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Accelerator and Venture Funding Opportunities

Blueprint Health
  • Quick Take: “Blueprint Health is a community of healthcare entrepreneurs helping to build the next generation of healthcare IT companies.”

  • Deadline: Will begin accepting applications for the 2018 program in January 2018

  • Investment size: $20,000

  • What they're looking for

  • Quick Take: "Dreamit is the only growth-focused accelerator designed for startups with market-ready products. Dreamit Health is an accelerator designed to help startups scale with enterprise customers in the healthcare space. The program is 14 weeks (4 weeks in person and 10 weeks virtual) of growth-focused programming, education, coaching, and one-on-one interactions with executives at large hospitals, insurers, and pharma companies. The program is completely designed to give startups a chance to gain new customers and to pilot their technologies.”

  • Deadline: January 12, 2018

  • Application form

Halcyon Incubator
  • Quick Take: “The Halcyon Incubator is committed to solving 21st-century challenges throughout the nation and the world. By helping social entrepreneurs transform audacious ideas into scalable and sustainable ventures, the Halcyon Incubator acts as a catalyst for measurable social outcomes. It's perhaps the most immersive incubator in the world that focuses on both social impact and profit. During this 18-month fellowship, a diverse cohort of fellows receives free residency and workspace, mentorship and leadership coaching, robust support from business consultants, and a living stipend to develop their entrepreneurial vision into reality.”

  • Deadline: April 4, 2018

  • What they’re looking for

Health Wildcatters
  • Quick Take: “Our mission is to help startups save lives and create jobs. With our proven model for acceleration, startups receive investment, resources, and access to mentors and investors in exchange for equity.”

  • Investment size: $30,000 to $380,000

  • Deadline: May 31, 2018

  • What they're looking for

LearnLaunch BOOST
  • Quick Take: “As an organization founded by career entrepreneurs, we understand the challenges associated with starting a company — especially in the education space. We’ve built and continue to build resources to support early stage entrepreneurs from our various accelerator programs, pre-accelerator program, classes and other networking events.”

  • Investment approach: “The LearnLaunch BOOST program is a three-month program designed to help early stage edtech entrepreneurs successfully grow their startups. Founders participate in a residential program in Boston, Massachusetts, where they are immersed in a community of like-minded professionals committed to helping them grow their businesses. The goal of LearnLaunch BOOST is to advance the product and market development process so that entrepreneurs will be able to secure the resources they need to grow.”

  • Investment size: $20,000 for 6% plus potentially up to $50,000 in additional funding

  • Deadline: Fall 2018 (last deadline was November 6, 2017)

  • What they're looking for

Open Philanthropy Project
  • Quick Take: “Open Philanthropy Project’s mission is to give as effectively as we can and share our findings openly so that anyone can build on our work. Through research and grantmaking, we hope to learn how to make philanthropy go especially far in terms of improving lives.”

  • Deadline: Rolling

  • What they’re looking for

Techstars Healthcare
  • Quick Take: “Companies selected for the Cedars-Sinai Accelerator powered by Techstars will have access to the world’s leading physicians and researchers to help advance technology that empowers the patient or healthcare professional to better track, manage, and improve health and healthcare delivery.”

  • Deadline: March 25, 2018

  • What types of businesses are best suited for Techstars?

Y Combinator Nonprofits
  • Quick Take: “We treat nonprofit startups almost exactly like for-profits. Nonprofits go through the standard YC program, participating side by side with for-profits. We help the founders focus on relentlessly growing a key metric and on making something people want.”

  • Investment size: $100,000

  • Deadline: March 24, 2018

  • What they're looking for

Venture Funding Opportunities

  • Quick Take: “Our vision is a world based on dignity, where every human being has the same opportunity. Rather than giving philanthropy away, we invest it in companies and change makers.”

  • Investment approach: “Our aim in investing patient capital is not to seek high returns, but rather to jump-start the creation of enterprises that improve the ability of the poor to live with dignity. We define patient capital as having these characteristics: Long time horizons for the investment. Risk-tolerance. A goal of maximizing social, rather than financial, returns. Providing management support to help new business models thrive. The flexibility to seek partnerships with governments and corporations through subsidy and co-investment when doing so may be beneficial to low-income customers.”

  • Investment size: $300,000 to $2,500,000 in equity or debt with payback or exit in roughly seven to ten years

  • Stage: Seed and early stage

  • Yale-affiliate to contact: Blair Miller

  • What they're looking for

  • Quick Take: “BVP has invested in healthcare-related companies for more than two decades. Drawing on our investors’ experience in medicine, science, information technology, and management, BVP has backed developers of innovative healthcare services, healthcare information technology, therapeutics, and diagnostics.”

  • Investment size: $100,000 to $75M

  • What they're looking for

Better Ventures
  • Quick Take: “We back passionate entrepreneurs leveraging the tools and methodologies of the modern technology startup to address some of society's biggest challenges, from narrowing the opportunity gap to improving health outcomes to accelerating the transition to a sustainable economy. Given the magnitude of these problems and the enormous market opportunities they represent, we seek to back founders with the intellectual capacity and drive to build truly world-changing companies.”

  • Application form

Bulldog Innovation Group
  • Quick Take: “We invest in the Yale community. Through our professors, Fellows, alumni, and other members of our extended community, we create meaningful opportunities for founders and investors. Companies with a connection to Yale, the broader community”

  • Stage: Early Stage Venture, Seed

  • Application form

DBL Partners
  • Quick Take: “DBL Partners uses venture capital to accelerate innovation in a way that positively affects an organization’s social impact, as well as its financial success. We strongly believe these two drivers –positive social change and a healthy financial performance– are inherently connected. DBL invests in and helps nurture outstanding entrepreneurs and companies in Cleantech, Information Technology, Sustainable Products and Services, and Healthcare.”

  • Investment approach: ““DBL Partners assists its portfolio companies in achieving a “double bottom line”: that is, strong long-term financial success, as well as positive social, environment and economic impact in the local community. We have found that double bottom line practices that companies choose to adopt can be significantly beneficial to the fiscal bottom line both via direct benefits of cost savings and value creation, and via indirect benefits of creating good­will with their market, customers and community, and enhancing employee morale and retention.”

  • What they're looking for

Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation
  • Quick Take: “The Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation is a global venture philanthropy firm supporting early stage, high impact social enterprises. We believe that with early funding and rigorous support, exceptional leaders, tackling some of society’s most complex problems, can make the world a better place.”

  • Investment approach: “Just giving early stage organizations money and checking in periodically isn’t enough. Our approach is different. We partner with the leaders of our portfolio organizations and provide rigorous, ongoing support, including taking a board seat for three years. We work day and night with our entrepreneurs, opening our networks, facilitating meetings, convening critical resources and working side by side with each leader to help them reach their full potential and build their organization to scale.”

  • Investment size: $300,000 of unrestricted capital over three years

  • Stage: Seed

  • What they're looking for

Equilateral Ventures
  • Quick Take: "Equilateral Ventures seeks companies that aim to transform the world for the better. We support and fund innovations with positive social and environmental impacts on the Global community while generating positive returns."

  • Investment approach: “You know doing good and generating a Healthy Return are not mutually exclusive concepts. So Do We. If your Team seeks a Healthy Return to improve Global Health — Healthy People, Healthy Societies and a Healthy Planet--WE ARE INTERESTED!”

  • What they're looking for

Impact Engine
  • Quick Take: “We’re looking for technology entrepreneurs solving the world’s toughest social and environmental problems in education, health, resource efficiency and economic empowerment. We offer early-stage risk capital as well as the value of our extensive network of entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, and executives who support our portfolio companies and increase their chances of success.”

  • Investment size: Between $100K to $250K, with the potential for follow on funding

  • Stage: “Seed through Series A stages. Our sweet spot is seed stage, when you have proven some product-market fit and are raising between $500,000 and $1,500,000.”

  • What they're looking for

Khosla Impact
  • Quick Take: “Khosla Impact invests in entrepreneurs who are passionate about solving challenging, often intractable socio-economic problems through careful application of science, technology, and design or through creative business models. We believe in experimentation and encourage this approach among our entrepreneurs.”

  • Investment approach: “We evaluate a wide range of opportunities but are primarily focused on for-profit enterprises serving people at the bottom half of the world’s economic pyramid: low-income laborers, farmers and families, as well as small businesses in emerging markets. Given our experience, South Asia is our initial, but not exclusive, geography of focus. We welcome entrepreneurs and business plans from all countries and regions.”

  • What they're looking for

Omidyar Network
  • Quick Take: "Omidyar Network invests in entrepreneurs who share our commitment to advancing social good at the pace and scale the world needs today."

  • Investment approach: “We support market-based approaches with the potential for large-scale, catalytic impact. Toward that end, our investing style transcends typical boundaries that separate for-profit investing and traditional philanthropy. Because we believe that each sector has a role, we make investments in for-profit companies as well as grants to nonprofit organizations. Regardless of the sector, we invest in organizations that have the potential to embody innovation, scale, and sustainability or help bring them about within their industry.”

  • Stage: “We look for organizations with significant growth potential, with the ability to scale operations and develop new markets. We ask for-profits to have the potential for a highly successful business model and nonprofits a path toward operational sustainability.”

  • What they're looking for

Rock Health
  • Quick Take: “Rock Health exists to fund and support entrepreneurs working at the intersection of healthcare and technology. Put simply, our mandate is impact. We want to make healthcare massively better for every human being—driving down the cost to deliver improved services to more people. Massively better means incredible change—it’s improvement by an order of magnitude or more along every dimension—healthcare that is incredibly functional, reliable, convenient, and yes, inexpensive.”

  • Investment approach: “Our portfolio companies are tackling problems in mental health, smoking cessation, hospital and payer administration, and diabetes, in addition to many, many others. As early stage investors we seek to invest in relentless problem solvers, and support them in growing scalable, sustainable businesses making a positive impact. Our internal mantra is to act as an early employee, not as an advisor or mentor. That means getting our hands dirty doing actual work. We support our companies on a wide range of business issues, including fundraising, go-to-market planning, customer development, business development, contracting, pricing, marketing, communications, and PR.”

  • What they're looking for

Skoll Foundation
  • Quick Take: “The Skoll Foundation drives large-scale change by investing in, connecting, and celebrating social entrepreneurs and the innovators who help them solve the world’s most pressing problems.”

  • Investment approach: “The Skoll Foundation presents the Skoll Awards for Social Entrepreneurship each year to a select group of social entrepreneurs whose innovations have already had significant, proven impact on some of the world’s most pressing problems, and invests directly in the promise of even greater impact at scale. By investing in organizations when an innovation is ripe for accelerated and scaled adoption, the Skoll Awards help unleash the full global potential and reach of social entrepreneurs.”

  • Investment size: $1.25 million

  • Stage: Late

  • What they're looking for