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Our Investments

CSD Social Venture Fund invests up to one million dollars in Deaf-owned, for-profit businesses that create a positive impact in the Deaf community. We are especially interested in working with Deaf entrepreneurs who inspire change through action. Our SVF partners hire teams of diverse and equitable employees who share their passion and commitment to Deaf success.

What Are We Looking For in Our Investment Partners?

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is CSD SVF?
CSD SVF stands for Communication Service for the Deaf Social Venture Fund. SVF invests $50,000-$1,000,000 in post-revenue, Deaf-owned businesses, in exchange for part equity. We seek businesses that serve the Deaf community and create jobs for Deaf people.
2. What is CSD SVF’s investment criteria? Who can apply?
  • Must be at least 50% Deaf owned
    • For example, if a business has two founders, one hearing and one Deaf, that’s 50% Deaf-owned
  • Businesses must be ready to scale or expand beyond their current business model
  • Businesses must be post-revenue and at least breaking even
  • Business operations and mission must show a commitment to social change for the Deaf community
  • Must be a for-profit, legally-formed company
  • Owners must be at least 18 years old and legal residents of the United States
  • Must be established and operated within the United States
3. What do you mean by "social change"?

CSD SVF members create social change for the Deaf community in many ways. Some examples are businesses that:

  • create jobs for other Deaf people
  • create a product or service the Deaf community needs
  • use skills that come naturally to Deaf people
  • donate time or money back to the Deaf community
  • educate hearing people about Deaf needs
4. How do I know if my business is big enough? How does CSD SVF evaluate my business?

CSD SVF member businesses should be post-revenue, and earning enough money to break even or turn a profit. We want to invest in opportunities that show great potential. Your application should demonstrate that your business model is working and sustainable. Explain specifically how investment and support from SVF would help you grow.

5. What is included in a partnership with CSD SVF?
  • CSD SVF invests from $50,000 – $1,000,000 into each of partners
  • In exchange, CSD SVF receives part equity in the business, this is generally between 20-40%
  • Members receive support from the CSD SVF team to improve operations, develop marketing and human resources strategies, technological tools, and long-term goals for growth
6. How do I apply for CSD SVF? What materials should I include?

Applications are processed through Gust.com. You will need to sign up for a free account to submit your materials.

The application will require the following:

  • Basic Information about yourself and other founders, if any
  • Company information (entity, location, stage, funding)
  • Explanation of social mission (what kind of impact your company has on the Deaf community)
  • A complete pitch deck
  • Agreement to our Terms & Conditions
  • A business plan is optional
7. What is a pitch deck?
A pitch deck provides visual support as you tell different audiences, like investors or potential partners, the story of your business. A pitch deck helps audience members visualize your business idea and energizes them to want to be part of it. Want to learn more about creating an engaging pitch deck? We look at what makes a pitch deck successful in our ASL presentation here:

8. I want to include a business plan. How do I write one?
A business plan usually contains the following: an explanation of your business concept, your target customer base, current financial information, and goals for the future. It depends on the business, but these are usually around 15-20 pages. Want even more information on what to include? We break business plans down step-by-step in ASL here:

9. Are there any more resources for learning about business plans, pitch decks, and building my business?

We are continuously updating our resource page with videos, events, grants, and blogs. Here are a few that may help you get started: 

10. How can get updates on CSD SVF, or find you on Social Media?

You can sign up for email updates at the bottom of our website, and find CSD SVF on social media:

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