ED/VC  Natural Capital Investment Fund


     Office Locations:

410 Market Street, Suite 360
Chapel Hill, NC 27516
Phone: 919-967-2223 ext. 113
Fax: 919-967-9702

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  • Early
  • Seed



  • Consumer Products & Services
  • Energy & Clean Tech
  • Food & Agriculture
  • Information Technology
  • Life Sciences & Healthcare
  • Manufacturing & Industrial
  • Medical Device



    The Natural Capital Investment Fund (NCIF) is a business loan fund that provides debt and equity financing to small businesses located in North Carolina, Northeast Tennessee, Southwest Virginia and West Virginia. NCIF has operated in West Virginia since 2001, expanding to North Carolina, Virginia, and northeast Tennessee in 2007. NCIF is affiliated with The Conservation Fund, a national nonprofit organization with a unique dual mission of land & water conservation and economic development. NCIF is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. The Fund's mission is to provide debt and equity financing to small and emerging natural resource-based businesses that will advance sustainable economic development and have a positive impact on human health and the natural environment. NCIF's business clients are predominantly located in economically distressed rural communities and are unable to access capital from traditional sources. Sectors of particular interest include: heritage and recreation-based tourism, value-added and sustainable agriculture, water/wastewater treatment, sustainable forestry and forest products, integrated waste management, and recycling. NCIF seeks to fund companies that pay attention to a 'triple bottom line,' that is, they integrate positive economic, environmental and social, performance. NCIF will consider loans in the range of $15,000 to $250,000. NCIF equity investments range from $50,000 to $250,000.

    Investment Firm Key

       VC = Venture Capital
       PE = Private Equity
       A = Angel
       I = Incubator
       MB = Merchant Bank
       VD = Venture Debt
       FI = Family Investment Office
       FOF = Fund of Funds
       ED = Economic Development Office   
       TT = Technology Transfer Office
       CVC = Corporate Venture Capital
       SEC = Secondary Purchaser
       HF = Hedge Fund/Mutual Fund
    Venture Capital
    Seed Stage
    (includes "pre-seed," or
    concept stage)
    No Revenue
    Early StageMinimal
    Growth Stage
    (also called Mid-stage)
    Expansion Stage
    (also called Late-stage)
    $7M and greater
    Private Equity
    Lower Middle Market$10M-$249M
    Middle Market$250M-$499M
    Upper Middle Market$500M-$1B
    Large Cap>$1B

    Investment Team:

    Name   Title
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    Anna Tefft Director of Lending and Senior Vice President
    Dave McCann Business Lender
    Joe Brouse Business Lender
    Marten Jenkins President and CEO
    Rick Larson Director of Strategic Initiatives and Senior Vice President


    Portfolio companies include:

      Altamont Envirnmental
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      Annie's Naturally Bakery
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      Blue Smoke Salsa
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      C & J Farm
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      Cabins on Miller Ridge
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      Carolina Wood Pellets
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      Curtis Branch
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      Custard Stand Food Products
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      FLS Energy
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      Gauley Mountain Moulding
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      Green Opportunities
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      Harman's North Fork Cottages
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      Laurel Creek Hardwoods
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      LightsON! West Virginia
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      Misty Mountain Threadworks
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      New Life Plastic Recycling
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      Piedmont Biofuels
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      Renick Millworks & Old Mountain Supply
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      Rivermen Whitewater
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      Rock Cave IGA
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      Sanesco International
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      Secret Sandwich Society
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      Simply Natural Diary Farm
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      SJ Morse Company
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      Songer WhiteWate
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      Southeast Women's Herbal Conference
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      Stacy Family Farm
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      Sunny Hollow Farms
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      The Crazy Baker
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      The Palisades Restaurant
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      Washington Homeopathic Products
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      West Virginia Adventures
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      West Virginia Aqua
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      White Oak Game Farm
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      Wilderness Voyageurs
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