Patrick C. Donohue is a business strategist and entrepreneur who focuses on innovating & launching businesses that create a better world. Patrick's work innovating new business models for the base of the world's income pyramid has taken him deep into low-income communities in the U.S., India, Kenya, and Brazil, where he has worked side-by-side with local entrepreneurs and companies to co-create new businesses.
As one of the original implementers of Base of the Pyramid Protocol, Patrick has guided and advised the BoP efforts of companies such as SC Johnson, Solae, Ascension Health, IBM and Natura, and he is a contributing author of the Protocol's 2nd Edition. Patrick's latest venture, The Hoop Fund, is a collaboration with leading Fair Trade brands to create a more connected marketplace, enabling consumers to invest in and champion the makers of products they love from the developing world.
As a software engineer, Patrick managed and developed innovative technology programs for Rockwell International, Apple Computer, and NASA. At Rockwell, Patrick led a team that was awarded the Rockwell International Team of the Year Award, and his work for NASA was nominated for a Turning Goals into Reality Award. Patrick has a BS in Computer Science from Stanford University and an MBA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.