ICA Fund supports high-potential companies through our accelerator programs and through long-term, flexible capital from the ICA Growth Fund.
Companies that work with ICA are run by founders committed to making a difference in their community by creating good jobs and building inclusive wealth. Applications for our 12-week accelerator are now open.
Do you know a founder who would be a great fit? We'd love to connect with them. Share this email or use our media kit to share this opportunity with your network.
Deadline to Apply: March 17, 11:59PM
Final Decisions & On-boarding: Mid-May
Program Duration: May 30 – August 15
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ICA Fund has helped over 800 Bay Area founders grow their businesses and has invested $12M in 52 companies with 90¢ of every dollar to entrepreneurs of color or women.
“The Accelerator helped me build confidence as a leader to be more directive and delegate effectively. It also helped me be able to make hard decisions based on looking at the data of my business and be able to get buy-in from my team about how to pivot to the trends.”
— Reem Assil, Reem’s California
Meet the Team: Application Q+A
Register: Tuesday, March 12, 12pm
- 12 weeks of hands-on support to help you work on your business, in community, with expert mentorship
- Two program tracks tailored to your stage of business: The Lab, for early-stage businesses to build foundations to thrive; and The Accelerator, for entrepreneurs who are ready to scale. See sample curriculum here.
- Exclusive access to capital from our to our Seed fund (up to $50K) and priority for Growth Capital fund (up to $1M) upon graduation
- Lifelong membership to ICA Fund Alumni Community, where you can connect with 100s of ICA Fund alumni, pro-bono advisors, service providers, and buyers
Who Should Apply
Applicants should have a for-profit business, that is producing revenue, and has been in operation for at least 12 months. Our priority industries are: Food + Bev (Manufacturing, CPG, multi-location restaurants and cafes); Beauty + Cosmetics; Apparel, Footwear, Accessories; Retail; Business Services; Technology. Review our full base criteria on the application page.
“I feel lucky to have had this experience. The class content was so relevant, and the instructors were brilliant and well organized. The cohort was a great mix of passionate business owners all at the same growth stage, so it was beneficial for us all to share experiences and learn from each other.”
— Lila Owens, Cupcakin' Bakeshop
The application will take at least 1 hour. You will share about your product and market fit, historical and projected financials, and plans for growth. Preview the application here.
We are accepting ~30 companies for the Lab and ~20 for the Accelerator. Candidates will submit 1 application only, and the selection team will evaluate your business and make the final placement in either the Lab or the Accelerator track based on business needs.
This is our only application cycle in 2024, and the only chance to join our Accelerator this year.
Thank you for the time and effort you put into the application! This information helps us ensure our program will be a good fit for your business and goals.