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We create programs and platforms that maximize your impact, meet your financial expectations, and work towards scale.

Work with Us

Access Ventures partners with visionary individuals and organizations to find the best path to progress. We work to leverage our team and process to identify gaps and develop new approaches that require first-mover risk capital. The complex issues facing our society require creative, informed solutions designed by people who understand sometimes taking a risk is the best way to solve a problem.

Many have a desire to affect change, yet lack the time, team, or developed processes to find and deploy solutions that quickly achieve the effect they desire to see.

These same people have heard of impact investing, social entrepreneurship, or community quarterbacking and would love to get into this industry, but need a guide. They need an organization that partners with them, listening to their desires, helping them develop a plan, and ultimately defining the path forward to achieve success.

Our Framework


  • Listen

    Discover hopes, needs, and goals - then define current state.

  • Learn

    Outline a range of options addressing return targets, risks and key constraints. Analyze intended outcomes (financial/social/environmental) and scope potential pathways.

  • Engage

    Engage partners and implement the plan.

  • Assess

    Evaluate outcomes and report on findings.

Our Process


  • Define Impact Outcomes

    Define impact and determine measurement process. Working to understand each unique goal - both as it relates to return and desired outcome.

  • Understand Liquidity

    Needs and sources across asset classes.

  • Assess Risk

    Portfolio volatility versus permanent loss of capital.

  • Structure of the Deal

    Impact objectives versus the needs of the project versus return expectation.


Reconstruct Challenge

Housing Insecure

Stable Homes : Stable Futures

Many Americans struggle with housing stability because of the affordable housing crisis and it’s only getting worse. In Louisville and Southern Indiana, we are facing a 18,000 unit shortage in affordable housing units, but affordable housing is more than bricks-n-mortar and the actual payment of rent or a mortgage. Your living situation influences how much you have to pay for transportation, utilities, and in some cases food, childcare, insurance, and emergency services. A persons already over-extended disposable income is taxed even further by exorbitant ancillary costs. By better controlling these additional costs, we can help make more equitable housing accessible for cash-strapped citizens.

It’s expensive to be poor.

In 2017, a family foundation was interested in exploring innovative approaches to solving for these issues related to homelessness and housing insecurity. With $5M, they didn’t want to focus on direct services to the homeless – but solutions that were slightly upstream from those in shelters and downstream from those on the brink of finding themselves on the street. Ultimately as well, could we identify gaps instead of creating duplications to better coordinate services and ideally, to begin to address these problems at scale and stabilize people better so as to truly reduce the effects of homelessness?

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Funding Entrepreneurs

A Regional Capital Strategy

Every business needs capital to start, grow, and succeed. The average entrepreneur needs a minimum of $25,000 to start and 43% needed additional funding to grow their business. While ultimate success depends upon value proposition, 82% of failed startups site cashflow issues as a condition for closure.

The root cause of the problem is systemic and institutional barriers to traditional financing which make capital elusive for most entrepreneurs. More than 80% of startup capital comes from entrepreneurs and their network of relationships, which acts as a systemic barrier for low-to-medium income households experiencing severe credit constraint and historic wealth inequality. Women and minority entrepreneurs face additional challenges such as discriminatory bias from capital providers.

Businesses in our market are excluded from the capital they need to succeed.

Though our work is national, we have always been intimately involved in ecosystem development through our work with the Kauffman Foundation and the Trillion Dollar Moonshot in 2017, to the Rise of the Rest, and Global Accelerator Network. Therefore, when a family foundation wanted to explore building a thriving regional economy with us in 2019, we were excited to tackle the challenge. A couple of things were true as we set out: It needed to be aggressive in it’s deployment; momentum in these efforts is critical. It needed to galvanize other organizations because to derive the results we are seeking, it must be catalytic and collaborative. And overall, it needed to be across the capital stack; grants, debt, and equity all need to be a part of the solution.

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Work With Us!

Partner to Find the Best Path to Progress

We work to leverage our team and process to identify gaps and develop new approaches. The complex issues facing our society require creative, informed solutions designed by people who understand sometimes taking a risk, is the best way to solve a problem.

We create programs and platforms that maximize your impact, meet your financial expectations, and work towards scale.

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Let's Connect

Our vision is to impact the world by providing capital to the best organizations. If you have a project or idea you’d like to discuss with us then please send us information about your business to review.

1155 S Shelby St. Louisvill, KY 40203

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