Best Time For Angel Investors in India

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Keiretsu Capital, the co-investment fund of global angel network Keiretsu Forum, raised around $6.5 million for its first angel-investor fund in 2015. It is now planning to start a seed fund in India. Last week, during his visit to India, Matthew Le Merle, a managing partner at the fund, said it was contemplating an India-focused fund in 2017.

The US-based cross-border network’s Chennai chapter, its first in India, has invested a little over $1 million in early-stage startups, finishing its first year with around a dozen deals.

In this interview with VCCircle, Le Merle, whose firm, Fifth Era, advises countries and companies on growing the digital economy, outlines the investment goals for Keiretsu Capital’s funds and the opportunities for angel investors in India. Edited excerpts:

How do you see angel investing evolving in India?

This is the best of times to become an angel investor in India. The Indian government has been clear that it expects a major proportion of future economic growth and expansion – and gains in jobs and well-being – to be driven by technology focused companies. It expects the digital economy to be a very important force in India’s future. And it is creating incentives and policies to stimulate this.

Angel investors back local Indian technology entrepreneurs when they first form their companies and get started. It is critical to India’s success that more local investors are encouraged to become angel investors in digital economy companies.

At Keiretsu Forum in Bangalore, Chennai and, now, Mumbai, our goal is to educate and orientate investors to what it means to be an active angel investor. We welcome new members and ensure that they have the time and resources to see if this is a good personal fit.

For the full article please visit VCCircle.com

Call for Applications: Keiretsu Forum Angel Capital Expo April 28, 2016

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22nd Bi-Annual Expo for Entrepreneurs and Investors

SAN FRANCISCO, CA –(Marketwired – March 08, 2016) - Keiretsu Forum, the world’s largest private equity angel investment network, announces its 22nd bi-annual Northern California Angel Capital Expo on Thursday, April 28, 2016 from 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Microsoft, 1065 La Avenida Street in Mountain View, California.

Angel Capital Expo is known as a premier gathering of angel investors and entrepreneurs seeking funding capital to grow their businesses. More than 500 of the Bay Area’s most active and respected angel investors will attend the Expo. Entrepreneurs are invited to apply to present their business proposals.

“Angel Capital Expo provides a unique opportunity for active collaboration between our angel investors and other northern California angel investor communities,” 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 15-18 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 secured initial funding of $500k to $1.5 million from founders, individual angels, friends, and family. Companies are pre-screened by a select committee of Keiretsu Forum members, and selected entrepreneurs receive presentation coaching in advance of the event. During the day, entrepreneurs will make an individual, on-stage presentation to the more than 500 attendees, and will be available at their exhibitor booths for additional discussions. Keiretsu Forum is pleased to welcome BNY Mellon Wealth Management and A Family Friend Group as a platinum sponsors at this year’s Angel Capital Expo.

Apply to Present 
Companies interested in presenting at the April 28, 2015 Angel Capital Expo may complete the online application and contact Lauren Anderson, Entrepreneur Director, at landerson@keiretsuforum.com or call (415) 573-0755.

Register to Attend 
Accredited investors are invited to register here to take advantage of the early bird special, price will be $295 thereafter! For more information, contact Carla Selby, Membership & Finance Director, at carla@keiretsuforum.com or call (415) 573-0753.

 

Keiretsu Forum Helps Angels Take Wings

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“I think we have just dipped our toe in the ocean, not even in the river. There is so much more distance to go,” says Rajan Srikanth, co-President, Keiretsu Forum, Chennai & Singapore.

The Keiretsu Forum in Chennai has just completed a year and Srikanth, the driving force behind the US-headquartered global angel network starting operations here, says quite candidly that “we came much further than we feared.” The Chennai chapter of Keiretsu invested in 11 ventures – six of them foreign and five domestic – for a total of $972,000. It has on board over 25 members and gets a new member or two every month. He admits that the investment could have been more, but then he is happy that the Chennai chapter has committed investors who are now getting “more excited and drawing deeper into their pockets.” The more recent deals are bigger in size than the earlier ones, he adds.

In the first few months of launching the forum in Chennai, there were no investments by the members although at the monthly forum meetings, five to seven proposals would be put up before them. The members would attend the meetings, listen to the proposals but there would be no follow-up. Srikanth explains the reason: almost all the Keiretsu Forum members in Chennai were first time angel investors and almost all of them came from a non-tech background.

The members belonged to two categories. There were those like S Gopal, Biji Kurien and Chand Das who had retired from senior executive positions in large companies and there were others like C Sivakumar of Prabha Engineers and Manish Marlecha of Marlecha Interiors, all entrepreneurs themselves, who were getting into investing in start-ups.

Learning period

In the first six months, the members were trying to figure out what angel investing was all about, how do they evaluate the deal and what were the risks involved. But then they were only following the rule of thumb for angel investing. That is, in the initial period, do not invest; just observe and learn the process.

Srikanth draws an analogy with learning to swim. Initially, you are happy watching others splashing about in the pool. Then you tentatively dip your toes in the water, then gingerly step into the shallow end of the pool and after a few splashes and when you are comfortable, slowly venture into the deeper part. This is also what happened with the Chennai chapter. “Just like swimming, I am going to get into the pool myself, come with me. I will hold your hand. We did that,” he says. In almost all the first few investments, Srikanth or other office-bearers of the forum co-invested. This gave the other members the confidence they needed to invest.
Over the past year, says Srikanth, the members have become adept at doing due diligence – each one looking at one aspect of the whole process. Of the six US deals, nearly all of them had an India angle to it.

According to him, in the first few deals, individual investors were willing to put in about ₹5 lakh each. Now that is changing and there are quite a few members willing to invest up to ₹25 lakh in a venture. There is also cluster investing. That is, if a member wants to put in money in the names of family members, the forum is okay with it. That way the deal sizes also grow.

The investment is through convertible instruments. That is also Keiretsu philosophy, which is that companies in the early stages are hard to value. And, if a valuation is forced, it ends up being unfair to either the entrepreneur or the investor. “We have taken the view that convertibles are the best way to go. Convertibles with or without a coupon, but definitely with a discount on future institutional round of investment,” says Srikanth.

Lessons learnt

What lessons have they learnt in the first year? Our finding is that a good angel investor needs to be diversified, both in terms of the number of investments and in terms of the sector. Keiretsu and other research show that an angel investor should hold 15 companies in each sector and should have a portfolio of investments in at least three sectors, to be assured of a healthy return. This means a minimum of 45 companies in the portfolio.

Would the investors have the time to focus on so many companies? That is where they have to leverage a network like Keiretsu’s, says Srikanth.

As far as the Chennai chapter is concerned, the members have not invested in e-commerce. “We have not done any deals on e-commerce,” says Srikanth. One of the reasons is that all the members are from traditional industries and the other is that e-commerce valuations are way too high right now.

Dr. Astro Teller of Google[x] to be Keynote Speaker at Angel Capital Expo

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21st Bi-Annual Expo for Entrepreneurs and Investors

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – (Marketwire, November 4, 2015) Keiretsu Forum is proud to announce that Dr. Astro Teller, Captain of Moonshots at Google[x] to be the keynote speaker with Tim Enger of Microsoft Ventures to be guest speaker at Keiretsu Forum’s 21st bi-annual Northern California Angel Capital Expo on Wednesday, November 18, 2015 from 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Microsoft, 1065 La Avenida Street in Mountain View, California.

Dr. Teller currently oversees Google[x], Alphabet’s moonshot factory for building magical, audaciously impactful ideas that through science and technology can be brought to reality.  Dr. Teller holds a Bachelor of Science in computer science from Stanford University, Masters of Science in symbolic and heuristic computation, also from Stanford University, and a Ph.D. in artificial intelligence from Carnegie Mellon University, where he was a recipient of the Hertz fellowship. Through his work as a scientist, an inventor, and as an entrepreneur, Teller holds many U.S. and international patents related to his work in hardware and software technology.

Tim Enger is an entrepreneur and Marketing & Business Development Executive and is now focused on building Microsoft Ventures Accelerator in Seattle. Tim Co-Founded SocialNexus, Inc., a firm focused on a number of ventures nationally and internationally with a focus in Brazil. In addition to the ventures in Brazil, SocialNexus built a large digital asset touching more than 30 countries which was later acquired by a major digital agency. Tim ran all sales and business development efforts in New England for Property Solutions, a rapidly growing company that went from 400-800 employees during his time at the company. He added over $1M in ARR while at Property Solutions. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business from Brigham Young University.

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.

Register to Attend
Accredited investors are invited to register here to take advantage of the early bird special. For more information, contact Carla Selby, Membership & Finance Director, at carla@keiretsuforum.com or call (415) 573-0753.

Apply to Present 

Companies interested in presenting at the November 18, 2015 Angel Capital Expo may complete the on-line application and contact Lauren Anderson, Entrepreneur Director, at landerson@keiretsuforum.com or call (415) 573-0755.

Become a Sponsor If your company is interested in being a sponsor at the Angel Capital Expo, please contact Asli Gozoren at asli@keiretsuforum.com or call (510) 688-0729.

About Keiretsu Forum

Keiretsu Forum was founded in 2000 by Randy Williams in the San Francisco Bay Area. With 40 chapters and 1,500 accredited investor members, Keiretsu Forum is the world’s largest by invitation 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 due-diligence, but make their own individual investment decisions. Through the Keiretsu Forum, more than $600 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 INFORMATION
Lauren Anderson
415.573.0755
landerson@keiretsuforum.com

Disclaimer
KEIRETSU FORUM IS A FACILITATOR BRINGING TOGETHER PROSPECTIVE INVESTORS AND EARLY STAGE COMPANIES OFFERING GENERALLY HIGH-RISK INVESTMENTS. KEIRETSU FORUM IS NOT AFFILIATED WITH THE PRESENTING COMPANIES AND DOES NOT ENDORSE, INVEST IN, ASSIST WITH INVESTMENT IN OR RECOMMEND ANY OF THE COMPANIES (OR THE SECURITIES OF SUCH COMPANIES) THAT MAY SEEK FUNDING FROM KEIRETSU FORUM MEMBERS, AND RECEIVES NO SUCCESS FEES OR OTHER COMPENSATION FOR ANY FUNDING THAT MAY OCCUR (ALTHOUGH INDIVIDUAL KEIRETSU MEMBERS AND/OR VOLUNTEERS MAY HAVE AN ECONOMIC INTEREST OR AFFILIATION WITH PRESENTING COMPANIES WHICH KEIRETSU REQUIRES THEY DISCLOSE). ACCORDINGLY, ANY INFORMATION OR REPRESENTATIONS GIVEN OR MADE BY ANY PRESENTING COMPANIES MUST NOT BE RELIED UPON AS HAVING BEEN REVIEWED FOR ACCURACY OR AUTHORIZED BY KEIRETSU FORUM. ANY OFFERS TO, OR INVESTMENTS MADE, BY A MEMBER OF KEIRETSU FORUM WILL BE TO OR IN HIS, HER OR ITS INDIVIDUAL CAPACITY AND NOT ON BEHALF OF KEIRETSU FORUM. CONSEQUENTLY, INVESTORS MUST CONDUCT THEIR OWN DUE DILIGENCE IN CONNECTION WITH ANY INVESTMENT IN COMPANIES, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO LEGAL, TAX AND INVESTMENT ADVICE.

Tim Enger of Microsoft Ventures Angel Capital Expo Guest Speaker

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21st Bi-Annual Expo for Entrepreneurs and Investors

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – (Marketwire, October 26, 2015) Keiretsu Forum is proud to announce that Tim Enger of Microsoft Ventures will be a guest speaker at Keiretsu Forum’s 21st bi-annual Northern California Angel Capital Expo on Wednesday, November 18, 2015 from 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Microsoft, 1065 La Avenida Street in Mountain View, California.

Tim is an entrepreneur and Marketing and Business Development Executive. Tim is now focused on building Microsoft Ventures Accelerator in Seattle. Tim co-founded SocialNexus, Inc., a firm focused on a number of ventures nationally and internationally with a focus in Brazil. In addition to the ventures in Brazil, SocialNexus built a large digital asset touching more than 30 countries which was later acquired by a major digital agency. Tim ran all sales and business development efforts in New England for Property Solutions, a rapidly growing company that went from 400-800 employees during his time at the company. He added over $1M in ARR while at Property Solutions. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business from Brigham Young University.

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. 

Register to Attend
Accredited investors are invited to register here to take advantage of the early bird special. For more information, contact Carla Selby, Membership & Finance Director, at carla@keiretsuforum.com or call (415) 573-0753.

Apply to Present
Companies interested in presenting at the November 18, 2015 Angel Capital Expo may complete the on-line application and contact Lauren Anderson, Entrepreneur Director, at landerson@keiretsuforum.com or call (415) 573-0755.

Become a Sponsor If your company is interested in being a sponsor at the Angel Capital Expo, please contact Asli Gozoren at asli@keiretsuforum.com or call (510) 688-0729.

About Keiretsu Forum
Keiretsu Forum was founded in 2000 by Randy Williams in the San Francisco Bay Area. With 40 chapters and 1,500 accredited investor members, Keiretsu Forum is the world’s largest by invitation 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 due-diligence, but make their own individual investment decisions. Through the Keiretsu Forum, more than $600 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 INFORMATION

Lauren Anderson
415.573.0755
landerson@keiretsuforum.com

Disclaimer

KEIRETSU FORUM IS A FACILITATOR BRINGING TOGETHER PROSPECTIVE INVESTORS AND EARLY STAGE COMPANIES OFFERING GENERALLY HIGH-RISK INVESTMENTS. KEIRETSU FORUM IS NOT AFFILIATED WITH THE PRESENTING COMPANIES AND DOES NOT ENDORSE, INVEST IN, ASSIST WITH INVESTMENT IN OR RECOMMEND ANY OF THE COMPANIES (OR THE SECURITIES OF SUCH COMPANIES) THAT MAY SEEK FUNDING FROM KEIRETSU FORUM MEMBERS, AND RECEIVES NO SUCCESS FEES OR OTHER COMPENSATION FOR ANY FUNDING THAT MAY OCCUR (ALTHOUGH INDIVIDUAL KEIRETSU MEMBERS AND/OR VOLUNTEERS MAY HAVE AN ECONOMIC INTEREST OR AFFILIATION WITH PRESENTING COMPANIES WHICH KEIRETSU REQUIRES THEY DISCLOSE). ACCORDINGLY, ANY INFORMATION OR REPRESENTATIONS GIVEN OR MADE BY ANY PRESENTING COMPANIES MUST NOT BE RELIED UPON AS HAVING BEEN REVIEWED FOR ACCURACY OR AUTHORIZED BY KEIRETSU FORUM. ANY OFFERS TO, OR INVESTMENTS MADE, BY A MEMBER OF KEIRETSU FORUM WILL BE TO OR IN HIS, HER OR ITS INDIVIDUAL CAPACITY AND NOT ON BEHALF OF KEIRETSU FORUM. CONSEQUENTLY, INVESTORS MUST CONDUCT THEIR OWN DUE DILIGENCE IN CONNECTION WITH ANY INVESTMENT IN COMPANIES, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO LEGAL, TAX AND INVESTMENT ADVICE.

Keiretsu Forum Northwest Announces Acquisition of ZINO Society

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Seattle, WA – October 14th, 2015 – Keiretsu Forum Northwest, a region of the world’s largest angel investor network, today announced they have acquired the assets of ZINO Society and that Cathi Hatch, Founder and CEO of ZINO Society, has joined the Keiretsu Forum Northwest team and will continue to focus on angel investing and entrepreneurism serving in the leadership role of Seattle Chapter President.

“We are excited to welcome Cathi to our team and ZINO investor members to our community,” said Sherry Calvert, President of Keiretsu Forum Northwest. “Cathi brings with her an extensive network and facilitation skills which will be a great addition and benefit to our community of successful entrepreneurs and active angel investors.”

“This deal will allow ZINO Society investors to have access to the extensive Keiretsu Forum network of high quality deal flow and due diligence collaboration. We believe that combining the passionate ZINO Society community with the systems and full service support resources of the Keiretsu Forum will create a unique opportunity for our combined angel community to thrive,” said Cathi Hatch, Founder and CEO of ZINO Society.

“This strategic acquisition will strengthen and diversify our angel community and we look forward to working with Cathi to further expand our investor community together and fund even more great companies,” said Northwest Region Chairman, Nathan McDonald. McDonald is also the CEO of Keiretsu Capital, LLC, which announced the final closing of its first Co-Investment & Opportunity Fund in early July at just over $6 million and has already backed twenty-two companies with close to $2.5 million this year. The fund invests in early stage technology companies that are backed by Keiretsu Forum and other leading angel investing groups around the world.

The Northwest region of Keiretsu Forum is also celebrating its ten year anniversary this fall. In August, the region announced funding of $192 million for 302 companies by Keiretsu Forum members since it began in September, 2005. McDonald also 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 was founded in 2000 by Randy Williams in the San Francisco Bay Area. With 39 chapters and 1,500 accredited investor members, Keiretsu Forum is the world’s largest by invitation 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 due-diligence, but make their own individual investment decisions. Through the Keiretsu Forum, more than $600 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.

About ZINO Society
ZINO Society was founded ten years ago as an early stage investment forum for angel investors and entrepreneurs to connect. At over 100 investment forums produced over the past ten years, ZINO Society has screened, coached and showcased over 900 entrepreneurs from all business sectors seeking funding and resources, facilitated over $35 million in individual angel funding, while as part of the forum programs, featured over 1,000 keynote speakers, panelists and judges and 250 individual wineries, cideries, craft beer and spirit producers.

Contact: Sherry Zins Calvert, President, Keiretsu Forum Northwest / sherry@keiretsuforum.com

Keiretsu Forum Mid-Atlantic Announces Liquidity Event

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Astellas Pharma and Immunomic Therapeutics Announce Worldwide Partnership for LAMP-vax™ Products for Allergic Disease

Hershey, PA & Rockville, MD and Tokyo, Japan, October 9, 2015 – Immunomic Therapeutics, Inc. (“Immunomic Therapeutics”), a company developing next generation vaccines based on the LAMP-vax platform, and Astellas Pharma Inc. (“Astellas”) today announced they have entered into an exclusive worldwide license agreement to the LAMP-vax products for the treatment or prevention of any and all allergic diseases in humans. The LAMP-vax technology enhances the effectiveness of DNA vaccines.  It has the ability to make DNA vaccines work, which potentially enables effective vaccinations for a wide spectrum of diseases.

In January 2015, Immunomic Therapeutics and Astellas entered into an exclusive license agreement for Japan to develop and commercialize ASP4070 (previously known as JRC2-LAMP-vax) designed to treat allergies induced by Japanese red cedar pollen; Astellas initiated a Phase 1 trial of ASP4070 in Japan this year.  Irrespective of the new agreement, this initial agreement remains in effect.

Astellas has now acquired the exclusive worldwide rights to research, develop, manufacture and commercialize any potential LAMP-vax products designed to treat or prevent human allergic diseases, including, among other things, ARA-LAMP-vax for the treatment or prevention of peanut allergy as well as other research-stage programs for food or environmental allergies.

Upon execution of the new agreement, Immunomic Therapeutics will receive an upfront payment of $300 million and be entitled to receive 10% royalties of net sales of the potential products.

“We are excited that Astellas recognized the potential of LAMP-vax technology to usher in a new era in vaccination against common and serious allergies and are thrilled to be partnering with them again,” said Dr. William Hearl, CEO of Immunomic Therapeutics. “With this new partnership, Astellas can explore the LAMP-vax platform for allergic disease, while we continue applications in other areas, like cancer immunotherapy.”

“Astellas sets a strategic goal to advance new opportunities as part of our Strategic Plan 2015-2017, and we are actively investing in new therapeutic areas and new technologies/new modalities, in particular, regenerative medicine and next generation vaccines,” commented Kenji Yasukawa, Ph.D., Senior Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer, Astellas. “We focus on immunology as one of the prioritized disease areas for our research and are exploring targets for new drug discoveries that involve several immune disorders, with the aim of developing a causal treatment for immune disorders. We are very excited to partner with Immunomic Therapeutics again as this transaction further supports our strategic goals and strengthens our pipeline in immunology.”

“Keiretsu Forum members in the Mid-Atlantic Region invested in ITI (Immunomic Therapeutics) shortly after opening our first chapter in Philadelphia and then did a follow-on bridge round in 2013.  The clinical results of the Japanese Red Cedar Vaccine were so compelling that, in less than 4 years from our initial investments we are looking at sharing in the initial $300m payment by Astellas and may end up with an 8-16x return!” said Howard Lubert, the Mid-Atlantic Regions Area President.  “Bernie Rudnick, a long time Keiretsu member brought us the ITI opportunity and is well known in the region and around the county as a Life Sciences Super Angel.  We are fortunate to have members like Bernie in our Region and look forward to many more positive returns in the future” Lubert added.

The full release can be found here.

 

Call for Applications: Keiretsu Forum Angel Capital Expo November 18, 2015

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Call for Applications: Keiretsu Forum Angel Capital Expo November 18, 2015
21st Bi-Annual Expo for Entrepreneurs and Investors

SAN FRANCISCO, CA–(Marketwired – September 18, 2015) – Keiretsu Forum, the world’s largest private equity angel investment network, announces its 21st bi-annual Northern California Angel Capital Expo on Wednesday, November 18, 2015 from 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Microsoft, 1065 La Avenida Street in Mountain View, California.

Angel Capital Expo is known as a premier gathering of angel investors and entrepreneurs seeking funding capital to grow their businesses. More than 500 of the Bay Area’s most active and respected angel investors will attend the Expo. Entrepreneurs are invited to apply to present their business proposals.

“Angel Capital Expo provides a unique opportunity for active collaboration between our angel investors and other northern California angel investor communities,” 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 18-20 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 secured initial funding of $500k to $1.5 million from founders, individual angels, friends, and family. Companies are pre-screened by a select committee of Keiretsu Forum members, and selected entrepreneurs receive presentation coaching in advance of the event. During the day, entrepreneurs will make an individual, on-stage presentation to the more than 500 attendees, and will be available at their exhibitor booths for additional discussions.

Apply to Present
Companies interested in presenting at the November 18, 2015 Angel Capital Expo may complete the on-line application and contact Lauren Anderson, Entrepreneur Director, at landerson@keiretsuforum.com or call (415) 573-0755.

Register to Attend
Accredited investors are invited to register here to take advantage of the early bird special, price will be $295 thereafter! For more information, contact Carla Selby, Membership & Finance Director, at carla@keiretsuforum.com or call (415) 573-0753.

Become a Sponsor
If your company is interested in being a sponsor at the Angel Capital Expo, please contact Asli Isinak Gozoren at asli@keiretsuforum.com or call (510) 688-0729.

About Keiretsu Forum
Keiretsu Forum was founded in 2000 by Randy Williams in the San Francisco Bay Area. With 39 chapters and 1,500 accredited investor members, Keiretsu Forum is the world’s largest by invitation 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 due-diligence, but make their own individual investment decisions. Through the Keiretsu Forum, more than $600 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.

Disclaimer
KEIRETSU FORUM IS A FACILITATOR BRINGING TOGETHER PROSPECTIVE INVESTORS AND EARLY STAGE COMPANIES OFFERING GENERALLY HIGH-RISK INVESTMENTS. KEIRETSU FORUM IS NOT AFFILIATED WITH THE PRESENTING COMPANIES AND DOES NOT ENDORSE, INVEST IN, ASSIST WITH INVESTMENT IN OR RECOMMEND ANY OF THE COMPANIES (OR THE SECURITIES OF SUCH COMPANIES) THAT MAY SEEK FUNDING FROM KEIRETSU FORUM MEMBERS, AND RECEIVES NO SUCCESS FEES OR OTHER COMPENSATION FOR ANY FUNDING THAT MAY OCCUR (ALTHOUGH INDIVIDUAL KEIRETSU MEMBERS AND/OR VOLUNTEERS MAY HAVE AN ECONOMIC INTEREST OR AFFILIATION WITH PRESENTING COMPANIES WHICH KEIRETSU REQUIRES THEY DISCLOSE). ACCORDINGLY, ANY INFORMATION OR REPRESENTATIONS GIVEN OR MADE BY ANY PRESENTING COMPANIES MUST NOT BE RELIED UPON AS HAVING BEEN REVIEWED FOR ACCURACY OR AUTHORIZED BY KEIRETSU FORUM. ANY OFFERS TO, OR INVESTMENTS MADE, BY A MEMBER OF KEIRETSU FORUM WILL BE TO OR IN HIS, HER OR ITS INDIVIDUAL CAPACITY AND NOT ON BEHALF OF KEIRETSU FORUM. CONSEQUENTLY, INVESTORS MUST CONDUCT THEIR OWN DUE DILIGENCE IN CONNECTION WITH ANY INVESTMENT IN COMPANIES, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO LEGAL, TAX AND INVESTMENT ADVICE.

Keiretsu Forum in the News: Randy Williams interviewed by leading media in Istanbul and Bangalore

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Keiretsu Forum Founder & CEO Randy Williams spent the week sharing best practices from Silicon Valley for angel investors and entrepreneurs in Istanbul and Bangalore.  The articles below announce Keiretsu’s impressive expansion into new regions in effort to garner high quality deal flow from across the world. See his interviews with leading media in each country below, including CNBC, where he speaks on “Cross Border Investing”, and “How to Prepare your Startup for Foreign Investment”.
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Economic Times

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/small-biz/entrepreneurship/keiretsu-forum-ties-up-with-iimb/nsrcel-to-support-entrepreneurship-innovation/articleshow/48913953.cms

Business Line

http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/info-tech/angel-investor-network-keiretsu-floats-10million-second-fund/article7642316.ece

Indian Express

http://www.newindianexpress.com/cities/bengaluru/IIMB-Partners-With-Investor-Forum/2015/09/11/article3021850.ece

Financial Express

http://www.financialexpress.com/article/companies/keiretsu-forum-partners-with-iimbnsrcel-to-support-innovation-entrepreneurship-2/133813/

Deccan Herald

http://www.deccanherald.com/content/500350/keiretsu-forum-open-2nd-indian.html

Business Wire

http://businesswireindia.com/news/news-details/keiretsu-forum-partners-with-iimbnsrcel-support-innovation-entrepreneu/45190

Keiretsu Forum Partners with IIMB/NSRCEL to Support Innovation, Entrepreneurship

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Originally Published on BusinessWireIndia

September 10th (Bangalore, India) -The U.S-based angel investor network Keiretsu Forum, that has 39 chapters around the world and more than 1500 investors and members, signed an exclusive partnership with the NS Raghavan Centre for Entrepreneurial Learning (NSRCEL) at the Indian Institute of Management Bangalore (IIMB). The association will help facilitate innovation and entrepreneurship with an emphasis on educating entrepreneurs, investors and venture funding ecosystem participants on business formation, new technology platforms and global best practices.

“NSRCEL at IIMB has been constantly striving to create a network that its mentees and incubatees can benefit from. Angel investors have an important part to play in facilitating the growth of entrepreneurship. A global forum like Keiretsu can make a huge positive difference to the funding phenomenon. IIMB and NSRCEL are happy to partner with Keiretsu to launch a joint endeavor to augment the availability of early stage funding. IIMB is also pleased with the opportunity to partner with Keiretsu for the potential academic benefits it hopes to realize such as a closer understanding of the phenomenon of early stage funding of enterprises and opportunities for its students to intern with Keiretsu forum in its investment activities. All of these anticipated outcomes are in line with the overall intensified emphasis on and encouragement to entrepreneurship at IIM under the leadership of Dr. Sushil Vachani, Director,” said Dr G Sabarinathan, Chairperson, NSRCEL.

“We want to bring angel funding within the reach of every start-up with a commercially viable business model,” said Randy Williams, Founder and CEO of Keiretsu Forum who is in town to launch the Bangalore Chapter. Keiretsu Forum Bangalore will be formally launched on Friday.

“We want to ensure that investors who are looking for opportunities are provided a steady flow of quality deals and the opportunity to meaningfully engage with their investee companies,” he said.

“There are people here trying to address uniquely Indian problems and opportunities from agriculture and rural needs to cutting-edge innovations in space travel. These ideas and innovations must be nurtured and these entrepreneurs mentored to ensure they achieve full potential. That takes more than money. It takes committed, serious investors who are willing to be patient, and capable of leveraging their networks to help,” Mr. Williams added.

Founded in 2000 in the U.S, Keiretsu Forum is a global investor network that brings together angel investors and the entrepreneur community. It works with similar networks, leading academic institutions and other stakeholders to develop and grow the entrepreneur ecosystem in host countries. Unlike the bigger venture capital funds and corporate investors, Keiretsu Forum members focus on very early stage investments in companies which they personally mentor and grow before taking to bigger investors or the IPO market.

While on the one hand, Indian start-ups looking for early stage funding will appear on the radar of international investors through Keiretsu Forum’s global chapter network, on the other, Indian investors looking for early- stage opportunities will get access to global deals through the same network. “There will be global deal flow as well as value creation,” said Denny Kurien, President & CEO of Keiretsu Forum Bangalore, who was present at IIM Bangalore on Thursday.

“In today’s world, every technology and product is international. The resources required to create a winning company can’t be supplied by one or two people. The resources – money, people, partnerships, channels, access to customers etc. are diverse and distributed,” said Robin Bisarya, Co-President of Keiretsu Forum Bangalore.

Bisarya, who will be based in San Diego, U.S, as the Bangalore chapter’s main link between investor and entrepreneur communities in the two countries, said unless the start-up is located in a well-known hub where the community is used to supplying these resources in a manner that can be consumed and afforded by early-stage companies, start-ups have to pay for these services.

“The start-ups most likely to succeed are those that address this need from the very beginning and prepare their corporate structure, intellectual structure and personal policies accordingly, and we will help them do that,” Bisarya added.