RSVP now: May 23rd – our first ever Good Jobs Accelerator Pitch Event.

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On May 23rd, at the Kapor Center’s Lotus Theater, the ICA Fund Good Jobs Accelerator will host our first ever Pitch Event. Current Accelerator companies as well as a few special guests will make their best pitches in front of a live audience of fellow entrepreneurs, capital providers, and investors. The pitches will be followed by investor feedback and plenty of networking time. Hors d'oeuvres and refreshments will be provided by Accelerator alumni company, The Red Door Catering.

When: May 23rd, 2019; 530pm – 8pm
Where: Lotus Theater, Kapor Center –
2148 Broadway, Oakland, CA
What: ICA Fund Good Jobs will host our first annual Accelerator Pitch Event. The Pitch Event is a chance to showcase our Good Jobs Accelerator companies and to celebrate over 23 years of good job creation in the Bay Area.

The Pitch Event:

The first annual Good Jobs Accelerator Pitch Event is a special opportunity for entrepreneurs to showcase their businesses and get connected to investors. On the day of the event, Accelerator companies looking for capital will make their pitches to a vetted audience of investors, strategic service advisors, and mission-aligned capital providers. The event will be followed by a networking reception, to connect entrepreneurs to potential capital providers and investors, and allow everyone in attendance to engage with our entrepreneurs and ecosystem partners.

About the pitching companies:

The pitch event is also the culmination for the third Good Jobs Accelerator cohort. Four of the Good Jobs Accelerator companies will be pitching as well as some special alumni guests. Pitching companies are: Courtsmith, Beija Flor Naturals, Yoconut Dairy Free, Progeny Coffee and more!

Coffee company with a mission to elevate poverty of Colombian coffee farmers


Reimagined coconut yogurt product company, creating indulgent super snacks. 

 
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Custom basketball team uniform and lifestyle apparel manufacturer with a mission to create job opportunities for underserved communities

Natural skin and hair care product company making waves in the Green Beauty industry


Who is eligible to attend this pitch event?

This event is explicitly designed to foster connections between capital providers and presenting entrepreneurs.  Therefore, due to space, priority will be given to individuals who best align with the mission of the event.  While we do have limited spots reserved for our network-at-large, your event confirmation will be sent after reviewing your RSVP. 

Are you an investor or capital provider? This event will bring together a powerful group of investors, entrepreneurs, ICA Fund Good Jobs alumni, community leaders, and supporters of our work, who all believe in the power of capital to effect lasting change in the Bay Area small business community. And we hope to see you there.

Thank you to our sponsors and partners:

Sponsorship Opportunities:

Your participation and support are instrumental to the success of the Pitch Event as well as to ensuring the success of our mission, investing in high potential businesses to create economic freedom for those who need it most. If you or your organization would like to sponsor the pitch event, just contact us! Email Roohi Singh to talk sponsorship: roohi@icafundgoodjobs.org. You can also download a sponsor packet and get all of the details here.

RSVP here:

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About the Good Jobs Accelerator:

The Good Jobs Accelerator is a tailored, holistic business acceleration program designed for growth-stage, good job-creating companies looking to scale their operations. Over the past three years, we have been working with local high-potential businesses that are poised to scale. Over a six-month engagement, we focus on getting each company ready to raise capital and helping each company to articulate its growth, people, and investment strategies.  

While the financial success of our companies is top of mind, the businesses in the Accelerator are committed to creating good jobs and building economic freedom those who need it most. In just over three years, the Good Jobs Accelerator companies have raised almost $10M, created and retained over 400 jobs, and created millions of dollars in local wealth for their employees.

Companies we’ve worked with:

Save the Date: May 23rd, 2019 for the first-ever Accelerator Pitch Event.

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Save the Date! May 23rd. Mark your calendars for an exciting opportunity to see the work of the Good Jobs Accelerator in action.

What: The ICA Fund Good Jobs Pitch Event. 
When: May 23rd, 2019 5PM
Where: The Lotus Theater at the Kapor Center in Oakland. 

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More info: The first-ever ICA Fund Good Jobs Pitch Event is a special chance to see live pitches from our dynamic Good Jobs Accelerator companies as well as meet and network with the ICA Fund Good Jobs community. This event will mark the culmination of Cohort 3's work in the Accelerator as well as showcase the impact of the ICA Fund Good Jobs model and our investments. More info is coming soon – for now, please save the date!

Read more about the Accelerator here.

4505 Meats, a Good Jobs Accelerator company, announces new investment.

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Last week, ICA Fund Good Jobs Good Jobs Accelerator alumni company 4505 Meats, maker of delicious all-natural, humanely-raised, pork rinds and other pork products, announced a new investment from San Francisco-based Encore Consumer Capital. Founded by chef Ryan Farr, the company’s pork rinds have been the fastest growing pork rinds in all of the country.

Since day one, creating a delicious snack has been first and foremost to the company; it’s a proud moment for me to lead the charge in redefining the humble pork rind for all to enjoy,
— Ryan Farr, 4505 Meats Founder

While the amount raised was not announced, 4505 Meats plans to use the investment to scale operations and expand its line of pork rinds to even more retail locations. 4505 Meats pork products are already sold in stores like Whole Foods, Costco, and Safeway.

Read the press release here.

Back to the Roots named to Fast Company's Most Innovative Companies list. 

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Portfolio company Back to the Roots featured in Fast Company.

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We're proud to share that investment portfolio company, Back to the Roots, has been named to Fast Company's Top 50 Innovative Company's (MIC 50) list. This year, for the first time, half of the companies on this year’s MIC 50 list are appearing for the first time. It also includes established companies like Disney and Apple, plus upstarts Peloton, Stitch Fix, & Sweetgreens.

"It’s an inspiring group of incredible companies dedicated to bettering the world through innovation," said Alejandro and Nikhil, co-CEOs of Back to the Roots. 

The list honors the businesses making the most profound impact on both industry and we are extremely happy to see Alejandro and Nikhil's company featured. See the entire list and read more about Back to the Roots in the official press release here. 

Read more here. 

Vote now: two Accelerator companies nominated for FedEx Small Business Grant Contest.

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We’re excited to share that two of our awesome women-owned Accelerator companies, Yoconut Dairy Free and Progeny Coffee, are nominated for the Small Business Grant Contest organized by shipping and printing giant, FedEx.

The contest enters small businesses from across the United States to win grants of up to $50,000 and up to $7,500 in FedEx Office print and business services.

Progeny and Yoconut were both entered into the running earlier this year, and now, it’s up to the public (aka you) to vote them in to the finals. Voting ends April 1st and the finalists are announced April 5th. You can vote once every 24 hours.

Read on below to learn more about the companies and hear from their founders. When you’re ready to vote, head on over to the Fedex Small Business Grant Contest website and vote!

Yoconut Dairy Free:
Yoconut makes a delicious dairy-free yogurt out from coconuts and other all-natural, alergen-free ingredients. Yoconut DF is on a mission to make healthy and allergy safe foods that everyone can enoy.

Bonnie Lau, founder of Yoconut Dairy Free.

Bonnie Lau, founder of Yoconut Dairy Free.

Its founder, Bonnie Lau shares “Yoconut Dairy Free is my passion project that is born out of my personal need. I LOVE to eat. So my first question upon picking up running was what I can eat. Magazines upon magazines say yogurt. But dairy just was not for me. After talking to many people, I realized the world needs a better yogurt. We pioneer an incredibly fresh and indulgent, zero food waste, and sustainable coconut yogurt that has naturally occurring electrolytes and zero added sugar. Small batch made in SF.” | vote for Yoconut here.

Maria Palacio, CEO of Progeny Coffee with a coffee farmer in Colombia.

Maria Palacio, CEO of Progeny Coffee with a coffee farmer in Colombia.

Progeny Coffee:
Progeny sells sustainable 100% Specialty Colombian Coffee, single-origin to coffee lovers all to support its mission of empowering Colombian coffee farmers to get out of poverty.

As CEO, Maria Palacio tells it, Progeny is not only producing delicious coffee, they “have already doubled the income and impacted around 20 families of farmers from the coffee we have sold to companies. We need to keep expanding our work in order to keep helping farmers get out of poverty. We'll use the grant to hire more people to be part of our sales team, therefore, extending our impact with the farmers. We will also improve the working conditions of the farmers in Colombia, so they can focus on increasing the quality of their coffee and get more revenues for it.” | vote for Progeny here.


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Leadership announcement: Sean Daniel Murphy is moving on from his position as CEO. 

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Sean is moving on from his position as CEO. 

With tremendous gratitude for his twelve years of service and leadership, ICA Fund Good Jobs announces a leadership transition: Sean Daniel Murphy is moving on from his role as Chief Executive Officer.

For his entire career, Sean has tirelessly promoted economic freedom by developing disruptive, innovative, and scalable tools that help small business owners grow their businesses, create good jobs, and help employees build new wealth.

After joining Inner City Advisors as a volunteer in 2007, Sean first served as portfolio manager then Chief Operating Officer. In 2013 he founded Fund Good Jobs, one of the country's first nonprofit impact investing funds. In 2016, Sean was selected as the CEO of the combined ICA Fund Good Jobs.

Driven by his philosophy of betting on people who bet on people, Sean has built a dedicated, cross-functional team with extensive experience working with small businesses at various stages of growth. His enduring commitment has grown the organization to national recognition.

“I know that it is time for me to move on but I have so much gratitude for the years I have spent with ICA Fund Good Jobs,” Murphy said. “The organization is stronger than ever, both programmatically and financially. I have complete confidence in the team and I look forward to the continued growth of the accelerator, our investments, and the mission under new leadership. I know that ICA Fund Good Jobs will continue to create wealth and make an impact for the entire region.”

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Sean has been a key architect of ICA Fund Good Jobs’ growth and community impact over the past twelve years. Some of his accomplishments at ICA Fund Good Jobs include:

  • Founding Fund Good Jobs – the country’s first and only investor explicitly committed to the creation of good jobs

  • Deploying over $3M directly to small businesses and empowering them to secure over $30M in additional capital.

  • Serving over 500 businesses and creating $1B in local wealth.

  • Creating over $13M in wages and 1,200 jobs in just the last year.

  • Launching the Good Jobs Accelerator – its companies have secured over $7.5M in capital since 2017.

  • Growing the organization from a team of two to more than ten and leading it to its strongest financial year ever in 2018.

  • Bringing the ICA Fund Good Jobs mission to a national stage and increased regional relevance by becoming a certified Community Development Financial Institution in 2016, building alliances with national partners, like SOCAP and OFN, and partnering with the City of San Jose to launch pilot programs in the South Bay. 

  • Growing the mission by being named to the San Francisco Business Times 40 Under 40 list in 2018, joining the Aspen Institute’s Quality Jobs Fellowship, and being featured in Entrepreneur MagazineForbes, and by the PBS Newshour.

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We are excited to see what Sean does next professionally and happy to share that Sean is not only working closely with the Board of Directors to manage the transition, but will formally join the ICA Fund Good Jobs Board once a new CEO is hired.

Sean has done a great job of positioning ICA Fund Good Jobs for the future. We are excited for him as he explores the next chapter in his successful mission-oriented career, and we are equally excited that we will still be able to benefit from his considerable skills and experience as a Board member.
— Jack Russi, ICA Fund Good Jobs Board of Directors Co-Chair

In the near term, Sean looks forward to working on new projects, is grateful for time spent with friends and family, and he remains passionately committed to impact investing, community development, and creating economic opportunity for those who need it most.

The Board of Directors is leading the search for a new CEO and is working with the executive search firm Korn Ferry to find an exceptional candidate. 

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