The word "Keiretsu" stands for a strong collaborative group, the culture in which our forum thrives. Founded in 2000, Keiretsu Forum is the world’s largest angel investor network with over 1400 accredited investor members throughout 28 chapters on three continents. Keiretsu Forum Members collaborate in the due diligence of presenting companies, but make individual investment decisions with $400m invested in over 300 companies to date ($130M in Northwest) in technology, consumer products, life sciences, real estate, and other high growth segments. Presenting entrepreneurs consistently find high value in our extensive resources, feedback, mentoring, and funding while Investor Members enjoy well-screened, quality deal flow, group mindshare in evaluating deals, and association in a powerful, intelligent group of professionals. Additionally, the Keiretsu Forum community is strengthened through angel investor education events, social opportunities, and charitable giving. Overall, Keiretsu Forum provides entrepreneurs and investors with an active, credible marketplace for deals to get done.
Our goal is to fund great companies. Each month, our six Forums throughout the Northwest (Seattle, Kirkland, Portland, Vancouver B.C., Spokane, and Boise) feature four carefully selected startup companies with 25-minute presentations plus 2-3 past presenting companies with shorter update presentations. Companies vary in industry, each company is usually seeking funding between $250K and $2 million, and Q & A sessions are part of each presentation. After all presentations, presenters leave the room and the remaining group of Keiretsu Investor Members spend 30 minutes discussing pro's and con's of each company as well as potential issues to address in the due diligence process. At the end, presenting companies return to the room for a final short round of questions. Often it is very interesting to be in a room with many successful, insightful investors from such diverse backgrounds interacting with truly unique startup companies and their CEO's.
Keiretsu Forum is about being a collective force for good in building our region, both through philanthropic giving as well as lending time and talents to develop our community. The members of the Keiretsu Forum have founded a non-profit counterpart, the Keiretsu Forum Northwest Charitable Foundation to encourage charitable giving among members and friends of Keiretsu Forum and elevate awareness for the causes with which Members are actively involved. Forum Members have donated over $1M to 100+ non-profit organizations.
Check out pics from a few of Keiretsu Forum's social events from this past year, including our recent Victory Party in recognition of our growth and accomplishments, winter holiday festivities, Mariners games, and our Annual Summer Family Picnic! A calendar of our upcoming events is available on our Events Page.