Equity Funds

SMIF invests in innovative businesses in the region through its equity funds. Click here for a recent list of loan and equity investments.

Up to $25,000

The Seed Fund supports start-up stage businesses that need capital, business expertise, and networking opportunities. This fund helps companies perform research and analysis, patent opinions and filings, and product testing and analysis.

Up to $100,000

The Southern Minnesota Equity Fund provides financial capital and expertise to early stage and start-up companies. The Fund partners with other organizations and individual investors to leverage capital and expertise to grow innovative companies who will provide economic opportunities for Southern Minnesota.

For more information:

Contact Diane Lewis, Lending Officer for more information about Equity Funds.

Phone: 507-214-7014
Email: dianel@smifoundation.org

Loan Funds

SMIF also offers a wide range of loan funds. Learn more here.

Our Clients

“The confidence it builds when SMIF puts some capital in is very helpful. A lot of other individuals and investors that look at that and say if SMIF wants to do this then we can have confidence in that and invest in this too.”

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Dr. Darryl Barnes , Sonex Health, Rochester
Sonex Health Equity

 “The Seed Funding I received from SMIF came at a critical time that allowed me to cover Intellectual Property expenses, pay for my product molds to start production and develop retail packaging. I worked hard to get to that point, and the help from SMIF allowed me to keep my forward momentum.”

Beth Fynbo, Busy Baby, Oronoco
Busybaby Equity