Angel Group Directory

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Finding the right angel investor could help you get your start-up off the ground. Angel investor networks are a good place to start looking for funding. The following national and regional groups of angels meet, formally and/or sometimes informally, to discuss deals and learn about the best new business opportunities.

Each group works in a slightly different manner: Some may charge fees for making presentations and some may charge a fee to apply for consideration. Some even require an official introduction to the group by an angel member while others solicit ideas via the group's Web site.

To help get you started in your search for an angel groups, we've compiled a list of U.S. angel groups. Because many angel groups limit their investments to a particular geographical area, we've divided the list into eight regions: Pacific Northwest, Southwest, Mid-Atlantic, Northeast, North Central, California, South, and Midwest. There is also a category for those groups that consider investments anywhere in the country.

Disclaimer: We strive to update this directory on a regular basis and have tried to ensure that the information contained herein is correct and current. This information is only intended to be a starting point in your search for financing, so please be sure to do your own due diligence before sending your plans, ideas, and/or other personal information to any of the groups listed. Additionally, if you know of a network that should be added to this directory or spot any incorrect information, please submit your group by clicking here.

NATIONAL NETWORKS

ACE-Net (The Angel Capital Electronic Network)

ACE-Net was developed by the U.S. Small Business Administration's Office of Advocacy. Only entrepreneurs who can sell security interest in their companies can enroll. There is an annual fee to enroll -- fees vary by state. Maximum fee is $450.

Sweet Spot:
Although companies can raise up to $5 million in financing with ACE-Net, the network may be most helpful to companies seeking up to $1 million.

No-Go:
Certain businesses cannot list on ACE-Net. These include businesses involved in the oil or gas industries, sole proprietorships, general or limited partnerships, joint ventures, and blank-check or development-stage companies.

Average investment range:
$250,000 to $5 million

Number of angels/investors in the network:
359

Contact:
To find your local operator go here

Angels With Attitude

This fund is currently fully invested and not seeking new investments

Angels With Attitude has a committed pool of capital that they call an "active angel fund." They invest in geographic areas where they have members. That includes primarily the West Coast from Vancouver, BC, to San Diego and the East Coast from Boston to Washington, DC. Angels with Attitude invests in clean and renewable energy and conservation, environmental technology, clean and sustainable transportation, healthy and organic foods and natural products, and education -- all things that contribute to sustainability.

Sweet Spot:
Seed and early-stage ventures that are economically, environmentally and socially sustainable.

No-Go:
Don't send a complete business plan to them as your first step. Instead, E-mail an Executive Summary to the E-mail address below, and you will be notified if they want to take a look at your complete plan.

Average investment range:
$75,000 to $250,000

Number of angels/investors in the network:
25

Contact:
Angels With Attitude
Kristin Martinez
6541 36th Ave. SW
Seattle, WA 98126
206-932-3850
kristin@soundpointventures.com

Investors' Circle

Nonprofit national network of angel investors, foundation officers and entrepreneurs. Business that are reviewed by Investors' Circle members must fall into at least one of the following interest areas: community development, education, environment and energy, health, and women or minority-led business.

Sweet Spot:
Socially responsible deals.

Average investment range:
$10,000 to $6.5 million

Number of angels/investors in the network:
110+

Contact:
Investors' Circle
320 Washington St.
Brookline, MA 02445
617-566-2600
inbox@investorscircle.net

The Tribe of Angels

A group of Jewish industry leaders who invest in companies primarily in the United States and Israel. Operates as a business network and angel group. A select number of start-ups are selected for presentation to investors, and deals that do not qualify for presentation may still be eligible to network with investors and other businesspeople in the group. Currently has operations in Boston, California, Chicago, Connecticut, New York, and Israel.

Sweet Spot:
High tech and biotechnology.

Average investment range:
$50,000 to $1 million

Number of angels/investors in the network:
300+

Contact:
Paul Allen
San Francisco, CA
paul@tribeofangels.com
415-710-0801

Gathering of Angels

Established in October 1996. A monthly meeting of private, high-net-worth investors that provide seed-level financing to start-up and early-stage firms. Since October 1996, the group has helped 87 companies find capital, including 14 in 2003 and 11 year-to-date in 2004.

Sweet Spot:
Invests in companies nationwide. Currently has investor groups based in Atlanta, Dallas, Hilton Head, Houston, Pebble Beach, San Francisco, Santa Fe, Scottsdale, and St. Louis. A group will launch in Naples, FL in October 2004 and another in Maui in November 2004.

Average investment range:
$200,000 to $1.5 million

Number of angels/investors in the network:
350

Contact:
Tarby Bryant
#4 Hawthorne Circle
Santa Fe, NM 87506
505-982-3050
tbryant@nm.net

PACIFIC NORTHWEST

Portland Area Angel Network

PAN will consider hearing presentations from companies based in Oregon and Clark County, Washington. The group meets quarterly to hear presentations from 3 to 4 selected companies. Companies wishing to be considered must go through the screening process. PAN is affiliated with the Oregon Entrepreneurs Forum, a nonprofit organization providing educational and networking opportunities to entrepreneurs, service providers, and investors.

Sweet Spot:
Companies in high-growth industries, with a clear exit strategy.

Average investment range:
$500,000 to $2,000,000

Number of angels/investors in the network:
100

Contact:
Portland Angel Network
c/o Oregon Entrepreneurs Forum
222 NW 5th Suite 308
Portland, OR 97209
503-222-2270
PAN@oef.org

Alliance of Angels

Founded in 1997, the Alliance of Angels uses an online, members-only site to view business plans submitted by new technology companies. Selected companies have the opportunity to present their business plan to Alliance of Angels investor members at a monthly meeting. Companies must be headquartered in the Pacific Northwest, which includes Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, and lower British Columbia. There is no cost for the submission or screening of business plans.

Sweet Spot:
Companies that submit their plans must be in the early stage of growth (premezzanine round) and must be technology companies.

No-Go:
Business plans by snail mail are a no-go. Entrepreneurs must submit their plans via the Alliance of Angels online Web form.

Average investment range:
$25,000 to $1 million+

Number of angels/investors in the network:
140

Contact:
Alliance of Angels
1301 5th Ave.
Suite 2500
Seattle, WA 98101
206-389-7261
info@allianceofangels.com

Vancouver Enterprise Forum Angel Technology Network

A group of 20 to 30 high-technology CEOs and executives who meet monthly to hear two or three 15-minute business presentations by start-up technology entrepreneurs. It's private and informal and looks only at companies in British Columbia. First meeting held in 1999.

Sweet Spot:
Entrepreneurs seeking investments in the low to mid six-figure range. Submit executive summaries via the group's Web site.

Average investment range:
Typical angels invest in the $100K+ range

Number of angels/investors in the network:
20 to 30 per meeting

Contact:
SFU TIME Centre
Mike Volker
7400-515 W. Hastings St.
Vancouver, BC V6B 5KS
604-683-5357
mike@volker.org

SOUTHWEST

Arizona Angels

Formed in 1999, Arizona Angels invest only in Arizona-based companies. They consider themselves very opportunistic and will consider deals that involve pre-VC equity, bridge loans, management buyouts, or acquisitions. To date, members have invested more than $3.5 million in six companies.

Sweet Spot:
High-growth companies beyond the seed or start-up stage that need capital to demonstrate a business proof of concept, in order to then attract venture capital or a strategic acquirer.

No-Go:
No real estate or mining companies need apply. Strongly prefer to be contacted via E-mail.

Average investment range:
$500,000 to $1.5 million

Number of angels/investors in the network:
100+

Contact:
Arizona Angels
Greg Cobb, Managing Director
7000 E. Shea Blvd, # F1840
Scottsdale, AZ 85254-5261
480-922-1455
gcobb@arizonaangels.com

The Desert Angels

Will consider start-up or early-stage technology companies in Arizona only.

Number of angels/investors in the network:
50+

Contact:
The Desert Angels
Jerry Sonenblick, President and CEO
1037 S. Alvernon
Tuscon, AZ 85711
520-977-8198

MID-ATLANTIC

Tri-State Investment Group

Invests only in early- or mid-stage companies that are based in North Carolina, South Carolina, or Virginia. Since 1990, has invested $25 million in 40 companies.

Sweet Spot:
Information technology, telecommunications, biotechnology, and industrial technology.

Average investment range:
$150,000 to $500,000

Number of angels/investors in the network:
150

Contact:
Tri-State Investment Group
405 Tramore Drive
Chapel Hill, NC 27516
inbox@tignc.com

WomenAngels.net

This fund is currently fully invested and not seeking new investments

WomenAngels.net is a group of women investors, but it's not required that companies be woman owned in order to apply for funding. The group meets monthly and primarily participates in the first institutional round of funding for companies based in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, DC. WomenAngels.net has invested in companies in a variety of industries, including software, IT, biotech, and health care.

Sweet Spot:
Companies with high-tech component, an experienced and dedicated management and advisory team, and in a market where the company has the opportunity to become a leader.

No-Go:
WomenAngels.net does not invest in companies in the real estate or retail industries. They also do not invest in seed-stage or start-up companies.

Average investment range:
$250,00 to $750,000

Number of angels/investors in the network:
85

Contact:
WomenAngels.net
Kris McDevitt
1054 31st St.
NW Suite 110
Washington, DC 20007
202-342-1627
info@womenangels.net

New Vantage Group (PIN)

Manages a group of active angel venture funds. The group oversees a collection of angel clubs that includes The Dinner Club, The eMedia Club, and The Washington Dinner Club.

Sweet Spot:
Early- and seed-stage technology companies. Companies must be based in Maryland, Virginia, or Washington, DC.

Average investment range:
$500,000 to $1 million

Contact:
New Vantage Group
John May, Managing Partner
402 Maple Ave. West
Vienna, VA 22180
703-255-4930

NORTHEAST

Walnut Venture Associates

Walnut Venture Associates is a Boston-based group that focuses on information-technology companies. Group members have been the founders of 20 companies and the CEOs of more than 20 companies, have invested in more than 225 private companies, and have been members of the boards of directors of more than 125 companies.

Sweet Spot:
Seed- and early-stage companies in New England only. Prefer to have executive summaries sent to them via E-mail.

Average investment range:
$250,000 to $1,000,000

Number of angels/investors in the network:
16

Contact:
info@walnutventures.com

Common Angels

Named after the city's historic public meeting grounds, CommonAngels is a group of 50 leading private investors and three dozen limited partners in our co-investment fund. Our members have founded, cofounded or run high-tech companies. Since 1998, we have worked closely with early stage software companies in the Northeast, funding 22 with over $25 million of our funds and $90 million from other investors.

Sweet Spot:
Early-stage software companies in the Northeast.

No-Go:
Prefer not to receive full business plans (or anything else for that matter) in hard copy. Send executive summaries by E-mail instead.

Average investment range:
$500,000 to $2 million

Number of angels/investors in the network:
50 private investors; three dozen limited partners

Contact:
CommonAngels
James Geshwiler, Managing Director
One Cranberry Hill, Suite 6
Lexington, MA 02421
781-274-9124
james@commonangels.com

Vermont Investors Forum Inc.

A nonprofit corporation that holds annual forums and introduces angel investors to early-stage Vermont businesses. At each forum, 10 to 12 small Vermont businesses are selected to present business plans. Forums may be attended by invitation only.

Sweet Spot:
Only invests in companies located in Vermont.

Average investment range:
$100,000 to $500,000

Number of angels/investors in the network:
600

Contact:
Vermont Investors Forum
Curt Carter
Department of Economic Development
National Life Building, Drawer 20
Montpelier, VT 05620
curt@thinkvermont.com
802-828-5233

Gould & Co.
No Web site

Invests in companies based in the Northeast, preferably in New England.

Sweet Spot:
Companies that are emerging into large markets.

Average investment range:
$100,000 to $2 million

Number of angels/investors in the network:
400+

Contact:
Gould & Co.
86 Front St.
Merrimack, NH 03054
603-429-1631
gouldcapital@aol.com

Maine Angels

Maine Angels was formed in 2003, and typical angel/venture capital returns without industry restrictions. They prefer to invest in companies with beta-tested products or lead customers.

Sweet Spot:
Have a preference for companies closer to home but are open on a case-by-case basis to syndication or collaboration regionally and nationally.

Average investment range:
$100,000 to $2 million

Number of angels/investors in network:
12

Contact:
Submit executive summaries to applications@mailangels.org; for general information e-mail info@maineangels.org.

Tri-State Private Investors Network

In the past five years, Tri-State PIN members have invested in more than 50 start-up and early-stage companies. Businesses in which they have invested include Internet infrastructure software related to the gaming industry, mobile, wireless communication services for field service personnel, real estate, software, electronics manufacturing, microbreweries, theater, restaurants, and travel. Run by Ellen Sandles, founder and executive director, the group is based in New York.

Sweet Spot:
Early-stage companies from the Northeast through the Mid-Atlantic region.

No-Go:
Don't call or send snail mail. Send E-mail only, preferably straight from the website, where the application process is explained. Entrepreneurs who meet Tri-State PIN specifications are contacted by telephone; those who do not meet criteria are e-mailed an evaluation form with explanations, and if possible, recommendations to assist the entrepreneur.

Average investment range:
$500,000 to $2 million

Number of angels/investors in the network:
30

Contact:
For more information, please contact via the Tri-State PIN website, www.angelinvestorfunding.com

Silicon Garden Angels Investors Network

Invest in companies along the East Coast, ranging from New Hampshire to Pittsburgh, Baltimore, and the Washington, DC area.

Average investment range:
$20,000 to $250,000

Number of angels/investors in the network:
100+

Contact:
Silicon Garden Angels & Investors Network
Dan Conley
32 Cedar Brook Dr.
Somerset, NJ 08873-2854
732-873-1955
njangelsnet@aol.com
angels@njangels.net

Tech Valley Angel Network (TVAN)

TVAN angels invest in early-stage businesses in northeastern New York and adjacent western New England. Register and complete a business review form on the TVAN Web site for consideration.

Sweet Spot:
TVAN is interested in all types of businesses that demonstrate a good investment opportunity with a reasonable chance to succeed.

Average investment range:
$50,000 to $1 million

Number of angels/investors:
20+

Contact:
Tech Valley Angel Network
63 State Street
Albany, NY 12207
518-465-8975
info@techvalleyangels.com

NORTH CENTRAL

Valley Angels Investment Group LL
No Web site

Invests in companies in Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, and Wisconsin.

Sweet Spot:
Science technologies, other technologies, manufacturing and processing.

Average investment range:
$500,000 to $1 million

Number of angels/investors in the network:
16

Contact:
Valley Angels Investment Group LLC
Richard Leazer
2215 South Oneida St., Suite 500
Green Bay, WI 54303
608-832-6365
contact@vaig.org

The Meyering Corp.
No Web site

Sweet Spot:
Manufacturing technology and new patents.

Average investment range:
$250,000 to $1.5 million

Number of angels/investors in the network:
24

Contact:
The Meyering Corp.
20630 Harper Ave., Suite 103
Harper Woods, MI 48225
313-886-2333
cmeyering@ameritech.net

CALIFORNIA

Fast Angels

Invests primarily in companies in Silicon Valley. Seeks out technology entrepreneurs focused on helping business "act faster, act smarter."

Sweet Spot:
Seed-round financing in companies with less than a $2.5-million valuation. Submit business ideas via the Web site. Brief executive summaries may be E-mailed.

Average investment range:
$50,000 to $1 million

Number of angels/investors in the network:
12

Contact:
Web site for application. (See link above.)
ideas@fastangels.com

The Angels' Forum

Invests in companies based in the Silicon Valley and San Francisco Bay Area. Portfolio companies have come from a wide variety of industries, including consumer products, enterprise software, industrial products, Internet and E-commerce, medical devices and services, networking technologies, pharmaceutical, semiconductors, telecommunications, and wireless. Most start-up companies come to the group prescreened through professional contacts in the banking, investment, and legal fields.

Sweet Spot:
Companies specializing in disruptive technologies.

Average investment range:
$100,000 to $1 million

Number of angels/investors in the network:
25

Contact:
The Angels' Forum
PO Box 1605
Los Altos, CA 94023-1605
650-857-0700
inquiries@AngelsForum.com

Tech Coast Angels www.techcoastangels.org

Tech Coast Angels operates three regional networks in Los Angeles, Orange County, and San Diego. Each network holds a monthly dinner meeting and regular screening sessions to review promising investment opportunities. Since 1997, the group has invested more than $37 million in more than 40 companies. Invests only in companies in southern California.

Sweet Spot:
Early-stage technology and life sciences companies in southern California.

Average investment range:
$250,000 to $2 million

Number of angels/investors in the network:
200+

Contact:
Tech Coast Angels
23011 Moulton Parkway
Suite F-2
Laguna Hills, CA 92653
949-859-8445
renee@techcoastangels.com

Silicon Valley Band of Angels
One of the earliest angel networks, founded in 1994. Invests across all high-technology categories. The vast majority of investments have been made in the seed or early round (Series A or B). The group has placed $110 million into more than 140 start-up companies.

Sweet Spot:
Silicon Valley-based high-tech start-ups.

Average investment:
$1 million

Number of angels/investors in the network:
100

Contact:
Band of Angels
275 Middlefield Road
Menlo Park, CA 94025
info@bandangels.com

Sierra Angels

Preference for businesses located in Nevada, California, or other nearby locations. Looks for companies offering unique products with proprietary technology.

Sweet Spot:
Northern Sierra-based technology companies.

Average investment range:
$250,000 to $2,000,000

Contact:
Sierra Angels
PO Box 3215
Incline Village, NV 89450-3215
775-831-7804
Send E-mail to the most appropriate address:
04Software@sierraangels.com
04Computing_Communications@sierraangels.com
04HealthSciences@sierraangels.com
04Internet@sierraangels.com
04OtherTech@sierraangels.com

SOUTH

The Texas Angels

Invests only in Texas-based companies. Meets monthly in Austin during the spring and fall. The group is coordinated by the Capital Network.

Sweet Spot:
Early-stage companies in the high-tech sector.

Average investment range:
$500,000 to $2,500,000

Contact:
The Texas Angels
3925 West Braker Ln.
Suite 406
Austin, TX 78759
512-305-0840
angels@ati.utexas.edu

Network for Business Angels & Investors

Has invested in 51 companies since 1995.

Sweet Spot:
Traditional companies with good technology and technology companies.

Investment range:
$10,000 to $3 million

Contact:
Network of Business Angels & Investors
Jerry Martin
3873 Roswell Rd.
Suite 4
Atlanta, Georgia 30342-4431
404-261-2434
nbai@bellsouth.net

Houston Angel Network
Invests in wide range of industries, from seed through A-round financing. Will consider investing in Texas-based companies and companies willing to relocate to Houston from other states.

Sweet Spot:
Technology and life sciences.

Average investment range:
$500,000 to $2 million

Contact:
Houston Angel Network
Michelle Weisblatt, Managing Director
410 Pierce
Houston, TX 77002
832-476-9291
mweisblatt@houstonangelnetwork.org

A select sampling of angel investment sources.

New York Angels

New York City

These angels are much more Wharton than MIT -- they're management types, as opposed to techies. Most of New York Angels' companies are further along than is typical for angels, and as you would expect out of New York, the group's portfolio has a lot of media businesses. The New York Angels prefer to see innovative applications for existing technologies, as opposed to brand-new technologies. A good example is Adapt Media, which pioneered selling advertising on scrolling displays atop taxicabs. "It was a weird medium that hadn't been tried before; would anybody actually buy it?" says the group's director, Chris Saxman. The group's website has a one-page submission form. (Don't forget the $150 filing fee.) Firms that look promising to Saxman go to a monthly screening session; survivors are invited to present at the full group's monthly breakfast meeting. Investments are strictly the decision of individual members; a typical deal will attract four to eight members, each kicking in $25,000 to $100,000.

founded 2004 | members: 54 | total invested: $5.1 million | companies funded: 12 | www.newyorkangels.com

CommonAngels

Lexington, Mass.

Entrepreneurs who approach CommonAngels can be assured that the group's members have been on the other side of the table: They've founded 118 companies (mostly high tech), sold 104 of them, been CEO of 93 of them, and taken 34 of them public. To apply for funding, send managing director James Geshwiler an executive summary. If the firm sounds promising, he'll have a group of experts in the technology in question grill management; if the deal gets past them it will go to a group of generalists. Firms that survive those three cuts present at the CommonAngels' monthly meeting. In 2000, about 20 members came up with close to half of a $3.2 million A round for Bitpipe, which distributes literature from IT companies over the Web; many members continued with two subsequent rounds. When Bitpipe was sold last December, members got from two to five times their money back.

founded 1998 | members: 50 | total invested: $27 million | companies funded: 27 | www.commonangels.com

Bob Geras

Chicago

Bob Geras opened his own investment house in 1978 and has been Chicago's most active angel ever since. He has invested in all kinds of tech companies -- software, biotech, medical devices, nanotech, telecom -- as well as insurance firms, banks, oil drillers, motels, and real estate. Geras is tough; bring a business to him and you'll probably get a lower valuation than you would elsewhere. The tradeoff, he says, is that you'll end up with a working product that people are buying, and doors will open for you when you're ready for follow-on investors. Last year Geras funded 11 deals, and he says he looks at each of the seven or eight that cross his desk every week. No website, but he doesn't mind us telling you he can be reached at bob@vcbob.com.

angel since 1960 | total invested: more than $25 million | companies funded: 52

The Angels' Forum

Palo Alto, Calif.

This small group is composed of successful former Silicon Valley executives who now do angel investing full-time. They meet weekly, not monthly, and most of each meeting is taken up with tracking the progress of firms the group has already invested in. "We see, feel, touch our new portfolio companies about every 48 hours," says Angels' Forum founder Carol Sands. "When you're dealing with very early-stage start-ups, 48 hours is a really long time." Entrepreneurs can approach Angels' Forum by filling out a one-page "Snapshot" form downloadable from the website. The odds, of course, are long: The group gives preference to firms referred by members, and does four to six deals a year out of the 3,000 submissions it gets. The group's tech focus draws it to cutting-edge developments, including, for example, an intriguing new idea for fighting obesity. Recent research suggests that one way fat people may differ from skinny people is in the degree to which their stomach walls vibrate. Thin folks' stomachs vibrate sufficiently to absorb the nutrients they need and send the rest on to quick elimination; obese people's stomachs are less efficient in that way. IntraPace, a recent addition to the Angels' Forum portfolio, makes a pacemakerlike device that sends pulses to the stomach to shake things up.

founded 1997 | members: 22 | total invested: $28.7 million | companies funded: 83 | www.angelsforum.com

Silicon Alley Venture Partners

New York City

SAVP is a venture capital firm that specializes in early-stage companies in the New York area; it will put in anywhere from $250,000 to $1.5 million as a first round. Like New York Angels, SAVP is interested in applied information technology rather than new core technologies. Managing partner Steve Brotman says his company tends to invest in "corporate dropouts from industry versus university spinouts. It's not coming out of a lab, it's somebody coming out of JPMorgan." Companies in the firm's portfolio include Critical Mention, which searches and monitors TV broadcasts, and GameTrust, which sets up tournaments for online games. Brotman says that 85% of SAVP's A-round companies get to a B round of $5 million or more from a later-stage VC in an average of 18 months. Part of the reason, he says, is that those VCs like the institutional-quality full due diligence SAVP conducts on the companies it backs. Executive summaries can be submitted to bplans@savp.com.

founded 1998 | four principals | total invested: $40 million | companies funded: 18 | www.savp.com

The Washington Dinner Club

Vienna, Va.

Like venture capital firms, this group raises money in discrete funds. The Washington Dinner Club is the name of the third LLC formed by John May; the fund is almost fully invested, so the group is now starting its fourth fund, Dinner Club IV. The Dinner Club tends to invest in the sectors that are thriving in the Beltway area: information technology, defense, homeland security. May calls the winnowing process "a hundred to ten to two" -- out of a hundred business plans submitted via the website in a month, 10 merit a meeting with a screening committee; from those, two are selected for presentation at the group's monthly meetings. (Yes, dinner is served.) Afterward, members vote on whether the fund will invest. Individuals then have the option of putting in more of their own money. A club member who had invested in an A round for Matrics, a maker of radio frequency identification chips, introduced the Dinner Club to the firm in 2001; it ended up being one of two angel groups in a $14 million VC-led B round, and last fall got four and a half times its money back when Matrics was sold to Symbol Technologies for $230 million.

founded 2000 | members: 75 | total invested: $28 million | companies funded: 12 | www.washingtondinnerclub.com

Keiretsu Forum

San Francisco/East Bay, Silicon Valley, Santa Monica, Westlake Village, Long Beach, Hawaii, Calgary, Chicago, Boston, and Dallas-Fort Worth

The largest angel network in North America derives its name from the vast Japanese conglomerates that emerged after World War II. Keiretsu Forum combines individual and regional autonomy with the sharing of research and due diligence. All members make investment decisions on an individual basis. Companies apply online to the chapter nearest them. A company that earns a commitment from one chapter may travel to other chapters to make pitches for additional funding and will find that those chapters have already pored over all the research Keiretsu has done so far. The group will invest in anything; 30% of the portfolio is in real estate. At the San Francisco chapter, the largest with 150 members, about 50 applications each month go to an industry-specific prescreening committee. From those, seven to 10 are selected for presentation before a 30-member screening committee. Three to five are then selected to present before the full members' meeting, which founder Randy Williams calls "the Big Show." One thing big about it is the presentation fee companies must pay at this point -- $3,000. Williams says the fee defers costs and serves as a filter system: Most of the companies that present have revenue.

founded 2000 | members: 356 | total invested: $44.4 million | companies funded: 69 | www.keiretsuforum.com

Technology Tree Group

Houston, TX

The Federal Government spends billions of dollars a year on scientific research. Here's a group of angels, organized as an investment firm, that is dedicated to turning some of the thousands of concepts paid for by the government into companies that make money. Last December, Technology Tree signed an agreement with NASA to build companies to develop ideas cooked up in the agency's labs. It has a similar deal with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and is pursuing other federal agencies as well. The group also invests with technologists who have received federal Small Business Innovation Research grants. Mike Fitzgerald, CEO of Technology Tree, says the group is starting to assemble management teams to run the companies it is forming, so he's got a proposition unique to this list: If you're an entrepreneur with a track record building businesses but don't currently have a company or a new idea, send Technology Tree a resume.

founded 2003 | members: 16 | total invested: undisclosed | companies funded: 4 | www.technology-tree.com

Investors' Circle

Brookline, Mass., San Francisco

The oldest organization on our list has a funky combination of loose structure and social activism. The website defines the group as a "national network of early-stage private investors who seek financial, social, and environmental returns on their investments." Though members are scattered across the country, "ethos holds us together," says chairman and CEO Woody Tasch. Applicants submit business summaries to the website; the up to 60 that are approved by the staff each month can get circulated, for a fee of $350, to the members nationwide. From there, any number of things can happen. Often the member who has the best combination of proximity to the company and experience in dealmaking will lead a group of members to invest. An affiliated professionally managed fund, Commons Capital, serves members who don't have the time or deal experience to invest individually. Alternative energy is an important category for this group. Investors' Circle also supports localizing the food supply chain; hence its support of the Farmers Diner, a Vermont restaurant that gets most of its food from nearby farms and is planning to expand to a national chain of diners that do the same thing for their local agricultural communities.

founded 1992 | members: 130 | total invested: $100 million | companies funded: 163 | www.investorscircle.net

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