Through our Startup Grind event series Hunting for Silver Linings, we check in with ecosystem builders, investors, and business leaders from around the world.
We dig for deeper context around challenges and opportunities found in markets around the world, as well as mine for insight that can better inform biases about regions, their talent, and potential for investment.
Then, we connect the dots.
OUR SPECIAL GUEST
Ross is the Founder of HINRI, which stands for The High Impact Network of Responsible Innovators.
FROM THEIR WEBSITE
HINRI's mission is "To connect social entrepreneurs and innovative organizations to sources of capital, strategic partners, technology solutions and servant leaders so they are more effective at saving lives, saving money and having a sustainable impact."
What they do:
"We are an accelerator for nonprofits with big ideas. Our venture philanthropy approach mirrors how angel investors help entrepreneurs build companies that can scale effectively and reduce risk for investors and donors.
In the United States, HINRI partners with leading healthcare innovators to serve the indigent and uninsured, wounded warriors and their families, address food insecurity, create educational programs for autistic children, change the standard of care for spinal cord injuries, and combat human trafficking. Outside the U.S., HINRI is working on human rights, providing clean water, food for malnourished children, the distribution of pharmaceuticals and the creation of schools, housing, and health clinics in communities with extreme poverty."
Ross Mason is the former Chairman of the Georgia Department of Community Health Board - the 3rd largest health plan in the United States with a $13.2 billion annual budget and 660,000 covered lives. He is the former Chairman of the Metro Atlanta United Way’s Health Access Board and former Chairman of the Board of Visitors of Georgia Regents University. He is the current Chairman of the Commerc…
Ross Mason is the former Chairman of the Georgia Department of Community Health Board - the 3rd largest health plan in the United States with a $13.2 billion annual budget and 660,000 covered lives. He is the former Chairman of the Metro Atlanta United Way’s Health Access Board and former Chairman of the Board of Visitors of Georgia Regents University. He is the current Chairman of the Commercialization Advisory Board and serves on the Board of Directors for the Rick Hansen Institute in Vancouver, BC. He also served on Emory University’s Healthcare Advisory Board and as a Senior Fellow at the Georgia Public Policy Foundation - a nonprofit that works to improve the lives of Georgians through public policy that enhances economic opportunity and freedom. He was a member of the Georgia Tech Alumni Association Board of Trustees. Ross holds a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering from Georgia Tech where he was student body president and a Masters of Business Administration in Finance from The Wharton School.
Prior to his accident in 2007, Ross was actively involved in triathlons, wreck, cave, and ice diving, surfing, rock and ice climbing, and was a NASCAR trained driver. He lived and worked in San Francisco from 1999 to 2004 where he started and sold a healthcare software company. He also worked for Volkswagen’s 280 million euro Healthcare Venture Accelerator Fund in Germany, was an Associate in Private Banking at Morgan Stanley, and created a real estate investment and development company in Moscow, Russia that he owned and operated for 12 years.
Today, Ross has a consulting firm called Samaritan’s Road International (SRI) and runs a venture-philanthropy called the High Impact Network of Responsible Innovators (HINRI) that focuses on solving today's most difficult healthcare challenges. Ross is currently working on the creation of a Global Health Innovation Campus in Atlanta.
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