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Ohio Impact Fund is a $5M early-stage venture fund designed to uplift and empower Ohio’s most promising startups whose social, community, or environmental commitments are fundamental to their business.
Who We Are
Most traditional VC firms measure success solely on ROI. The Ohio Impact Fund invests capital in impact driven businesses that address a basic unmet need or solve a social or environmental problem through a market driven approach. They provide not just return on investment but also a measurable improvement to the community of Ohio and beyond.
In addition to strong ROI, the fund measures the social, environmental, and community impact of our portfolio companies using fiscal proxies. This shows investors the exponential impact their dollars can make when put to use supporting social entrepreneurs. We support startups that fit into one or more of four impact-based funding categories:
Climate Tech & Sustainability
Expanded Equity & Access
Financial Access for All
Good Health & Wellbeing
A world where innovative, underrepresented entrepreneurs solving social and environmental problems have access to venture capital. Where investor ROI is aligned with a measurable economic and social impact.
The fund provides investments into impact driven startups in the pre-seed to early expansion stages of growth, in exchange for equity in the company.
At the end of the day, social innovation succeeds when we work towards a collective goal of maximum impact. The Ohio Impact Fund is committed to connecting the impact investment communities throughout the state, creating a unified ecosystem devoted to uplifting and empowering social entrepreneurs. We are dedicated to being the best partner we can be for impact investors, startup founders, and support organizations.
VC can be a grueling arena, one where unhealthy founder expectations can lead to needless failure. We believe in a Founders First approach, and provide support and tools in addition to our cash investment. We believe in our founders and their startups and are committed to doing everything in our power to ensure their success. Mentors, access to a cohort of like minded entrepreneurs, mental and work life balance support, a vast network of business and strategy services--all of these tools are put to the benefit of our founders.
We are currently raising funds. If our vision speaks to you and you’d like to have an impact with your investment dollars, fill out the form linked HERE.
We believe in radical collaboration. The Ohio Impact Fund has a vast network of accelerators, incubators, and entrepreneurial support organizations. If you’d like to join our network, shoot an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
We are looking for impactful founders. Do you believe your startup is solving a social, environmental, or economic problem in Ohio and beyond? We’d love to hear from you. Fill out an initial application and we'll be in touch.
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