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Tech Coast Angels is among the most active investment groups ..

07/13/2012 - 7:08am
By JAN NORMAN / ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER One in every $4 that angel investors put into young growing companies over the past year has gone to a California startup, according to the Halo Report. This report is produced by Angel Resource Institute, Silicon Valley Bank based on data by CB Insights, which collects data on private companies, their investors and inquirers Irvine-based Tech Coast Angels is among the most active angel groups in the United States over the past 12 months. TCA has about 300 members in five regional...

30 under 30 by Inc. Magazine - A TCA company

07/05/2012 - 9:44pm
At 28, Winning the War Against Counterfeit Drugs Fresh out of Dartmouth, Nathan Sigworth talked global pharma companies into believing he had a better way to fight fake drugs in India. Helping the poor is far from the easiest way to make money, but 28-year old Nathan Sigworth has found a way to make it pay. He’s the CEO and co-founder of PharmaSecure, a start-up that helps drug companies combat counterfeit medication in the developing world. Dually headquartered in Lebanon, New Hampshire and Gurgaon, India,...

TCA made investment in Flu treatment developer Gemmus Pharma

06/30/2012 - 1:26pm
Flu treatment developer Gemmus Pharma Inc. raised about $1.5 million in a Series A funding led by a syndicate of angel investor groups. Gemmus, housed in the Mission Bay Innovation Center in the FibroGen building in San Francisco, is targeting a receptor that plays a role in the anti-inflammatory response to viral infections. That approach, the company says, makes it so its treatment isn't susceptible to viral resistance. A Gemmus spokeswoman said the company initially sought to raise at least $1.2 million. The round was led by the Life Science Angels and included BlueTree Allied...

Start-ups get 90 seconds to pitch ideas to TCA

04/26/2012 - 6:35am
By Andrea Chang April 25, 2012, 3:46 p.m.   A minute and a half isn’t a lot of time, but for 11 local entrepreneurs, 90 seconds was all they had to pitch their start-up ideas to a panel of judges Tuesday. More than 175 start-ups applied to participate in the 7th annual Fast Pitch Competition, held at UCLA’s Anderson School of Management...

Tech Coast Angels Funds 37 Deals in 2011 Demonstrating Angel Investment Leadership

02/15/2012 - 10:44am
Total number of investments significantly increased over previous years, continuing upward trend IRVINE, Calif., February 15, 2012–Tech Coast Angels (TCA), the nation’s largest angel investment network, today announced it funded 37 investments in 2011 in a wide array of exciting, start-up businesses. In 2011, TCA raised more than $45 million of total investment for its entrepreneurial companies, including more than $11 million through direct TCA investment –an 80 percent increase over 2010. Additionally, the total number of investments for the year is significantly up by almost 25 percent...

San Diego Tech Coast Angels Establishes John G.Watson Foundation

01/06/2012 - 8:40am
Memorial Fund Will Support Entrepreneurism in San Diego Region - SAN DIEGO, Jan. 5, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- The San Diego Network of Tech Coast Angels (TCA), the largest angel group in the United States, announced that the organization has established the John G. Watson Foundation to support entrepreneurism in the San Diego region. The 501(c)(3) Foundation is enabled by a $1 million gift to TCA San Diego from the family of John G. Watson. "John loved investing, innovation, and the entrepreneurial spirit that he discovered when he arrived in San Diego," said Gillian Ison,...

Tech Coast Angels Provides Experts in Residence to Ventura Ventures Tech Center

11/14/2011 - 10:47am
Mentoring a part of TCA charter, says Panesis IRVINE, Calif., Nov. 14, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Tech Coast Angels (TCA), the largest angel investment network in the U.S., today announced that the TCA Central Coast Network has been named one of the founding Experts in Residence at the Ventura Ventures Tech Center (V2TC), a unique entrepreneurial incubator started by the City of Ventura. The Ventura Ventures Tech Center provides space for aspiring start-up companies. The Experts in Residence program brings leaders in all areas of...