We're excited to announce a new strategic partnership with BlackRock. The world's largest asset manager and global leader in investment management, risk management and advisory services is leading our next funding round and helping us accelerate our mission of democratizing alternative investments.
Until now, alternative investments have primarily been the domain of institutional investors such as pension funds, endowments, and insurance companies. The vast majority of wealthy individuals and independent investment advisors have had limited or, in many cases, no ability to access top managers of private funds.
Even when they gain access, these investors often lack basic tools to evaluate the manager and are subjected to high minimum investment thresholds. At the same time, most private fund managers have had no efficient way to source and aggregate commitments from the retail market.
iCapital provides qualified investors with access to private equity and hedge fund managers and allows them to invest as little as $100,000 in funds that typically have multi-million dollar minimums. Using state-of-the-art, secure technology, qualified investors can hear established managers tell their story first-hand through an online video roadshow, analyze track record and other information, compare a manager’s performance against relevant benchmarks, review offering documents and actually invest online through the platform.
For alternative asset managers, iCapital offers a turn-key solution to aggregate tens of millions of dollars from qualified investors through a single source.