Keiretsu Forum Northwest Announces Winner of the Angel Capital Expo “Most Valued Company” Award


Seattle, WA – August 19th, 2015 – Keiretsu Forum Northwest, a fast growing region of the world’s largest angel investing group, hosted its Angel Capital Expo last Thursday at Microsoft. The Expo hosted over 250 Angel Investors, 34 community partners, and featured presentations from 15 start-up companies who came from all over the United States and Canada. Keiretsu has announced that the companies, varied from funds to new technologies, received a total of 592 explicit expressions of interest from potential investors.

“What makes the northwest a special place for angel investing is the abundance of entrepreneurs and capital” said Northwest Region Chairman, Nathan McDonald. McDonald is also the CEO of Keiretsu Capital, LLC, which manages a Co-Investment & Opportunity Fund affiliated with Keiretsu Forum that has already backed five of the companies that presented at last week’s Expo. The fund announced the final closing of its first fund in early July at just over $6 million. The fund invests in early stage technology companies that are being backed by Keirestu Forum and other leading angel investing groups around the world.

At the Expo, the winner of the “Most Valued Company” award, given to the company that was given the most imaginary “funds” by Expo attendees, was Operative Experience Inc., which creates the world’s first high fidelity physical simulators in which surgeons can perform hands-in-the-body operations using standard surgical instruments. The two runners up for the award were Abom, Inc. and LumiThera.

“I am honored to be selected as the Most Valued Company. There were 15 strong companies, each with compelling stories, and to be singled out was a thrill.  Operative Experience will impact healthcare worldwide, and our partnership with Keiretsu’s seasoned investors will be a key to our success and I am grateful to have had the opportunity to share our story”, stated Mick Navin, CEO.

Keiretsu’s northwest region is also celebrating its ten year anniversary next month. The region announced funding of $192 million for 302 companies by northwest members since it began in 2005. McDonald announced that the region has totaled 34 individual investments totaling in $28.2 million in funding for companies through June so far this year.

About Keiretsu
Keiretsu Forum is the largest global investment network with 39 chapters and over 1,550 accredited private equity investors, venture capitalists and corporate/institutional investors. Forum members invest in high-quality, diverse investment opportunities. The community is strengthened through its involvement in social and charitable activities.

Contact: Sherry Zins Calvert, President, Keiretsu Forum Northwest /

Premier Angel Capital Expo


San Francisco, CA– August 14, 2015– Keiretsu Forum, the world’s largest angel investment network announces its 21st bi-annual Northern California Angel Capital Expo on November 18, 2015 from 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Microsoft, 1065 La Avenida Street in Mountain View, California.

The Angel Capital Expo is the premier gathering of angel investors and entrepreneurs seeking funding capital to grow their businesses. The event will feature 18-20 presentations from high-quality, early stage companies across the technology, life-science, and real-estate industries as well two high profile speakers and updates on Keiretsu’s exponential global growth this last year.

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. 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

Keiretsu partners and sponsors such as Pro-Seeder and law firm Reed Smith will also have exhibitor booths in order to meet and network with Keiretsu’s investor members and esteemed guests.

The Expo is a highly exclusive and celebrated event as Founder and CEO Randy Williams is only welcoming 500 of the top angel investors, VCs, business leaders, and entrepreneurs from the Bay Area and around the globe.  RSVP to reserve your spot today! Early Bird Ends on August 28th.

This announcement comes off the heels of Keiretsu’s Northwest Expo yesterday which played host to 15 presenting companies and over 250 investors at the Northwest Angel Capital Expo. The company presentations were bookended by an update on the Keiretsu Capital Co-Investment Fund by Mathew Le Merle and Keynote speaker Roger Ressmeyer, Executive Director of “Visions of Tomorrow.”

The Northwest Angel Capital Expo not only showcased Keiretsu’s incredible deal-flow and membership but serves as good measure of what is to come at the larger scale November 18th Angel Capital Expo at Microsoft in Mountain View, CA. Whether you are an angel investor, top Bay Area business leader, or entrepreneur seeking funding; Keiretsu Forum invites you to join the globally attended event in celebration of our 15th Anniversary of funding high quality investment opportunities (see RSVP details below).

Register to Attend
Early Bird Special until August 28th is $75; Second Early Bird until October 15th is $115; $295 thereafter. For more information, contact Carla Silva, Membership & Finance Director, at or call (415) 573-0753.

Apply to Present
Companies interested in presenting at the November 18th Angel Capital Expo should contact Lauren Anderson, Entrepreneur Director, at or call (415) 573-0755.  Application deadline is October 27th.

If you are interested in learning more about sponsorship and partner opportunities at the November 18th Angel Capital Expo, please contact Jon Sibley at or call (415) 573-0751.

Indian Angels Search of Heavens and Startups Abroad


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CHENNAI, August 10, 2015 (Economic Times): Angel investor and founder of Sify, R Ramaraj, is said to be keen on promoting local entrepreneurship. But he is keeping an eye out for ideas that can crack the Western market, as demonstrated by leading a Rs 3 crore ($500,000) round into Brainstorm Health, an Indian-helmed US startup that makes fitness apps for gyms.

“It’s B to B to C. Its founders are Indian but the market is clearly the US,” said Ramaraj, adding that entrepreneurs with Indian roots gunning for a foothold in the largest startup ecosystem were a breed angels have actively scouted over the years.

While foreign venture and seed funds have hotfooted it to India, fueling fledglings to unicorns in fields such as ecommerce and taxi transport, the reverse is also true with Indian investors consistently putting money in overseas startup.  Indian angels – from Indian Angel Network to regional ones such as The Chennai Angels and Keiretsu Forum, the latest entrant with a 1,500-member strong investor community- have deals in the due-diligence or just-completed stages with overseas-headquartered startups, but with a strong Indian connect.  It could be the entrepreneur with Indian roots, a product development centre in the country, or intent to enter the homeland with its idea.

“We designed it that way,” said Rajan Srikanth, CoPresident of Keiretsu Forum- Chennai and Singapore.  The Chennai chapter is close to completing four deals in US based startups, offering its investors, many of them first times, to partake of arms that have had due-diligence rounds with several other Keiretsu chapters before Chennai.

“Historically, it was believed angel investments were local investments, because it helps the investor breath down their necks, and of course help them.  Plenty of investors have not ventured beyond local geographies because the perceived risk is high.  If we can ease their concerns with a strong due-diligence system, angel investing can be global,” he said.

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Keiretsu Forum Hosts Angel Capital Expo at Microsoft on August 13th

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Seattle, WA – July 28th, 2015 – Keiretsu Forum Northwest, a region of the world’s largest and fastest growing Angel Investing group, is hosting the Angel Capital Expo on Thursday, August 13th at Microsoft in Redmond, WA. The Northwest Angel Capital Expo is the premier gathering of the northwest investing community and will host 15 presenting companies and 250+ investors.

The Angel Capital Expo was created to bring together Keiretsu Forum members along with members of other angel groups in the northwest region and to connect them with high quality investment opportunities. “We are proud to play a seminal role in the growth of start-up businesses and job creation,” said Randy Williams, founder and CEO of Keiretsu Forum.

What sets the Angel Capital Expo apart from other funding events around the world is the percentage of presenting companies that receive funding as a result of being a part of this elite event. “The number of presenting companies that have received funding in our northwest region is over 70%”, said Nathan McDonald, Chairman of Keiretsu Forum Northwest and CEO of Keiretsu Capital, LLC. “This year in the northwest we have already exceeded our 2014 totals for the amount and number of companies funded,” said McDonald.

Keynote Speakers will be Roger Ressmeyer, Executive Director of “Visions of Tomorrow” and Tim Enger, Business Manager of Microsoft Ventures. The Angel Capital Expo is a community event and is co-hosted by the following community partners: Seattle U, SPAN, CleanTech Alliance, WBBA, Fledge, SVP Fast Pitch, WTIA, Seattle CFA Society, Seattle Impact Investing Group, Zino Society, Tacoma Angels, Puget Sound Ventures, TiE Angel Group Seattle, Seattle Angels, Vantec, Capital Investment Network, ACA Members, Unitus Seed Fund, Wings, University of Washington, Lake Washington Institute of Technology, Seattle Pacific University, Element 8, Impact Washington, Simon Frasier University, and Strategic News Services.

About Keiretsu
Keiretsu Forum is the largest global investment network with 39 chapters and over 1,500 accredited private equity investors, venture capitalists and corporate/institutional investors. Forum members invest in high-quality, diverse investment opportunities. The community is strengthened through its involvement in social and charitable activities.

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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

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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.
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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

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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:

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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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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.