The Social Entrepreneurs' Fund

Increasing Access, Unlocking Growth.

At the Social Entrepreneurs’ Fund, we aspire to build a world with greater access, opportunity, and shared prosperity. We believe that addressing the needs of all individuals in this country, not just the top 10%, is more than a moral imperative – it’s a compelling business opportunity that's been severely overlooked. We invest in founders who share our vision.

Volunteers unload donated food at Serafina Food Pantry, a social service in Austin that portfolio company Aunt Bertha connects to individuals in need.

A New Reality

Today, Americans face overwhelming adversity, across financial security, rising healthcare costs, and high cost of poverty.

Our Approach

TSEF's portfolio breaks down barriers perpetuating income inequality, while addressing broad market needs.

Lack of Financial Security

40% of Americans cannot cover an unexpected $400 expense. One out of every five Americans is not able to pay their current monthly bills.

FinTech

Increasing access to productive financial products and lowering the transaction costs of everyday financial actions.

Increased Healthcare Costs

National health expenditures have increased 1000%+ per capita since 1979. Over 25% of adults skipped necessary medical care in 2017 because they couldn’t afford it.

HealthTech

Increasing the quality of care and positive outcomes and lowering the cost of medical services for low-to-moderate-income Americans.

High Cost of Poverty

Lowest earning Americans spend a disproportionate amount of income on food, housing, and other basic products and services. Low earners spend nearly 3x more the average American on transportation.

Human Services Tech

Increasing access to social services, as well as helping Americans find access to meaningful employment.

Investing for good.

We’re here to protect our founders’ mission-driven vision while we help their businesses scale, never trading one for the other. And we’ve been at this a while – since 2012 – so we have a track record of making social innovation profitable.

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"We started Alice to make pretax spending that actually works for hourly workers. With Alice, employees can raise their take-home pay when they spend on commuting, healthcare, and childcare, giving themselves as much as a $2.00 an hour raise while helping their employer save on payroll taxes."
Avi Karnani, CEO & Founder, Alice
"My mission is to aid in making foodcare and healthcare more personalized and prevention-oriented, to help people of all backgrounds live a happier, higher quality of life."
Jason Langheier MD, MPH, Founder & CEO, Foodsmart
"My mission is to remove English as a barrier to educational and career opportunities for immigrants, refugees, and other limited English proficiency learners in the US. We help our learners get high-value jobs, advocate for themselves, and support their families."
Katie Nielson, Founder, Chief Education Officer, Voxy Engen
"At Cushion, our goal is to democratize access to financial help, not just financial advice - enabling consumers to waste less money, save more, and live financially healthier lives."
Paul Kesserwani, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Cushion
"We want to build a seamless, integrated, aggregated gig economy platform that would help gig workers have the same type of financial security that 9–5ers have."
Hantz Févry, Co-Founder, Chief Executive Officer, Stoovo
"We recognize that the future of work is constantly evolving due to rapid technology and labor-force advancements, and we want to enable people to gain the skills they need to succeed—without burying themselves in debt."
Angela Ceresnie, Chief Executive Officer, Climb Credit
I do this work because I believe we can repair the broken parts of the safety net and prevent unnecessary suffering.
Erine Gray, CEO and Founder, Aunt Bertha
"We started Alice to make pretax spending that actually works for hourly workers. With Alice, employees can raise their take-home pay when they spend on commuting, healthcare, and childcare, giving themselves as much as a $2.00 an hour raise while helping their employer save on payroll taxes."
Avi Karnani, CEO & Founder, Alice
"My mission is to aid in making foodcare and healthcare more personalized and prevention-oriented, to help people of all backgrounds live a happier, higher quality of life."
Jason Langheier MD, MPH, Founder & CEO, Foodsmart

Dedicated to making a difference.

Our team of experts has a broad range of experiences and perspectives while always sharing the same goal: to drive long-term change in underserved communities.

Liz Luckett

Founder & Managing Partner

Michael Presser

Senior Associate

Janaki Narayanan

Analyst

Rashid Galadanci

Venture Partner

Lara Metcalf

Venture Partner

We want to work with you to build a better future.

Find out how you can make an impact where it matters to you most. For press and general inquiries, you can contact us here.

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