Photos from the 2019 Pitch Event at the Kapor Center.

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. 

Thank you to Kola Shobo for capturing photos at the event.

Here are photos from the event:

The Good Jobs Accelerator is now accepting applications!

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Years of impact:

Over the past 23 years we have proven that with our support, businesses grow faster. The more than 600 companies that have worked with us have collectively:

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  • Secured over $300M in capital

  • Created over 5,500 jobs 

  • Paid over $105M in wages 

Since its launch in 2016, Good Jobs Accelerator companies have raised close to $10M in growth capital, created and retained over 400 jobs, and created millions of dollars in local wealth for their employees.

We are incredibly proud of this group and invite you to apply for the next cohort or share this email with an entrepreneur you think might be a good fit. More details are below.

The details:

Over 3 months, cohort companies are holistically supported through group learning, peer-to-peer support, and individualized advising sessions to support their growth ambitions and to access the right growth capital. 

Areas of Focus: Growth Strategy, People Strategy, and Capital Strategy
Program Dates: September 2019 - November 2019
Deadline to Apply: July 12th (Interviews will take place in August)
Your company is a good fit when you have: 

  • An established business model that supports good job creation

  • The capacity and commitment to fully participate

  • Demonstrated product/market fit and traction 

  • A scaleable business model with tangible expansion opportunities

Cost: $1,000 initial payment, 3 year revenue share, 1% equity via assignable warrant

To learn more about the program and the alumni, click here. And if you have questions before applying, you can reach us at services@icafundgoodjobs.org.

Apply: https://icafundgoodjobs.org/accelerator

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.

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.