About Pivotal Ventures

About Pivotal

Pivotal Ventures is an investment and incubation company created by Melinda French Gates to advance social progress in the United States, enabling better lives for more people.

We believe that every individual should have an equal opportunity to improve their life and the lives of others. Equality is a precondition for social progress, but equality alone is not enough. While everyone may one day have the same access to opportunities, many will continue to confront political, cultural and institutional obstacles simply because of who they are. We envision a world where all individuals have a chance to contribute, participate, and live a better life. Which is why we’re pushing for a more equitable country—one that works for everyone, equally, because at Pivotal, we believe removing the barriers that hold people back improves life for all.


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

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We take two approaches to investment:

We Seed Innovation
We believe transformational ideas come from everywhere. We invest in early-stage, untested or provocative approaches that create a path to impact at scale.

We Advance the Field
We support emerging and existing leaders, build capacity and drive alignment toward common goals.


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.

Learn more about our founder, Melinda French Gates.

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