Interested in pitching to The JumpFund?
The JumpFund invests in high growth, scalable, women-led ventures in the Southeastern United States. Please see the “Our Story” page on our website for more information on our mission and values. While we are industry agnostic, we seek companies that are a "right fit" for our portfolio and those to which we feel we can add the most value and help scale.
Please read through the following investment criteria before seeking capital from our group.
The JumpFund considers investments in early-stage, high growth ventures that meet the following criteria:
Woman-led: At least one female in a C-level role with significant equity in the company.
Located in the Southeastern United States: This includes Arkansas, Louisiana, Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina, Kentucky, and Virginia.
Led by a strong, diverse team: The management team should have deep industry knowledge as well as an understanding of their product, new and existing competitors’ products, and their potential market share. Strong management teams will exhibit enthusiasm and confidence in their team’s ability to execute. We see our investment as a partnership with our entrepreneurs and appreciate those who communicate effectively with their investors.
Have a sustainable competitive advantage: Competitive advantages can include high barriers to entry (if no IP, then trade secrets that can allow a reasonable amount of time to become market leader), disruptive technology, unique/valuable partnerships, etc.
Established C-Corporations (or LLCs on path to incorporation): Must have a strong business model, 5 year pro-forma, and clearly defined and well-researched exit strategy.
Ability to scale rapidly and achieve strong returns for investors: We generally prefer to see 3-5 year projections with scalability in excess of $20 million (minimum). We show strong preference toward companies that exhibit the viability of raising additional rounds of financing, plus opportunities that can be accelerated with support from our investment team, partners, and advisors.
Funding ask: Should be in line with the company’s stage of growth. Valuations should mirror Southeast market rates.
Stage of Company: The JumpFund invests in Seed to Series A stage deals. At a minimum, company should have proof of concept and preferably an MVP that has some customer traction. We prefer companies which have potential to move quickly to cash flow break even, not requiring multiple funding rounds
Investment Size: Range from $100-$250k for first checks. We only consider investment in equity or debt financing structured deals.
Investment Partners: We prefer deals that have multiple investment partners and are never the sole funder. We will also syndicate deals, when appropriate, within our network of other female funders including: Next Wave Impact, Golden Seeds, Female Founders Fund, Pipeline Angels, 37 Angels, and other angel and early stage firms interested in impact/gender lens investing.
The following do not meet our investment interests:
Ventures with a large real estate component, television or radio programs, film, theater or art productions, and companies domiciled outside of the Southeastern U.S. Additionally, we do not fund companies using the 506C exemption or where our investments are subject to a broker/dealer fee. We are also not a grant-making or lending organization.
Believe you meet our Criteria? Here's how to proceed:
1) Talk with one of our GPs at our monthly office hours. Sign up to learn more about The JumpFund and to speak directly with one of our General Partners to learn if you are ready to pitch. We are happy to meet with you regardless of company stage--you may already have traction or still be back-of-napkin.
2) Applications are by referral only. If you are seeking capital from the JumpFund, your company should be screened and referred by one of our General Partners. If you cannot attend our office hours to meet in person (or via Zoom), please reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org
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If you have any questions regarding our criteria, please reach out to us at email@example.com. We applaud your team and wish you much success in your venture!