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grow local businesses.

Mentor Bay Area entrepreneurs to build an economy that works for all.


Become an ICA Advisor.

When Bay Area entrepreneurs build local businesses, they create wealth for the owners and their employees. While talent is equally distributed, social and financial capital is not. Women and people of color are systematically excluded from mentoring and financing opportunities to scale their businesses.

That’s where you come in. As a successful professional, you have the opportunity to help close this gap by serving as an ICA pro bono advisor. Use your expertise to help business owners chart a sustainable growth strategy and create good jobs.

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What we're looking for.

If you are a successful business owner, executive, or industry expert who is interested in providing mentorship, education, and resources to growing ICA companies, we'd love to have you on the ICA advisor team.

Being an ICA Advisor is best suited for professionals who:

Can support companies pro-bono

Have experience working with small businesses

Have deep passion and interest for supporting entrepreneurs to help close the gender and racial wealth gap.

Have a willingness to meet entrepreneurs where they are


Accounting & Tax Planning

Financial Forecasting, Planning, and Management

Sales Strategy

Communication & PR

Business Valuation

Organizational Design & Development

Innovation & New Product Design

Strategic Planning

Operations & Business Process

Debt Financing

Equity Financing


Apparel Manufacturing

Business Services

Healthcare (Patient care & support services)


Health & Beauty


Transportation & Logistics

Light Manufacturing

Food & Beverage Manufacturing

Food Service


“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

How You Can Help

ICA tailors each Advisor experience depending on your availability, capacity, and interests. Typical advisor commitments and time requirements include:

Strategic advising: work one-on-one with an ICA Accelerator company over the duration of their engagement providing strategic guidance, expertise, and mentorship. (15-20 hours over 4 months)

Workshop facilitation: lead a session in your area of expertise for ICA entrepreneurs. (5-6 hours total)

Recorded content and office hours: record a webinar or educational session, or host open office hours to help answer questions on a given topic. (3-4 hours total)

Join us.

Apply now to become an ICA advisor.

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