The Latest Innovations and Coolest Entrepreneurs – It’s All at the Keiretsu Forum Angel Capital Expo – Nov 20, 2014

You won’t want to miss the Keirstsu Forum‘s Angel Capital Expo held on Nov. 20, 2014 at Microsoft. Those in the know already are aware that the Angel Capital Expo is the place to see unique companies with emerging innovations and rub shoulders with the best and brightest in Silicon Valley.   But what you may not know is that Keiretsu Forum is a strategic partner of Camp BizSmart and will honor the top student team from Camp BizSmart for having the winning product innovation at the 2014 business plan and product design competitions held at Microsoft.

Revo Arc was the winning entrepreneurship team out of 27 teams and is pictured below as they answered questions of the judges at the actual competition. You will want to meet and talk to these aspiring entrepreneurs when you attend the Expo on Nov. 20th. As you know the pitch is very important – and these guys grabbed the attention of judges Bill Reichert, John Butler and Marty Reed who are pictured below.

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Each year, Camp BizSmart identifies and recruits two cutting edge, in the news companies to provide cool, unique and challenging real world business cases. For 2014 the companies were Revolights and Vintage Electric Bikes.  The student teams take on executive roles and collaborate to solve, support and defend in competition at Microsoft, their product designs and business plans.  The winning team was mentored by Revolights cofounders Kent Frankovich and Adam Pettler.  Become a company sponsor of a business case and challenge Camp BizSmart “tweenpreneurs” to create new products for your company. Contact Peggy Gibbs, COO, Cofounder of Camp BizSmart for more information at and visit the website.

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Revolights has won multiple awards and recognitions including the Eureka! start-up pitch contest organized by the Keiretsu Forum with the City of Berkeley. You may also know them from their winning appearance on the Shark Tank.  I am grateful to have been introduced to Kent and Adam a couple of years ago through Sonja Markovich Managing Director at Keiretsu and an advisor to Camp BizSmart.  Sonja, you knew these guys were going somewhere even back then thanks for connecting us!   It will be a special treat to honor Kent and Adam who sponsored the grand prize biz case.  Our special thanks to Sonja and to Randy Williams, founder of Keiretsu, for creating an active community of angels to inspire entrepreneurs of all ages! We appreciate your commitment to mentor and support the creators, risk takers and visionaries.

Be sure you come to this amazing day which is unlike any other you will attend.  Here are the details and how to sign up.

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Keiretsu Forum, the world’s largest private equity angel investment network, announces its 19th bi-annual Northern California Angel Capital Expo on Thursday, November 20th, 2014 from 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Microsoft, 1065 La Avenida Street in Mountain View, California.  The Angel Capital Expo is the premier gathering of angel investors and entrepreneurs seeking funding capital to grow their businesses. On November 20th more than 300 of the Bay Area’s most active and respected angel investors will attend the Expo.

View video from the November 21st, 2013 Angel Capital Expo.

“Our Angel Capital Expo provides a unique opportunity for collective collaboration in the world of angel investing,” said Randy Williams, Founder and CEO of Keiretsu Forum. “We are proud to play a seminal role in the growth of start-up businesses and job creation at a local, national, and international level.”

Angel Capital Expo will feature 20 high-quality, diverse investment opportunities in technology, healthcare/life sciences, consumer products, real estate and funds. Companies that apply to Keiretsu Forum are typically in their A or B rounds having already secured initial funding of $500k to $1.5 million from founders, friends, family, and individual angels. All presenters will be pre-screened by a select committee of Keiretsu Forum members. Presentation coaching will be provided to companies selected to present. Each entrepreneur will make an on-stage presentation and will be available for additional discussion and due diligence at their exhibitor booth throughout the day. Following the presentations, the attendees will vote and award the top three presenting companies the “Most Valued Company” award.

Apply to Present 
Companies interested in presenting at the November 20th, 2014 Angel Capital Expo should complete the on-line application and contact Jenny Pater, Director of Entrepreneur Relations, at or call +1 (415) 573-0752 or Olivia Diamond, Director of Marketing & Communications, at or call +1 (415) 573-0755.

Register to Attend
Hosted by Keiretsu Forum, the Angel Capital Expo is the premier gathering of the angel capital community. Invitation to attend is extended only to accredited investorsRegister here. For more information, contact Carla Silva, Director of Membership & Finance, at or call +1 (415) 573-0753.

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