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Jun 15, 2021

How often do you use Google’s services? If you’re like me, it’s many times per hour. So you may think you know all about But how much do you know about

In short, is the company’s foundation that gives away $200M a year in grants both to social enterprise startups and to nonprofit organizations seeking to use technology to advance their missions. For all you startup founders out there, note that these are dilution-free non-equity grants, or essentially free money as opposed to investments, so listen up.

And in this episode, we’ve got’s director of product impact, Brigitte Hoyer Gosselink. In it, she tells us about what kinds of companies and charities they support and why, and she discusses what kinds of grant applications she wishes they saw more of.

For example, we hear about’s work to collect emissions data and make it public, to put up eco-acoustic sensors in rainforests to help catch those who are poaching or deforesting, and even just to give money to those in developing countries who need it the most.

So take a listen and just maybe you’ll be working with Brigitte and yourself in the near future.

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More about Brigitte Hoyer Gosselink

Brigitte Hoyer Gosselink is Head of Product Impact at, where she leads initiatives that leverage emerging technologies and Google’s expertise to address global challenges. She is currently focused on how AI can be used for social impact through efforts like the $25M Google AI Impact Challenge. 

She previously led programs focused on how technology can improve global education, innovation for people with disabilities, and crisis response. 

Prior to, Brigitte was a strategy consultant for nonprofits and foundations at The Bridgespan Group and worked for the U.S. Agency for International Development and International Relief and Development, focusing on innovative approaches in post-conflict transitions. She has an MBA from the Yale School of Management and a BS in Systems Engineering from the University of Virginia.