find out more about our selection process in this video.
How to apply
Step 1: Pre-Screening
Please complete this simple form to introduce your venture, and our team will review its alignment with our criteria. Due to the volume of pre-screening applications we receive, please allow our team up to 4 weeks to respond to your investment inquiry if an investment committee meeting is approaching. If an investment committee meeting is not within 2 months, we will hold your application in our system until the next investment cycle approaches, which could be longer than 2 months.
You will not be able to save and return to responses in the Pre-Screen Form below. We recommend first viewing the questions, drafting responses in a separate document, and then returning to the Pre-Screen Form site to submit your responses.
Please note, the next investment cycle will consider global social enterprises and is tentatively scheduled for late March 2018. Deadline for submission: Feb. 15, 2018. Applications after that date will be held for next investment cycle in May/June 2018.
Step 2: Proposal Submission and Refinement (Applicants must await invitation)
A GMC coLABS staff member will be in touch with you if your pilot passes our initial screening. At that time, we will invite you to complete a full proposal and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org. A full proposal template can be downloaded below for your reference. Please submit a Word document version of your proposal to coLABS; we try to provide feedback and comments where possible for applicants.
Following submission, our team will review your full pitch and work with you to refine it to prepare for our next Investment Committee meeting.
Step 3: Making a Pitch
We call our Investment Committee meetings "Bulges." Selected applicants will participate in a virtual Bulge that consists of a short pitch and Q&A session with our Committee.
Our team reviews funding applications on a rolling basis throughout the year and makes funding decisions per the schedule below. More Bulge dates will be added in 2018 after the 1st Quarter Bulge.
- 1st Quarter: Late March 2018 [Pre-Screen Submission Deadline: February 15, 2018]
- 2nd Quarter: May/June 2018 [Pre-Screen Submission Deadline: April 1, 2018]
Please Note: Due to the volume of submissions our team receives, we can only respond to applications that clearly fall within the scope and focus of GMC coLABS. Applying via the website does not guarantee funding. Gray Matters Capital, Inc., and its affiliates, will ensure that all applications are kept confidential. Gray Matters Capital, Inc., and its affiliates, will not use, reproduce, or distribute application ideas submitted via this website without prior consent.