In preparation for your presentation, we recommend that you:

  1. Read the article “How Software Entrepreneurs Can be Successful Presenters to Investors” by Ed Harley, Chair Emeritus of the Keiretsu Forum Software Committee
  2. View the video to the right from Nathan Gold, The Demo Coach, on “How To Pitch To Investors With 13 Slides In Under 10-Minutes”
  3. Review the Keiretsu Forum Due Diligence Handbook
  4. Read the article “Top Ten Tips of the Keiretsu-Funded Entrepreneur
  5. Read the white paper “Company Value Drives the Value of Founders’ Stock” co-authored by Tom Bondi, Principal with Berger Lewis Accountancy Corporation and Keiretsu Forum Silicon Valley Forum Resource Member since 2004
  6. Review the Application & Presentation FAQ


Martin Stever

Martin Stever – President, Pacific West Land, LLC

“In bringing together accredited investors and investment opportunities, Keiretsu Forum has established a time management win-win. Focused meetings that give a few companies substantial presentation time, the questions raised by a smart group of professionals with widely varying backgrounds, and a due diligence collaboration system create a winning combination for investors. Keiretsu Forum differentiates itself from many investor groups in that its members really do invest rather than just talk about it. Exposure to the large active membership is very efficient for those firms invited to present. It has been of huge value to Pacific West Land.” March 2013

Robert Neville

Robert Neville

CEO, Savara Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

“Keiretsu Forum takes a disciplined and comprehensive approach to deal screening and due diligence for their investors. Their process allows companies to access a large group of sophisticated investors while allowing Keiretsu members to access quality deals. The enthusiasm that Savara received has been tremendous, allowing us to proceed with a Phase II clinical trial in MRSA infected cystic fibrosis patients without the need for VC funding! As of October 2012 and with Keiretsu Forum’s 15 chapters taking the lead, Savara raised a little over $5m.” October 2012


Costin Tuculescu

Costin Tuculescu

Founder & CEO, AnyMeeting, Inc.

“Working with Keiretsu has been a phenomenal experience for AnyMeeting.  Tapping into the robust network of investors that are involved with Keiretsu Forum allows a company to quickly make progress fundraising, or learn that they’ve got some more work to do.  A part of our success with Keiretsu came from understanding their unique model, which allows multiple chapters to leverage the due diligence completed by another chapter, expediting the traditional angel investment process.  With investments from the Southern California, Bay Area, Northwest, and now Istanbul chapter, AnyMeeting is proud to be a Keiretsu Forum success story.” January 2013

Linda Jenkinson

Linda Jenkinson

CEO, LesConcierges

“In just a few days’ worth of presentations, I was able to connect with hundreds of Keiretsu Forum’s qualified, well-connected, and helpful angel investors. Keiretsu Forum provides the world’s most efficient process for a company to raise the capital needed to take it to the next level, and I am proud to be both a member and the CEO of one of their portfolio companies.” November 2007

Adam Fountain

Adam J. Fountain

Principal, Pyatt Broadmark Management, LLC

“Our relationship with Keiretsu Forum and its members began roughly two years ago shortly after the launch of our Pacific Northwest based real estate lending fund. We originally presented to the Pacific Northwest chapters in 2011. We were subsequently invited to present at the Bay Area Keiretsu chapters and the 2012 Angel Expo. On each occasion, we met several potential investors, many of whom ultimately invested in our fund. As of February 1, 2013, we will have raised in excess of $3 million through Keiretsu. We have a high level of respect for Keiretsu Forum’s effectiveness in connecting angel investors to investment opportunities. Based on our experience and success, I would recommend Keiretsu Forum to any management team considering raising capital from angel investors.” January 2013


Dave Dingott

CEO, Sword Diagnostics

“I’ve really enjoyed participating again at the Expo and being able to share the great progress Sword made since the last event. The Expo has represented a great event to not only meet investors, but it also has been a great place to meet potential partners and network to resources that will help make us successful.” November 2012