ICA breaks down one of the biggest barriers to small business growth in the Bay Area: access to 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.
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
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.
Patient seed capital
Investment up to $50,000
Available to early-stage companies that have graduated from The Lab at ICA
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
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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“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."
"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.”
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.See More of Our Impact
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