We Find the World’s Best Entrepreneurs.

We Scale High-Growth Ventures.

We Transform Frontier Markets.

We Connect Silicon Valley to the World.

We Create Impact Through Entrepreneurship.

Find the best entrepreneurs in frontier markets

Every nation has a few game-changing entrepreneurs who create outsized value. We select the highest character, highest competency management teams leading the most scalable ventures.

Connect them to Silicon Valley Resources

Even the best entrepreneurs in frontier markets lack access to the resources they need to scale. We match them with talent, networks, expertise, and investments from the world’s most prolific entrepreneurial ecosystem - Silicon Valley.

Create impact at scale

Our ventures scale-up to create thousands of new jobs and deliver essential products and services to millions of people. Our entrepreneurs become role-models who lead the transformation of their own national ecosystems.

Where we work

Our Team

Born out of the Stanford Graduate School of Business, we live and work where Silicon Valley meets the frontier

Jesse Sullivan


I grew frustrated by my failed attempts to create change in the world’s toughest places through traditional charity, military, and government solutions. Alter was born out of a desire to bring together two radically different worlds: Silicon Valley, where the future is being created, and frontier markets, where many still struggle to survive.

Ozair Ali


I love solving puzzles - especially those with a purpose. The elimination of poverty is the puzzle I want to solve in my lifetime. I was born in a middle-class family in a developing country, but have been exceptionally fortunate to go to some of the best schools, and work across four continents in the public and private sector. With all of that, if I don't solve this puzzle, well, who will?

Julian Rowlands

Director of Asia

Poverty doesn't have a silver bullet solution. From Bamako to Yangon I've seen well-intended interventions fall flat, often because incentives and context weren't sufficiently considered. In those same regions, however, I've met talented entrepreneurs whose companies provide valuable services and create much-needed jobs in the process. High-growth businesses can step up to the plate where others have failed, and working for Alter allows me to help such firms achieve their full potential.

Kim Horwitz

Chief of Staff

From living and researching in some of the world's least developed places, I've learned that entrepreneurship is accomplishing what decades of cookie-cutter international aid programs have failed to do: stimulate sustainable economic opportunities from the ground up. It's an honor to help empower the ventures that are creating prosperity and opportunity in the parts of the world that need it most.

Board of Directors

Jessica Jackley Co-Founder of Kiva; Partner at Collaborative Fund
Allen Taylor MD of Endeavor Catalyst

Global Advisors

Chris Larsen Executive Chairman, Ripple
Gary Pinkus Managing Partner in North America, McKinsey
Russ Siegelman Chair, Global Innovation Fund; Former Partner at Kleiner Perkins
Bob King Founder of Stanford Institute for Innovation in Developing Economies; Early Investor in Baidu
Kim Polese Entrepreneur who launched Java; VC at Broadway Angels
Kevin Taweel CEO, Asurion
Matt Bannick MD at Omidyar Network; Former President of Paypal & eBay International