Keiretsu Capital Announces Final Closing of $6.05 Million

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Keiretsu Capital Announces Final Closing of $6.05 Million; Offering Concurrent Syndicate on AngelList

Seattle, WA – July 3, 2015 – Keiretsu Capital ( announced the final closing of its first angel co-investment fund which invests in early stage technology companies that are being backed by the world’s leading angel groups, including Keiretsu Forum.  The fund has already invested in 17 companies including Information Technology, Internet, and Life Sciences companies with lead investors being elite angel groups including Keiretsu Forum, Angels Forum, The Band of Angels, Sand Hill Angels, and Tech Coast Angels. The rest of the capital will be deployed over the next 12-18 months.

“As a leader of the angel investor movement we felt that it was appropriate to respond to our members and launch a fund vehicle that would allow them to meet their investment goals” said Randy Williams founder and CEO of Keiretsu Forum and a Managing Partner of Keiretsu Capital. “We also allowed a few non angels to invest in the fund.”

“A powerful aspect of the fund is that it builds a highly diversified portfolio of investments each of which has been through the extensive due diligence processes and has commanded the backing and ongoing support of elite angel groups.  This provides risk mitigation that is hard to accomplish when investing in early stage technology companies and access for investors who would normally not be able to co-invest with these member only organizations” said Matthew C. Le Merle Managing Partner of Keiretsu Capital.

In addition to allowing unheralded diversification and access to its limited partner investors, Keiretsu Capital also seeks to assist portfolio companies complete their funding rounds by connecting them with additional sources of capital including venture capital funds that Keiretsu Forum maintains relationships with and through equity crowd-funding platforms. “A unique aspect of the fund is that it will allocate a portion of every investment that requires additional capital to investors in our new Keiretsu Capital syndicate on AngelList.  We believe that the fact that each investment has been scrutinized and invested in by elite angel groups will provide a strong signal that is greatly needed to realize the potential of crowd-funding” said Nathan McDonald who is CEO of Keiretsu Capital and Chairman of Keiretsu Forum Northwest region.

For access to the syndicated investments and to co-invest with the world’s leading angel groups follow Keiretsu Capital online at .

About Keiretsu Capital, LLC
Keiretsu Capital, LLC is an affiliate of Keiretsu Forum, the world’s leading angel investor network with over 1,500 investors in 38 chapters on 3 continents. Keiretsu Forum has invested more than $500 million into more than 700 companies since inception. Keiretsu Capital administers funds on behalf of its Limited Partners – the Co-Investment & Opportunities Fund creates a diversified portfolio of technology start-ups backed by top tier angel groups and pursues the high upside value potential in these dynamic investment opportunities while promoting the sharing of risk inherent in any early stage venture.  The firm is based in Seattle and San Francisco and its principals are veteran Silicon Valley and technology investors Randy Williams, Matthew C. Le Merle and Nathan McDonald.

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Microsoft provides Spanish startups with access to national and international investors


  • The second Microsoft Investment Forum was held in collaboration with Keiretsu Forum, the leading global angel investor network.
  • Access to investors is just one of the advantages of Microsoft’s program for entrepreneurs, which does more than just provide startups with technology
  • The 10 startups selected for Microsoft’s Bizspark program have requested funding ranging from 100,000 to 500,000 dollars in order to implement their initiatives

Madrid, June 2015 —  Microsoft has taken another step in its firm commitment to entrepreneurship and during the 2nd Investment Forum held together with Keiretsu Forum, the company has helped realize the projects of a select group of startups, after attracting funding from Spanish and international investors.

10 innovative Spanish projects, which are part of Microsoft’s Bizspark program, have had the opportunity to explain and present their initiatives to more than 30 private investors attending this forum, who are members of the Keiretsu Forum network, a global investment community of accredited private equity angel investors, venture capitalists and corporated and institutional investors with which Microsoft holds a collaboration agreement. Entrepreneurs requested investment ranging from 100,000 euros to 500,000 euros in order to develop and implement their business ideas.

Being an entrepreneur is not easy. 80% of businesses do not survive their first year of life, according to the Spanish Institute of Statistics (INE). And out of the 20% that do survive, only half reach their fifth year. One of the main obstacles that startups face in order to make the leap from being entrepreneurs to becoming viable businesses is funding. Mindful of this, Microsoft’s program for startups, BizSpark, does not just offer them the technology needed for their business to take shape but also helps them to find the financial backing to achieve this. Thanks to its agreement with bodies from Keiretsu Forum, the company drives the creation and development of technology-based startups in Spain.

“Spain has become a particularly attractive location for startup investment.  At Microsoft, we believe that entrepreneurs are the key drivers of innovation and will be the companies of the future. Thanks to our agreement with Keiretsu Forum and to events like this, we help make the dreams of entrepreneurs come true,” commented Sonia Matzo, Head of Entrepreneurs and Innovation Centers at Microsoft Ibérica.

“The potential of innovation and entrepreneurship in Spain is growing constantly.  Our network of investors has been pleasantly surprised and satisfied by the very high level of initiatives presented today during the 2nd Investment Forum that we have organized in collaboration with Microsoft,” highlights Judith Iglehart, Global Vice President of Kereitsu Forum.

Exovite, the project investors value the most

Exovite is the entrepreneurial initiative that investors at the 2nd Keiretsu Forum and Microsoft Investment Forum have valued the highest. This biotechnology startup from the region of Aragon has designed a new system that helps rehabilitate broken bones and muscles through 3D printing and telemedicine and reduces patient recovery time by between 20% or 30%.

Exovite has been running for a year and a half and is part of Microsoft’s BizSpark program, as well as being able to join Microsoft’s startup accelerator program based in Tel Aviv.

Apart from Exovite, another 9 startups took part in the event, with projects focusing on themes and sectors as diverse as digital identity, buying and selling vehicles, smart tools for recreational boat owners, teaching programming, hotel and catering, videogame development or online decoration

About Microsoft

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Global angel network Keiretsu Forum expands with more centres in India


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(VCCircle- June 18, 2015) Keiretsu Forum, one of the world’s largest angel investor networks in the world with around 1,500 members across three continents, is fast expanding its presence in India with the second chapter scheduled to open in Bangalore soon, and a third, in Mumbai, on the cards before the end of the year.

“The registration of the Bangalore chapter has been done. We are planning a soft launch sometime in July,” Denny Kurien, President and CEO of Keiretsu Forum, Bangalore, told VCCircle.

Relatively new to Asia, Keiretsu Forum opened its first India chapter in Chennai in February and has since signed up 23 members including individual investors, institutional members, and academic institutions.

Kurien said Keiretsu’s member investors in Bangalore will have real-time access to deals coming to all its global chapters, particularly the ones in Silicon Valley and the Bay Area in the US.

The Bangalore chapter’s co-president Robin Bisarya operates from the US. Bisarya is also in charge of international partnerships at the Southern California chapter of the forum.

Keiretsu Forum admits investors who qualify under US Security Exchange Commission (SEC) norms for accreditation and all membership is through invitation only. One of the criteria for accreditation is annual individual income of $200,000 (Rs 1.28 crore). While there are no such accreditation requirements in India, the Forum follows a similar selection criteria for its members here, Kurien said.

About half a dozen investors have already shown interest in joining the Bangalore chapter, he said.

“Angel investing is increasingly becoming a group activity as investors realize the benefits of working together to unlock the hidden value in companies. The joint approach to early-stage investing is enhancing individual investors’ ability to look beyond known circles and areas of expertise for deal flow,” Kurien said.

Unlike most other angel networks, “We are sector agnostic and in Bangalore we will be looking at all high-growth sectors including life sciences, aerospace, food processing, retail and real estate, in addition to technology start-ups,” he said.

Kurien is former Asia-Pacific managing editor at Dow Jones News Wires and is also co-founder of south India-based home appliances chain Lan Mark Shops India Ltd and brokerage platform Commodity Online India Ltd.

Keiretsu Forum Chennai, led by IIT Madras alumnus Rajan Srikanth, MD of SmartKapital, has so far had four pitch sessions in which 26 companies have participated. Due diligence in some case is going on though it is yet to seal an investment. Its members include Chand Das, chief executive – ITC Education and Stationery; Biji Kurien, former CEO, Berger Paints; and S Gopal, former managing director, Chemplast Sanmar.
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Voyager Pacific Capital Completes Keiretsu’s Rigorous Due Diligence Process


VANCOUVER, Wash., April 7, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — via PRWEB – Voyager Pacific Capital Management CEO Stephen Seal announced today that Voyager Fund I completed a rigorous due diligence process through Keiretsu Forum, the world’s largest angel investor network.

In the statement of findings, Keiretsu wrote, “Voyager and its management team have a long, successful track record, a solid business strategy, and appear to be executing it well. All of the legal and Fund documents are well structured and in place, and the management team has the requisite skills to execute the strategy.”

The goal of Keiretsu’s due diligence process is to provide members with the information needed to make intelligent decisions about investing in a given opportunity. According to Keiretsu, early-stage investing carries a high degree of risk. To help minimize that risk, the Keiretsu Forum members have developed a thorough and comprehensive due diligence process that is applied to all companies prior to member investment.

Voyager Fund I, which launched in Summer 2014, invests in relatively low-risk tax liens for its investors. Voyager’s Fund I presentation to Keiretsu was followed by a rigorous and extensive due diligence process by Keiretsu members, which included an independent review of Voyager’s operational procedures, financial model and projections. The final due diligence report has been completed and is available upon request to prospective, accredited investors.

“Our clients are savvy, accredited investors looking to diversify,” Seal said. “Tax lien certificates are a desirable investment because of their high return, which is about 15-16 percent. There is a lot of security in our model, as the amount invested compared to the value of the asset is pennies on the dollar. These investments typically are very safe.”
After reviewing Voyager Pacific’s underwriting, Kenn Dickinson, an experienced startup, turnaround and Fortune 500 arena Kieretsu coach, appraised Voyager’s management team for Keiretsu: “Stephen Seal’s vision for Voyager Pacific is to deliver high returns on tax lien acquisitions, and the management of those assets that outperform the market,” Dickinson wrote. “The management team has been structured with key individuals, each possessing special knowledge and experience in the real estate market.”

Seal has built an extensive, profitable track record in real estate investing. In 1997, he founded LandCentral, which has become a national leader in owner-financed, vacant land purchases. It has sold over 35,000 acres of land across the United States.
About Voyager Pacific Capital Management 

Voyager Pacific provides investors with the opportunity to obtain significantly higher returns while investing in relatively low-risk tax lien certificates. Leveraging its nearly two decades of experience in real estate, Voyager Pacific manages niche investment funds with a focus on tax lien certificates. For more information, visit

About Keiretsu Forum 

Keiretsu Forum is a global investment community of accredited private equity angel investors, venture capitalists and corporate/institutional investors. Keiretsu Forum was founded in the San Francisco East Bay in California in 2000 by Randy Williams. They are a worldwide network of capital, resources and deal flow with [36] chapters on three continents. Keiretsu Forum members invest in high-quality, diverse investment opportunities.

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Emerging Entrepreneurs Pitch Contest – Application Deadline April 6

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Emerging Entrepreneurs (E2) Pitch Contest – Application Deadline April 6

Have you launched a business within the last three years? JFK University’s Institute of Entrepreneurial Leadership, in cooperation with the Keiretsu Forum and Chevron, has launched a new competition for entrepreneurs in the Bay Area: The E2 Pitch Contest. This event will connect emerging entrepreneurs with resources, feedback and mentoring from angel investors and community leaders. Participants pre-selected by the IEL will have 3 minutes to pitch their business idea to a panel of judges.

Bay Area entrepreneurs interested in applying should complete the Gust online application on this link. Application deadline is April 6, 2015. The criteria to apply is: (1) the company is 3 years or less in business and (2) applicant must be a principal in the company.

For more information about the event, contact the IEL Office: or call 925-969-3525.

E2 Pitch Contest
Monday, April 20; 5:30pm – 8:30pm
JFK University: Institute of Entrepreneurial Leadership
2151 Salvio Street, Suite 350, Concord, CA 94520

Keiretsu Forum Central Canada Angel Capital Expo


TORONTO, ON. – (March 23, 2015) – Keiretsu Forum, the world’s largest private equity angel investment network, announced its first ever Canadian Global Capital Expo in partnership with the OCE Discovery conference on April 27th & 28th of 2015.

Keiretsu’s Angel Capital Expo is the premier gathering of angel investors and entrepreneurs seeking funding capital to grow their businesses. On April 27th and 28th, more than 200 angel investors from the Keiretsu global network will join over 3000 OCE Discovery attendees and 350+ companies in celebrating entrepreneurism and investing in Canada.

“This is a real global event. We have investing members from the US, China, India, Singapore, France, England, Turkey and Israel coming into Toronto and then travelling to the Bay Area to attend our Silicon Valley Deal Expo on May 1st.” said Ozan Isinak, President of Keiretsu Forum Central Canada. “Our partnership with the Ontario Centers of Excellence is a testament that Canadian companies are serious about international expansion.

“Our Angel Capital Expo provides a unique opportunity for collective collaboration in the world of angel investing,” said Randy Williams, Founder and CEO of Keiretsu Forum. “We are proud to play a seminal role in the growth of start-up businesses and job creation at a local, national and international level.”

For more information, please contact Keiretsu Forum Central Canada:

Ozan Isinak

Region President

Keiretsu Forum Central Canada

+1 (416) 732-1346


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Keiretsu Forum was founded in 2000 in East Bay of San Francisco, CA. With 36 chapters and over 1,400 accredited investor members on three continents, Keiretsu Forum is the world’s largest invite-only angel investor network. Members provide capital in the range of USD500k-USD6m to high-quality, diverse investment opportunities and collaborate in the due diligence, but make their own individual investment decisions. Keiretsu Forum members have allocated over $520 million to early stage companies.
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About Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE)

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Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) drives the commercialization of cutting-edge research across key market sectors to build the economy of tomorrow and secure Ontario’s global competitiveness. In doing this, OCE fosters the training and development of the next generation of innovators and entrepreneurs and is a key partner with Ontario’s industry, universities, colleges, research hospitals, investors and government ministries. A champion of leading-edge technologies, best practices and research, OCE invests in sectors such as advanced health, information and communications technology, digital media, advanced materials and manufacturing, agri-food, aerospace, transportation, energy, and the environment including water and mining.

Fairway America and announces presenting fund managers at the Small Balance Real Estate (SBRE) Investment Summit


SCOTTSDALE, AZ (PRWEB) MARCH 19, 2015 - Fairway America, LLC (“Fairway”) announced today that it has confirmed an additional round of fund managers who will present information about their funds at the Small Balance Real Estate (SBRE) Investment Summit. The SBRE Summit will take place at the Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Gainey Ranch in Scottsdale on April 9, 10, and 11 of this year. Fairway and has designed this signature event for the unique and specialized capital raising and investment needs of the key constituents of small balance real estate, namely pooled investment fund managers and private investors who would like to learn more about the alternative investment opportunities in the small balance real estate space.

William “Billy” Procida of Procida Funding & Advisors, LLC, Paul Worcester of Worcester Investments, Robert Napolitano of DREAM Capital Management, and Scott Rerucha of Legacy Group Capital LLC have committed to participate as presenters at the SBRE Investment Summit.

“Since we participated at Fairway America’s SBRE Investment Summit in Seattle, we recognized the value that would come from attending once again in Scottsdale. The summit’s unique platform focuses exclusively on small balance real estate and provides education and networking between high-caliber fund managers and investors who are interested in this specialized space. We are excited to be part of this burgeoning SBRE community.”
–Billy Procida of Procida Funding & Advisors

“We at Worcester Investments, LLC are pleased to be presenting at Fairway America’s next SBRE Summit. We were part of their last event in Seattle and thoroughly enjoyed it. We feel it was the most valuable event we have attended for interacting with investors. We look forward to adding value and learning, while also making new friends.”
–Paul Worcester of Worcester Investments

“In the 20 years that I’ve been in real estate and banking, Fairway America is the first and only company to bring true leadership and expertise to the Small Balance Real Estate space. Matt Burk and his team are true visionaries and are taking the SBRE industry to the next level. We are honored to have our DISTRESSED REAL ESTATE AND MORTGAGE (DREAM) FUND I invited back to present at the Scottsdale SBRE Summit. For any investor looking for opportunities to generate passive income or growth, capital preservation or to just expand their portfolio with real estate, this event is a MUST ATTEND!”
–Robert Napolitano of DREAM Capital Management

“Everyone at Legacy Group Capital is deeply honored to be participating in the SBRE Investment Summit sponsored by Fairway America. We consider this to be the preeminent event for both talented fund managers and astute accredited investors in the SBRE market segment. Our recent collaboration with Fairway reinforced and validated that conviction. We are greatly pleased to have the opportunity to present Legacy Group Capital to the investor community at this premiere, industry leading forum. Thank you, Fairway, for the opportunity to present and to be part of this world-class event.”
–Scott Rerucha of Legacy Group Capital

Photo of Matt BurkMatt Burk is founder and CEO of Fairway America, LLC, and, and Chief Investment Officer of Fairway’s two proprietary nationwide small balance real estate (SBRE) asset based pooled investment funds, Fairway America Fund VI, LLC, and Fairway America Fund VII LP. He is also the Keiretsu Forum Chapter President in Portland. Fairway is the nation’s premier consulting, advisory, and investment firm in the SBRE private pooled investment fund space, providing a full spectrum of practical, real world products and services (including capital) needed for true success for SBRE entrepreneurs all over the U.S. Matt is a highly regarded adviser, consultant, and mentor to dozens of SBRE fund managers and author of a widely read blog followed by serious SBRE entrepreneurs and investors. For over 20 years, Matt has led Fairway’s deal underwriting as well as capital raising efforts in Fairway’s seven proprietary funds and individual trust deed investments, resulting in more than $250,000,000 in capital raised from accredited investors through more than 1,000 SBRE deals. He is currently working on multiple SBRE fund consulting engagements nationwide, authoring a book on how to raise capital for and effectively manage pooled investment funds, and dedicating his efforts to create greater awareness and drive more capital to the many high caliber and deserving SBRE entrepreneurs around the U.S.

Register today for the Scottsdale SBRE Summit.

Guest Speaker Announced for May 1 Keiretsu Forum Angel Capital Expo


Keiretsu Forum is looking forward to having Patrick Schwerdtfeger as our guest speaker at the May 1st Angel Capital Expo.  Patrick is an author and global business speaker, having spoken at hundreds of events in dozens of countries around the world.

Patrick has spoken at many events in North America and has also studied the domestic demographics extensively. The result is a unique understanding of the business landscape including the generations driving consumer spending (the Baby Boomers and the Millennial Generation) and also the competitive entrepreneurial mindset that defines American business culture. “We are shifting from a W-2 economy to a 1099 economy” and that increasing self-reliance is fueling a do-it-yourself culture within our economy.

On May 1st, Patrick will discuss “The Predictive Potential of Global Demographics.”

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Angel Capital Expo
Friday, May 1st, 2015
7:30am – 5:00pm at Microsoft, 1065 La Avenida St Mountain View, CA 94043
Early bird of $115 ends on Apr 15; $295 thereafter

The Angel Capital Expo is the premier gathering of the angel community. The Expo brings together angel investors and entrepreneurs looking for funding. Angel Capital Expo is organized by Keiretsu Forum, the largest global angel investment network, and was created to foster collaboration among angel groups, as well as reach out to the larger investment community. The event hosts over 500 attendees (angel investors, VC’s, and CEO’s/entrepreneurs) and features 20 presenters from early stage companies. Companies selected are from a variety of industries ranging from technology, life sciences, consumer products, and real estate, to financial services, social ventures and other segments with high growth potential.

Keiretsu Forum Istanbul Members Travel to Tel Aviv


One of the many benefits of being a Keiretsu Forum member is receiving access to high-quality international deal flow, with high-growth potential.

Keiretsu Forum Istanbul Chapter President, Asli Gozoren, and Keiretsu Istanbul members have taken the utmost advantage of the Keiretsu Global network by initiating global trips to screen new, international deals and to expose themselves to deals all over the world.

Istanbul members will first travel to Israel to join Keiretsu Forum Tel Aviv members, Tel Aviv Chapter President, Danny Arazi, and Keiretsu Forum President of International Chapters, Judi Igelhart, to evaluate three companies.  The three companies that will be presenting to the high-profile global investors will be Evolita, Fiix, and Profility.  These companies have been hand-picked and screened by the Keiretsu Forum Tel Aviv Chapter.

It is no wonder the first global trip will be to Israel, as Tel Aviv is one of the most dynamic entrepreneurial ecosystems, and has been ranked one of the world’s most innovative cities, said to rival only Silicon Valley. “Ask any entrepreneur for a list of the most renowned cities in the world for starting-up in and you can be sure that Tel Aviv will be one of the first names to roll off their tongue,” says Virgin Entrepreneur.

Istanbul has also become a new startup hub, with innovative companies and growing network of angel investors and VC’s to back these deals.  Keiretsu Forum Istanbul members are a dynamic part of this ecosystem, and both Keiretsu Istanbul and Tel Aviv members will benefit greatly from this visit.


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Update: Keiretsu Forum Invests $58 Million Globally in 2014

Global Funding

Update: Keiretsu Forum Spain and Keiretsu Forum Israel were not included in the numbers below.  The Keiretsu Spain chapters invested $2.8 million in 10 companies and Keiretsu Israel invested $9.9 million.  This raises the global funding statistics from $45.3 million to $58 million invested through the Keiretsu Forum network in 2014.

Keiretsu Forum Invests $45.3 Million Globally in 2014

SAN FRANCISCO, CA — (Marketwired – February 24, 2015) — Keiretsu Forum announced this week that its global network of private equity investors has confirmed investment of $45.3 million in 79 ventures in 2014, with the average investment amount being $573,114. Life Science companies received 35% of the funding, 31% was invested in Technology, 31% in Real Estate, and 3% in Consumer/Retail Products.  Out of the 79 companies, 9 were follow-on investments in companies that had previously presented and raised capital through Keiretsu Forum, while the other 70 companies were new investments for the Keiretsu community.

“Last year was an incredible year for Keiretsu Forum.  We opened 8 new chapters, we had a record number of new members join our global community, and our members made investments in 79 companies,” said Randy Williams, Founder & CEO of Keiretsu Forum.  ”We are living in exciting times with amazing new technology. Our global chapters and global syndication platform, powered by ProSeeder Technologies, gives us the capability to syndicate companies from all over the world and provide them with the capital that they need to succeed.”

Keiretsu Forum membership provides members with the unique ability to access global deal flow.  Keiretsu members collectively screen companies and provide their valuable expertise in a group setting, but ultimately invest individually.   Companies that receive investment traction in one Keiretsu Forum region have the ability to travel to other chapters and raise added capital, both nationally and internationally.  Many of the 2014 funded companies raised additional capital via the Keiretsu Forum global syndication process, including Savara, Viakoo, Fairway America, and Ninja Metrics, among others.

About Keiretsu Forum

Keiretsu Forum was founded in 2000 by Randy Williams in the San Francisco Bay Area. With over 1,400 investor members throughout 36 chapters on 3 continents, Keiretsu Forum is the world’s largest angel investor network. Keiretsu Forum membership is comprised of angel investors, venture capitalists, corporate/institutional investors, and serial entrepreneurs who provide early-stage capital in the range of $250,000 – $2 million to high-quality, diverse investment opportunities. Keiretsu Forum is not a fund and does not invest as an LLC. Keiretsu Forum members collaborate in the due diligence but make individual investment decisions. For more information, please visit


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