Callisto: A System By Survivors, For Survivors

 In Designated Fund

Philanthropic Ventures Foundation is proud to see Callisto highlighted on Late Night with Seth Meyers, when Founder and CEO Jess Ladd was interviewed on the show earlier this year.

Since August 2016, PVF has been supporting SheEO by being their designated fund partner in the U.S., and Callisto was one of SheEO’s top 5 ventures during its first round (2016-2017). Callisto is an online reporting system for sexual assault that provides a safe space and better reporting experience for survivors of sexual assault and better information for authorities.

The rest of the compelling top 5 SheEO ventures in the U.S. during the first round were:

  • ABL Denim (Founder, CEO, and designer: Stephanie Alves), designing clothing solutions for people with disabilities, making clothes more comfortable and easier to put on and take off, for example
  • Embrace Innovations/Little Lotus (Founder and CEO: Jane Chen), offering technologically innovative baby products, helping babies stay at the right temperature and sleep better
  • Kitables (Founder and CEO: Arieann DeFazio), producing kits for DIY maker projects, helping people to be tinkerers and do-ers
  • The Town Kitchen (Co-founder and CEO: Sabrina Mutukisna), operated almost entirely by low-income youth, crafting locally-sourced lunches made from a community of growers, food makers, chefs, and youth, and delivering these meals to Bay Area companies, universities, and individuals

SheEO recently announced its second round of top 25 ventures in the U.S., and we look forward to hearing which of these will be selected as the top 5 at the beginning of 2018.

We are proud to invest in these women-led ventures with big social impact.

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