PowerUp collaborates with resource partners across the Commonwealth to help support businesses from the earliest stages to scalability. Our partners include accelerators, business education, capital providers, chambers of commerce, technical assistance and more. Our partner directory will be launching in the Fall 2019 and will allow you to search by category and stage of your business.
- Accelerator Programs
- Access to Capital
- Business Associations
- Business Education
- Certifications and Contracting
- Co-Working Spaces
- Policy and Research
- Technical Assistance
Whether you are looking for a loan, grant or equity investment, there are numerous options to help fund your business. For additional capital resources such as angel groups and seed funds geared to women and minority entrepreneurs, visit Next Wave Impact’s Resource Guide and Reinventure Capital’s Pathbreakers List.
Angel Capital Association (ACA) is a collective of accredited angel investors – the most prolific early-stage investment class. The association is the largest angel professional development organization in the world. ACA provides an insider perspective that can help you make smart investment decisions.
The Boston Impact Initiative Fund invests in enterprises throughout Eastern Massachusetts that address the growing wealth gap and ecological challenges of the times. The fund is focused on closing the racial wealth divide by investing in entrepreneurs of color and enterprises serving communities of color. They use a rang integrated capital tools: loans, credit enhancements, equity investments, royalty finance, direct public offerings, crowdfunding, grants and more.
Chloe Capital is a seed-stage venture capital firm that invests in women. they’re catalyzing solutions to the gender and diversity gap in entrepreneurship by offering investors the opportunity to Do Well by Doing Good. They recruit women-led technology and tech-enabled companies, and use the national network to drive business after the investments. they are excited to advance the next generation of inspiring leaders as they continue to build a community that supports women entrepreneurs.
Work with seed stage companies, but don’t have a specific revenue range requirement.
Dorchester Bay Economic Development Corporation (DBEDC) is Boston’s only CDC-based Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI). Through its subsidiary Dorchester Bay Neighborhood Loan Fund, DBEDC lends capital to low and moderate income individuals who live in or work in Dorchester, Roxbury, Mattapan, Hyde Park, Jamaica Plain and Roslindale. In addition to deploying capital at competitive rates to businesses where its needed most, Dorchester Bay provides technical assistance to new and existing businesses.
iFundWomen is the only crowdfunding ecosystem designed specifically for early-stage, female entrepreneurs. They believe in the power of community + technology to drive opportunities for women-owned businesses. So, they built a flexible crowdfunding platform designed to provide easy access to capital, crowdfund coaching, creatives – such as professional video production, and other connections critical to helping women launch and grow their ideas.
Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation (JPNDC) promotes equity by working to transform the lives and amplify the voices of Boston residents who have been excluded from prosperity by an inequitable economic system. They develop affordable housing that allows people to thrive and asset build, and build upon their strengths in order to pursue the changes they desire.
Local Enterprise Assistance Fund (LEAF) focuses on micro-entrepreneurs and small businesses in Boston. LEAF lending is focused on community-owned natural food cooperatives that create high quality jobs and provide access to healthy food in urban and rural communities; low-income cooperative housing developments; and worker-owned firms and other community-based businesses and social enterprises.
Massachusetts Growth Capital Corporation (MGCC) functions as a one-stop resource for debt financing for small businesses. MGCC also works to promote economic development throughout the Commonwealth, with special paid attention to business needs in underserved areas, Gateway Cities and low to moderate income communities.
Metro Credit Union is largest state chartered credit union in Massachusetts. Metro is a not for profit financial cooperative which is owned by and operated for its members. In keeping with the credit union philosophy of “people helping people,” Metro offers the members a wide range of low-cost financial products and exceptional service. Metro is the first credit union in Massachusetts to receive the Juntos Avanzamos designation for its work with the Latino community.
New England Venture Capital Association (NEVCA) is a trade association with the mission to make New England the best place in the world to start and grow new companies. The NEVCA represents the interests of venture capital investors by promoting entrepreneurship.
Pipeline Angels is changing the face of angel investing and creating capital for women and non-binary femme social entrepreneurs. Members serve as the friends and family round for entrepreneurs who may not already have support at that critical stage.
Reinventure Capital invests growth-stage capital in companies that have the potential for both excellent financial returns and sustainable, measurable impacts.
Republic is a founder and investor-friendly platform to make startup investing truly accessible. The mission is to democratize startup fundraising and investing. They’ve created a startup ecosystems that includes an equity investing platform, Republic Crypto – the first full stack fundraising solution in the crypto space, and Republic Labs – an affiliated investment advisory service.
The Capital Network (TCN) is a non-profit (501c3) organization aims to democratize access to funding. TCN provides practical, hands-on education and personalized mentoring to help early stage entrepreneurs master the entire funding process and successfully raise seed capital & beyond. TCN knows fundraising is hard so they provide entrepreneurs with the right network of investors and experts and the right programs.
The Ujima Fund is a democratic investment vehicle raising capital to finance small businesses, real estate and infrastructure projects in Boston’s working-class Black, Indigenous, and other communities of color, as part of the larger Boston Ujima Project.