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What We Do

This is not
business as usual.

People of color, especially women of color, start businesses at higher rates than white people — but they are constrained by structural inequities and often overlooked by mainstream funders. We partner with, mentor, and invest in underestimated Bay Area entrepreneurs to accelerate great businesses and build an economy that works for all.

We Grow.

ICA provides resources, education, and personalized mentoring to help earlier-stage Bay Area companies chart a sustainable growth strategy.

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We Accelerate.

Our 16-week business Accelerator program provides Bay Area entrepreneurs with coaching, connections, and access to capital so they can scale up and become investment-ready.

Our Accelerator →

We Invest.

By providing fair and flexible equity and debt capital, we're changing the rules about who gets funding and why so business owners can create wealth for themselves and  their employees.

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Testimonials

Hear from our Entrepreneurs.

“Working with ICA gave me broad tools that allowed me to analyze our company from different angles. It also helped me identify what kind of leader I was and what was my weakness. We really enjoyed the Accelerator and the special relationship with the hands-on ICA team. It is always good to know that there is a team that is willing to have your back.”

— MARIA PALACIO, PROGENY COFFEE
Testimonials

Hear from our Entrepreneurs

“ICA helped us find community-minded banks that were more interested in job creation. We have good partners, and we were fortunate to find them and have them advocate them for us when we stumbled.”

— Matt Kreutz, CEO, Firebrand Artisan Breads
Testimonials

Hear from our Entrepreneurs

“Whether through the ICA staff, the workshops, or my volunteer advisor, it was a great support network for me, particularly when I needed a sounding board around issues I was trying to solve within the business.”

— Reem Assil, CEO and Founder, Reem’s California
Our Impact

24 years.

24 years.

600 Companies.

600 Companies.

$50M in Capital.

$50M in Capital.

5,500 Jobs.

5,500 Jobs.

$1B in Wages.

$1B in Wages.

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Work With Us

Join the movement.

Help accelerate great Bay Area businesses and create wealth in our community.

Entrepreneurs

Put a business pro in your corner. Get 1:1 business advising to address your specific business through access to the Bay Area’s most experienced and engaged advisors.

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Advisors

Your experience is invaluable. At ICA, our advisors play a pivotal role in supporting our clients’ growth, help spark local innovation, and give back to the community in powerful ways.

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Investors

The businesses in which ICA invests are successful companies committed to growth, good jobs, and wealth creation and with your help they are poised for long-term success.

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Meet Our Companies

Serving the Bay
Area since '96.

Ready to grow? Learn how to apply.