Angel Investor Guide to Blacksburg, Virginia

Whether an entrepreneur is seeking funding for an idea, an individual is seeking to become an angel investor, or an angel investor is seeking the like-minded, here's how to make contact with those in the know on the angel investor scene in Blacksburg, Virginia, the New River Valley of Virginia,  and the nearby Roanoke, Virginia area.

460 Angels

460 Angels is a seed and early-stage angel investor group focused on funding and coaching hi-tech entrepreneurs with scalable business models based in the New River Valley and Roanoke region of Virginia.

Contact: Bob Summers, bob@460angels.com

Access to Capital Committee

The goal of the Access to Capital Committee, formed by the NewVa Corridor Technology Council, is to increase communication between technology firms that need funding and investors willing to fund them.

Contact: Bob Summers, bob@energyware.com

DayOne Ventures

DayOne Ventures is a seed stage investment and mentoring program for technology-based startups, funded and operated by experienced, successful entrepreneurs who are also angel investors.  It is housed at the VT KnowledgeWorks Business Acceleration Center, located in the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center in Blacksburg, Virginia, home of Virginia Tech.  

Contact: Lindsey Eversole, lindsey@dayoneventures.com

Hutchison Law Group Angel Investment Education Series

Hutchison Law Group offers a series of workshops and seminars for prospective angel investors and for entrepreneurs seeking angel investor funding.

Contact: Ken Maready, kmaready@hutchlaw.com

LeClairRyan SCOUT Award

The LeClairRyan SCOUT Award was created to recognize an entrepreneur or emerging business in southwest Virginia that has a unique idea and is ready to evolve. If you have a business plan and are ready to seek angel or venture capital financing, the SCOUT award may be for you. Every new venture needs someone to guide them through the common pitfalls that can end a good idea before it emerges.

Contact: scout@leclairryan.com
 
Virginia Active Angel Network, VAAN

Virginia Active Angel Network, VAAN, is a professionally managed and member-led group of accredited investors that meet monthly in a dinner model in Charlottesville, VA. Members from outside of Charlottesville, in Blacksburg, Roanoke, Richmond, NY and Georgia participate either by driving to the Charlottesville dinner or through on-line access. VAAN considers opportunities to provide funding and mentor capital to early and seed stage ventures primarily in the central and southern Virginia region, and the greater region, including Maryland, Washington DC, North Carolina, Kentucky and West Virginia. VAAN also syndicates opportunities with other Angel Capital Association angel groups.

Contact: info@virginiaactiveanglenetwork.com
 
VT KnowledgeWorks Entrepreneurship Summit

The VT KnowledgeWorks Entrepreneurship Summit is a yearly two-day comprehensive workshop for prospective company founders, entrepreneurs launching or re-vamping a business, growing companies seeking expansion capital, and individuals interested in investing in early-stage companies. The Summit includes open and student business concept competitions and live angel funding sessions.

Contact: Lindsey Eversole, lindsey@vtknowledgeworks.com

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Comments

  1. I really like this collection and summary Anne, there is a LOT of activity in this space right now. What is especially exciting is that at the same time that the area’s angel community really seems to be coming together, there seems to be simultaneous activity on the startup side of the equation – helping companies get up to speed on how to present to angels, how deals can be structured and what an angel-backed company would look like. There will be several pitch demonstrations at next week’s entrepreneurial summit, which should give a good picture of what angels look for and how that part of the process works.

  2. I really appreciate your view, Ken, and your important point that we have a convergence of start-ups and investors in a way that I have termed “a culture of entrepreneurship born of consciousness rather than opportunism.”

    http://www.handshake20.com/2010/03/an-entrepreneur-in-every-garage.html

    I will be attending the Angel Funding Session full-day workshop on April 8, 2010 at the VT KnowledgeWorks Entrepreneurship Summit. I will be listening carefully and learning.

    http://www.vtknowledgeworks.com/esummit2010/angelfunding.html

    Thank you so much for your comment.

  3. While unfortunately I won’t be able to make the Entrepreneurship Summit in person this year (I was there last year and thought it was great), I’m an active member of VAAN, and look forward to hearing about cool new startups in the Blacksburg area from my fellow investors who will be in attendance, as well as experienced entrepreneurs like Daryl Scott, who will be speaking. I hope the event is a great success!

  4. Thank you very much, David, for your comment. I’ve very much appreciated you sharing your wisdom and experience with me personally, and with Handshake 2.0’s community.

    I’ve been doing research on angel investing. #10 here tells me you’re in a very tough biz:

    http://www.handshake20.com/2010/04/ten-stats-about-angel-investing.html

  5. From BusinessWeek:

    “The U.S. Economy Needs a Host of Angel Investors”

    http://www.businessweek.com/investor/content/apr2010/pi20100419_112659.htm

  6. Thanks, Bob Summers, for this link:

    http://www.paulgraham.com/really.html

    “What Startups Are Really Like”

  7. How to Win Angel Funding, Wall Street Journal, 4/25/10:

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703709804575202613154076910.html

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