|Angel Investor Group Profile|
The Hawaii Angels was originally established as the UH Angels by Robert Robinson, PhD. in February of 2002 at Honolulu, Hawaii. The investment group was re-organized and named as the Hawaii Angels in September of 2006. It was in the same year when chapters in Big Island and Maui were established. Over the years, Hawaii Angels have accumulated $22 million worth of investments on start-up companies in Hawaii under Robinson, who, up to this day, remains to be the Chairman of the Board.
To be a member of the Hawaii Angels, one should be an accredited investor in accordance with the requirements of the Securities and Exchange Commission of the United States. Interested parties must also be willing to commit $50,000 to $100,000 worth of investments in the next three years and pay an annual membership fee of $1,000. Interested individuals who meet the qualifications should contact Hawaii Angels through electronic mail to receive an invitation to one of the meetings of the group. After the initial meeting, prospective members should accomplish an application form and submit it directly to the Hawaii Angels via postal mail and pay the annual membership fee. A copy of the application form can be downloaded from the group's website.
The Hawaii Angels looks for investment opportunities on companies that are in the start-up stage. Applying companies should have a competitive management team, an exclusively owned product or technology, and high marketability. Most of the companies that the group evaluates are considered as "Qualified High Technology Businesses." It means that the nature of business should be in astronomy, biotechnology, computer software design and development, non-fossil fuel energy technology, ocean sciences, sensor and optic technologies, or performing arts. Companies that meet the criteria and are in need of funding may submit an application and supporting documents through an online registration system on the Hawaii Angels' website. Only two companies will be qualified for a business presentation each month. Companies that will qualify can acquire business presentation guidelines from the investment group's website.
Hawaii Angels Website
It is important for an investment group to validate its credibility. Thus, a page in the Hawaii Angels website provides the history and achievements of the investment group together with the profiles of the key people in the management team. To further support the group's credibility as an investment organization, the website also includes a portfolio tab. It contains the list of companies that the group has funded, including company profiles and website links. Companies that want to support the group through services can go to the sponsors tab for information about sponsorship. Aside from that, the sponsorship guidelines can also be downloaded through a provided link.
Members of the Hawaii Angels are privileged to have access to an online database that contains the investment group's important files. This facility is user name and password protected and is exclusive for members only. The details and process of membership application are also available in the website. Those who want to be member investors of the Hawaii Angels can go to a page to download the membership application form. Entrepreneurs, on the other hand, can also find the funding application details in the website. A page is provided for the investment criteria, as well as the screening and submission process. Applications and submission of required documents can be done through an online registration system. This system enables a company to create a profile that is user name and password enabled.
For upcoming events and news stories about the Hawaii Angels and the entire investment business, the website also provides links that can be accessed on the right side portion of every page. A news tab that contains the past and recent news about Hawaii Angels and its portfolio companies is also available. The contact page in the website includes physical and electronic addresses, as well as telephone and fax numbers. A link to a map is also included for driving directions.
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|Angel Investor Group Profile|