CMFG Ventures Discovery Fund

Leveling the playing field for
underrepresented founders

 

The Discovery Fund was created to support entrepreneurs who are building solutions for financial inclusion. The fund will invest $15M over the next three years in early-stage fintech companies led by BIPOC, LGBTQ+, and women founders.

Questions about the Discovery Fund

Our mission is to find companies that are producing products and services that are actually improving the lives and financial health of everyday Americans, particularly low and moderate income consumers and those who have been underserved by the traditional financial system.

Elizabeth McCluskey
Director of Discovery Fund

 

Focus Areas

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Liquidity Management

Tools to manage cash flow, budgeting, checking/savings

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Credit Access

Credit building, alternative credit, affordable student/mortgage/auto/personal loans

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Wealth Building

Investment and retirement solutions for low and moderate income consumers

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Asset Protection

Insurance products that are innovative and/or expand access to underserved consumers

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Financial Literacy

Tools to enable consumers to make financially responsible decisions


 

Investment Criteria

  • Pre-seed and seed stage companies
  • Founder from underrepresented background
  • Primarily serving US consumers
  • Check size of up to $500K
  • Equity and/or convertible debt investments
  • Syndicate (not lead) investor

It is rare for Latino or African-American founders to raise significant capital with just an idea… The investment from CMFG Ventures Discovery Fund provides a network of lenders that we hope will allocate resources to take a progressive borrower-centric approach towards equal access and reducing lending discriminations.

Steven Better
Co-Founder of Home Lending Pal

 

Current Discovery Fund Investments


Climb is a student lending and payments platform intended to make career education more affordable and accessible.

Home Lending Pal is an AI-powered mortgage advisor and blockchain-based marketplace built to address mortgage inefficiencies and biases.

Line is building an inclusive modern financial network that allows individuals to establish trust and credit-worthiness without the need for credit history, credit score, or payslips.

Pulsate is a marketing communications platform enabling financial institutions to send personalized messages to members driving engagement, sales and loyalty.

Sunny Day Fund is an employee benefits program focused on building liquid savings via payroll deductions and employer contributions.

The Beans is a consumer financial management platform that provides automated visual cash flow planning.