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June 14, 2017

Have an idea for something that would be valuable to do? Have some time to spare and an entrepreneurial flare? If you’re really familiar with the EA space and think your project needs doing, write up a project proposal to share with domain experts or in the relevant EA Facebook groups. Then, throw some elbow grease behind the project and try to get it off the ground! There are many ideas EAs have generated for projects one could run; you’re well off drawing inspiration from one of those.

For example, a public health grad student started a cultured meat research organization when he realized the need to meet growing meat demand by some other means, and the suffering it could spare animals if it displaced animal meat consumption. A tech entrepreneur created a mobile money company when he spotted the inefficiencies of the international remittance market between the US and Africa, and the potential he had to save money for some of the world’s poorest people.

To get your project going, find collaborators through Rethink Charity, the EA Entrepreneurship Facebook group, or at an EA Global conference. If you have an idea and a team (and ideally some track record), apply for an EA Grant to fund the project or free up your time to work on it. If your project is going well, consider applying to Y Combinator, a startup accelerator based in the San Francisco Bay Area that provides structure, financial support, and growth opportunities to up-and-coming entrepreneurs. If the project is going well and is in one of a few specific intervention areas, consider appealing to the Open Philanthropy Project for a grant.

Time commitment: part-time, full-time

Duration: medium-term, long-term

Familiarity with EA: regular

Occupation: student, professional, retiree, group