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We’ve secured five funds as part of the Capital Access Lab to date. These funds have collectively invested $3 million, catalyzing at least an additional $5 million in investments.

1863 Ventures

1863 Ventures is a business development program designed to bridge the gap between entrepreneurship and equity. Our programs seek to accelerate new majority entrepreneurs from high potential to high growth. Our vision is to create $100B of new wealth and economic power for and by the New Majority. The firm provides several programs designed to support various stages in the lifecycle to include early-stage and growth-stage.

Anzu Partners

Anzu Partners is a venture capital firm that invests in breakthrough industrial technologies. We team with entrepreneurs to develop and commercialize technological innovations by providing capital and deep expertise in business development, market positioning, global connectivity, and operations. Anzu manages ~$350M in capital commitments.

Capacity Capital

Capacity Capital is a new fund working to 10X small, revenue-generating businesses. Investing in the overlooked and underestimated.

Collab Capital

Collab Capital‘s mission is to establish an institution that provides a visible pathway to sustained wealth for the Black community. We establish this pathway by investing in tech and tech-enabled companies through efficient capital and effective connections between Black innovators, investors, and influencers. is a program designed to fund and support founders on a path to profitability. We deeply believe that there are hundreds, even thousands, of businesses that could be thriving, at scale, if they focused on revenue growth over raising another round of funding. We aim to be the last investment our founders need to take.

Interested in joining the Capital Access Lab? We are seeking:

  • Fund managers who are testing and validating new approaches to investment, founder ownership, and investor liquidity. Examples might include revenue-based investing, performance-based equity, and employee stock ownership models.
  • A range of approaches to risk/return/liquidity that operate outside the traditional profile of venture capital and small business lenders.
  • Investment strategies linked to increased revenue growth and faster paths to profitability for entrepreneurs, rather than measuring success based on increases in valuation or additional funds raised.
  • Fund managers who aim to be a part of a broader community of practice seeking innovative ways to reduce barriers for entrepreneurial capital. We seek fund managers who are willing to open-source term sheets, share investment practices, and teach and learn together.

Further, funds can be sidecar, pilot, or experimental vehicles launched by established organizations, as well as new organizations. Fund managers will need to explain how support from the Capital Access Lab will be catalytic to the formation of a new strategy or model.

If you are a fund manager interested in applying for funding through the Capital Access Lab and have questions before you begin your application, please contact Brendan Cosgrove.

If you are interested in investing in the Capital Access Lab, or want to submit your ideas or best practices, please contact Agnes Dasewicz.

Interested fund managers ready to apply for funding through the Capital Access Lab can contact us through the Kauffman portal by Submitting a New Idea. To ensure you are considered as part of the Capital Access Lab, select your area of interest as “Entrepreneurship” and your strategic focus as “Capital Access.”