Schmidt Futures

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Schmidt Futures is a philanthropic initiative that finds exceptional people and helps them do more for others together. The organization knits talent into networks, bets on the most promising ideas through diverse forms of competition and support, and equips people to scale through partners and modern tools, advancing platforms to scale the highest-risk, highest-return ideas for public benefit. Schmidt Futures uses a broad set of tools—gifts, grants, investments, and startup activity—for charitable, educational, and commercial efforts with a public purpose. The initiative brings together the efforts of various entities to improve their potential impact by making diverse types of capital available to the efforts they support.


  • Schmidt Futures focuses and mobilizes networks of talent to solve specific problems in science and society.

  • The organization connects fields, bringing multiple types of capital to bear, and applying modern tools and technology.