“Of all the creatures on the planet, humans alone were blessed with the ability to recognize who and what we are. And celebrate that.”

Elizabeth Koch

Over the past decade, Elizabeth Koch has helped launch an ensemble of companies innovating in the fields of publishing, media, and transformational experiences aimed at inspiring authentic self-exploration as a means of fostering greater compassion for oneself and others.

Elizabeth is co-founder and CEO of Catapult, an award-winning publishing company and writers’ community that uses extraordinary storytelling as a means of catalyzing empathy.

She’s the founder of Unlikely Collaborators, a company that creates interactive experiences that facilitate a process of self-inquiry meant to illuminate inherent biases, assumptions and unconscious beliefs – opening the way for deeper human connection and genuine unlikely collaborations.

Elizabeth is the founder of New Balloon, a media company that has executive produced emotionally demanding films such as Beasts of No Nation (Netflix’s first Golden Globe nominated feature film) and Last Days in the Desert, and is currently developing an “audience participation” screening experience where viewers engage more deeply with content, and one another.

She is also the co-founder of Tiny Blue Dot, a consciousness research foundation that seeks to understand and measure the pulsing life force that animates us all.

All of the organizations she’s founded and co-created are designed to help us investigate the nature of conscious experience, and ultimately release the destructive stories we unconsciously project on others (and ourselves) based on past experience.

Elizabeth graduated from Princeton with a BA in English Literature. She earned an MFA in fiction from Syracuse University, where she was advised by George Saunders and won the Joyce Carol Oates Prize for her short fiction. Her writing has appeared in One Story, FENCE, Glimmer Train, the Columbia Journalism Review, the Los Angeles Review of Books and other publications, often under a pen name.

Guiding Principles

Interactive experiences that guide participants through a process of self-discovery designed to expand the potential for self-realization and unlikely collaborations.

New Balloon
Illustration by Anja Slibar

Award-winning publishing company and writers’ community seeking to expand opportunities for connection by means of authentic storytelling.

Read more about Elizabeth’s vision for Catapult here.

Media company dedicated to reimagining how audiences interact with stories, and one another.

New Balloon
Tiny Blue Dot
Drawing by Camillo Golgi, 1875

Research foundation seeking to unravel the mysteries of consciousness.


Through the Elizabeth R Koch Foundation and other giving, Elizabeth partners with diverse organizations that help diminish suffering and increase human connection.

The foundation is not currently seeking requests for grants.

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