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Why iSelect?

The American entrepreneur is the single most effective wealth producer the world has ever known. American entrepreneurs solve the world’s big problems and generate tremendous profits doing so. Want affordable health care? Pick an entrepreneur. Want to improve education? Pick an entrepreneur. Want to create jobs? Pick an entrepreneur. The resilience of our global economy comes from customers eager for better answers, entrepreneurs bold enough to think differently, and investors willing to fund new ventures.

To this end, iSelect is supporting disruptive emerging technologies that can substantially change markets, tapping the enormous potential of the Midwest agtech, food revolution and healthcare innovation and offering access to pre-IPO / pre-exit companies.

  • Invest in 25+ startups with an initial investment as little as $25k
  • Access a full-time research and investment team, 60+ external advisors, and hundreds of investors with deep industry experience
  • Leverage a done-for-you fund of carefully vetted companies in growth industries like agriculture, healthcare, software and resource efficiency

Diversification

Smart investors know if they invest in just one venture they will lose – but investing in a diversified portfolio of 20, 30, or more ventures achieves annual compounded returns greater than 20%. Research and fund performance represented by the Kauffman Foundation, Cambridge Associates, and 500 Startups all reach the same conclusion. Modern portfolio theory teaches us that, by investing in more than one stock, an investor can reap the benefits of diversification – chief among them, a reduction in the riskiness of the portfolio. iSelect sources and researches investment opportunities so its investors don’t have to.

Diligence

Kauffman Foundation data clearly shows that success also requires extensive diligence and industry expertise. Further, the assets underpinning the venture must still be fundamentally valuable and the company’s progress monitored diligently. iSelect performs more than 120 hours of diligence on each deal it invests in, leveraging expert Selection Committees in our investment review and actively monitoring company progress post-investment.

National Scope

Silicon Valley cultivates software, IT, media and entertainment ventures. But what about everything else? How can investors tap into the rest of America’s unique innovation engine? After all, not every successful company is built in Silicon Valley. iSelect brings accredited and institutional investment to early-stage ventures in Chicago, Cleveland, Denver, Houston, Indianapolis, St. Louis and many more because that’s where we’re finding the best opportunities. We invest outside Silicon Valley because these locations offer cheaper operating costs, proximity to customers, excellent talent, rational valuations, and strong exit opportunities.

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