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Investors' Circle

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Application Fee: $50

Investment Preferences

  • United States
  • Clean Technology, Consumer Products, Education, Financial Services, Food and Beverage, Healthcare Services, Industrial/Energy, Medical Devices and Equipment, Retailing / Distribution

Our Investment Focus

Investors' Circle seeks early or expansion-stage companies whose businesses address significant social or environmental issues.


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: Investors’ Circle 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. Investors’ Circle does consider non-US companies, but these companies should be aware that our members are primarily interested in US-based firms due to the complications of investing in foreign companies. The most likely way that a foreign enterprise would find interest among Investors’ Circle is as a US-based firm with operations overseas. Fees for our services must be paid in US dollars. 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

Portfolio

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Micro Energy Credits Corp

Clean Technology
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PACT Apparel, Inc.

Consumer Products
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Mytonomy

Internet / Web Services
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School House

Consumer Products
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Edthena

Education
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EnSolve Biosystems

Clean Technology
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Motivation Science, Inc

Software
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BlackGold Biofuels

Clean Technology
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Goalbook

Education
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Grower's Secret Inc

Consumer Products
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Gridtest Systems

Electronics / Instrumentation
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First Light Hospitality

Other
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SunFunder Inc.

Clean Technology
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PhilanTech

Software
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California Safe Soil, LLC

Other
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Sundolier, Inc.

Clean Technology
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Big City Farms Inc.

Food and Beverage
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MovingWorlds, SPC

Internet / Web Services
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SEAL Innovation, Inc. (SEAL)

Consumer Products
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Eniware, LLC

Medical Devices and Equipment
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BeneStream

Software
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GreenWizard

Internet / Web Services
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CSRHub LLC

Internet / Web Services
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EcoTensil Inc.

Other
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Jack & Jake's, LLC

Retailing / Distribution
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United By Blue

Retailing / Distribution
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DailyWorth, Inc.

Financial Services
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Locus Energy

Clean Technology
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LearnZillion

Education
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DR2

Clean Technology
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Rivertop Renewables

Clean Technology
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United Villages, Inc.

Other
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Cardinal Resources LLC

Other
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Farmland LP (official name "Vital Farmland LP")

Other
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Oliberte Limited

Fashion
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Episencial, Inc.

Consumer Products
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Drop the Chalk, LLC

Education
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Runa LLC

Consumer Products