About this Program
IC-SVN is the world’s largest and most active early-stage impact investing network.
Our Investment Focus
IC-SVN seeks early-stage companies whose businesses address significant social or environmental issues.
Entrepreneurs across all geographies are invited to apply to pitch to IC-SVN’s first combined national pitch event, taking place on Friday, November 2 as part of its annual conference. If selected to pitch, entrepreneurs will receive access to attend conference programming on November 2 (a $997.50 value) including a private lunch, breakout sessions, and a networking reception. The deadline to apply for this national pitch event at the annual conference is August 31.
In addition, IC-SVN currently seeks applications for Local Networks pitch meetings in New York, Pennsylvania, and Colorado. If you are based in one of these geographies or have a significant operating presence there, you are also encouraged to apply to be considered for fall pitch meetings in these geographies. Applications for Local Network pitch opportunities are accepted on a rolling basis. You only need to apply once; your application will automatically be considered for as many pitch opportunities as possible. The fee to apply is $25.
Applications to IC-SVN are made available to our member network via Gust and screened by the IC-SVN team. Appropriate applications are then shared with select IC-SVN members.
Typically these companies are focused in the following sectors: - Clean Energy & Clean Technology - Community Development - Education - Global Economic Development - Global Health Delivery - Health Technology - Medical Devices - Software, Applications, Ecommerce, Websites, etc., that Address Social and/or Environmental Challenges - Sustainable Agriculture - Sustainable Apparel - Sustainable Consumer Products - Sustainable Foods & Beverages - Sustainable Infrastructure & Materials - Water Technology - Wellness
Deal Stage: We consider private companies in many different deal stages including early, expansion and growth. We do not consider individuals or technologies, only fully-formed companies. Companies that do not expect to generate revenues of at least $5 million within the next 5 years will not be accepted.
Financing Needs: We do not accept companies with capital needs greater than $3 million as that amount is beyond the capacity of our angel network. Companies with capital needs between $200k and $3m tend to gain the greatest interest from our investors.
Scalability: IC-SVN members are interested in maximizing social and environmental impact as well as financial return. For this reason, companies that have a potential for national or international growth tend to find more interest within our network than companies that do not have such potential. For example, we will consider a submission from a company that sells organic coffee to retailers across the country but not from a company that is launching a single, local, organic coffee shop.
Other Criteria: We do not accept applications from purely non-profit organizations. We will accept for-profit subsidiaries or partners of non-profits. Key Characteristics Companies that are most likely to find interest within our membership will have a combination of the following characteristics: * A strong management team * A clear understanding of their market(s) * Legally defensible technology * Third party product or business model verification * Clear commitment to a social and/or environmental mission
- Clean Technology
- Consumer Products
- Financial Services
- Food and Beverage
- Healthcare Services
- Medical Devices and Equipment
- Retailing / Distribution
- Colorado, US
- Pennsylvania, US
- New York, US
- Capital Seeking
- $200,000 - $3,000,000