|Venture Fund Member Profile
The Angel Investor Forum (AIF) was founded in 2004 in response to the growing need for an organized angel effort in Connecticut. Due to the widening gap in the capital markets, there is a shortage of funding available at the seed stage ($250K-$5M). This funding gap represents a great opportunity for investment in companies with substantial growth potential but an inability to attract venture capital. AIF members invest their time, talent and money in supporting companies with solid business models and their efforts to grow successfully.
Angel financing is the lifeblood of growing companies. Connecticut has more angels per capita than any other state. The Angel Investor Forum organizes the resources of the angels by streamlining the deal flow. We present monthly reviews of two targeted, prescreened companies that are matched to investor's interests. Each month we target one of the four investment types: medical devices, financial services, software and consumer products. Materials are summarized and distributed prior to each meeting.
The AIF will help reshape this landscape, keep entrepreneurs here, attract entrepreneurs from outside of Connecticut and help Connecticut's economic development.
The Angel Investor Forum is a charter member of the Angel Capital Association, an organization sponsored by the Kauffman Foundation, that is focused on developing best practices for the operation of angel organizations across North America.
||Mary Anne Rooke|
Angel Investor Forum (AIF)
Mary Anne Rooke is the Managing Director of the Angel Investor Forum (AIF) based in Connecticut. AIF's mission is to create a dynamic investment environment where private investors and entrepreneurs can find mutual success. AIF is an investor group comprised of 3 clusters of angel investors located in Hartford, New Haven & Stamford.
She is also the founder of Rooke & Associates, a boutique management consulting firm that provides interim management, strategic planning, organizational development & executive coaching for businesses of all sizes. Mary Anne enjoys judging business plan competitions and assisting universities' incubator programs. Currently, Mary Anne is working with UConn's Technology Incubation Program (TIP) at the Avery Point Campus to bring in early stage companies into the incubator with a focus on marine science & technology and to mentor these entrepreneurs. Recently, she helped the Yale Entrepreneurial Institute (YEI) link its Summer Fellowship student entrepreneur ventures to mentors from AIF and other business networks.
Prior to founding Rooke & Associates, Mary Anne held positions as Chief Financial Officer and Controller in multiple industries ranging from start-up ventures to Fortune 500 companies in both publicly owned and privately held sectors. She has served on several boards and commissions in the San Francisco Bay Area and in Connecticut. Mary Anne holds a B.S. in Accounting from Annhurst College and a M.B.A. from Golden Gate University's Executive MBA Program.
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