ICA Fund Good Jobs hosts Pitch Event!

Dianna Tremblay and Caron Gugssa-Howard of ICA Fund Good Jobs with the 2019 Pitch Event participants.

Dianna Tremblay and Caron Gugssa-Howard of ICA Fund Good Jobs with the 2019 Pitch Event participants.

On May 23rd, at the Kapor Center’s Lotus Theater in Oakland, ICA Fund Good Jobs hosted its first-ever pitch event. Over the course of an exciting evening, six companies, including all four current Accelerator companies, pitched to a packed audience of investors, community members, funders, and fellow entrepreneurs. 

The Pitch Event was an exciting opportunity for Accelerator and Alumni companies to showcase their stories and business models, as well as explain how they plan to scale their vision and strategy.

As a celebratory conclusion to the 2019 Accelerator cohort, the current Accelerator companies – Yoconut Dairy Free, Progeny Coffee, Beija Flor Naturals, and Courtsmith Basketball Industries, joined Accelerator alumni company Bread SRSLY and investment portfolio company Firebrand Artisan Breads on the pitch stage at the Kapor Center. Collectively, the six businesses are raising almost $16m in growth capital, ranging from $150k to $10.5m in debt and equity.

Pitch event judges Justina Lai of Wetherby Asset Management and an ICA Fund Good Jobs Board of Directors, Kirby Harris of Base Ventures, and outgoing ICA Fund Good Jobs CEO, Sean Daniel Murphy, provided actionable tactical and strategic feedback to all the pitchers. 

Thank you to everyone who attended. 

The power of our work starts with with you – our business support ecosystem. If you didn’t get a chance to connect with the companies, please let us know how we can help you get acquainted.  You can also download a PDF of the program, which features all of the company raises here.

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The pitch event was a true celebration of our companies’ accomplishments to date. But we’re always looking ahead. And so the Good Jobs Accelerator is now building its next cohort of high-growth, high-potential companies. If you know of businesses that would be a fit for the Accelerator, or are an entrepreneur who would like to apply, you can do that (and learn more about the program) here.

The 2019 Pitch Event was made possible thanks to the generous support of our sponsors and community partners – eBay, JP Morgan Chase, Donahue Fitzgerald, and J.P. King Advisors.

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A special thank you to our gracious hosts, the Kapor Center, our caterers (and Good Jobs Accelerator alumni) RedDoor Catering, and videographers, 510 Media

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