Promoting Economic Justice for All

Helping Individuals & Communities Invest in Our Common Future

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The Initiative for Local Capital is an innovation lab that promotes economic justice and supports the growing movement for democratic access to capital. We envision a future where the circulation of wealth within a region cultivates strong, vibrant, and resilient local economies, a greater sense of place and community among citizens, and financial well-being for all.

Our mission is to create democratic investment opportunities, educational tools and resources, and inclusive networks that support all members of a community to invest where their hearts and homes are.

 

The Challenge

 

Access to capital is a challenge, especially for women, people of color, and rural communities as wealthy investors tend to overlook these groups.

  • Less than 3% of venture capital goes to women entrepreneurs

  • Less than 1% to black entrepreneurs

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Crowdfunding platforms and peer-to-peer lending networks offer limited investment opportunities to people of more moderate means but barriers still remain

  • Lack of democratically structured local investment opportunities

  • Appropriate and accessible financial education

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Our Solution

Invest Local

As more Americans engage in place-based savings and investments, it will encourage entrepreneurship among people who might otherwise struggle or even abandon a business plan because they don’t have access to start-up or growth capital. Increased local investment will foster resilient, regenerative communities and economic justice for all.

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How you can help

 
 

FUNDING

Create an educated and motivated community of local investors you might have wished for your business.

Connections

Identify/make introductions to individuals or groups who’ll be interested in Local Cap’s programs and resources.

 
 
 
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