Investees

At Omidyar Network, we believe market forces can be a potent driver for positive social change. That’s why we invest in both for-profit businesses and nonprofit organizations, whose complementary roles can advance entire sectors.  Our efforts are focused in four key areas: Beneficial Technology (Digital IdentityTech and Society Solutions Lab, and Responsible Tech), Discovering Emergent Issues (Exploration & Future Sensing), and Reimagining Capitalism (New EconomyWorker Power, and Impact Investing).

 

Digital Identity

Africa Digital Rights Hub

The Africa Digital Rights’ Hub is a not-for-profit think tank registered in Ghana that advances and promotes research and advocacy on digital rights across the African continent.

Bharat Inclusion Initiative

The Bharat Inclusive Technologies Seed Fund supports entrepreneurs solving hard inclusion problems with funding, expertise, access to markets, and mentorship.

Busara Center for Behavioral Economics

Busara is a research and advisory non-profit organization focused on advancing and applying Behavioral Science in emerging markets; with operations in Kenya, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Uganda, Peru, and India.

Cambridge Blockchain

Cambridge Blockchain makes digital identity enterprise software for financial institutions, while providing individuals control over their own identity data.

Centre for Social and Behaviour Chan

Centre for Social and Behaviour Change is an institution for behavior change in India, set up by Ashoka University and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. It designs, advances, and enables evidence-led behavior change interventions for low-income and marginalized Indian communities.

Digi.me

Digi.me enables the Internet of Me, where the individual is at the centre of their digital life, owning and controlling their own data.

Identification for Development (ID4D)

To enable access to services and rights for all, the World Bank Group launched the Identification for Development (ID4D) initiative to support progress towards inclusive and responsible identification systems.

IDEO.org Nairobi

IDEO.org is a nonprofit design organization on a mission to improve the lives of people in vulnerable communities.

Indian School of Business

The Indian School of Business is a pioneering academic institution that has set up the Digital Identity Research Initiative to study the impact of India’s national ID program.

Institute for Technology & Society Rio

ITS is a non-profit research center whose mission is to ensure that Brazil and the Global South respond creatively and appropriately to the opportunities provided by technology in the digital age.

Learning Machine

Learning Machine partners with governments, companies, and school systems to deploy secure credentialing systems that leverage the blockchain as a secure anchor of trust.

Modular, Open Source Identity Platform (IIIT-B)

IIIT-B is designing a modular, open-source platform to help countries implement a digital identity system cost-effectively, while embracing scalability, security, and privacy.

Smart Africa

Smart Africa is a bold and innovative commitment from African Heads of State and Government to accelerate sustainable socioeconomic development on the continent, ushering Africa into a knowledge economy through affordable access to broadband and usage of information and communications technologies.

Terbium Labs

Terbium Labs is a premier dark-web data intelligence company that provides unprecedented visibility into, and context around, an organization's data exposure on the dark web.

The Centre for Intellectual Property and Information Technology Law

The Centre for Intellectual Property and Information Technology Law (CIPIT) is an academic think tank based at Strathmore Law School in Nairobi, Kenya.

The Centre for Internet and Society

The Centre for Internet and Society (CIS) is a non-profit organization based in India that undertakes interdisciplinary research on internet and digital technologies from policy and academic perspectives.

The Collaboration on International ICT Policy for East and Southern Africa

The Collaboration on International ICT Policy for East and Southern Africa (CIPESA) promotes inclusive ICT policy in Africa. Based in Kampala, Uganda, CIPESA increases the policy engagement capacity of African stakeholders through research, advocacy, dialogue, and skills development.

The Engine Room

The Engine Room helps activists, organizations, and other social change agents make the most of data and technology to increase their impact.

The UN Economic Commission for Africa

The UN Economic Commission for Africa’s mandate is to promote the economic and social development, foster intra-regional integration, and promote international cooperation for Africa's development.

University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg

The University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, is a multi-campus South African public research university situated in the northern areas of central Johannesburg

World Economic Forum’s Platform for Good Digital Identity

The Platform for Good Digital Identity aims to be the connective tissue between public and private digital identity efforts and to spark user-centered collaborations.

Tech and Society Solutions Lab

Center for Humane Technology

The Center for Humane Technology aims to realign technology with humanity’s best interests.

Civic Signals

Civic Signals is creating new metrics to transform the health of democratic discourse online for major social media platforms.

Coworker.org

Coworker.org is building civic infrastructure for the future of work that enables people to connect to one another by sharing campaign ideas, stories, and data to improve their working conditions.

DotEveryone

Doteveryone is a UK-based think tank that champions responsible technology for the good of everyone in society.

Ethical OS

The Ethical Operating System (Ethical OS) is a framework for product managers, engineers, and those creating tech to bake thoughtfulness into their product process. It was designed in collaboration with Institute for the Future (IFTF).

Loris.ai

Loris.ai is a training experience that uses data insights and basic communication principles to build empathy in companies.

Responsible Computer Science Challenge

The Responsible Computer Science Challenge is an initiative incubated by Omidyar Network and co-funded by Mozilla, Schmidt Futures, and Craig Newmark Philanthropies to jumpstart and scale promising approaches to integrating ethical thinking and social consideration into technical undergraduate Computer Science education.

Social Science Resource Council

Omidyar Network is a funding two-year initiative with the international, independent nonprofit Social Science Research Council (SSRC) to examine social media’s role in elections and democracy.

WaitWhat

Should This Exist? is a WaitWhat original podcast series where host Caterina Fake asks big questions about tech and humanity.

Zebras Unite

Zebras Unite is building a movement to counter existing startup and venture capital culture.

Impact Investing

Bridges Fund Management

Bridges Fund Management is a specialist private equity fund manager focused exclusively on sustainable and impact investment.

Elevar Equity

Elevar Equity, a human centered equity firm, invests in transformative and scalable ventures focused on underserved customers in low income communities.

European Venture Philanthropy Association

The European Venture Philanthropy Association is a leading network of impact-minded, cross-sector investors, philanthropists, and foundations.

Global Impact Investing Network

The Global Impact Investing Network is dedicated to accelerating change by increasing the scale and effectiveness of the impact investing industry.

Nesta

Nesta is a leading impact investor in the UK that has built a portfolio of funds, incubators, and advisory firms to help bring innovative ideas to life.

Pymwymic

Pymwymic is the largest, most active, and longest-standing organization of impact investors in Europe.

Social Finance UK

Social Finance UK partners with government, the social sector, and finance to mobilize private capital and help solve social challenges around the world.

Social Finance US

Social Finance US designs public-private partnerships to address social challenges and support an ecosystem for Pay for Success programs across the country.

The ImPact

The ImPact supports a global network of philanthropic families with the resources they need to make more impact investments, track outcomes, and share knowledge.

Toniic LLC

Toniic is an action-oriented community of impact investors that aims to increase the velocity of money and services into investments that address global challenges.

Market Building

Co-Creation Hub

Co-Creation Hub is a multi-functional, multi-purpose space in Nigeria that is dedicated to catalyzing creative social tech ventures.

Dasra

Dasra is India's leading strategic philanthropy foundation working with philanthropists and social entrepreneurs to create large scale social change.

Endeavor

Endeavor supports high-impact entrepreneurs in emerging markets, helping to create jobs, generate wealth, and champion the next generation of business leaders.

IGNIA

IGNIA is a venture capital investment firm that supports promising, scalable enterprises serving the needs of low-income populations in Latin America.

The Bridgespan Group

The Bridgespan Group aims to strengthen nonprofit leadership by providing an information marketplace that connects nonprofits to senior-management talent.

Early Innovation

Crisis Text Line

Crisis Text Line offers free, 24/7 support for people in crisis via text.

dr. consulta

dr. consulta is a network of low-cost, high-quality outpatient medical clinics in Brazil.

Giraffe

Giraffe is an online marketplace that uses mobile technology to connect medium-skilled workers to job opportunities and helps businesses to reduce recruitment costs and to find suitable candidates quicker.

Hotels.ng

Hotels.ng is the largest online hotel booking platform in Nigeria, connecting consumers to more than 7,000 small and medium hotels, most with no prior digital presence.

iMerit

iMerit addresses the global demand for high-quality, entry-level IT work by leveraging lower-cost rural staff who are trained by Anudip Foundation.

Kalibrr

Kalibrr expands access to job opportunities through an innovative online recruitment and talent management platform.

SONG Investment Company

SONG Investment Company is an investment fund that backs high-quality, scalable small and medium-sized businesses in India.

Alumni Investees

Ananda Ventures

Ananda Ventures is the first pan-European social venture fund providing financial capital and advisory expertise to social enterprises.

Ashoka

Ashoka promotes social change by connecting a global network of entrepreneurs.

Boulder Institute of Microfinance

Boulder Institute of Microfinance promotes critical thinking and professional development to advance microfinance.

d.light design

d.light design develops high-quality, affordable, and innovative solar-powered consumer products for families without access to reliable electricity.

Ethical Hacking Initiative

Omidyar Network worked with Major League Hacking on an Ethical Hacking Initiative that inspired more than 3,000 collegiate hackers to consider the potential unintended consequences of their hacks.

Ethics in Technology Practice

The Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University produced and tested a suite of materials to help tech companies embed ethical considerations into their development processes.

Ethos Water

Ethos Water helps children around the world gain access to clean water.

Global Data Ethics Pledge

Omidyar Network partnered with Data for Democracy to create and scale a Hippocratic Oath for data scientists.

Global Innovation Fund

The Global Innovation Fund invests in evidence-based innovations generating large-scale social impact around the world.

JoziHub

JoziHub is Johannesburg’s first technology incubator dedicated to developing sustainable social change through collaboration and innovation.

KaBOOM!

KaBOOM! mobilizes and engages communities to provide playspaces for their children.

Living Goods

Living Goods operates a network of community health entrepreneurs who sell effective, essential health products to the poor at affordable prices.

PeerToPatent

PeerToPatent revolutionizes the patent system by opening the process to public participation.

SeaChange

SeaChange encourages effectiveness in philanthropy by connecting high-quality nonprofits and funders.

TechEquity Collaborative

The TechEquity Collaborative is engaging the tech community to build a more equitable and inclusive twenty-first century economy.

Virgin Money

Virgin Money enables lending between friends, relatives, and other private parties.

WITNESS

WITNESS leverages the power of technology to combat human rights abuses worldwide.