Our Approach

Promise Hubs are adaptable, practical, and creative space established in collaboration with local communities. Potential job creators get hands on experience with the latest digital tools, functional education and mentoring to allow them to create and scale solutions to local problems. Each Hub also offers innovative finance, logistics, and local networking capabilities to provide access to the digital marketplace.

Our curriculum leverages Sugata Mitra’s SOLE (Self-Organised Learning Environment) approach, which gives students the freedom to learn collaboratively using the internet. Sessions are characterised by a process of discovering, sharing, spontaneity, with limited teacher intervention.


Our self-guided education methodology encourages individuals to discover their passion and purpose, and transform them into local job creation.


Promise Hub students receive free access to a global network of mentors online. Local community leaders are given mentorship training to encourage sharing of knowledge.


With access to a wide range of technology partners, each Hub comes equipped with both the hardware and digital tools to encourage a variety of social enterprises.


Each Hub has access to internet connectivity, banking, and e-commerce tools to inspire, educate, and expand the reach of entrepreneurial endeavors.


“We strongly believe that turning aid into opportunity is the catalyst to create a significant increase in local income and we aim to migrate digital opportunities to people in need instead of migrating people to opportunity.”

Dave Erickson  |  Co-Founder


Our Story

Promise Hub was founded in 2016 by serial entrepreneurs Dave Erickson and Harald Neidhart.  During our visits to help centers in Lebanon, a Syrian girl handed us a letter. Her letter contained a promise: to shed the label of refugee and regain her unique identity as a human being. We saw in her eyes the passion of a child, the true human spirit. Her call for dignity and claim for humanity provided the grounding spirit for Promise Hub, directed our focus to providing digital opportunity to developing regions across the globe.


The Team


Dave Erickson, co-founder

Dave is a lifelong entrepreneur and "establishment disturber". Starting with Eliance Corporation, Dave has spent the last 23 years creating and investing in digital technology and e-commerce businesses. Father of seven children, Dave is dedicated to helping the next generation use technology to create a world of abundance where opportunity and rewards are more evenly distributed. He is obsessed with the concept of "money as energy" and finding ways to apply this concept to the world's underserved population in order to bring economic opportunity to where it will make a significant difference in people's lives. His favorite word is "no". When someone tells you no, you must be on the right path!


Harald Neidhardt, Co-founder

Harald is the founder and curator of MLOVE, the Refugee First Response Center and futur/io institute. As a serial founder he believes in the power of technology to solve humanity’s challenges; he always wants to apply technology for the good of every individual. With his global community  MLOVE he created a broad and diverse network of great people. Combing their minds, creativity, and ideas he believes that we can make the world more fair and even for everybody.



Diana Beata krüger, Manager

Diana is passionate about the potential empowerment of the Rising Billions to have an improved access to food, education and health in order to add lasting value to local communities. Diana is a researcher by heart and she adds with her applied ethnographic business research methods lasting value to projects via a deep understanding of the true needs of target groups. She translates insights into mid- and longterm strategies. She is an expert in creating experience journeys to enable projects to see the broader vision and to deeply cater all needs along the duration of our projects and its related impact in various fields and regions. With more than 22 years experience in the field of profit and non-profit organizations, she has a deep understanding how to roll out projects and to manifest lasting impact. Diana is very eager to create a future where sustainability in all aspects drives the positive evolvement of humanity.


Madelynn Martiniere

Madelynn Martiniere is an international strategist and facilitator with a decade of experience working with innovators, entrepreneurs and executives to build, activate, and scale open innovation ecosystems for a more equitable and sustainable future. She has worked with dozens of technology-driven organizations to bring about new models of facilitating entrepreneurship, product development, and technical education, across nonprofits, startups, corporate innovation labs, and government initiatives. She previously led community education and communication efforts at Fictiv, a distributed manufacturing platform that serves many of the world’s leading automobile, aerospace, and consumer electronics companies. An early leader and advocate for the Maker Movement, Madelynn was a founding member of Freeside Atlanta, and has been director, board member, and advisor to a plethora of global maker facilities, programs, and companies.

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Hunter Erickson

“Put your heart, mind, and soul into even your smallest acts. This is the secret of success." Swami Sivananda

With the promise of collaboration, sharing ideas, and positivity Hunter made a vow to do everything he can to help people find their passion that will have an impact in lives across the globe through entrepreneurship. Starting his first company while attending university, he has always had a passion for creating something from nothing and taking risks.  He graduated from the University of North Dakota in Communication, as well as attending Imperial College London, and the University of North Dakota School of Law. Continuing his education, he is studying Blockchain, Artificial Intelligence, and IoT to provide solutions to global issues.

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ERich Mische 

For nearly 40 years Erich has had his fingers in U.S. local, state and national politics, policy and government. A Hubert H. Humphrey Fellow, former U.S. Senate Chief of Staff, federal lobbyist, avid blogger, Executive Director of Spare Key, www.sparekey.org, very slow marathon runner and a passionate believer in anything is possible, Erich does what he can to swallow life whole.  The proud father of two children, Owen and Maisie, Erich and his wife, Mary-Helen, are inspired by the enormous potential of their children, and everyone's child, to change the world.  Erich has a powerful ability to bring people and ideas together and identify common goals and objectives to achieve successful vision outcomes. He is a constant communicator, at home with a manual typewriter or an iPhone, Erich can connect audiences to purpose and mission effectively and seamlessly.  Throughout his career he has helped to identify resources and investment to propel ideas into concrete accomplishments.  Erich is a "40 under 40" honoree; chosen as a (Real) Power 50 recipient; former City Councilmember; member of the U.S. China Taskforce of the Center for Strategic and International Studies and participates as a volunteer Staff Officer for the United States Naval Sea Cadets Corps Twin Cities Squadron.


George BUgan

George Bugan is a Trainer & Project Manager who love working and learning with people. He has worked in diplomacy, the non-profit and private sectors. George loves leveraging resources towards achieving creative and meaningful impact; he has coordinated mentorship projects for semi-abandoned children, offered consultancy to various companies and organized independent workshops on this, and other topics. George believes we have an innate desire to improve ourselves and the world around us; identifying the right tools is the only real obstacle.