New funding model and more efficient processes result in faster access to capital and more diverse investment opportunities; eleven companies already funded
LOS ANGELES – June 11, 2020 – In its continued efforts to support the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Southern California, Tech Coast Angels-Los Angeles (TCA-LA) today announced its first members-only fund. This annual fund provides new and diverse opportunities for investors and an additional source of startup capital for entrepreneurs. Tech Coast Angels (TCA) achieved record investment of over $19 million in 2019, in part due to a bellwether annual chapter fund started by TCA-San Diego last year.
The total throughout all of TCA’s chapter funds this year pledges $6 million ready for deployment in 2020, all in addition to the direct investments from TCA’s 450+ members. The entire fund is to be invested in 2020, providing seed funding to start-up and early stage companies, primarily located in Southern California. Unlike a sidecar fund, this “conductor” fund provides the first money available to early stage companies, and individual TCA members may invest additional funds on top of that.
TCA-LA has invested in eleven companies this year (six after the coronavirus outbreak), and TCA-LA’s 2020 Annual Fund has invested in five companies this year, (three after the coronavirus outbreak):
- Hawthorne Effect
- Neural Analytics
- Noria Water Technologies
- Razberi Technologies*
- Ready, Set, Food!*
- Turn Technologies
* TCA-LA 2020 Annual Fund companies
Countering the perception that angel funding can move slowly, TCA-LA has also streamlined its due diligence process to provide a funding decision by both TCA and the fund within 30 days of a company’s presentation to the angel network.
“Far too often, founders lose valuable time focused on a lengthy fundraising process when they’d rather be focused on operating. Our fund will invest quickly and will target $200,000 per check,” said Brian Horner, president of TCA-LA. “This new fund is a great way to provide our members with diversification across a larger number of early stage companies while providing meaningful and fast capital to entrepreneurs.”
Companies wishing to present to TCA-LA: visit http://www.techcoastangels.com/entrepreneurs
Investors wishing to join TCA-LA: email LA Membership: firstname.lastname@example.org