Founded by Dr. Gary K. Michelson, the Michelson 20MM Foundation supports and invests in leading edge entrepreneurs, technologies, models, and initiatives with the potential to improve postsecondary access, affordability, and efficacy. 


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Impact Investments

Impact investments provide a structured vehicle for Michelson 20MM to deploy intelligent, patient capital to entrepreneurs and for-profit, sustainable startups that are mission aligned with the foundation's broader philanthropic goals.

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The foundation provides a limited number of grants to support nonprofit organizations with new or existing programs that address our impact goals. Grants are evaluated case by case and rigorously vetted by our team for overall impact potential and mission alignment.

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All 20MM investments must provide data and metrics that can potentially support current or future technology-centered public policy recommendations that improve affordability, access, and efficacy in higher education



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Michelson Runway is the world's first social impact accelerator dedicated to supporting innovations in higher and alternative education.

The accelerator is a joint venture between the Michelson 20MM Foundation and Runway, an established startup incubator located in the heart of Market Street on the 4th floor of Twitter's SF headquarters building. 

To learn more about Michelson Runway, visit the website at