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New Harvard Business School and MIT Sloan Report Concludes That Angel Networks Have Measurable Positive Impact on Companies They Fund

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October 11, 2016


Tech Coast Angels: New Harvard Business School and MIT Sloan Report Concludes That Angel Networks Have Measurable Positive Impact on Companies They Fund

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Quick Pitch Winners Announced by Tech Coast Angels

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Quick Pitch Winners Announced by Tech Coast Angels – SFGate

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Also Angel Returns Outperform Venture Capital Returns Over the Same Period: Tech Coast Angels today shared in…

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Quick Pitch Winners Announced by Tech Coast Angels

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Tech Coast Angels: New Harvard Business School and MIT Sloan Report Concludes That Angel Networks Have Measurable Positive Impact on Companies They Fund

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Tech Coast Angels: New Harvard Business School and MIT Sloan Report Concludes That Angel Networks Have Measurable Positive Impact on Companies They Fund

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Quick Pitch Winners Announced by Tech Coast Angels

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Research Reveals Major Impacts Of Angels — And Some Angel Groups Outperform VCs

click here for Forbes article featuring an HBS/Sloan analysis showing TCA’s Angel Returns are higher than VCs

“Firms selected by angel groups get a tremendous boost: For one study, Lerner and Schoar accessed the records of two of the biggest angel groups in the country, Tech Coast Angels in Southern California and CommonAngels (now called Converge Venture Partners) in Boston. The researchers compared companies that won funding from these angel groups with very similar companies that applied for funding but were denied. The results: funded firms were 20-25% more likely to survive for four years. Funded firms were 16%-19% more likely to have grown to 75-plus employees or achieved a successful exit during the study period. On average, funded firms had 16 to 20 more employees. And they were 10-17% more likely to have a successful exit.”

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October 4, 2016


Tech Coast Angels Selects Top 10 “Quick Pitch” Finalists

Local Entrepreneurs Honing Pitches to Compete for $30,000 Cash and Prizes

SAN DIEGO, CA (PRWEB) SEPTEMBER 06, 2016
Tech Coast Angels – San Diego announced today the top ten finalists selected from over 140 entries to compete at its popular, annual event The John G. Watson Quick Pitch competition scheduled for October 6, 2016 at Qualcomm Hall. Hosted by esteemed venture capitalist, Court Turner, the show’s innovative format pits the strongest 10 finalists in a live presentation to “pitch” a company to approximately 500 attendees and a panel of judges composed of successful investors and entrepreneurs. Since its inception, Tech Coast Angels’ “Quick Pitch” has put San Diego startups on the radar of local and national venture capital and angel investors, helping to launch many successful companies including EcoATM, Rock My World and Ritter Pharmaceuticals.

“Our annual Quick Pitch competition is one of the most important entrepreneurial events of the year in San Diego, showcasing a vast array of technology, life science and other product companies that include the best our innovation economy has to offer,” said Sergio Gurrieri, President of the Tech Coast Angels San Diego network. He continued, “This competition is an opportunity for entrepreneurs to network, learn and compete for capital that is so crucial to early stage companies while building key relationships with some of the top investors and executives in Southern California.”

During the next month, the top ten finalists will receive specialized mentoring from angel investors who will coach the entrepreneurs on how to perfect their two-minute, elevator pitch in hopes of capturing $30,000 in cash and other prizes. Companies were chosen from a record number of over 140 online applicants and weaned down to 30 semi-finalists by a judging committee in the first stage of the competition. On Oct. 6, the top ten will make two-minute presentations that will be judged by experienced investors and professionals with a newly added feature that allows real-time voting by the audience for the top three prize winners.

The 2016 finalists are:
Braykion Jon Wilensky, CEO & Co-Founder
CaddySnack JT Tyler, CEO & Founder
CourseKey Luke Sophinos, CEO
Echo Laboratories Eugene Cho, CEO & Founder
Industry Cody Barbo, CEO & Founder
In Spirit Lawrence Cisneros, Founder
Librede Jason Poulos, CEO
Pelv-ice Jill Bigelow, Founder & CEO
ResortPass Amanda Szabo, Founder
VOR, Inc. Winston Chen, CEO & Co-Founder

See these top companies pitch live on October 6 from 6pm to 9pm at the Irwin M. Jacobs Qualcomm Hall, 5775 Morehouse Drive, San Diego, CA 92121. For more details please visit: https://www.techcoastangels.com/event-calendar/the-10th-annual-john-g-watson-quick-pitch-competition/
Lead sponsors include the John G. Watson Foundation, Qualcomm Ventures and Stradling. Supporting sponsors include Knobbe Martens and ResMed. Contributing sponsors include Corporate Alliance, DezineGirl Creative, Digital News Network, Downtown Works, Sorrento Mesa Printing, Surf Air, The Startup Garage and The Pitch.

ABOUT TECH COAST ANGELS
Tech Coast Angels (TCA) is one of the largest and most active angel investor networks in the nation, and a leading source of funding for seed-stage and early-stage companies across all industries in Southern California. TCA members are accredited investors who collectively invest in start-up companies in the range of $250k to $2M. The companies TCA invests in go through well-structured, transparent, and time efficient screening and due diligence. TCA members are themselves founders, and executive level business leaders who have extensive knowledge in the investment process and world-class business practices and contribute counsel, mentoring and access to an extensive network of investors, customers, strategic partners and management.
TCA is a catalyst in the growth of the thriving Southern California entrepreneurial ecosystem of innovation. We fund mostly emerging technology and life science companies. More information on investment with Tech Coast Angels can be found at: http://www.techcoastangels.com

September 16, 2016


Seeking technology riches? Hear what this investor (TCA Chairman) says

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September 12, 2016


Tech Coast Angels Selects Top 10 “Quick Pitch” Finalists

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September 6, 2016


Quick Pitch 2016


September 1, 2016


Tech Coast Angels: We Have Higher Returns Than Angel Averages

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August 30, 2016


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