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It's Time for a National Minority Angel Investor Group

12/05/2012 11:56 am ET | Updated Feb 04, 2013

Technology startups are the frontier of industry creation and industry disruption in the US. Unfortunately, minorities comprise less than 2 percent of founders of technology start-ups in the U.S. and less than 1 percent go on to receive VC funds. Over the past two years we have witnessed the creation of some local and regional for-profit technology accelerators dedicated to supporting minority tech entrepreneurs. However, there are still no predominant official or unofficial regional or national groups comprised of minority angel investors.

Access to capital is the driver of success for innovative ventures. It is also one of the pillars of the New America Alliance (NAA). The NAA is an organization of American-Latino business leaders committed to leading the process of Latino empowerment and wealth-building by expanding the forms of capital most crucial for economic advancement.

As the chair of the NAA Technology Committee, I am creating the NAA Angels investor group. There is a need to formalize the creation of a group of minority business leaders to support minority founders of tech start-ups -- the NAA angel group. In turn this also advances a much needed culture of angel investing in the tech sector among minority business leaders.

A pre-screened group of minority-led tech start-ups are invited to introduce their companies to the NAA Angels. The angels are able to invest in the company of interest as individuals or as a group.

This pitch session by the pre-screened start-ups are featured as a segment of 45 minutes at the 2013 Wall Street Summit and/or coordinated as a meeting during the multiple-city NAA National Tour.

I welcome all minority-founded start-ups looking for seed capital to reach out to me.