Launched in September 2009 by a group MBA students, the University of Michigan Social Venture Fund (SvF) invests in and supports innovative companies that place social impact at the heart of their business model. SvF fosters the growth of enterprises responding to societal needs that traditional markets have insufficiently addressed. As the first student-run social venture fund in the country, SvF provides an unparalleled action-based learning experience, which places equal importance on maximizing financial returns and socially/environmentally-driven venture investing and entrepreneurship. The fund is housed within the Zell Lurie Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies at the Ross School of Business.
Our Investment Criteria
The Social Venture Fund focuses exclusively on for-profit enterprises that are committed to positive and measurable social or environmental impact. In evaluating potential investments, we employ rigorous social and financial valuation metrics to ensure that companies have the potential to provide a strong blended social/financial return. We make minority investments ranging from $50,000 – $100,000 through preferred equity or convertible debt securities, in businesses whose products or services have been validated through customer usage, revenue, or market place traction.
Submit a Plan
If you know of a business these criteria, they may submit an executive summary and business plan. If you have any questions please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our Investment Circles
SVF only invests in US-based businesses working in the areas of Education, Food Systems & Environment, Health, and Urban Revitalization. The Urban Revitalization sector is particularly interested in business plans from the Southeast Michigan/Detroit area. To learn more about each circle, or to see if your enterprise aligns with our investment areas please select one one of the following: