Keiretsu Forum

Entrepreneur Benefits

  • Keiretsu Forum Northwest Members have invested over $130M in 200+ startups since 2005.
  • The highest funding rate in the Northwest among major angel groups.
  • Exposure to 6 chapters, 250+ accredited members including private equity investors, VCs, and resource partners.
  • A wealth of feedback and insight from investors during the presentations.
  • Meet new customers, strategic partners, and prospective executive talent through our highly collaborative and well-connected international network of Members.
  • Complimentary One-On-One Coaching preceding the Forum presentations - Learn the format familiar to our members, identify red flags and how to respond to them, and revamp your PowerPoint to maximize your impact. 
  • Due Diligence Facilitation - an often daunting task that we make simple and rewarding.
  • Successful presenting companies can be referred to Keiretsu Chapters around the world if additional capital is sought.
  • Keiretsu Forum Members recognize the challenges of obtaining funding, as many Members gained their investment dollars by building and selling companies themselves.
  • More Benefits Here.

Note: Keiretsu Forum does not invest like a venture fund with the benefit of a management fee or profit on investments made. Rather, we are a facilitation service that has created a very structured environment where entrepreneurs enjoy a high quality and well-organized interaction with investor members who make their own investment decisions on an individual basis following the presentations. The Keiretsu Forum staff does not take any stock, warrants, or other commissions in connection with funding, which creates an objective and unbiased marketplace for Members and Presenters to interact.


Want some free advice?

Check out this article "How Entrepreneurs can be Successful Presenters to Investorsby Ed Harley, Chair Emeritus of the Keiretsu Forum Software Committee, on how to make a successful presentation.

Learn the "Keiretsu Presenting Process"

Our quality deal flow often comes from our community of Members, Sponsors, and Community Partners including universities, government institutions, and entrepreneur groups. If you are interested in presenting to Keiretsu Forum, there is a simple, highly-structured process to go through to ensure that the best companies have the best opportunities to raise capital. As the process can be rigorous, we invite companies to speak with us directly to get a better understanding of the process before applying to present.


Step 1: Download the Keiretsu Forum Entrepreneur Application/Fact Sheet (Free)


Step 2: Submit your Completed Application (Free)

This document provides key company information that helps us make decisions within the screening process. Please email the completed Application/Fact Sheet to Entrepreneur Director Nate Doran at Doran@keiretsuforum.com. When applying, do not include confidential information.


Step 3: Be Invited to Deal Screening (Free)

The Keiretsu Forum review committee (comprised of Keiretsu staff and Members) reviews all submitted applications and based on the committee's recommendations, 6-8 companies are invited to present at our monthly Deal Screenings.


Step 4: Present at Deal Screening (Free)

Deal Screenings take place on a monthly basis in Seattle, usually on the first Wednesday of the month. Deal Screenings in other locations such as Portland and Spokane usually take place quarterly, based on interest. Companies who accept the invitation to present at the Deal Screening will give 15-minute presentations (8-min presentation, 7-minute Q&A) to a screening panel of 25-30 Keiretsu Members. After all presentations have been given, the panel decides which deals are ready to present in front of the full forum. Typically, the top 3 to 5 deals are selected and presenting companies are notified of the outcome within 24 hours, with Member comments and feedback included.


Step 5: Accept Invitation to "Full Forums" & Pay Administrative Fee (Administrative Fee)

At this point, entrepreneurs pay the Administrative Fee if they wish continue to the full forums. Confirmed companies are then scheduled to present to the full forum, typically within 1-2 months from the date of the screening based on availability. Note: Only entrepreneurs who make it past our intensive pre-screening filters and present to our the Full Forums meet are required to pay the Administrative Fee.


Step 6: Schedule Coaching (Included)

Schedule one-on-one coaching with our team preceding the Forum presentations to learn the format familiar to our members, identify red flags and how to respond to them, and revamp your PowerPoint to maximize your impact. Preparation and fine-tuning at this stage is crucial to gaining investment once you begin the forums so let us help you!


Step 7: Present at the "Full Forum Road Show" - Four Days, Six Chapters (Included)

1. Tuesday: Vancouver B.C.

2. Wednesday: Kirkland + Live Videocast to Spokane and Boise Chapters + Members online 

3. Thursday: Seattle

4. Friday: Portland

Throughout the "Full Forums," four main companies will be featured in front of over 250 attendees with 20-minute presentations (10-min presentation, 10-min Q&A). After all presentations have been given, entrepreneurs are excused from the room and members discuss the presenting companies. Each presenter is brought back after the member discussion to answer a final question. Each attendee completes a 'gold sheet' to indicate interest in presenting companies as well write feedback and questions. The presenting companies are then given followup sheets of all of the feedback throughout the week as well as a list of investors who marked that they were interested in being followed up with. Less-successful companies will attract close to 30 sign-ups with the most successful companies garnering up to 50 sign-ups.


Step 8: Due Diligence (Included)

With Keiretsu Forum as liaison and facilitator, the presenting company connects with Keiretsu members who indicated interest on their gold sheet and begins the 6-10 week due diligence process.


Step 9: Optional - Update Presentations ("Update" Fees Vary)

At each Full Forum, we normally feature 1-3 update presentations from past presenting companies in addition to the the main four presenting companies. Past presenters pay an Update Presentation Fee to give a 3-minute or 7-minute update to the Full Forum. This includes a 2-page executive summary color insert in company information book and being listed on the Gold Sheet sign-up list (no Q&A session). Updates are available for our Vancouver BC, Kirkland, Seattle, and Portland Chapters.


Step 10: Optional - Be Referred to Other Non-NW Keiretsu Forum Chapters (Fees vary)

After presenting to the six Keiretsu Northwest Chapters and receiving investment traction from Members, presenting companies then have the unique opportunity to present to other chapters of their choice around the country or around the world. Members of each chapter conduct their own due diligence and make their own investment decisions, however they benefit greatly from shared due diligence and seeing what traction companies were able to gain from other chapters.


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Please contact Keiretsu Forum Northwest Entrepreneur Director Nate Doran at Doran@keiretsuforum.com or (206) 336-5617 with any questions about presenting. Feel free to ask about attending a Forum as a one-time guest to observe our unique process before deciding to start the presentation process.