ICA and Fund Good Jobs are dedicated to a singular mission: the creation of good jobs.
We are extremely proud of what we’ve been able to accomplish and of the incredible successes of the companies we have served to date. Over time, as we have learned about the evolving needs of our entrepreneurs and community, we have drilled down on the strategies that make our model more impactful.
The vision guiding our work has not changed. All of our efforts continue to be rooted in the need for every person to have access to a good job, and for job-creating entrepreneurs to have the resources they need to scale their businesses. However, building on nearly twenty years of experience, and a year of reflection, dialogue, and learning, ICA and Fund Good Jobs have honed in on our strengths to be more impactful and responsive to the needs of our community.
The last year represented a significant turning point in our definition of impact, beginning with a deep evaluation of our track record, and a series of interviews with partner entrepreneurs. Through these conversations, we learned that our support has been transformational for the businesses we touched: our team’s understanding of the entrepreneur experience, and our tailored approach to technical support, made us a critical partner in entrepreneurs’ success. At the same time, these discussions underscored the ongoing challenges that entrepreneurs continue to face. The greatest challenges facing entrepreneurs, which emerged repeatedly in conversations, were related to two broad categories: capital and people. ICA and Fund Good Jobs are using these learnings to focus our model and extend our impact.
Today, the focus of our work is to create good jobs by fostering good employers. We partner with entrepreneurs who have both a solid business model and a commitment to creating a more equitable economy. We help them do both by focusing on the jobs they create and the individuals they hire. ICA’s strategic advising assists companies in responsibly accessing capital and integrating good job creation in their growth plans from the start. Mission-focused capital from Fund Good Jobs ensures that mission-aligned entrepreneurs have the resources they need to create good jobs, and to positively influence their community.
We are already seeing the impact of this work across the entire spectrum of companies we have supported in the last year. Today, we have more confidence than ever that our entrepreneurs are creating good jobs and building thriving communities.