PHILADELPHIA -- (BUSINESS WIRE) -- The Keiretsu Forum Mid-Atlantic Region (K4-MA) – with chapters in Philadelphia, DC, Pittsburgh, and New York and part of the global Keiretsu Forum angel network – announced its first East Coast Angel Capital ExpoSM and Entrepreneur Academy hosted by Drexel University. This ACE event will be the 14th in the Keiretsu Forum Expo series. The expo is designed to foster collaboration among early-stage companies, angel groups and the larger investment community.
The Angel Capital Expo and Entrepreneur Academy will take place on Wednesday, October 23, 2013 from 7:15am – 6:30pm and Thursday, October 24, 2013 from 7:15am – 6:30pm at Drexel University's Bassone Building, 32nd and Market Street, Philadelphia, PA. The Angel Capital Expo (ACE) was initiated in San Francisco as the signature event of Keiretsu Forum (K4).
Attendees of the ACE Entrepreneur Academy will include approximately 100 to 150 accredited angel investors from the mid-Atlantic region and elsewhere in K4’s global network of 900+ investors, accredited investors from other area angel groups, independent angel investors, VCs, and family wealth management professionals.
In addition, the Entrepreneur Academy will host 200 early- and mid-stage entrepreneurs and entrepreneurship students who will attend the morning session entitled “The Art of the Deal,” moderated by Howard Lubert, Area President of Keiretsu Forum Mid-Atlantic, and managing partner/senior analyst, SafeHatch LLC. The afternoon session, entitled “Perfect Pitch,” will feature Dave Mosby, the Executive Director of the Keiretsu Forum Academy, which is headquartered in San Francisco.
Guest speakers include Randy Williams, Founder of Keiretsu Forum, John A. Fry, President of Drexel University, and others to be named soon. ACE was organized by K4-MA and will be hosted by Drexel University’s Earl Mack School of Law, The LeBow College of Business, the Close School of Entrepreneurship, and the Office of the President.
The featured presenters at the ACE Entrepreneur Academy will include 12 early-stage companies in Internet-SaaS-cloud technology, healthcare-life sciences-medical devices, consumer products, cleantech/energy solutions, software-security-telecommunications technologies, and real estate. Four of the 12 presenters will be from K4-MA’s Israeli Innovation Showcase DealFlow.
There will also be six early-stage “Fast Pitch” presenters from various K4-MA partner technology transfer offices, college and university business plan/idea competitions, and local seed-stage programs.
“Keiretsu Forum investors have access monthly to a small number of quality investment opportunities,” Lubert says. “The Angel Capital Expo will provide access to a dozen investment opportunities that have been vetted by a trusted source, opportunities to invest across diverse sectors, and entrée to other investors with comparable interests.”
Those who are interested in registering for the Angel Capital Expo can go to www.eventbrite.com/event/4236714126, email Info@KeiretsuForum-MidAtlantic.com or call +1-610-971-4067. Registration for the Entrepreneur Academy can be done at www.eventbrite.com/event/8037094165.
About Keiretsu Forum
Keiretsu Forum is a global angel investor network with more than 900 accredited investor members throughout 27 chapters on three continents. Keiretsu Forum Mid-Atlantic (www.KeiretsuForum-MidAtlantic.com) consists of four chapters that function as a single entity – Philadelphia, DC, Pittsburgh and New York. Keiretsu is a Japanese term for a group of organizations with interlocking business relationships, and Keiretsu Forum is a group of accredited investors with interlocking investment interests. Each chapter or region meets monthly to present rigorously screened candidates for investments. Keiretsu Forum’s mission is “Great Association with Quality Deal Flow.”
The Mid-Atlantic Region presents approximately five deals a month, 60 a year, to its members and accredited investor guests. Slightly more than 10 percent get funded, which is higher than the industry average. Approximately 36 funding applications are submitted each month to the K4-MA DealRoom website, www.K4-DealRoom.com and vetted by industry specialists. About 10 are then vetted by members at monthly screening meetings where they participate in a highly structured presentation-and-feedback-learning session. Three to four of the screened companies are then invited to present at subsequent monthly Forum meetings. Entrepreneurs invited to move forward to the Forum meetings must participate in mandatory professional coaching sessions to optimize the delivery of their presentations and also agree to participate in the road show to all four cities in the region, with exposure to approximately 100 investors. Subsequently, information about their companies is posted on the organization’s online global deal room for reference by all 900+ members. For global information visit: www.KeiretsuForum.com.