How Our Robust Data Verifies the Impact of Our Investments
We believe understanding impact requires meaningful measurement. After investing, we work closely with companies to track their performance twice a year, surveying our portfolio companies on key metrics such as average wage, health and wellness programs, wealth accumulation opportunities, job accessibility, minority and women ownership and targeted hiring programs.
Our portfolio companies report:
Invest in People
A small business isn’t a product, or a building, or even an idea. People are what make a business. We invest in entrepreneurs and teams with passion and vision. If you’re a leader with an inhibitable drive, we want to help you thrive. From day one, we’re your partner. Let’s work toward your long-term vision together.
Make Impactful Investments
We invest in businesses that are ready for growth. But more than that, they are innovators that can change how business is done. With our investments spanning a diverse range of industries, we focus on companies that develop or apply innovative technologies or approaches to products, systems and services. Giving businesses access to the capital they need helps us achieve our double-bottom-line objective: improving local communities through the impact of sustainable local business and employment growth and producing strong returns for our investing partners.
Support and Empower
We want to partner with companies so that long after our investment, these driven entrepreneurs have the tools to continue to create change. We form relationships with great people running solid businesses. Our team uses our skills, experiences and networks to help small businesses capitalize on their growth for years to come. We want to give underserved small businesses and communities the push they need to achieve everything we know they’re capable of achieving.
Grow Underserved Communities
The companies we work with are committed to their communities, which benefit as we help businesses increase their footprint and deepen their impact. Our history is full of companies that provide deep, positive impacts to their communities beyond just the jobs they create and the economic development they spur. We invested in our hometown after Hurricane Katrina because we believed in New Orleans and its small businesses. For instance, with our support, TurboSquid has been a leader in the economic recovery of New Orleans. In 2015, the company was named by the Silicon Bayou News as a notable contributor to making digital media one of the fastest growing industries in New Orleans, and founder Matt Wisdom was named to the NOLA 100, a list of 100 drivers of the local ecosystem. We work with many of our partner companies to help promote the long-term growth of the underserved communities they call home.