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Venture Debt
Pre-Seed Fund
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Angel Investor Tax Credit Program

Pre-Seed Fund

Financial and strategic assistance for Connecticut’s promising technology entrepreneurs

What it is

CI’s Pre-Seed Fund supports the formation of new Connecticut technology companies by providing the funding, mentoring and resources you need to turn your idea into an early-stage technology company. In addition to providing equity, our experienced, entrepreneur-friendly team works with each pre-seed company to offer advice, support and introductions to powerful connections that help you develop a commercially viable business. This holistic thinking has led us to become one of the most active early-stage investors in the country.

Funding amount

Up to $150,000 for pre-seed expenses; we require at least a 50% match from private sources.

Do I qualify?

CI invests in businesses that are principally located in Connecticut and are registered with the secretary of state (registration must be done prior to receiving our funding). Ultimately, CI prefers to invest in companies that will feed our seed pipeline, so meeting our seed fund criteria is a plus. In addition, your company must:

  • Have been in operation for fewer than seven years
  • Be developing a technology
  • Have nonrecurring revenues from non-grant sources of less than $2 million
  • Have fewer than 25 employees, and at least 75% must work in Connecticut

Affiliates or subsidiaries of larger companies, or those that are controlled by common owners from larger companies, are not eligible for pre-seed funding. Meeting the requirements above does not guarantee funding. 


For more information, contact:
Tamyra Davis

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