Angel Investors, From Berkeley??!!

Angel investors are often part of angel investor groups, in which entrepreneurs pitch to a number of angel investors at the same time and location.  In addition to angel investor groups focusing on a particular topic (e.g., life sciences) or a region (Silicon Valley, Austin or Paris), there are around 40 or more angel investor groups in the United States associated with particular universities or alumni connections (perhaps you have heard of the HBS (Harvard) Angels or the Stanford Angels and Entrepreneurs). 

Happy Toy Machine (with toys) pitching at Berkeley Angel Network, January 31, 2012.

Now there is an angel investor group comprised of UC Berkeley alumni, the Berkeley Angel Network.  This should come as no surprise given UC Berkeley’s reputation as a top educator of entrepreneurs (see the the LinkedIn study “Sequencing the Startup DNA on LinkedIn” based on a dataset of 120 million user profiles), and given that even prior to the launch of the Berkeley Angel Network, UC Berkeley alumni have been among the leaders in angel investing.

The Berkeley Angel Network had its first meeting November 2011 and its inaugural company pitch in January 2012.  The next company pitch is April 17th in Palo Alto.

At [Word]press time, two investor spaces remain open for the April 17th event.  Note that the audience at the Berkeley Angel Network meeting is limited to Cal alumni and faculty who are also accredited investors.  If you are an investor interested in learning more, please contact or visit their LinkedIn group

Selection for companies presenting at the next pitch meeting (fall 2012) is targeted to begin this summer.