Call for Applications: Keiretsu Forum Angel Investor Network Announces November 20 Angel Capital Expo in Silicon Valley

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Keiretsu Forum, the world’s largest private equity angel investment network, announces its 19th bi-annual Northern California Angel Capital Expo on Thursday, November 20th, 2014 from 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Microsoft, 1065 La Avenida Street in Mountain View, California.

Angel Capital Expo is the premier gathering of angel investors and entrepreneurs seeking funding capital to grow their businesses. On November 20th more than 300 of the Bay Area’s most active and respected angel investors will attend the Expo. View video from the November 21st, 2013 Angel Capital Expo.

“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.”

Angel Capital Expo will feature 20 high-quality, diverse investment opportunities in technology, healthcare/life sciences, consumer products, real estate and funds. Companies that apply to Keiretsu Forum are typically in their A or B rounds having already secured initial funding of $500k to $1.5 million from founders, friends, family, and individual angels. All presenters will be pre-screened by a select committee of Keiretsu Forum members. Presentation coaching will be provided to companies selected to present. Each entrepreneur will make an on-stage presentation and will be available for additional discussion and due diligence at their exhibitor booth throughout the day. Following the presentations, the attendees will vote and award the top three presenting companies the “Most Valued Company” award.

Apply to Present
Companies interested in presenting at the November 20th, 2014 Angel Capital Expo should complete the on-line application and contact Jenny Pater, Associate for Entrepreneur Relations, at jpater@keiretsuforum.com or call +1 (415) 573-0752.

Register to Attend
Hosted by Keiretsu Forum, the Angel Capital Expo is the premier gathering of the angel capital community. Invitation to attend is extended only to accredited investors. Register here. For more information, contact Carla Silva, Associate for Member Relations, at carla@keiretsuforum.com or call +1 (415) 573-0753.

Keiretsu Forum Northern California – 2013 Most Active Angel Group in Silicon Valley

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In 2013, the members of the Keiretsu Forum Northern California chapters (East Bay, North Bay, San Francisco and Silicon Valley) and investors that attended the two bi-annual Angel Capital Expos invested $8.66 million in 29 ventures. Investment distribution by number of deals per industry is: 69% in technology, 24% in life sciences and 7% in real estate. Investment distribution by amount invested per industry is: 41% in technology, 36% in real estate and 23% in life sciences.

 

Link to article: 2013 Most Active Angels – Silicon Valley Business Journal

Keiretsu Forum angel network opening Miami chapter

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In another sign of widening interest in Miami’s entrepreneurial ecosystem,  Keiretsu Forum, a large worldwide angel network, is opening a chapter in Miami.

The Keiretsu Forum South-East Region  opens for business on July 1 when its first forum meeting takes place in Miami.

Keiretsu Forum was founded in 2000 by Randy Williams in the San Francisco Bay Area, and now has 30 chapters and more than 1,100 accredited investor members. Keiretsu Forum members typically provide  capital in the  $250k – 2 million range in early-stage companies. Members collaborate in the due-diligence, but make their own investment decisions. Through the Keiretsu Forum, more than $400 million of capital has been invested into technology, consumer products, Internet, healthcare, life sciences and real estate companies, the forum said.

“Miami becomes the first Chapter in the K4-SE Region and the 31st Chapter in the K4 network,” said Howard Lubert, the South-East Region founder and area president, in a press release.  “Our success in running winter meetings on FisherIsland off the coast of Miami led to the invitation from our host sponsor, Holland & Knight, to explore a permanent home in the heart of the Miami downtown business sector.”

John Inman, a commercial real estate executive and investor, will lead the Miami chapter and plans to select 20 founding members before year’s end. “Miami is an untapped gold mine of resources and I plan on helping grow the new South-East Region into a powerhouse,” he said.

Holland & Knight is one of the largest law firms in the United States with more than 1,000 attorneys in 19 offices.  Its attorneys Chris Boyett, Rod Bell and Danielle Price were instrumental in bringing the new chapter here.

“We saw the potential for the Keiretsu Forum to be a success in South Florida and there  is a huge need for an organization like this,” said Bell, a partner who heads up the domestic corporate practice in South Florida. “The time is right for something like this to come along and help these companies get to the next level.”

Posted June 27, 2014

 

Keiretsu Forum Acquires Silicon Valley-Based Angel Investor Group Ankur2Angels

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Keiretsu Forum, the world’s largest angel investor network, and Ankur2Angels, an angel investment group with strong presence within the Indian community in Silicon Valley, announced today that Keiretsu Forum has acquired Ankur2Angels. This strategic acquisition will strengthen and diversify the Keiretsu Forum angel community in the San Francisco Bay Area with the addition of investors who are among the technology elite in Silicon Valley and will build a bridge to India for both investors and entrepreneurs.

Since 2011, Ankur2Angels has been nurturing entrepreneurs to become tomorrow’s industry leaders. Entrepreneurs will benefit from the opportunity to present to a larger group of angel investors and access global capital and resources. Ankur2Angels investors will benefit from Keiretsu Forum’s deal flow from 31 global chapters, disciplined and structured company screening and due diligence processes and participation in a community of like-minded seasoned angel investors.

“By acquiring Ankur2Angels, Keiretsu Forum gains talented investors, a valuable angel investment platform, enabling additional cross-border investment and expanding our presence in the Indian market,” said Randy Williams, Keiretsu Forum Founder and CEO.

“This deal will allow Ankur2Angels investors to have access to the extensive Keiretsu Forum network of investors and will facilitate high quality collaboration to provide angel funding to some of the most promising startup companies. We believe that combining the passionate Ankur2Angels’ community with the systems and resources of the Keiretsu Forum will create a unique WIN-WIN opportunity for both angel groups,” said Gajanan Bhat and Harish Goli, Ankur2Angels Founders and Managing Partners.

To inquire about Keiretsu Forum membership and register for an upcoming Keiretsu Forum meeting as an investor, contact Carla Silva, Keiretsu Forum Associate for Member Relations, at carla@keiretsuforum.com and +1 (415) 573-0753. For an entrepreneur online application at Keiretsu Forum, contact Olivia Diamond, Keiretsu Forum Associate for Entrepreneur Relations, at olivia@keiretsuforum.com and +1 (415) 573-0755.

About Keiretsu Forum 
Keiretsu Forum was founded in 2000 by Randy Williams in the San Francisco Bay Area. Now with 31 chapters and over 1,100 accredited investor members, Keiretsu Forum is the world’s largest by-invitation angel investor network. Keiretsu Forum members provide early stage capital in the range of $250k – $3 million in high quality, diverse investment opportunities and collaborate in due-diligence process, but make individual investment decisions. Through the Keiretsu Forum, more than $465 million has been invested into technology, consumer products, Internet, healthcare, life sciences and real estate companies. For more information about Keiretsu Forum, visit www.keiretsuforum.com.

Contact
Sonja Markova
Managing Director
Keiretsu Forum
(415) 573-0751
sonja@keiretsuforum.com

 

Academy: Opportunities for Investors and Entrepreneurs in the Bitcoin Space

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Keiretsu Forum’s next Investor Academy is on the topic of Opportunities for Investors and Entrepreneurs in the Bitcoin Space.

Tuesday, June 17, 8:30am – 11:00am
Reed Smith, 101 Second Street, 18th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94105  Guest RSVP

For more information, contact Carla Silva, Associate for Member Relations at carla@keiretsuforum.com.

Agenda:
08:30am-09:00am Registration and Breakfast
09:00am-10:30am Panel Presentations and Discussion
10:30am-11:00am Networking and Adjourn

Panelists:
Zavain Dar – Innovative Endeavors, heads Bitcoin investments
Brandon Goldman – Founder of FreshPay, working on products and services that help people use digital currencies in the real world
Kashmir Hill – Senior Online Editor, Forbes Magazine
Brett Stapper – Falcon Global Capital, angel fund for investments in Bitcoin
MC: Richard Horning – Reed Smith

Keiretsu Forum Angel Investor Network Announces 9th Annual Summer Solstice – World’s Largest Angel Group Hosts Premier Event for Women Investors and Entrepreneurs

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Keiretsu Forum, the world’s largest angel investment network, will host its 9th annual Summer Solstice event for women investors and entrepreneurs on Wednesday, June 11 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Hanson Bridgett LLP in San Francisco, California. The Keiretsu Forum Summer Solstice is a “Call to Action” for female entrepreneurs and investors to encourage increased involvement of women in the Bay Area early stage venture eco-system.

Randy Williams, Keiretsu Forum Founder & CEO, said, “More than ever, the angel investor community is eager to attract women participants.” He pointed to a Kauffman Foundation report that explains while “women own half of this country’s wealth… [they] make up no more than eight percent of angel investors.” Women investors are considered a largely untapped market that is critical to financial and mentoring support for new companies.

The event will include a networking reception, a guest speaker, and presentations from five women-led companies to a panel of angel investors. The guest speaker will be Betty Ann Boeving from the Bay Area Anti-Trafficking Coalition, which works on the front lines to train Bay Area citizens and civic groups in awareness and sustainable engagement to fight local trafficking in the region. The investor panel will include Keiretsu Forum angel investor members: Inessa Obenhuber, Monali Jain, Tammy Haygood, Shirley Gee, and Teresa Pahl, Partner at Hanson Bridgett.

“We live in the heartland of the investment community, Northern California,” said Judith Iglehart, Keiretsu Forum President of the International Division. “Most professional women here are over-achievers competing in various businesses. For years, women were only too familiar with the concept of ‘angel.’ It’s time they added the word ‘investor’ to it.”

To apply to present, complete the on-line application, or contact Olivia Diamond, Keiretsu Forum Associate for Entrepreneur Relations, at olivia@keiretsuforum.com and +1 (415) 573-0755. To register to attend, visit the online registration link, or contact Carla Silva, Keiretsu Forum Associate for Member Relations, at carla@keiretsuforum.com and +1 (415) 573-0753.

Keiretsu Forum Publishes its Due Diligence Handbook as Free Resource for Angel Investors and Entrepreneurs

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Keiretsu Forum announces the publishing of its Due Diligence Handbook in the Apple iBook store as a free resource for angel investors and entrepreneurs. As the world’s largest private equity angel investment network, Keiretsu Forum provides a leading voice in developing best practices in conducting due diligence. The Due Diligence Handbook outlines the investment group’s due diligence process and provides useful resources that support angel investors in their process of evaluating potential investments.

Randy Williams, Founder & CEO of Keiretsu Forum, announced the publishing of Keiretsu Forum’s Due Diligence Handbook on May 1, 2014 in front of an audience of over 500 angel investors at Keiretsu Forum’s 18th bi-annual Angel Capital Expo held at Microsoft in Mountain View. “Up until now, the Due Diligence Handbook was only made available to Keiretsu Forum’s 1,100 members in its 30 chapters around the world. Now, Keiretsu Forum is offering this resource to the world free of charge in order to increase communication and collaboration among all angel investors everywhere,” said Williams.

The Handbook can be downloaded via the Apple iBook store for iPads and Apple computers, and will soon be available in the Apple iBook store for iPhones, via Google play, Kobo, and Scribd, and for the Kindle and Nook.  A similar version can be downloaded as a PDF at the Keiretsu Forum web site.

“A cohesive due diligence process in a group setting gives both investors and entrepreneurs the opportunity to benefit from the diverse experience of multiple investors.  This Handbook was designed to guide investors through the most important part of the process: conducting a rigorous examination of the many factors that may affect future outcomes,” said Michael Gralnick, Chairman of Keiretsu Forum’s Due Diligence Committee.

About Keiretsu Forum
Keiretsu Forum was founded in 2000 by Randy Williams in the San Francisco Bay Area. With 30 chapters and over 1,100 accredited investor members, Keiretsu Forum is the world’s largest invite-only angel investor network. Keiretsu Forum members provide early stage capital in the range of $250k – 2 million in high quality, diverse investment opportunities and collaborate in the due-diligence, but make their own individual investment decisions. Through the Keiretsu Forum, more than $400 million of capital has been invested into technology, consumer products, Internet, healthcare, life sciences and real estate companies. For more information, visit www.keiretsuforum.com.

Contact
Sonja Markova
Managing Director
Keiretsu Forum
(415) 573-0751
sonja@keiretsuforum.com

 

Randy Williams, Keiretsu Forum Founder & CEO, invites you to our 18th bi-annual Angel Capital Expo

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Randy Williams, Keiretsu Forum Founder & CEO cordially invites you to join us at the May 1 Angel Capital Expo at Microsoft in Mountain View. Click below to play the invitation video message.

Angel Capital Expo
Thursday, May 1st, 2014
7:30am – 5:00pm at Microsoft, 1065 La Avenida St Mountain View, CA 94043
Early bird of $95 ends on Apr 24; $295 thereafter
REGISTER HERE

Angel Capital Expo is the premier gathering of the angel capital community, bringing together investors and entrepreneurs looking for funding. Angel Capital Expo is organized by Keiretsu Forum, the world’s largest angel investment network, and was created to foster collaboration among angel groups, as well as reach out to the larger investment community.

For more information, contact Carla Silva, Keiretsu Forum Member Relations at carla@keiretsuforum.com or call +1 (415) 573-0753.

Video courteously from “Coursmos the world’s first open online micro-learning platform”.

Raffles at May 1 Expo – American Airlines

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American Airlines is a proud sponsor of the Angel Capital Expo. Be sure stop by their table and learn how American Airlines is supporting the start-up community in your area. Here are four reasons why we are excited about this sponsorship! 1) Register to win 5,000 Business Extra Points at their table (raffle drawing after the lunch break at 1pm; the winner must be present at the time of the raffle drawing to win). 2) Learn more about their commitment to help support entrepreneurship through their Innovators program. 3) Look into the Airpass product for last minute travel and VIP benefits and 4) Take advantage of the Business Extra bonus offer especially for Angel Capital Expo attendees. Learn more >

Contact Person:
Aleda Schaffer
Strategic Partnerships Manager, Startups and Small Business
American Airlines
T: 817 739 7236 | @aledaschaffer | Email

Angel Capital Expo
Thursday, May 1st, 2014
7:30am – 5:00pm at Microsoft, 1065 La Avenida St Mountain View, CA 94043
Early bird of $95 ends on Apr 24; $295 thereafter
REGISTER HERE

Angel Capital Expo is the premier gathering of the angel capital community, bringing together investors and entrepreneurs looking for funding. Angel Capital Expo is organized by Keiretsu Forum, the world’s largest angel investment network, and was created to foster collaboration among angel groups, as well as reach out to the larger investment community.

For more information, contact Carla Silva, Keiretsu Forum Member Relations at (415) 573-0753 or carla@keiretsuforum.com.

Speakers Announced for May 1 Keiretsu Forum Angel Capital Expo

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We are looking forward to having Colin Wiel and Doug Brien, Co-Founders of the Waypoint Real Estate Group (NYSE: SWAY), as guest speakers at the May 1 Angel Capital Expo. The Waypoint Real Estate Group is a pioneer of buying foreclosed homes and turning them into rentals currently managing more than 11,000 homes nationwide. Waypoint is a Keiretsu Forum portfolio company which was just listed at the New York Stock Exchange in February. Colin and Doug met at Keiretsu Forum as angel investor members and as entrepreneurs were successful in raising capital from Keiretsu Forum to fuel Waypoint’s growth. They will share their story from inception of the idea to IPO.

Angel Capital Expo
Thursday, May 1st, 2014
7:30am – 5:00pm at Microsoft, 1065 La Avenida St Mountain View, CA 94043
Early bird of $95 ends on Apr 24; $295 thereafter
REGISTER HERE

Angel Capital Expo is the premier gathering of the angel capital community, bringing together investors and entrepreneurs looking for funding. Angel Capital Expo is organized by Keiretsu Forum, the world’s largest angel investment network, and was created to foster collaboration among angel groups, as well as reach out to the larger investment community.

For more information, contact Carla Silva, Keiretsu Forum Member Relations at (415) 573-0751 or carla@keiretsuforum.com.