Keiretsu Forum Ranked #1 Angel Group by PitchBook for Third Year in a Row; Announces “Angel Capital Expo Northwest” to be Held March 8, 2019

Group Jointly Hosts Its Keiretsu Family Office Forum with Seattle Family Office Association, for the first time, March 7, 2019

SEATTLE--()--Keiretsu Forum announced today that the organization is listed as the number #1 “most active global investor by VC deal count” in the PitchBook Global League Tables for the third year in a row. Keiretsu Forum Northwest Region also announced it will hold its popular “Angel Capital Expo Northwest,” the premier gathering of the angel capital community, March 8, 2019 at Microsoft Building 33 in Redmond, Washington. As part of the Expo, the group will jointly host its annual Family Office Forum with the Seattle Family Office Association, for the first time, on March 7, 2019, at the Washington Athletic Club.

Since the formation of the Keiretsu Forum Northwest in 2005, its president, Brianna McDonald, has played a pivotal role supporting its growth into the largest and most active group globally. McDonald attributes the group’s success to their exclusive methodology. “Our consistent top ranking by PitchBook is further evidence that the global community recognizes our unique and effective approach to evaluating quality deal flow across early- and late-stage investments,” said McDonald. “We look forward to providing our members and investment companies strategic access to opportunities that will help to drive their initiatives forward and bring about an array of continued successful outcomes.”

The main Expo event will feature more than 350 angel investors and a select group of more than (18) high-quality, diverse companies from some of the most dynamic and attractive segments in technology, blockchain, healthcare/life sciences, consumer products, and real estate. Keiretsu Forum investors and event attendees will elect the recipient for the “Most Valued Company Award” at the Expo.

Among the conference’s rich agenda of educational presentations, exhibits and pitches, Keiretsu Forum Northwest announced it has secured top executives and industry opinion leaders in the investment and technology innovation worlds to speak to attendees:

  • Geoff Entress, Co-founder and Managing Director of Pioneer Square Labs, active angel investor, and strong advocate for entrepreneurship in the Pacific Northwest will speak to his lessons learned in investing.
  • Raj Thiagarajan, Global Director and Startup Advisor at Microsoft, will speak to Microsoft’s support of the greater entrepreneurial ecosystem through Microsoft for Startups.
  • Cindy Zu, Senior Business Development at PitchBook Data, will address the fundraising climate, trends and exits we should expect, as well as how investors can further support the greater early-stage ecosystem.
  • Troy Niehaus, Vice President at Bernstein Private Wealth Management, will provide a 2019 capital markets outlook update.

“Our lineup of expert speakers and presenting companies is impressive and will bring valuable, applicable advice and industry knowledge to all attendees,” added McDonald. “Past Expo events have shown that powerful connections and funding opportunities are bound to result from these high-caliber group of investors and companies.”

The bi-annual events are growing steadily, with the most recent August, 2018 Expo experiencing record attendance.

Registration is by private invitation only and can be requested by contacting Xoe Heeney at (602) 373-9559 or The event is exclusive to Keiretsu Forum members and their guests, together with our community partners, family offices, and other early stage investors. Expo tickets include access to all presentations, exhibits, breakfast, lunch and a closing networking reception with appetizers.

Early Bird pricing of the “Angel Capital Expo Northwest” can be obtained for only $150. (Registrants can include the “Family Office Forum” event for a total of $200 until February 22.) Registration for both events is free to Keiretsu Forum members.

Entrepreneurial companies interested in presenting should contact Juan Arango, Entrepreneur Director, at or call (206) 529-3687.

The six-chapter Keiretsu Forum Northwest Region is part of the world’s largest and most active investment community of early-stage investors, Keiretsu Forum. The group’s mindshare approach to collaborative investing is growing globally and receiving commitment from empowered investors. Their hands-on approach to due diligence of their investments creates a collective investor experience.

About Keiretsu Forum Northwest:

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 global venture investor community. Keiretsu Forum is comprised of 50+ chapters and invests $75 million annually in 200+ companies. The Northwest Region alone has funded 500+ companies since its launch in 2005.

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Xoe Heeney
(602) 373-9559