Angel Investing on the Upswing in the Southeast and Atlanta Leads the Way

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Atlanta has led the Southeast in many socio-economic areas for generations. The Network of Business Angels & Investors (NBAI) has been named the Most Active Angel Investor Group in the Southeast. Since NBAI is headquartered in Atlanta, that makes Atlanta the most active angel community in the Southeast.

The Network of Business Angels & Investors (NBAI) was named the Most Active Angel Investor Group in the Southeast because they had more than 40 new private equity investors attend their meetings in 2006, held more investor forums than any other group, and considered more qualified ventures. They are starting 2007 running with three private equity events scheduled before the dogwoods bloom in Atlanta. The first one is scheduled for Wednesday, January 24th. NBAI had to move its meeting location from the Buckhead Club to the Country Club of Roswell to accommodate the growth in attendance to their meetings. For more information about the upcoming investor event, upcoming events and to RSVP, click here.

The Network of Business Angels and Investors is entering into its 12th year of helping their members connect with companies seeking capital. Founded by Jerry Martin, NBA&I began with just 4 eager angel investors in 1994 with a dream to help entrepreneurs, to become an active investor community of over 90 members. During this time our investors have participated in 57 Transactions (valued at $23.7 Mil.), with individual investments ranging from $10K to $3million. As the times and the market have changed, so has NBAI. In 2005, NBAI came under new management. Led by Karen Rands, NBAI combined forces with Launch Funding Network to screen and prepare companies for consideration and to host and run the private equity events. In 2006, NBAI began syndicating with other angel investor organizations, helping one company gain momentum in their capital raise. That company is Vystar. Vystar licenses their bio-chemical process for making LATEX non-allergenic to large LATEX processors and manufacturers. Investor groups in Indiana and New York have expressed an interest in joining NBAI on this investment because of the local presence and the rich potential of the company. They are on track for a liquidity event in mid 2008 and the founders provided 40X return to their investors in a previous venture.

When asked what it was like to manage the Most Active Angel Investor Group in the Southeast, Karen Rands replied, "The new NBAI offers a secure environment for seasoned and new private equity investors to come together to collaborate, learn and prosper. Although each investor makes their own investment decision and realizes the risk associated with this type of investment, they also know that there is little that is more satisfying than to be able to point to a thriving large company and know that not only did they help get that company going with their expertise and investment dollars, but they also received a sizable multiple on their money. Research showed that wealthy individuals that could invest and wanted to invest, most often didn't invest because they were unfamiliar with the process. Part of our growth has come from the environment we create that investors want to bring their friends that are investors to and we provide a training book called 'Learn to Be an Angel Investor.'"

NBAI Is committed to serving the investor community by providing qualified deals for consideration and a creating an environment that they can Learn, Collaborate and Prosper. The meeting on January 24th has a solid line up of technology and software companies ready for consideration by the investing community and will create a solid foundation for NBAI to continue to build upon.

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