Saturday, August 23, 2014

Update on Boise Angel Alliance

I have been remiss in keeping my blog up to date. This blog re-posts articles I write for the Business Insider at the Idaho Statesman.

Here's the March, 2014 article titled update on Boise Angel Alliance:

Update on Boise Angel Alliance Investments
The Boise Angel Alliance ( is ten years old.  Mary Andrews, who at the time was with the Idaho Department of Commerce, Phil Reed of Highway 12, Steve Simpson, retired CEO of Extended Systems, and Phil Bradley, who was CFO of ProClarity, thought the time was right to organize those in the valley who were in a position to invest in early stage ventures.
The Alliance has two purposes.  One is to enable local people who can afford to invest in early stage companies to do so using best practices. As new investors join, those who have experience share what they have learned.  Some of our members attend regional and national angel meetings, bringing back practices from money center angels.   The second purpose is to make capital available to our entrepreneurs.
In the early years only a handful of investors showed up at the meetings, and frankly not much money got invested.  But thanks to the vision of the founders, today more than 100 investors are actively engaged with the Alliance. 
Here’s what has been accomplished (data are for April, 2007 through December, 2013).
Total invested in the Treasure Valley:   $1.7 million
Number of Treasure Valley companies funded: 15
Jobs created since investment: 220
We also invested about $250,000 outside the Treasure Valley along side other angel groups in five deals.
It’s a lot of work to invest thoughtfully.  In the seven years we have actively been accepting applications, we have reviewed 363 investment inquiries.  Of these 85 received serious consideration.  Of those receiving consideration, we invested in about 25% of them.
The number of angel appropriate deals in the Treasure Valley is increasing.  We invested $650,000 in 2013 in five deals or about 30% of our investments in the last seven years were made in 2013. We’ve already closed one investment in 2014.
Here are the companies in which we have invested:
Treasure Valley companies:
Core Concepts
DB3 Mobile – Meal Ticket
Fit Wrapz
Gogo Labs
Health Fundr (2014 investment)
IdeaRoom Technology
Loan Tek
Nurture - Happy Family (sold 2013)
Prosperity Organic Foods
Social Good Network

I am happy to report that every one of the above companies is still in business. 

We obviously don’t make many investments.  Our processes and expectations are stringent.  However, we hope that all companies that come in touch with the Alliance gain value, regardless of whether or not we invest.  We have a mentoring committee that advises companies regarding their strategies.  We have partnered with the Idaho Small Business Development Center and the BSU TECenter to coach entrepreneurs seeking funding on their pitches.  Our committees try to give feedback whenever they meet with an entrepreneur. 
If you are an accredited investor interested in participating with us, or an entrepreneur seeking funding, additional information is available the web site. 


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