Saffron Ventures is an ambitious, Washington, D.C. based builder, grower, and investor in businesses & organizations that are impactful & counter-cultural.

  • The majority of our organizations operate in the education, travel, and social impact spaces.

  • Headquartered in the Washington, D.C. area, our 100+ person global team does work in 58+ cities, 10+ countries, and 3+ continents.

  • In addition to our existing public companies, we develop not-for-profit and for-profit organizations that currently exist in private beta mode with our saffron ventures innovation team.


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Our Companies

SV HQ, Washington, D.C.



Healthcare Education

Atlantis (formerly The Atlantis Project) was founded in 2007 and has grown over the past decade into one of America's leading global healthcare education organizations. Our vision is to become the world's leading healthcare education company by connecting students, universities, hospitals, healthcare professionals, and public healthcare administrators around a common cause of improving healthcare training and education. 

Students shadowing at international hospitals during the 2018 Summer Atlantis Programs.




Business Education

Beacon launches real-world, hands-on, impactful consulting projects for commercial, government, non-profit, or NGO clients. Formed by McKinsey, Bain, BCG, and Booz Allen consultants, we come together to give college students the chance to do something exceptional. Our mission is to build better businesspeople through real-world, hands-on, and experiential business education.


Students participating in the 2018 Summer Beacon Programs




Pre-law education

The Lex Fellowship is designed to help students gain real-world legal insight and experience. Lex Fellows visit law firms that range in size and legal discipline, in order to meet with and learn from their Lawyers and Managing Partners. What's more, Fellows work on real-world case studies and white papers as part of the experience. Our mission is to better prepare prelaw students for a potential career in law through real-world, hands-on legal education.


Students participating in the 2018 Summer Lex Programs



Saffron Ventures Innovation

new for-profit companies and not-for-profit organizations

The Saffron Ventures Innovation team takes new ideas for for-profit companies and not-for-profit organizations & launches them in private beta mode. Once the Innovation Team proves these new initiatives to be viable, they are launched more publicly. Many of these new companies are awaiting the right individual to come to Saffron Ventures to launch and scale these companies to great success.


Our Story

Azores Islands, Portugal

J.P. Toste leading a professional development seminar at SV HQ.

J.P. Toste leading a professional development seminar at SV HQ.

Born in the mountainous Azores Islands off the coast of Portugal, JP Toste came to the United States to attend UNC Chapel Hill, where he launched his first organization, The Atlantis Project, a student group to help his peers find study abroad opportunities. Now in its tenth year of business, Atlantis is an industry leader in international healthcare education.

Saffron Ventures itself was founded in 2014 as an umbrella organization to be a home for Atlantis and other for-profit and non-profit organizations in the SV portfolio, including the Beacon Fellowship and the Lex Fellowship.

In all the work that we do here at Saffron Ventures, we seek to foster a counter-cultural vision of the workplace, of a community of individuals who are ambitious in their careers but who seek also to grow in friendship while learning with one another.

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.
— Aristotle