Empowering founders.
Enabling turnkey solutions.

CIC Angels are committed to empowering early-stage founders who unlock new potential for their customers.

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What we do

We make our impact through a people-first approach.

CIC supports early-stage founders in building viable businesses that solve meaningful problems and create lasting change for their communities. We foster strong relationships, promoting open communication and collaboration, so founders can leverage our brain trust.

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Who We Support

We are proud to invest in these companies that drive positive change in their communities.
Who we are

We're an angel syndicate that invests in founders, not just ideas.

CIC came together with a shared belief in the power of our brain trust to empower the right founders. We've grown to include 25 experienced entrepreneurs, technologists, headhunters, growth marketers, and dealmakers who share a passion for helping founders scale their startups.

We put our partners at the heart of everything we do. Our business is built on trust between all stakeholders.

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Startup News

Our portfolio companies are out there making strides. Here's the latest.
October 6, 2023

Exercise motivation can dwindle without tips, tricks and coaching to get your sweat on. Caliber offers customized workout plans based on personal goals that are supported by educational content and a like-minded community.

August 17, 2023

Tuney is an AI-powered platform that lets you generate, customize, and sync soundtracks to your video content—no editing skills required.

May 1, 2023

We’re giving immune support that big plant energy with the MOST super of our superfood blends. Introducing Realm's Immunity Bundle featuring our Tropical Greens and Mango Sunrise blends!

March 1, 2023

ClearCOGS has announced that their AI Operations Manager, a new chat-based tool for restaurants to gain control of their operations, will be officially unveiled at MURTEC 2023 (Multi Unit Restaurant Technology Convention).

November 8, 2022

Philly resident Matt Wampler and his partner launched the startup to help restaurants learn how to eliminate waste, saving them money and helping them become more efficient in the process.

October 1, 2022

Kelly Ramey didn’t want to choose between her all-time favorite dessert and her all-around wellness. Instead, the Santa Monica-based entrepreneur created a 100% vegan cookie dough with zero gluten, grains, or additives.

September 29, 2022

Music tech startup Songfinch has raised a $17 million Series A funding round led by Valor Siren Ventures, its CEO John Williamson tells...

April 6, 2022

The Personalized Music Creation Marketplace Receives Backing From Corazon Capital Along With Several Key Music and Technology Giants.

September 29, 2022

Songfinch wants to create a “middle class of musicians” and help more people make money in the music industry.

July 13, 2021

The custom song-request startup Songfinch has won The Weeknd, manager Wasim "Sal" Slaiby, and Atlantic Records CEO Craig Kallman as investors in its latest round.

June 24, 2020

On the Startup Showcase, Scott welcomes back the CEO of The LISA App, Robert Richmond. LISA partners with employers and property managers to bring self-care directly to work – keeping the people you count on feeling less stressed, refreshed, more productive and valued.

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