Keiretsu Forum goes beyond simply funding start-ups. It is a community of private equity investors, business leaders and entrepreneurs. We provide invaluable contacts, serve on boards, and provide strategic alliances to our entrepreneurs. Keiretsu Forum also provides high-caliber speakers addressing investment topics. Our members are CEOs, VCs, active private equity investors and serial entrepreneurs.
We enjoy close relationships with VC firms, investment banking institutions, universities, and government institutions. These associations enable what is termed “swarm intelligence” and facilitate access to talent, technology and resources to establish a successful venture.
At Keiretsu Forum we encourage our membership to look at the entrepreneur
from 3 different perspectives:
Members possess financial and corporate development expertise that can be transferred to presenting companies. Often more than funding, an entrepreneur is in need of strong leadership to keep the company moving toward success. When looking at deals, members are encouraged to take initiative in sharing their experience within the forum and during due diligence with the entrepreneur.
Funding is no longer based solely on good ideas. Start-ups are now required to validate their opportunity with customers, markets and profitability. Members are encouraged to share their marketing expertise with entrepreneurs.
While the funding that goes into a start-up is a necessary part of company progression, it is secondary to a thorough understanding of capital structure, pre and post-money valuation, funding requirements and a clear path to exit. In addition to sharing mentoring and marketing expertise, members are invited to contribute their financial aptitude as well.
Keiretsu Forum is not a fund and does not invest as an LLC. Members
bring investment deals forward, collaborate on due diligence, but make
individual investment decisions. Because members are accredited investors
they understand the complexity, risk and illiquid aspects of private
Becoming a Keiretsu Member
The membership at Keiretsu Forum consists primarily of successful serial
entrepreneurs who are accredited private equity investors, VCs and corporate/institutional
partners. They understand the risks and rewards associated with early
stage funding and, when brought together during monthly forum and social
activities are able to strengthen ties of mutual interest, fellowship,
and support. Keiretsu Forum members are accredited investors as that
term is defined in Regulation D under the 1933 Act and under other applicable
securities laws and regulations.
Learning from Leaders
Keiretsu Forum invites guest speakers, business leaders of the region
and beyond, that address current market trends and economic issues significant
to the investment community.
Bringing Structure to Angel Investing
Typical early stage private equity investing is carried out with very
little attention to formalities. In contrast, Keiretsu Forum provides
members with a disciplined approach to ensuring quality deal flow. Members
collaborate in screening candidate companies, enabling greater depth
and breadth to the due diligence process. Members are then free to make
their own investment decisions. In fact, Keiretsu Forum does not invest
as an entity.
Lending Support to Angel Investors
Keiretsu Forum is the home of swarm intelligence, the result of a culmination
of years of investing experience woven among a myriad of business and
entrepreneurial backgrounds. This is critical in the area of angel investing,
where often there is no current validation of a company’s value
proposition. Members from diverse business environments are able to
immerse themselves in a pool of wisdom and resources in making investment
decisions. Members enjoy mutual support and fellowship through monthly
forums and social events, as well as an ongoing relationship with Keiretsu
Forum staff, before and after investments have been made.
Keiretsu Forum and Philanthropy
Keiretsu Forum is also about being a collective force for good in building
our region, both through philanthropic giving as well as the lending
of time and talents to develop our community. Our members are undoubtedly
leaders prior to becoming Keiretsu Forum members, either by having built
their own companies successfully or because they already participate
in a number of causes. Keiretsu Forum is a place to consolidate those
activities or collaborate on new ones, utilizing existing skills within
If you are interested in learning more about becoming a Keiretsu Forum
Member, please contact us.