As an organization taking both an impact and business lens, Blue Morning seeks to close the gaps that limit mission-driven companies from succeeding. We deploy our resources across two development stages: startups seeking to validate a scalable business model and companies seeking to grow and scale. Our role is to help promising, early-stage ventures identify opportunities for meaningful growth and assist them with bringing on resources to realize that growth.
We find our best fit is with 1. Founders that have a promising innovation (e.g. inventors, scientists, researchers) but require significant technical assistance to accelerate their path to market; and 2. Early revenue-generating companies that seek to grow beyond their initial region. We assist teams with needs related to:
- Business model and company development – We collaborate with ventures to solidify scalable business models and analyze organizational requirements to grow and scale. Additionally, we help founders identify gaps in their management and operational teams and connect them with talent pools.
- Investment preparation – We identify financial support options, assess investment structures, create and organize materials that satisfy investment criteria and due diligence needs, and connect with aligned investors at an appropriate stage.
- Connections and partnerships – We are connected to a broad array of organizations and individuals that have capacity and desire to support mission-driven companies. We facilitate results-driven introductions to strategic partners, investors, potential customers, and subject-matter experts to help founders build mutually beneficial, long-term relationships.
Since launching in 2018, Blue Morning has advanced six Charlottesville-based companies to help them cumulatively secure more than $900,000 in funding, build their respective teams, secure regional and national beta partners, and/or expand their business into new territories beyond Virginia. Our initial portfolio includes companies advancing sustainable agriculture and food production, accelerating marine ecosystems restoration, and improving access to economic opportunities among historically excluded groups.