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University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business National Call for Business Plans

By October 18, 2017December 27th, 2023Collaborations & Partnerships

The Social Venture Fund (SVF), a student-run VC fund that makes investments in startup-companies that have social impact at the core of their business model, at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business is now accepting business plans (thru November 5, 2017) for the 2017-2018 investment round. We are seeking innovative, high-impact, for-profit social enterprises to fund during our next investment round in winter/spring 2018.  As the nation’s first student-led impact investing fund, the SVF currently has eight companies in its portfolio. Read about them here:

SVF Investment Criteria

  • Social Enterprise: The Social Venture Fund focuses exclusively on for-profit social enterprises that are committed to positive and measurable social and/or environmental impact. In evaluating potential investments, we employ rigorous social and financial valuation techniques to ensure that companies have the potential to provide a strong blended social and financial return.
  • Alignment with Investment Areas: We invest in post-revenue companies responding to critical challenges within Education, Food Systems & Environmental, Health, and Urban Revitalization sectors.
  • Investment Amounts and Stage: We traditionally invest $50,000 – $100,000 in equity or convertible debt notes as part of larger capital rounds, typically seed or Series A. Post-investment, year-after-year, we provide our portfolio companies access to resources at the University of Michigan to help them scale quickly and deliver on their social or environmental mission.
  • Change Agent Entrepreneurs: We invest in inspiring leaders capable of assembling a world-class management team that shares their passion and commitment to the enterprise’s sustained impact.
  • Location: We focus on businesses based in the United States.

To Apply

Please submit a pitch deck by Friday, November 3rd, 2017.  Your submitted materials should include:

  • Business model
  • Traction to date
  • Leadership team information including background and relevant expertise
  • Description of positive social/environmental impact including key supporting metrics or research
  • Revenue projections and financials in table format

Submit materials at:

Learn more about our approach to investing and portfolio management at

Reach out to Sahar Omrani at with any questions.