The InnovationFWD team is built on a shared objective to accelerate early-stage venture fundraising for committed founders.
InnovationFWD is a selective network of top companies – on average, we accept one company per every six we consider.
Every company accepted to InnovationFWD is deemed “venture-investible” based on a standard set of qualifying criteria including:
We’re currently inviting select companies from the following innovation hubs: Babson College Boston University U.C. Berkeley Brown University Caltech Carnegie Mellon University of Chicago Columbia University Cornell University Duke University Georgia Tech Harvard University University of Iowa University of Maryland University of Michigan MassChallenge Northwestern University Oxford University Parallel18 (Puerto Rico) University of Pennsylvania University of Pittsburgh Princeton University Stanford University Techstars Trinity College Yale University Y Combinator
Institutional investors invited to InnovationFWD gain exclusive access to the InnovationFWD network, platform and services, including the ability to:
Accepted founders gain complete access to the InnovationFWD network, platform and services, including the ability to:
iFWD empowers contemporary institutional investors to augment and prioritize their investment pipeline with algorithmic personalization, a standard framework of alternative data, and extensive grassroots exposure at global innovation hubs.
Running a successful venture fund begins with efficient deal-flow prioritization and engagement. Our platform has combined traditional deal sourcing with intelligent personalization to cut through the noise in the prospect qualification process. Furthermore, InnovationFWD has integrated secure data room services to enable a seamless progression to due diligence.
We are free to a select group of leading investors during our pilot period.
Sourcing professionals spend invaluable time identifying prospects, requesting warm referrals, and uncovering basic information from founders. After initial contact, weeks may pass with lack of clarity on key information needed to qualify a prospect.
iFWD empowers sourcing professionals with a premium interface to efficiently qualify and rank investment opportunities at the grassroots of leading innovation hubs. We provide immediate access to information needed to evaluate prospects, including fundamental data points such as product nuances, team overview, market opportunities, traction, fundraising timelines, and proprietary alternative data points.
Filter intelligently, request warm introductions, and receive personalized prospect suggestions powered by intelligent matching.
Our analysts and board, comprised of current and former investors, generate a team decision based on key factors including team dynamics, pain-point validation, market opportunity, and traction to date. We consistently vet and onboard Pre-Seed through Series A companies across a broad range of verticals, and every founder touchpoint is closely maintained through an iFWD account executive.
Built by founders, for founders, iFWD empowers leading early-stage companies to field interest from blue chip institutional investors and streamline conversions from intro to term sheet.
We’re developing technology-driven precision for founders in the venture fundraising process. Without bias or geographic boundary, we review and accept qualified ventures and investors to the platform. Once approved, founders access a network of top early-stage investors nationwide, and vice-versa. Furthermore, InnovationFWD has integrated secure data room services to enable a seamless progression to due diligence.
iFWD is entirely free for accepted founders.
We are currently in beta and access is by invite only. We look for promising Pre-Seed through Series-A companies across a broad range of verticals.
The objective is to accelerate founders to term sheet. We are not a crowd-funding site and take no position in any of the companies we feature on our platform.
Once your feature is approved, you will have permanent access to continually update your feature. You can dynamically update or remove your feature at any time.
Timeframes vary depending on the amount of interest you receive or initiate. Feel free to request a warm introduction to any investor in our network, and we’ll be happy to initiate contact.
Your company’s feature is only visible to vetted investors on the platform. We have worked to ensure your feature is confidential to you and the investors in our network.
At your request, we will continue to publish media pieces for a broader audience separately from the features on our backend.
Once live, your profile is only visible to vetted & qualified institutional investors on iFWD. Investors can email you directly or request a warm introduction via a mutual point of contact on the iFWD team.
Reach out to email@example.com with any questions about profile visibility.
Your profile is only visible to accepted & qualified founders on iFWD. Founders can email you directly or request a warm introduction via a mutual point of contact on the iFWD team.
If you are satisfied with the current version of your profile, submit it for review. Once verified, you’ll gain full access to iFWD and your profile will become visible. You’ll be able to edit your profile anytime after it has been verified.
Please reach out via firstname.lastname@example.org or via this form, and a member of our team will respond shortly.
Meaningful bi-weekly product and milestone updates from highly-qualified early-stage ventures at the top U.S. innovation hubs.
1. I indemnify InnovationFWD and understand that startups can lose investors money.
2. I understand that InnovationFWD is not liable for legal verification of information on the platform, and I am responsible for due diligence.
3. If I invest, I will use an attorney and comply with securities laws.
4. Information provided to InnovationFWD is wholly owned by the provider unless otherwise specified, and accessible only to the providing entity and entities manually permitted by that entity.
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We collect several different types of information for various purposes to provide and improve our Service to you.
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