Updated Feb 13, 2020CLOSED

Investors' Circle

Our network of investors looks for for-profit enterprises that are solving social and/or environmental issues. IC companies strive to solve some of the world's toughest challenges through creative, sustainable, and scalable business models.
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CLOSEDFeb 12, 2020Deadline
$200,000 - $3,000,000Amount

Mandatory Requirements

StageStage 3: Proof of Concept, Stage 4: Transition to Scale, Stage 5: Scaling and Stage 6: Sustained Scale
Created inUnited States
Implemented In:
RegionAfrica, Asia and Pacific, Europe and Eurasia, Latin America / Caribbean, North America and Middle East and North Africa
Focus AreasAgriculture
Climate Change and Resilience (Environment)
Democracy, Human Rights, and Governance
Economic Growth and Trade
Energy Efficiency (Energy)
Humanitarian Assistance
Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH)
Digital Development
Digital Finance
Digital Inclusion & Connectivity
IC investors are especially interested in companies with:
  • A qualified and inspiring management team
  • Strong IP protection (if applicable)
IC investors do not consider applications from:
  • Individuals, projects or technologies - only fully formed companies
  • Businesses that are in concept-stage only
  • Companies that are religion-based
  • Purely non-profit organizations (We will accept applications from for-profit subsidiaries or partners of non-profits)
  • Venture funds

Other Requirements

Potential for ScaleWe 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.

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.

Application Directions

  • All applications will be considered for our next national Beyond the Pitch event as well as IC Local Network meetings if you are located in one of our core geographies.
  • There is a $50 fee for all new applications.
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