When we launched Ekistic earlier this year, we knew we would have to offer something different if we hoped to earn the trust of investors and raise a fund. We don’t come from the venture space or have years of returns to point to, so why would someone invest in us over a more established group of investors? That’s why we developed a new model to leverage our unique talents, experiences and relationships in urban settings. In addition to investing financial capital in our portfolio companies, we take an active role where our unique skill sets add value. Our investors get more than just a stake in our companies — they also know that we are applying our own time and energy to make those ventures more successful.