A collaboration with Lighthouse Labs

Zero upfront costs.

Pay when you succeed.

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KnowCap + Lighthouse Labs partnership

Lighthouse and KnowCap have more than a few things in common - chief among them we understand the value of non-dilutive investments. Your cap table stays yours in our programs.

By putting our belief in the work quality and effectiveness of our model, we make launching a business more accessible for people with ideas (even if they don't have the upfront capital to pay us).

Another thing - we both believe in offering founders a value-added experience. One that combined can provide unparalleled advantages to founders across the U.S (especially those in Virginia).

KnowCap has invested over $1.5M human capital across two dozen companies and are looking for more opportunities to help entrepreneurs thrive.

There is simply a force multiplier to a company when they have the ability to tap into people who have been there before. That is why this partnership makes so much sense.

By pairing Lighthouse's programming with KnowCap's deep bench of experts, we want every company taking advantage of this partnership to have a stronger chance of not just surviving, but succeeding.

Human Capital Investment Model

KnowCap is short for knowledge capital. We provide access to experts who work with founders to help them turn their ideas into businesses that can scale. Our program ranges from 12-26 weeks depending on which areas of your company you would like support with.

Our team members roll up their sleeves and do the work. Think of our investment as the ultimate skin in the game for people at the earliest stages of their company.


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Whether you are just getting started with your idea or you already have a growing company, we can help you take it to the next level.

Our Talent program allows us to invest up to $85,000 worth of human capital in your company without any equity or upfront payments.

Cost: 1-5% of Company Revenues

What's included in this partnership?




Work with the branding team to develop your identity systems from the ground-up.


The Branding team works with founders to build out their brand's platform from merch to signage, to its digital profile we'll help you build a complete identity.


A comprehensive guide on how to take your brand and build a cohesive digital persona for your company.



Industry Analysis

Market Analysis

Company Identity Marketing

Customer Development


Brand Messaging

Mission and vision statement

Feature vs. Benefit Development

Landing page development


Pricing Positioning

Sales Relationships

Customer Journey Map

Finalize Website Copy


Strategy Specific KPIs

Growth Strategy Development

Ongoing Marketing Consulting

Founder Execution Checklist


We'll do a complete design or re-design of up to 10 pages. This includes marketing copy and implementation (if company uses Squarepace).


KnowCap's team of UX and UI designers work with our portfolio companies to evaluate and refine their product offering.

Backed by 3rd party research as well as direct customer feedback, your product offering will improve exponentially.

Competitive Analysis

We collect data about products (and companies) in the market. For example, you might have a long feature list, but you won’t know which features users value and use the most.

Heuristic Analysis

This is an evaluation of the current product and its ability to solve your ideal customer problems efficiently. Our UX team will perform a heuristic evaluation to test a product’s usability.

User Flows

User flows show the path your user will take through the product to achieve certain goals. By focusing on flows ahead of visual design, you build a product that provides value early and retains customers

Lo-Fi & Hi-Fi Wireframes

Wireframes are key to capturing customer intent before going through and building out a complete product. Y

You can leverage them to ensure you are solving the right problem for your customers and eliminating fluff to their user experience.

Clickable Prototype

It can be difficult to paint a picture of a product to your ideal customers without giving them the chance to "touch" it.

Having a clickable prototype allows you to sell the vision of functionality to customers and investors. We have seen our companies get letters of intent and term sheets signed from our clickable prototypes.



Throughout our process we have Founder Liaisons and Operations Specialists that work with the founders on a daily basis. These team members make sure the founders are getting value.


Our partnership and products provide discounts and free credits to founders in KnowCap's portfolio. From discounted payments solutions to discounts on marketing platforms.

Want access to Software Engineers and an in-house Sales Team?

We have the Boost program as follow-on phase.

"I joined KnowCap because I wanted to use my expertise to help overlooked founders succeed."

KnowCap Team Member

"An investment from KnowCap took me from an idea to customers and receiving checks from investors."

KnowCap Exchange Founder

"The human capital investment model you're offering to founders is ground-breaking. There's nothing like it."

KnowCap Investor

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