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What We Do

Fair, flexible capital.

ICA invests in and accelerates local, value-driven businesses with the potential to create good jobs that will help close the gender and racial wealth gaps. We specialize in early-stage, long-term capital and are committed to funding entrepreneurs who are often overlooked by mainstream investors.

Learn how to raise capital and get investment for your small business when the time is right. ICA is your long-term partner for growth.

Overview

What we look for.

Target Investment Criteria

Strong growth and potential for scale

Either at or nearing profitability

Demonstrable commitment to ICA’s mission of closing the racial and gender wealth gaps

Commitment to equity/profit distribution to workforce

Based in the nine county San Francisco Bay Area

Types of funding

Flexibility For Your Future

When it comes to securing funding for your business, we know that one size does not fit all. ICA provides flexible, patient capital options that help you grow your company in a way that aligns with your long-term goals. Investments are primarily structured as convertible notes, though ICA uses other types of funding tools, such as term loans and equity investments, in some instances.

The Growth Fund

The Growth Fund at ICA offers two distinct investment products:

Seed Capital

Patient seed capital

Investment up to $50,000

Available to early-stage companies that have graduated from The Lab at ICA

Growth Capital

Growth capital investments that act as catalytic growth capital

Investment size typically between $250,0000 and $500,000

Priority given to companies that have graduated from The Accelerator at ICA

Preparing for Investment

Accelerator

Prepare yourself and your business for growth with ICA’s accelerator programs. Small businesses that complete the programs have a better chance of getting funding.

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Resource Library

From legal to marketing and everything in between, we share our network of resources in the Bay and beyond.

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Testimonials

Hear from our Entrepreneurs.

“ICA's investment was literally a lifeline for our company, and I was just so impressed with the program. ICA wasn’t going to make me jump through a bunch of hoops; they just got it right away. It was amazing and very unusual."

— Ann Kletz, founder of Goal Five
Testimonials

Hear from our Entrepreneurs

"To have ICA invest in us and support us in so many other ways—that is huge. Because it’s not just about business; it’s people being in your corner who truly understand and believe in what you’re doing.”

— Monica Martinez, founder of Don Bugito
SOME OF OUR INVESTments
Investment

A Proven Partner for Growth

Blue Bottle Coffee. Numi Tea. Revolution Foods. Back To The Roots. They’re some of the most recognizable brands to come out of the Bay Area, and ICA has played an integral part in helping these companies and others like them scale, create good jobs, and build wealth in our communities.

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14% average revenue growth year over year

14% average revenue growth year over year

$11 raised for every $1 invested

$11 raised for every $1 invested

$45M in outside capital raised by ICA companies

$45M in outside capital raised by ICA companies

$28 hourly average wage

$28 hourly average wage

176 workers employed

176 workers employed

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ICA is your long-term partner for growth. Reach out now to get connected with our investment team.

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