• Removing Barriers For Entrepreneurs

    Our mission is to create a more inclusive and creative economy, an economy that functions for all people and in which they have the financial freedom and mobility to pursue every opportunity. A major way we work to do this is by improving access to capital.     Entrepreneurship was at a 40 year low…

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  • Time Is Of The Essence

    Time. It is something we all have an equal measure of, but something we can often take for granted. Time, in moments of crisis as well, comes in short supply. Many have famously quipped about time. “Better three hours too soon than a minute too late.” – William Shakespeare “Lost time is never found again.”…

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  • Founder Stories: David Taliaferro

    If you were to ask David Taliaferro’s six-year-old son what his dad does, he would answer by saying his dad makes really good breakfast and goes to work everyday in a building that has really good mints. They’re just Life Savers, but to a six-year-old it’s the little things that make what his dad does…

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  • Render Capital: A New $15M Regional Fund

    In an effort to better support entrepreneurs in Louisville and Southern Indiana, Access Ventures is excited to announce Render Capital, a new $15 million regional fund focused on providing early-stage risk capital for local entrepreneurs. We envision a robust and thriving regional economy where entrepreneurs see Louisville and Southern Indiana as a place they can…

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  • Access Ventures Announces New Regional Capital Fund

    Access Ventures invests nationally, we care about innovation and creating a more inclusive and creative economy everywhere. That said, our office sits on a street corner in a neighborhood in Louisville, KY, the city that we all live in and love. As an organization, we’ve always balanced our work nationally with our local programs and…

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  • MobileServe: Helping Volunteers Tell Their Story

    MobileServe isn’t just a company that streamlines volunteer tracking, it’s a company that puts service towards others at the core of their business. Access Ventures started working with MobileServe over four years ago. From what started as a small sized loan through Kiva to a direct investment into the company’s seed round, we’ve had the…

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  • Alternatives to Equity for Entrepreneurs

    Current models of funding new businesses often do not meet the needs of regional entrepreneurs. The funding landscape in Silicon Valley may work for Silicon Valley but that same model, when applied to other cities across the country fails to respond to the financial needs of companies that don’t see hockey stick growth or an…

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  • The Growth Loan: Where Are They Now?

    In 2015, we launched a new access to capital product called The Growth Loan aimed at funding small businesses that cannot access capital through traditional underwriting methods. The Growth Loan provides up to $35,000 in funding and is character-based, not credit-based. Over the last four years, we have been able to fund 31 small businesses…

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  • Alternative Funding For Startups

    The sheer volume and scale of money in the venture capital space has roughly tripled over the past 15 years. It’s a trend reflective of the growth in the entrepreneurship space overall, as well as the result of an enormous amount of wealth existing in a small slice of the economy. Between 1990 and 2014,…

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  • Why Startups Have An Access To Capital Problem

    In our most recent white-paper resource, we dive deep into tackling the subject of alternatives to equity for small businesses and entrepreneurs. The following is an excerpt from that white-paper. If you would like to learn more about alternatives to equity then please consider downloading our free resource here. Evolution of Capital The widest category…

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