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    $144 Million was invested by the Keiretsu Forum Northwest & Rockies community members in 2020 & 2021 see more

    A record $144 Million was invested by the Keiretsu Forum Northwest & Rockies community members in 2020 and 2021. 

    SEATTLE, WA August 18, 2022 – After two years of hosting meetings virtually, Keiretsu Forum Northwest & Rockies returned in person for the Investor Capital Expo 2022 at Microsoft on August 11th. During the two days, Keiretsu Capital (www.keiretsucapital.com), Keiretsu Family Office (www.keiretsufamilyoffice.com), and Keiretsu Forum jointly welcomed more than 400 guests to its VIP Dinner at Chateau Lill, Mindshare Forum Gathering and the Investor Capital Expo conference at Microsoft in Redmond, Washington.

    The event showcased 18 premiere and diverse growth-stage companies and a lineup of premier keynotes and panels that presented an educational track diving into the hottest trends in angel investing. Out of the 18 presenting companies, Vampr (www.vampr.me) took home the coveted - Most Valued Company Award, which was voted on by the investors in attendance and awarded at the conclusion of the event. While, Loopr AI (www.loopr.ai) received the - Most Investor Interest Award, based on the total investor interest generated at the Expo. Wrapping up the Most Valued Company Award, Loopr AI and Otonexus (otonexus.com) came in second and third place, respectively. While, UpMeals (www.upmeals.ca) and 7BC Venture Capital (www.7bc.vc) took home the second and third most investor interest award, respectively.

    The angel group also bestowed A Lifetime Achievement Award to Ronald Weissman, the Vice Chairman of the Angel Capital Association. The Most Valued Member Award went to Karen Howlett for her active participation and contribution to the Keiretsu Forum community.

    Throughout the length of the pandemic restrictions on gatherings, the Keiretsu Forum investor community invested $144 Million in backing 209 companies, and generated over 12,000 investor interests in early-stage companies that presented at their forums in 2020 through June 2022. They also announced an addition of 144 new members. Adding to their success, they were also ranked the #1 angel group in the US consecutively for the last two years by the Angel Resource Institute's HALO Report. “Keiretsu Forum is so excited to bring back together our community with the entire startup ecosystem in support of these innovative technology companies,” said Brianna McDonald, President “Our community is strengthened by our members’ active participation in the numerous facets of Keiretsu Forum: the mindshare forums, pre-screening committees, deal screenings, forum meetings, charitable giving, educational programs and social events. The relationships that members build through Keiretsu Forum continue to deepen as their involvement increases and our global community grows. Together we seek to collaborate and fund a future we want to live in for us and our children.”

    About Keiretsu Forum Northwest and Rockies

    Keiretsu Forum Northwest & Rockies is the Pacific Northwest portion of Keiretsu Forum. It includes chapters in Vancouver (Canada), Denver/Boulder, Bellevue, Seattle, Salt Lake City/Boise, and Portland. Keiretsu Forum Northwest & Rockies has more than 400 members and has invested over $500 million since its founding in 2005. For more information, visit www.k4northwest.com

    About Keiretsu Forum

    Keiretsu Forum is a global investment community of accredited private equity angel investors, venture capitalists, and corporate/institutional investors. Keiretsu Forum was founded in 2000 by Randy Williams. Keiretsu Forum today is a worldwide network of capital, resources, and deal flow with 55+ chapters on four continents. Keiretsu Forum members invest in high-quality, diverse investment opportunities. To date, it has invested over $1 billion in 2000+ companies. The community is strengthened through its involvement in social and charitable activities. www.keiretsuforum.com

  • Amanda Castellino posted an article
    Keiretsu Forum Northwest & Rockies members invested over $60M in 93 companies. see more

    Keiretsu Forum saw a 21% investment increase in 2021 as its members continued to power seed, late-stage, and early-stage companies.

    SEATTLE, WA, May 10, 2022 – The Keiretsu Forum Northwest and Rockies regions within the world’s largest angel investing community, has announced its 2021 funding data. Angel investors in the Northwest & Rockies have invested more than $60 million in 93 companies across multiple sectors, surpassing all investment forecasts and making 2021 the most invested year to date.

    “Keiretsu Forum continues its vibrant growth across our regions. Investors and entrepreneurs are benefiting from our unique footprint, disciplined process for originating quality deal flow, and success syndicating early and late-stage investment opportunities,” said Brianna McDonald, Keiretsu Forum Regional President.

    According to Pitchbook's 2021 global annual figures, Keiretsu Forum in the U.S. invested in 167 companies, and the global network invested in 246 companies, bringing the total to over 380 fundings in the past year. In a year of economic and social uncertainty, angel investors have funded entrepreneurs and start-ups in one of the most challenging business environments in recent history.

    “We continue to welcome expanded partnerships to benefit the Keiretsu Forum Network community. Despite the global disruptions, we are likely to see continued growth across all sectors in 2022,” continued McDonald. Keiretsu Forum has also expanded its international presence and is now represented in 24 countries across 4 continents.

    2021 has been an incredible year for the Keiretsu Forum global network, with investments up 21% since 2020, and Life Sciences/MedTech, Fintech, and Technology attracting the most funding.

    In 2021, Keiretsu Forum has backed the following companies and many more:

    • AI Optics
    • DigitSec
    • E2C Technology
    • Epilogue Systems
    • Healionics
    • Inmedix
    • Joule Case
    • Key Co Travel
    • KitoTech Medical
    • Light Line Medical
    • LumiThera
    • Lumoptik
    • Orion Biotechnology
    • Oticara
    • Seneca Therapeutics
    • Soteria Battery
    • Steelhead Composites
    • Summit Venture Studio
    • Vartega
    • VKTRY

    About Keiretsu Forum Northwest & Rockies

    Keiretsu Forum Northwest & Rockies is the Pacific Northwest portion of Keiretsu Forum. It includes chapters in Vancouver (Canada), Denver/Boulder, Bellevue, Seattle, Salt Lake City/Boise, and Portland. Keiretsu Forum Northwest & Rockies has more than 400 members and has invested over $500 million in over 775 companies since its founding in 2005.

    For more information visit www.k4northwest.com

    About Keiretsu Forum

    Keiretsu Forum is a global investment community of accredited private equity angel investors, venture capitalists, and corporate/institutional investors. Keiretsu Forum was founded in 2000 by Randy Williams. Keiretsu Forum today is a worldwide network of capital, resources, and deal flow with 50+ chapters on four continents. Keiretsu Forum members invest in high-quality, diverse investment opportunities. To date, it has invested in over 2,000+ companies. The community is strengthened through its involvement in social and charitable activities.

    For more information visit www.keiretsuforum.com