Technology and culture are two of America’s enduring exports. We’ve nearly perfected the art, science, and business of scaling technological breakthroughs, but the ecosystem for cultural breakthroughs is much less developed. The Talent x Opportunity Initiative (TxO) is a step in that direction: a system that discovers and supports cultural geniuses who have the talent, drive and ideas to build breakthrough companies, but lack the networks and resources to do so. TxO is designed to help these entrepreneurs build durable, successful companies around their cultural innovations. Learn More About TXO
Investment for founders through a Donor Advised Fund managed by the Tides Foundation.
A 16-week training and mentorship accelerator program with a mix of in-person and online curriculum curated for culture-driven startups.
Vetted industry and subject matter experts, along with TxO alumni, who collaborate with founders at every step of their company-building journey to provide the networks and knowledge needed to scale ideas into global businesses.
Organizations who contribute bespoke products, services, and expertise to TxO companies.
TxO accepts talented founders on a rolling basisApply Now
The Talent x Opportunity initiative identifies and supports entrepreneurs who have the talent, drive, and ideas to build great businesses, but lack the network and resources to do so.
These founders are tackling big challenges ranging from improving wellness through video games to addressing absenteeism in K-12 schools through a learn-to-earn model to delivering affordable internet service to underserved communities.
Since kicking off the Talent x Opportunity (TxO) Initiative, we have invested in 27 companies building products and services based on unique cultural insights. The founders we backed and continue to support have taken tr...
Throughout the ongoing review process for the Talent x Opportunity Initiative’s third cohort, we continue to be impressed with the many talented but under-networked founders who are developing new products, tools, and ...
Breaks on a bus, brakes on a car Breaks to make you a superstar Breaks to win and breaks to lose But these here breaks will rock your shoes And these are the breaks —Kurtis Blow, “The Breaks”
“Picket lines and picket signs Don’t punish me with brutality Talk to me, so you can see Oh, what’s going on What’s going on” –Marvin Gaye
TxO is a team of builders and operators dedicated to supporting the next generation of cultural breakthrough companies. We believe talent is evenly distributed and are committed to closing the opportunity gap for out-of-network founders.
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