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25 is more than a number. It’s more than a milestone. It’s more than data. 25 is proof that progress is possible. 25 is a commitment to creating opportunity. 25 is a community determined to deliver equity. 25 is the people, the businesses, the risks, the chances, the lessons, the growth, and the change. But more than anything, 25 is just the beginning.

Join us this year as we celebrate 25 years of impact and reaffirm our commitment to investing in the entrepreneurs who grow great businesses and create wealth in our communities.

Showcasing and investing in the next wave of Bay Area entrepreneurs.

The Entrepreneur Pitch
– launching November 18, 2021

Later this year, ICA entrepreneurs will pitch their companies to investors as part of a special virtual pitch event, highlighting the dynamic companies that fuel our impact. Join us online as we showcase the transformative power of ICA’s work, and the unique partnerships that make it all possible.

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Q+A with Geana Sieburger, GDS Cloth Goods

GDS Cloth Goods’ founder discusses how staying flexible and open to new ideas has been integral to the success of her reusable cloth goods brand.

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Q+A with Caroline Cotto, Renewal Mill

The co-founder of the upcycled, plant-based pantry staples company discusses the importance of mentorship and relationship building.

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Q+A with Adjowah Ky, Oakland Craft Company

Adjowah shares how developing nitty-gritty business skills with ICA helped her focus and grow her creativity-driven retail brand.

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Q+A with Maria Palacio, Progeny Coffee

Born and raised on a coffee farm, Maria is on a mission to bring high-end coffee to consumers while lifting farmers out of poverty.

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Q+A with Tosca Hillman, GlōGirl Cosmetics

Cosmetics-industry veteran, Tosca Hillman, shares how ICA’s accelerator programming and investment is helping her level up her unique beauty brand.

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Q+A with Marissa Lucero, Maker Studio Kids

Marissa is bringing the community-driven approach she experienced with ICA to her reimagining of STEM education for the next generation.

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Celebrating the Community who built 25+ together.

Meet Our Community

More than numbers.

The challenges of the last year presented extraordinary difficulties for small businesses. While many ICA-supported companies experienced job and revenue losses, they responded with resilience while ICA remained focused on our mission to accelerate great businesses to close the racial and gender wealth gaps.

Impact data shows: resilient businesses, targeted coaching, and access to capital are essential to transforming our economy into one that works for all.

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Your sponsorship and participation will ensure the success of 25+ while showcasing your commitment to investing in the underestimated entrepreneurs driving change in our community.

Sponsors: Union Bank + Oakland Athletics + Square

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