Portfolio Company Lending Program

CI’s Pre-Seed Fund can provide up to $150,000 to help your idea grow. Even beyond money, you can tap into mentoring, resources and introductions to powerful connections—the help you need to turn your idea into a commercially viable business. This holistic thinking has made CI one of the most active early-stage investors in the country.

Snapshot of common characteristics

CI invests in businesses that are principally located in Connecticut and are registered with the secretary of state. (You must register prior to receiving our funding.) 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 7 years

Be presently developing a technology

Have non-recurring revenue from non-grant sources of less than $2 million

Have fewer than 25 employees, and at least 75% must work in Connecticut

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.