Minority and Women-Owned Business Investment Fund Program

Minority and Women-Owned Business Investment Fund Program


The Minority and Women-Owned Business Investment Fund ("the Fund") is an equity investment fund that supports innovation, job creation, and high-growth entrepreneurship throughout New York State ("NYS”) by investing in early-stage NYS certified Minority and/or Women-Owned Business Enterprises (“MWBEs”) that are in emerging technologies and have a proprietary or differentiated product or service.

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MWBE Fund Highlights

The MWBE Fund is a $2 million venture capital fund that invests in seed stage certified minority and women-owned business enterprises (MWBE) throughout New York State.  Excell Partners, with a successful history of investing in high-tech MWBE startup firms across NYS, was competitively selected to manage the MWBE Investment Fund.  Investments of up to $500,000 per company for general technology companies and up to $750,000 per company for life-sciences companies can be made.


Company Eligibility Requirements

New MWBEs that are NYS certified* (or willing to apply to be certified) that:

  • Have proprietary or differentiated innovative products, services, technologies or ideas, and
  • Are in seed to early-stage development and are characterized by high-growth rates and market potential.

* NYS certification is attainable by any for-profit firm that is at least 51  percent owned, operated and controlled by U.S. citizens or permanent resident aliens who are either minorities, women, or both.

How to Apply

Due to the success of this initiative to date, funds have been fully deployed. Please check back for updates.

In the meantime, check to see if you are eligible for our other investment funds:

Please email all general questions to: MWBEInvestmentFund@esd.ny.gov