerships across the public sector, leverage enterprise-class technology to build software and data management tools that fit the needs and pace of modern day society, and effectively integrate these two disparate worlds.
All of this must happen quickly if we hope to give the next generation any shot at tackling their own challenges. This is our massive transformative purpose. This is why we’re here.