The Company

Surmountable, PBC is inspired by the all-but-forgotten business acumen of history’s great civic leaders, who recognized that social change requires organizational success.

(One example being Alice Paul, who was not just an activist but also a capable executive)


The Vision

Successful civic leaders should inspire us not just for their strongly held beliefs but their unique ability to build momentum within movements to fulfill their objectives.

Consider Alice Paul (1885-1977), champion of the 19th Amendment that guaranteed American women the right to vote. She continually put her life and her livelihood on the line as a fierce advocate for the cause. Yet it is no coincidence that she was described by her contemporaries as having “all of the attributes of a corporation president” when she reached the goal that had stymied her predecessors since concerns were first presented at the Seneca Falls Convention over 70 years prior to ratification.

The Surmountable book was published in 2021 with stories from around the world and across the political spectrum to better understand how she and other citizens defied the odds and won. The Surmountable mission has since expanded into a public benefit corporation (PBC) because people should not be content with their voices just being heard. They deserve results. Applying these insights will help underrepresented communities achieve the equity they have long been denied.

A public benefit corporation is a new type of organization, made famous by brands ranging from Allbirds to Warby Parker, that encourages profitable growth with the financial backing of shareholders while maintaining an additional responsibility to do right by society, staff, and the environment.

For Surmountable, PBC, the concept of a self-sustaining social enterprise not wholly reliant on traditional philanthropic foundations is an exciting innovation to test new solutions to some of society’s most vexing challenges. Spectroscope is the company’s first product, currently under development, that will revolutionize the civic tech industry by equipping citizens with the tools they need to make a difference in the world.

Please reach out if you are interested in investing in this groundbreaking civic tech startup.

Adam Monier Edwards
Founder & CEO
Surmountable, PBC

Surmountable, PBC

4470 21st Street #5004
Long Island City, NY 11101

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