Proof-of-Concept Fund

Understanding the
Proof-of-Concept Fund

Connecticut is committed to supporting entrepreneurs at the early stage to improve their chances of bringing new products to market. CI will invest $50–100K per company, selecting the most promising companies that meet the investment criteria. In this highly competitive selection process, CI will invest in 15 to 25 companies per year out of the several hundred we will review. Companies selected for investment will gain access to mentors, bootcamps and other resources to accelerate growth.

Snapshot of common characteristics

CI seeks technology companies based in Connecticut that are at the proof-of-concept stage of development. Preference will be given to information technology, advanced manufacturing, engineering, consumer packaged goods and bioscience/biotech companies. As part of our commitment to equity and diversity, we will also look to invest in business enterprises owned and controlled by socially and economically disadvantaged individuals through this fund.

Other criteria for investment include:

Company stage

Companies at the early stage looking to accelerate growth, test innovations, build minimum viable products and run customer pilots. First-time founders are welcome.

Capital raised

The ability to raise additional capital is vital to the success of early-stage companies. As such, friends and family, angel investor, accelerator and/or institutional co-investment is viewed favorably.

Focus on innovation

Companies currently developing a technology that is unique and difficult to copy due to patents, design or go-to-market strategy.

Cash match

A cash match is not required for this fund, but is preferred.

Primary location

Office headquarters and at least 50 percent of employees located in Connecticut.

Funding amount

Up to $100,000 in the form of CI’s standard convertible note.

If you are interested in having CI review your pitch deck/business plan or executive summary, please fill out the form below. If you have already submitted to another fund on our page, please do not upload again. Companies are considered for all funding opportunities at the time of review.

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Proof-of-Concept Fund FAQ

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