SEATTLE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Keiretsu Forum’s Northwest Region announced today Astarte Medical Partners (www.astartemedical.com) is the recipient of its prestigious “Most Valued Company Award,” which was presented at the “Angel Capital Expo,” hosted by Keiretsu Forum, last week. Monitor Mask (www.monitormask.com) received second place and 20/20 Gene Systems (www.2020gene.com) came in third place. The top three were selected by more than 400 investor members and guests who attended the event, and were among the hand-picked emerging startups from all over the U.S. and Canada who presented at the Expo. Attendees heard exclusive insights from award-winning companies and executives from such hot industries as healthcare, blockchain, crypto currency, real estate, VR, media and film production and software.
The angel group bestowed two additional revered awards given by the organization at the Expo: “Most Active Investor” was presented to Seattle member Michael Stein and “Entrepreneur of the Year” was received by last year’s winner of the “Most Valued Company Award,” Helen Thomas, Chairman, Co-Founder and CEO of Touchjet.
The Keiretsu Forum Northwest Region also announced its summer “Angel Capital Expo” will be held on August 23, 2018, from 7:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. at Microsoft’s Building 33, in Redmond, Washington, and is now open for registration.
Astarte Medical Partners provides a proprietary software platform system for optimizing nutrition and quantifying gut health for pre-term infants. The company’s technology is expected to improve growth and development of preemies and lower medical treatment costs.
“The ‘Angel Capital Expo’ was an excellent opportunity for Astarte Medical to meet active, experienced investors in an efficient way,” said Tracy Warren, Chief Executive Officer of Astarte Medical Partners, based in Yardley Pennsylvania. “The Keiretsu Forum Northwest team has proven to be an extremely valuable partner. Their coaching and access to strategic relationships is helping to elevate our business and provide meaningful value.”
“Astarte Medical Partners and our other presenting companies provide clear evidence of the high-quality, differentiated investment opportunities that we connect with our member community,” said Brianna McDonald, President of the Keiretsu Forum Northwest Region.
The group also attracted several new members to its community due to the Expo event. New member Dr. Andrew Holman said, “Compared to many similar events I have attended across the U.S. and UK, the ‘Angel Capital Expo’ was refreshingly top quality in terms of the caliber of companies presented and the knowledgeable and discerning executives and investors in attendance.”
The six-chapter Keiretsu Forum Northwest Region is part of the world’s largest and most active investment community of early stage “angel” investors, Keiretsu Forum. The group’s mindshare approach to community-based investing is gaining recognition and commitment from investors who want to feel more empowered, hands on and have collective investor experience and due diligence applied to their investments.
About Keiretsu Forum Northwest (www.k4northwest.com):
Based in Seattle, Washington, the Keiretsu Forum’s Northwest Region is part of the broader Keiretsu Forum angel investment network, the largest and most active venture investor community globally. Keiretsu Forum is comprised of 50+ chapters and invests $75 million annually in 180+ companies. Keiretsu Forum’s Northwest Region has funded 422 companies since its launch in 2005.