About this Program
Investors’ Circle is the world’s largest and most active early-stage impact investing network.
Our Investment Focus
Investors' Circle seeks early-stage companies whose businesses address significant social or environmental issues.
Applications to IC are made available to our member network via Gust and screened by the IC team. Appropriate applications are then shared with select IC members. IC is currently accepting applications for our Local Networks in New York, Pennsylvania, and Colorado. If you are based in one of these regions or have a significant operating presence there, your application will be considered for upcoming pitch meetings.
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. 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