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 $50,000 – $100,000 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 by Friday, November 2nd, 2018 to svfbusinessplans@umich.edu. 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 in table format

Contact:

Please reach out to Nathan Stevens, Director of Investments, at nste@umich.edu with any questions.