Submit Your Business Plan

Our Investment Criteria:

    • Social Enterprise: The Social Venture Fund focuses exclusively on for-profit social enterprises that are committed to positive and measurable social and/or environmental impact. In evaluating potential investments, we employ rigorous social and financial valuation techniques to ensure that companies have the potential to provide a strong blended social and financial return.
    • Alignment with Investment Areas: We invest in post-revenue companies responding to critical challenges within Education, Food Systems & Environmental, Health, and Urban Revitalization sectors.
    • Investment Amounts and Stage: We invest $20,000 – $60,000 in equity or convertible debt notes as part of larger capital rounds, typically Seed or Series A. Post-investment, year-after-year, we provide our portfolio companies access to resources at the University of Michigan to help them scale quickly and deliver on their social or environmental mission.
  • Change Agent Entrepreneurs: We invest in inspiring leaders capable of assembling a world-class management team that shares their passion and commitment to the enterprise’s sustained impact.
  • Location: We focus on businesses based in the United States.

To Apply:

Submit all materials to Your pitch deck should include your company’s:

    • Business model
    • Traction to date
    • Leadership team information including background and relevant expertise
    • Description of social/environmental impact including key supporting metrics or research
    • Revenue projections and financials 


Please reach out to Troy Mertins, Director of Investments, at with any questions.

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