SOURCE: Keiretsu Forum

November 09, 2007 15:30 ET

Keiretsu Forum Announces Angel Capital Expo Sponsors and Partners

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - November 9, 2007) - Keiretsu Forum, the world's largest angel investment community, announces the partners and sponsors for its Angel Capital Expo, which will take place on Friday, November 16 from 7:30am-3:30pm at Microsoft's Silicon Valley campus in Mountain View.

More than 300 of the Bay Area's most active and respected angel investors will attend the all-day event, which will provide a unique opportunity for open access and collective collaboration to the world of angel investing. At least a dozen of the Bay Area's hottest start-up companies, pre-screened by a select committee of Keiretsu Forum members, will make 15-minute presentations and be available for additional discussion and due diligence at their exhibition booth throughout the day.

"Microsoft partners with hundreds of startups each year to help them accelerate their development, deployment and marketing of new products and their success in growing new business opportunities," said Dan'l Lewin, Corporate Vice President of Microsoft's Strategic and Emerging Business Development Team. "We are excited to be hosting Keiretsu Forum's Angel Capital Expo on our Silicon Valley Campus and look forward to seeing the innovative work of the presenting companies."

In addition to Microsoft, many of the Bay Area's angel groups are partnering with Keiretsu Forum, including the Sacramento Angels, the Sand Hill Angels, and the Sierra Angels. Additional Angel Capital Expo partner organizations include: AmBAR, Astia, California Clean Tech Open, DEMO 08, eBig, IBF Conferences, the French-American Chamber of Commerce of San Francisco, Plug and Play Tech Center, SD Forum, SVASE, Think London, the VC Taskforce, the alumni associations of Harvard and Stanford, and media partners, Red Herring, the San Francisco Business Journal, and the Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal. Keiretsu Forum's Northern California sponsors include: Brazer Communications, Comerica, Fenwick & West LLP, Fitzgerald Abbott & Beardsley LLP, Hanson Bridgett Marcus Vlahos Rudy LLP, Heritage Bank, In Joy Media, Inc., Kipling Capital, Managed Economics, MBV Law LLP, Merrill Lynch, Miller Starr Regalia, Reed Smith, ScanlanKemperBard, Swernofsky Law Group PC, and Wells Fargo Private Bank.

"The Keiretsu Forum Angel Capital Expo reflects the growth and power of angel investing and the strength of the Keiretsu Forum network," said Randy Williams, CEO and founder of Keiretsu Forum. "With our partners and sponsors for this event, we are proud to play a seminal role in the growth of start-up businesses at a local, national, and international level."

About Keiretsu Forum

With 15 chapters and over 700 accredited investor members throughout the world, Keiretsu Forum (www.keiretsuforum.com) is the world's largest angel investment network. Keiretsu Forum members provide early-stage capital in the range of $250K-$2MM to high-quality, diverse investment opportunities and collaborate in the due diligence, but make individual investment decisions.

About the Angel Capital Expo

Hosted by the Silicon Valley chapter of Keiretsu Forum, the Angel Capital Expo provides a unique opportunity for open access and collective collaboration to the world of angel investing. Over 300 of the Bay Area's most active and respected angel investors will be in attendance. A dozen of the Bay Area's hottest start-up companies will make brief, 15-minute presentations and be available for additional discussion and due diligence at their executive booths throughout the day. Invitation is extended to accredited investors only. The Expo is free for Keiretsu Forum members and $375 for non-members. Please register at www.ace-guest.eventbrite.com/.

For more information, please visit www.keiretsuforum.com.

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