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December 21, 2011 08:55 ET

Hydrovolts Is Most Valued Company at Keiretsu Forum Angel Capital Expo

Keiretsu Forum Angel Investors Spreading Their Wings

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - Dec 21, 2011) - Over 400 of the Bay Area's most active and respected angel investors attended the Keiretsu Forum Angel Capital Expo at the Julia Morgan Ballroom in San Francisco on November 17. The all-day event featured 12 company presentations, discussion at the presenters' exhibition booths, and the "Most Valued Company" competition, which capped off the day. After the 12th and final company presentation, attendees voted and Keiretsu Forum Founder & CEO Randy Williams awarded Hydrovolts the Most Valued Company.

Based in Seattle, Washington, Hydrovolts offers new in-stream hydrokinetic turbines for clean energy generation. Hydrovolts' new hydropower technology taps a plentiful but overlooked source of renewable energy from water currents in canals and channels around the world. Hydrovolts turbines generate reliable, local clean power, economically and easy, in millions of locations around the world.

"Prior to the Expo, we presented to Keiretsu Forum Seattle/Northwest. The Keiretsu Forum network is exceptionally efficient and reflects the power of angel investing," said Burt Hamner, CEO of Hydrovolts the "Most Valued Company" winner. "We are honored to be distinguished among such a high caliber group of presenters and qualified investors."

The two runner-up finalists of the Angel Capital Expo "Most Valued Company" award were Zamzee and B&R Liquid Adventure (Bucha). Zamzee is a movement based incentive program for tweens and families powered by real world activity. B&R Liquid Adventure is a beverage company that, under the "búcha" brand, manufactures and markets live, organic kombucha products.

"Keiretsu Forum members are actively investing," Williams said. "Angel investors at Keiretsu Forum are having access to the best deal flow we've ever seen as evidenced by the top quality companies that presented at the Angel Capital Expo."

In addition to helping entrepreneurs raise capital to grow their businesses, philanthropy is an essential part of the Keiretsu Forum culture. The Keiretsu Forum Charitable Foundation has raised millions for 111 different non-profit organizations. Featured charity at the event was John F. Kennedy University's scholarship program for U.S. veterans.

Guest speaker at the Angel Capital Expo was Bill Reichert, Managing Director of Garage Technology Ventures. The winning team NeuroSky 5 from Camp BizSmart Stanford was also honored onstage. Keiretsu Forum has been a partner of Camp BizSmart and BizSmart Global since 2008.

"At Camp BizSmart we often tell our students that it is important to choose mentors carefully as they will influence your thought, attitude and therefore your actions. Therefore, when our winning team of students was recognized for their early entrepreneurial achievement in the company of Keiretsu Forum's angels it was a once in a lifetime opportunity," said Peggy Gibbs, Co-founder and Chief Operating Officer of Camp BizSmart. "If you are known by the company you keep -- they were in very good company and the seeds planted in their young lives through the example of so many Keiretsu Forum angels, will continue to be nurtured to bear fruit over their life time."

If you are an accredited angel investor and you are interested in learning more about Keiretsu Forum membership, please contact Sonja Markova, Managing Director, at or (415) 573-0751.

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