Sand Hill Angels is a group of Silicon Valley accredited investors passionate about entrepreneurship and the commercialization of disruptive technologies and business models. With experience spanning all aspects of growing successful companies – from the formative stage through management of multi-billion dollar enterprises – Sand Hill Angels provides expertise and assistance to these fledging companies.The investment space includes Internet, Information Technology, Clean Tech, Consumer, and Life Sciences businesses. The Sand Hill Angel operating model is to work openly and collaboratively with venture capital funds, other angel organizations, and the Bay Area ecosystem that fosters the growth of technology startups. For additional information, visit http://www.sandhillangels.com
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Sand Hill Angels Surpasses Expectations, Expands Investment Scope
Group makes 22 investments in Bitcoin, Clean Tech, Mobile and Health IT
Sunnyvale, CA — Sep 29, 2014 / (http://www.myprgenie.com) — After being named one of the top ten most active angel groups in the U.S.in Q1 of 2014, Sand Hill Angels surpasses mid-year expectations both in terms of total amount invested at $2M and number of investments, 22.
“In the first half year, SHA total investment increased 12% compared to last year,” said Frank Willemsen, SHA Board Member and Treasurer. “Increased relationships with seed funds, incubators and accelerators – including AngelPad, 500 Startups, The Hive, YCombinator, Boost, The Fabric and Tandem – have helped diversify our portfolio as SHA is investing in more startups this year than last with approximately the same investment size. The 45% increase in follow-on investments illustrates SHA commitment beyond the initial seed stage — which is crucial for the success of any startup. We credit the increase in our overall investment to date to more strategic deal sourcing, improved market climate and increased membership.”
Intended to accelerate the growth of our portfolio companies, SHA has embarked on an ambitious program to build relationships with a whole range of potential technology, distribution and financing partners. As part of this effort, the group is proud to announce today a partnership with the PayPal Startup Blueprint program. The partnership offers Sand Hill Angels’ portfolio companies waived transaction fees for up to $100K and direct connections with key PayPal contacts.
These relationships are driving investment diversity and pushing SHA into the next phase in new technology innovation. Increased momentum around disruptive technologies is increasing deal flow among 3D printing, Bitcoin, augmented reality, Big Data, and Internet of Things startups. SHA continues to expand investment scope in the full spectrum of technology verticals, and the group is now investing in early stage funds as well as in their investments.
“With a robust recovery from the Great Recession, there are again plenty of options for investment in Silicon Valley,” said Markus Fromherz, President of the Board. “By working closely with top incubators and accelerators in the Valley, we are ensuring a high-quality deal flow for our members. At the same time, we continue to invest in strengthening our deal management capabilities by offering didactics and mentorship from experts in their fields. Members now have resources available that cover the entire investment process from early screening through due diligence and investment to board governance. We also continue to bring more to entrepreneurs than financing. In addition to our extensive member experiences and networks and a set of portfolio company services, we offer close relationships with premier attorney and banking firms and resources from our partnerships with others in the ecosystem.
Sand Hill Angels membership has about doubled over the past two years. This expansion is contributing to its success as members actively participate in the growth of their investments.
“We are very proud of the active role that Sand Hill Angels members playin helping entrepreneurs through the funding process as well as all stages of growth in a company. With our members’ diverse and boots-on-the-ground experience, we bring insights and wisdom into the innovation economy,” said Manthi Nguyen, Vice President of the Board.
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