Angels2021-07-12T14:48:24-08:00

Angel Membership Information

Why become a member? You might think it’s to make money, but for many of us it’s a way to give back to the community, to help build successful companies and to participate in the satisfaction that comes from this involvement. And we hope to make money, too. Membership in the Tech Coast Angels is by invitation and is extended to individuals who share our vision and will actively contribute to our process. Each member is:

  • An accredited investor
  • Proven and has a track record managing and building successful companies either as an entrepreneur or operating executive
  • Experienced in angel investing, leading due diligence, structuring investments, and coaching entrepreneurs
  • Knowledgeable and brings an extensive peer network of domain expertise
  • Connected with contacts for subsequent funding, talent and technology
  • Involved and dedicating significant time and effort to TCA activities, including attendance at dinner meetings and screening sessions, mentoring entrepreneurs and serving on TCA committees
  • Expect to invest in at least two TCA startups each year. The Tech Coast Angels look for investment opportunities where new capital and mentoring will take companies to the next level. TCA intends to materially increase company valuations to result in future capital rounds at increased values and ultimately an attractive exit of our investment.
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TCA operates throughout Southern California and organized into five regional networks. Los Angeles, Orange County, San Diego, and the Inland Empire. Review the information below and apply to become a member!

There are three membership categories:

  • Regular members (for those living in Southern California) — to apply, click here
  • Virtual members (for those outside Southern California) — for more info, click here and to apply, click here and select “Not Located in SoCal” from the “select chapter” menu.
  • Affiliate members (which include Family Offices, Corporate entities (such as M&A, corporate venture funds), small VCs, and similar organizations) — for more info, click here and to apply, click here and write “Affiliate Membership” with your company name in the “Bio” section

Membership FAQ

Why does TCA invest?2021-03-23T19:38:19-08:00
We receive numerous investment opportunities for review from angel groups across the United States. Our relationship with the venture capital community often gives us early looks at deals from them that fit our investment criteria. TCA also has an excellent relationship with the major economic development agencies in Southern California which are often a referral source of entrepreneurial /investment ideas. All of these sources keep our deal pipeline full which is critical in creating a high quality diversified pool of investments for our members.
Investing in early-stage companies is risky. What advice do you offer on managing this risk?2021-05-18T16:32:05-08:00
The first step: learn as much about early stage investing as you can. Get to know your fellow members, the accumulated experience and knowledge of the Tech Coast Angels is a great place to start this process. We offer educational seminars on a regular basis, too. Spend time working with a due diligence team; you’ll learn the unique risks of each investment and improve your investment spotting skills. Lastly, diversify. Invest in multiple deals that you feel are of a high quality and spread your risk; it makes intuitive sense and our computer simulations concur.
How much should I invest in each deal?2021-03-23T19:37:36-08:00
That amount might be different for each member based on your net worth, but consider starting modestly. As a member you’re asked to invest a minimum of $50,000 per year, that’s typically in the form of two deals at $25k each.
What are the benefits of affiliate membership?2021-03-23T19:23:33-08:00
  • The ability to make investments in startups for economic and financial gain through an exit of the startup
  • To be part of the movement to support entrepreneurship in southern California and by extension, the rest of the country
  • To help existing portfolio companies grow through funding and growth capital
  • The ability to offer the affiliate an opportunity to invest as a “strategic” partner thereby gaining an early understanding in new technology and IP
  • The potential to be involved early on with a startup and have an inside track on potential acquisition as a strategic advantage based on the entity’s objectives
  • A potential opportunity for a board seat depending on funding
  • A potential ability to influence the R&D and execution of the startup plan
  • The potential to work with a startup on their IP and gain other knowledge from the new startup which can be mutually beneficial to both the entity and the startup
  • The opportunity to leverage the expertise of current and new TCA members for due diligence on affiliate deals
What are the benefits of virtual membership?2021-03-23T19:22:30-08:00
    • Access to deal flow
    • Full membership in Angel Capital Association – for benefits (click here
    • Participation in pre-screening activities for new deals
  • Participation in the Angel Capital Entrepreneur (ACE) funds as developed
  • Access to board members and TCA membership base
  • May attend general membership screening meeting 1X year
  • May participate in special initiatives developed by TCA
  • Invitation to dinner meetings and special TCA events at a 20% discount
  • Participation in the Orange County screening panels, and other network screenings as they become enabled by conferencing and WebEx technology
What are the benefits of regular membership?2021-03-23T19:20:02-08:00

What are the benefits of regular membership?

  • Opportunity to help young entrepreneurs with advice and capital
  • Full membership in Angel Capital Association – for benefits (click here)
  • Opportunity to participate in TCA pre-screening and screening sessions held every few weeks in each network
  • Monthly lunches/dinners in each network to see presentations of early stage companies seeking investment, as well as socialize with other members
  • Opportunity to lead or participate in due diligence teams, mentor entrepreneurs, and fill board level positions in TCA portfolio companies
  • Access to a wealth of expertise, experience, and contacts of over 300 TCA members all willing to help each other with investment ideas or business advice
  • A mentor program whereby a new angel investor is assigned to an existing member for support
  • Full access to TCA website which contains profiles on all members and documents, descriptions, and due diligence materials on all applicant companies
  • Complimentary or discounted rates at various local events of interest to angel investors
  • Opportunity to invest in promising young companies while having the potential to earn favorable returns (in 2015 there were 58 such opportunities)
  • Opportunity to invest in one of the upcoming ACE Funds, managed by a team of successful angels
Why does TCA invest?2021-03-23T19:16:10-08:00
We receive numerous investment opportunities for review from angel groups across the United States. Our relationship with the venture capital community often gives us early looks at deals from them that fit our investment criteria. TCA also has an excellent relationship with the major economic development agencies in Southern California which are often a referral source of entrepreneurial /investment ideas. All of these sources keep our deal pipeline full which is critical in creating a high quality diversified pool of investments for our members.
How long does it typically take to achieve an exit in TCA deals?2021-03-23T19:37:16-08:00
Well, that varies. Successful exits can take several years; it takes time to build a startup. You’ll see failures in your portfolio and they often happen in a year or two. One or two successful exits make up for all the failures, and more. The economy at large has a lot to do with exits, too. During boom years exits came fast and furious, today the climate is more prudent and companies are diligently building value before being acquired. The climate can change quickly. Expect an average startup to grow for 5 or more years before a successful exit.
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