Venture Capital Clubs

A complete listing of venture clubs in your region is available at www.icr-net.com, or call (415) 296-2519.

Houston Angel Network (HAN). An investment group that conducts monthly meetings. Provides presentation opportunities to Houston area early-stage companies. Founded in 1999, HAN focuses on IT, life sciences, space sciences, and energy. The angel network hosts the meetings for investors to view presentations by prescreened applicant companies. Contact: Houston Angel Network, 410 Pierce Street, Houston, TX 77002. (832) 476-9291.

New Jersey Entrepreneurial Network. Holds a monthly "elevator pitch" meeting. Some educational focus, but emphasis is on brief elevator pitch style introductions by companies followed by networking. Investors and service providers attend. Contact: www.njen.com.

Tech Coast Venture Network. Brings together entrepreneurs, capital sources, and service providers at its meetings and conferences. Focus is on the Orange County/Southern California business community. Contact: Tech Coast Venture Network, 1405 Warner Ave., Tustin, CA 92780. (714) 258-8347.

128VC Group. A venture capital club with monthly meetings. The group offers a networking venue of individual investors and professional venture capitalists interested in emerging technologies and markets. Presenting companies introduce themselves to the group and explain their goals. Contact: www.128VCG.com.

Venture Association New Jersey (VANJ). Hosts periodic monthly elevator pitch meetings with entrepreneurs presenting briefly to investors and service providers. Also offers educational events and Annual Entrepreneur Expo, offering exhibit space to entrepreneurs. Contact: VANJ, P.O. Box 1982, Morristown, NJ 07962. (973) 631-5680.

Ohio Venture Association (OVA). Hosts its five-minute forum monthly. Business owners present brief descriptions of venture opportunity for the purpose of helping raise capital. Focus is on new ventures seeking early-stage investors. Prescreened ventures present business plans that must conform to OVA guidelines. Contact: Ohio Venture Association, 1120 Chester Ave., Suite 470, Cleveland, OH 44114. (216) 566-8884.

Gathering of Angels. A group holding monthly meetings of private, high-net-worth investors, venture capitalists, and service providers from the New Mexico region. Its mission is to provide seed-level financing to start-ups and early-stage firms, and to help with growth financing. Each month four presentations are made by companies prescreened by the executive director and steering/review committee. Contact: www.gatheringofangels.com.

Rockies Venture Club (RVC). A nonprofit organization serving as a catalyst to entrepreneurs in the Mountain Region. Entrepreneurs seeking capital funding from this area are invited to the RVC monthly meetings. The club presents a series of five-minute presentations followed by dinner and networking. Angels and venture capitalists in attendance. Contact: Rockies Venture Club, 1805 S. Bellaire, Suite 480, Denver, CO 80222. (303) 7583885.

Minnesota Seed Capital Network. Introduces private investors to high-tech, early-stage firms trying to raise capital in the $250,000 to $5,000,000 range. Entrepreneurs who present are prescreened by a steering committee that selects or rejects them. Committee includes investors, academics, executives, attorneys, accountants, and public relations professionals. Claims 47 companies have raised capital. Contact: Minnesota Project Innovation, 100 Mill Place, 111 Third Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN 55401. (612) 338-3280.

Common Angels. A group of 50 Boston area private investors. All have founded and/or run high-tech companies. They work with and invest in start-ups to help build successful IT, software, and Internet companies. Claims to have financed 22 companies. Contact: www.commonangels.com.

Band of Angels. A formal group of 100 former and current high-tech executives who provide counsel and investment capital to start-up companies, bridge capital, and follow-on financing rounds through their Band of Angels Fund, L.P. Contact: www.bandangels.com.

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