The Harvard Business School Alumni Angels is a global community of accredited investors and business leaders, with 15 chapters in 7 countries. Since 2007, our members have invested over $70M across more than 300 companies.
Our angel investor members are Harvard Business School and other Harvard University alumni who invest on an individual basis.
No affiliation to Harvard is required to pitch.
We are part of the Harvard Business School Association of Northern California (HBSA/NC), a 501(c)(6) not-for-profit, and affiliated with HBS Angels chapters around the world.
Our Investor Community
The HBS Alumni Angels of Northern California consists of current and former executives, entrepreneurs, and venture capitalists with a serious interest in investing their money, expertise, and time into high-potential entrepreneurial ventures in order to facilitate their growth.
As one of the most active of the HBS Alumni Angels chapters, we provide a forum for Harvard alumni to connect with, learn about, and invest in quality early-stage companies located predominantly in Northern California. Key benefits of HBSAA membership include:
Access to High Quality Deals: The opportunity to invest in the most exciting new startups in the Silicon Valley and worldwide. Since inception, 84% of selected companies have received an add-on investment or were acquired.
Investor networking and education: Networking with other angel investors, venture capitalists, and business leaders through our quarterly pitch events, conferences, seminars, and educational webinars.
Deep due diligence experience: Access to our members’ personal expertise and independent due diligence on deals, as well as their syndication with other angel investment groups and venture funds.
Entrepreneur mentorship: Programs to connect investors with entrepreneurs for mentorship and networking.
If you are an accredited investor with a Harvard affiliation we invite you to join our community:
Our Investment Process
The HBS Alumni Angels’ Selection Committee reviews 50+ deals each quarter and selects between 7 and 10 of the most promising to be invited to present at each quarterly meeting.
The Selection Committee reviews the companies with the following criteria:
Is an early stage growth company seeking between $250K and $2M
Markets include internet, software, social networking, security enterprise, cloud, medical device, bio-technology, alternative energy, consumer goods, and other markets targeted by institutional investors
Operates in a large and/or growing market with a barrier to entry (e.g., an intellectual property position)
Has demonstrated proof of concept and can articulate the revenue strategy clearly. Priority goes to applicants with revenue traction, such as users, clients, and customers
Has an unique competitive advantage over other companies or competitors in the space
Has a strong founder and senior management team with compelling presentation and delivery skills
Can articulate an exit strategy
Is located or plans to locate in the Northern California area
Each quarter, the selected companies will be invited to present at that quarter’s meeting for the HBS Alumni Angels members. Members interested in investing will then pursue due diligence, either individually or as a group, and make investment decisions individually.
Apply now via Gust for consideration for our next round:
We hold quarterly pitch events, FastTrack opportunities to see especially exciting companies, and member networking events either in San Francisco or on the Peninsula.
Our last members-only pitch event
was in March at Perkins Coie in Palo Alto.
We know times are uncertain - but the entrepreneurial spirit lives on! Check back to check for our next event, showcasing exceptional startups that will keep Silicon Valley at the forefront of new enterprise creation!
Date: TBD, 2023
Time: 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm PDT
We'd like to thank Perkins Coie LLP, counsel to great companies, for supporting the HBS Alumni Angels and sponsoring this event.
Harvard Business School Alumni Angels of Northern California