Are you a visionary founder with a game-changing idea? At FIC, we're here to support your journey. We understand the unique challenges you face and are committed to helping you achieve your goals. Our approach goes beyond providing capital – we connect you with a diverse team of seasoned professionals and a global network of individuals who are dedicated to seeing you, your ideas, and your company thrive. Apply for funding or scroll below to learn more about our investment process.
At FIC, we're on the lookout for boldly innovative startups poised to drive change and contribute to economic diversity in Florida and beyond.
We're eager to hear from you, but first, consider our investment criteria:
• Investing in Visionaries: We seek visionary founders who share our passion for innovation and growth.
• Early-Stage Focus: While our specialty lies in nurturing and growing early-stage companies, we're open to exploring opportunities regardless of whether you're pre-revenue or post-revenue.
• Flexible Investment Range: Typically, our investments range from $250,000 to $1M, but we're willing to invest above or below this range if the opportunity aligns.
• Industry and Geography Agnostic: We believe that great ideas know no bounds, which is why we're industry and geography agnostic. We're open to groundbreaking concepts from anywhere and anyone.
• Lead Investors: We prefer to be lead investors in our portfolio companies, providing you with the support and guidance you need. This active involvement ensures that we are fully committed to helping you navigate challenges and seize opportunities, making us more than just passive backers.
If your company aligns with our criteria, let's connect (link to connect page) and explore the possibilities together. Even if we aren't the best fit, we can help point you in the right direction to find the support you need.
• Once we hear from you and determine that your venture aligns with FIC's criteria, we proceed with our first step of due diligence, which begins with an introductory meeting, where we warmly welcome you to share your company's vision and potential.
• This meeting serves as a platform for transparent discussions, fostering mutual understanding and alignment.
• We delve into key topics such as your unique problem-solving abilities, deep customer insights, and go-to-market strategies.
Building on our introductory meeting, our FIC team conducts a rigorous technical review focused on assessing the feasibility and maturity of your offering.
Our primary goal is to understand the technical challenges and opportunities within your venture.
During this phase, we may identify areas where additional expertise from our seasoned team of advisors is beneficial to ensure your success.
Progressing from the technical review, we enter a critical stage where FIC engages in comprehensive due diligence.
This process is led by our diverse team of advisors, leveraging their deep industry expertise and experience.
The thorough assessment reaffirms our commitment to your success and the potential of our partnership.
In many cases, we initiate discussions with a term sheet before delving into due diligence, showcasing our commitment to efficient and transparent processes.
Our due diligence process includes rigorous financial analysis, grounded in sound business assumptions, which guides our decision-making.
Importantly, our investment decisions aren't binary; we value ongoing conversations to ensure alignment with both your objectives and our investment criteria
We collaborate with you to tailor the funding structure, whether as a lump sum or milestone-based, to best support your growth.
As an FIC-backed company, you enter a dynamic ecosystem of capital, resources, and expertise to accelerate your journey. This includes board representation, marketing strategy, networking, and access to seasoned operators.
Regular progress reviews are proactive, guiding you through challenges and helping you seize opportunities effectively.
- FIC partners with you to meticulously explore a range of exit strategies, tailored to your venture's unique circumstances.
- Whether it's a strategic recapitalization, a lucrative acquisition, going public with an IPO, or continuing operations independently, we work together to determine the most rewarding path for your venture's future.