Pivotal Ventures is an investment and incubation company created by Melinda Gates.  We partner with organizations and individuals who share our urgency for social progress in the United States.  Together, we grow understanding around issues, expand participation, encourage cooperation and fuel new approaches that substantially improve people's lives.


We support partners advancing progress for women and families in the United States.

We analyze where and why progress has stalled and look for opportunities where investment can help accelerate momentum. Our strategies are guided by data, experts and those with lived experience in our focus areas. We use both philanthropic and investment capital to fund transformational ideas, people and organizations.

We take two approaches to investment:

Seeding innovation

We believe transformational ideas come from everywhere – from people and places that might be overlooked, underfunded or closest to the issues themselves. We are eager to invest in early-stage, untested and/or provocative approaches if we believe they create a path to impact at scale.

Advancing the field and accelerating best practices

We believe progress happens faster when partners align toward a common objective. We bolster the capacity of existing partners and attract new talent into underfunded spaces. We also identify and encourage the adoption of proven approaches to progress in our areas of interest.


"I believe that every individual should have an equal opportunity to be heard and contribute, because it will lead to greater innovation and a better world for all of us. I created Pivotal Ventures to help drive the progress I know is possible."

Melinda Gates

Melinda Gates is a philanthropist, businesswoman and global advocate for women and girls.  As co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Melinda sets the direction and priorities of the world's largest philanthropy.  She created Pivotal Ventures in 2015 as a separate, independent organization to identify, help develop and implement innovative solutions to problems affecting U.S. women and families.

Visit Evoke, an online community of optimists hosted by Melinda.  Evoke is a place to start conversations, amplify new voices and forge stronger bonds between change-makers.

We are a team of strategists, investors, planners, communicators and implementors. We are optimistic about the future and motivated by our partners' work to help shape it. We push fresh thinking forward. We reward experimentation and urgency for progress. We measure success both in the size of our aspirations and our ability to enable partners to turn ideas into actions with measurable outcomes.