Inner City Capital Connections


About ICCC

Inner City Capital Connections (ICCC) is a tuition-free executive leadership training program designed by the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City (ICIC) to help business owners in under-resourced communities build capacity for sustainable growth in revenue, profitability, and employment. ICCC is uniquely designed to provide three critical elements for sustainable growth:

  • Capacity-building education
  • One-on-one coaching
  • Connections to capital and capital providers

 “I can’t wait to get back and start to reorganize and build structure for my employees and have a better customer satisfaction.”

Horchateria Rio Luna, 2017 ICCC Los Angeles Participant

Since 2005, our program has evolved to meet the changing needs of small business owners across the nation. It addresses not only the capital gap in underserved communities, but also the lack of capacity-building education and connections for entrepreneurs in those communities. Our vision is that as these entrepreneurs succeed, they provide local residents and surrounding anchor institutions with vital services, create jobs, generate wealth, and help drive inclusive economic prosperity in their own communities.

Read more about ICCC’s regional and national impact in the recently published 2019 Impact Report and overview. From 2005-2018, 2,894 ICCC alumni have averaged 120% growth in revenue, created 21,390 jobs, and raised $2.23 billion in capital. As our alumni succeed, we promote sustainable business growth in underserved communities across the country.

“This opportunity has put to mind all the things we have tried to accomplish but didn’t know how!”

Eggroll Café, 2017 ICCC Boston Participant

Where We’re Headed in 2020

ICCC is a national program offered in cities across the United States. Click on your city below for more information on program dates and the application process. If you do not see your city listed, you are invited to apply to participate in the city closest or most convenient for you.

Atlanta, GA Houston, TX
Baltimore, MD  Inland Empire, CA
Boston, MA  Memphis, TN
Central Valley, CA     Philadelphia, PA
Chicago, IL   Portland, OR
Fresno, CA  San Diego, CA
Hartford, CT Springfield & Western MA
Hawai’i Washington, DC

Program Structure

The ICCC Program is divided into four components designed to maximize the participant’s experience and accommodate their busy schedules.

  • Opening Seminar: Full-day in-person training seminar where top business professors present on critical business topics
  • Webinar Series: Virtual learning sessions to complement and deepen the learnings from the Opening Seminar
  • Individual Coaching: Individual coaching focused on creating and refining capital pitch and/or tackling general business challenges
  • National Conference: Culminating conference bringing together participants from across the country to continue their learning, sharpen their capital pitch, and connect with a growing network of growth-minded entrepreneurs and capital providers.

“This is a well-run program. The seminar was a great beginning to address my business needs, and I am extremely grateful to be a part of this initiative.” 

Brown Farmer Media Group, 2018 ICCC Chicago


A business must meet the following criteria in order to be eligible for participation in ICCC: *

  • Be an independent, for-profit or non-profit corporation, partnership or proprietorship.
  • Have its headquarters or more than 51% of its physical operations located in an economically-distressed area OR have more than 40% of employees residing in an economically-distressed area.
  • Be past the proof-of-concept or survival stage. We typically work with businesses with annual revenues of at least $500,000. However, readiness to benefit from the program and grow are the most important factors we consider in evaluating candidates.
  • Have been in operation for two years or more. ICCC does not accept start-up companies.
*On a case-by-case basis, ICCC will consider businesses that do not meet all of the specified criteria on the recommendation of a nominator. ­

Do you know of any businesses that fit this profile? If so, NOMINATE them today encourage them to apply!

Does your business fit this profile? If so, APPLY today!

For questions regarding the nomination process or eligibility, contact us at (617) 238-3019 or

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