After several years of working with startups, ranging from small businesses to ventures with high-growth potential, we’ve identified companies that can derive the most value from our network and resources. A fit for us is a company with the following characteristics:
Stage: Companies must have measurable traction demonstrated by either early revenues or having a working model. Teams should be growth-oriented and seeking to increase their sales or planning to raise investment in the next 6 – 12 months. We do not work with teams to help them explore early stage ideas or build a prototype but will happily refer them to organizations that can help.
Team: At least one full-time founder must available and willing to commit a minimum of 10 hours a week to working with us. We work best with founders that have strong domain knowledge and target market insights.
Impact: Ventures must have a business model that integrates with social and/or environmental impact objectives meaning that with commercial growth, impact grows equally as well. We do not work with one-for-one models. To learn more about our impact areas of focus – food and agriculture, water, and climate and energy – click here (link to impact page).
Demographics: We’re located in Charlottesville and are open to working with Virginia-based businesses. We have a strong focus on working with diverse teams in all regards (age, gender, ethnicity, background, etc.).
Geography: Teams outside of Charlottesville aren’t required to re-locate to our area, but they must commit to regular meetings and events during our engagement.