Frequently Asked Questions
Who can invest in CANCER FUND?
For accredited investors, our minimum investment is $500. We have kept the minimum investment low to encourage broad participation.
For non-accredited investors, we want to open CANCER FUND I up to everyone. You can help us get there faster by expressing your interest. Just click HERE to register, and we’ll add you to our list of interested but non-accredited investors
How much can I invest in CANCER FUND I?
The MINIMUM investment in CANCER FUND I is $500 and you can invest any amount in increments of $100, subject to approval of the Fund’s Managing Director.
How much can I expect in return?
CANCER FUND I invests in ultra high-risk, early-stage companies. Returns on some early stage companies can be significant, but there is no assurance CANCER FUND I will realize those returns. In fact, most of these early-stage companies fail and result in a total loss of their investors capital. Investors who cannot afford to lose their entire investment should not invest in CANCER FUND I. The primary investment objective of CANCER FUND I is impact, not financial returns.
Further, CANCER FUND and CANCER FUND I do not make investment recommendations or provide financial advice or advisement. We encourage you to speak with your financial advisor to determine what level of investment makes sense for you, if any at all. If you’d like, we’re happy to discuss the CANCER FUND opportunity with your financial advisor.
How do I start investing in CANCER FUND?
You start by creating an account directly through our investment platform, Funds411.com. CANCER FUND uses Funds411 as ann independent way to manage investor enrollment, communication and other fund management tasks. You can create your account HERE.
What’s the difference between CANCER FUND and CANCER FUND I?
CANCER FUND is a venture capital company that oversees our overall mission and manages our investment activities and portfolio. As a company, CANCER FUND is subject to all applicable state and federal regulations.
Money committed by investors are invested into specific funds (not our company) with specific investment objectives. CANCER FUND I is our first investment fund and operates in compliance with guidelines set by the Securities and Exchange Commission.
What does CANCER FUND invest in?
CANCER FUND invests in early stage companies in three broad areas of focus:
- Therapies and Management
- Diagnostics & Monitoring
- Preventions & Enabling Technologies
We invest in innovations to benefit four different groups of stakeholders:
- Patients & Families
- Medical Professionals and Caregivers
- At Risk Populations
- Payers & Policy Makers
We invest in the gap that is too late for research grants but too early for most venture capitalists. We focus on Pre-Seed, Seed, Seed+, and Series A funding rounds.
How are companies identified and chosen for CANCER FUND I?
CANCER FUND I focuses on early-stage companies that can be difficult to identify. Sometimes companies find us, sometimes we find them through our research and scouting efforts. We currently have identified nearly 200 innovative cancer companies seeking more than $2B in funding and that list is constantly expanding.
Once a company has been identified, it is reviewed by CANCER FUND’s Screening Committee for fit with our impact and investment criteria. Select companies are introduced to the public and our community through The Lowdown on Cancer, our public community on Facebook. This is an opportunity for our community to actively participate in selecting which innovations we consider for investment.
If the Screening Committee recommends a company for further consideration, a due diligence evaluation is completed by the CANCER FUND Evaluation Committee which may recommend investment be made. The CANCER FUND Investment Committee makes all final investment decisions and manages the investment portfolio.
What companies has CANCER FUND I invested in?
CANCER FUND completed its first investment in February 2021 and are currently evaluating companies for our next investment.
You can review the companies in our portfolio by clicking HERE.
We get it. Donating to cancer causes is easy while investing seems complicated and risky. You might even lose all of your money . . . just like donating. With CANCER FUND, you invest to help cancer innovations reach patients and maybe earn a return on your money . . . not at all like donating.