The O’Sullivan Foundation’s mission is to support causes that help enable people to help themselves, through education, employment, research and disruptive advances of technology.

The O’Sullivan Foundation is a section 501(c)(3) exempt private foundation registered in the US. The Foundation does not accept unsolicited grant proposals: Don’t call us. If we want to back you, we will call you.

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Institutional overheads are not supported by the O’Sullivan Foundation and cannot be included in grant budgets.


Sean O'Sullivan.

Sean O’Sullivan, President & Founder

Sean O’Sullivan is managing director of SOSV, a global venture capital firm with over $1.4 billion in assets under management (AUM). SOSV specializes in startup development programs for very early stage technology companies in hardware (HAX), life sciences (IndieBio) and cross-border startups (Orbit Startups). SOSV is one of the most active venture investors in the world, with more than 1,000 companies in its portfolio and around 125 new startups launched each year.

O’Sullivan’s first company, MapInfo, grew to a $200 million revenue public company with over 1,000 employees, and popularized street mapping on computers. His first internet company, NetCentric, developed many concepts in internet computing, and he is credited as the co-creator of the term “cloud computing”. O’Sullivan founded JumpStart International, a leading humanitarian organization in conflict zones and oversaw 3,500 staff at the height of the Iraq conflict.

O’Sullivan received his Bachelors of Science in Electrical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a Masters of Fine Arts in Film Production from the University of Southern California. Along with serving as the founder of the O’Sullivan Foundation, he was the founding funder of Coderdojo (a global network of coding clubs that more than 50,000 kids attend every week) and is a principal donor to Khan Academy (used by more than 20 million students monthly).  Sean is on the board of Khan Academy, Sun Genomics, the Tyndall Institute, the Autism Impact Fund and a number of private companies.

Kelly Kirkpatrick.

Kelly Kirkpatrick, Executive Director

Based in Cork, Ireland, Kelly manages all grant activity and implements special foundation projects. Kelly is also Director of Investor Relations and at SOSV and leads the firm’s impact projects.

Originally from California, Kelly holds a B.S. in Social Policy from Northwestern University, and a Masters in Business Science from University College Cork where she was a 2013 George J. Mitchell Scholar.