The UnaMesa Association is a 501(c)(3) public charity formed in 2006 under the leadership of Greg Wolff following a fellowship at Stanford University in the Reuters Digital Vision program for Social Entrepreneurs. A Silicon Valley technologists with deep expertise in machine learning and psychology, Greg recognized two fundamental challenges for social innovations:
- Silicon Valley does a terrible job of creating innovations in healthcare, education and social services because markets (and therefore Venture Capital) does not value community or relationships.
- Secondly, smart, dedicated, skilled entrepreneurs who identify a social need and promising solution often fail because they expend all their time and energy starting a non-profit and raising money before they can demonstrate value in the real world.
UnaMesa provides a fast track for social entrepreneurs to put their ideas into practice. Success is measured in strengthening communities and creating caring interactions with scalable innovations. In the long run, UnaMesa and our network of innovators seek to catalyze a new approach to valuing relationships and meaningful interactions -- enabling an ecosystem of innovations driven by Social Capital that operates on par with the transactional world of Venture Capital.
654 Gilman St
Palo Alto, CA 94301
EIN number: 20-5643483
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C/O Infrastructure Group
1900 Embarcardero Suite 109
Palo Alto, CA 94303
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Launched in 2015 to close the opportunity gap by connecting students to out of school learning experiences. InPlay now serves over 10,000 families each year and is continuing to grow and partner with school districts and counties.
- Precision Health Equity Initiative
launched in 2023 to help translate digital health innovations into better, more equitable healthcare with an emphasis on early detection and early intervention of serious health conditions. Initial focus areas include cancer screening, maternal wellbeing, and elder care.
- Recent Graduates
The Magical Bridge Foundation creates the world's most inclusive playgrounds. After signing contracts with several bay area cities, the Magical Bridge Foundation spun out into an independent nonprofit. Similarly, the Belle Haven Action founders began working with UnaMesa to strengthen local, at risk communities. After several years serving the community and securing several contracts, Belle Haven Action spun off into an independent nonprofit.