Kapor Capital invests in tech-driven seed stage companies committed to closing gaps of access, opportunity or outcome for low income communities and/or communities of color in the United States. We are particularly interested in those that address gaps of disproportionate relevance to African-Americans and Latinx communities.
We are open to invest across every sector, including education, work, finance, justice, food and health.
Beginning in 2011, we have invested exclusively in companies that have real potential to produce both significant financial returns and large-scale social impact by:
- closing gaps of access to information or goods and services; and/or
- expanding economic opportunity in the workplace and the marketplace; and/or
- increasing outcomes such as efficiency and competitiveness of market-based solutions to social and economic issues.
We seek entrepreneurs from all backgrounds, especially people of color, women and other groups that have been historically underrepresented. We believe lived experience helps entrepreneurs identify rapidly-scalable, market-based solutions others have overlooked.
Moreover, we believe gap-closing startups have an advantage when their teams reflect the demographics of the markets they serve, as illustrated by our Founders’ Commitment. Centered on four strategic actions, our Founders’ Commitment requires all new portfolio companies to make diversity and inclusion a core part of their business.
So, do you fit our general investment criteria? Yes, if:
- your startup is tech-driven, in the seed stage, and has potential for large-scale economic success, and
- your startup closes a significant gap of access, opportunity or outcome for low income communities and/or communities of color in the U.S., and
- you are committed to building a diverse team and an inclusive company culture as guided by The Founders’ Commitment
When We Invest
Kapor Capital chooses the seed round as its entry point. Seed round capital is generally used to help advance the startup to a stage where it will either prove or disprove value and customer demand for the product or service.
At the point we invest, companies almost always have a working version of the product or service and a small number of active users. However, we evaluate on a case-by-case basis and cannot provide specific target numbers. If the product has not been built or deployed, it is very likely too early for us to invest.
Kapor Capital invests at the seed stage for many reasons, not least of which is we enjoy working alongside entrepreneurs in establishing foundational social impact and diversity plans. Our portfolio companies commit to reporting on social impact and diversity accomplishments in their investor updates, further solidifying the link between business and diversity. Additionally, we actively engage our companies as advisors to assist with strategy, problem solving, growing the business, and fundraising.
Kapor Capital does not make philanthropic grants.
If you are looking for philanthropic support, please read more about the work of the Kapor Center.