Why be part of Angel Capital Group as an investor?

We have amassed hundreds of great minds, subject matter experts, successful entrepreneurs, and venture-style investors from around the nation who share diligence, expertise, experience, connections, and industry insight on ventures to identify irresistible opportunities. If you wish to learn, learn from the best. If you wish to participate, work with the best. Join us or start a chapter.

In 2014, accredited angel investors directly invested $24 billion into nearly 70,000 early-stage companies, according to estimates by the Center for Venture Research at the University of New Hampshire. That’s more than all other venture capital firms combined were able to deploy in early and seed stage deals during the same year.

That’s jobs. Life-changing (and life-saving) technologies. More sustainable products. Wealth creation for a new generation of spirited Americans. All this at a time when the national focus was on American decline, outsourced and obsolete jobs, and failed politics.

Front Line Of Innovation

How did this industry evolve and where are we now?  Our CEO, Eric Dobson, presented at the inaugural IdeaCon Expo in 2016 giving a brief history of the angel industry.  He was a repeat offender in 2017 at IdeaCon discussing what we believe to be a coming fourth industrial revolution in materials science.  Most recently he join the Startup Knox Podcast for a great discussion of local ventures and the ecosystem.

In short, Angels are the true front line of innovation in America. Though many Angels enjoy the 20+% annualized returns offered by early and seed stage deals, the motivations run much deeper. Love of community, love of entrepreneurship, and a passion for growth are all part of the appeal. And while Angel stereotypes cast an image of some genius “Master of the Universe” living in Silicon Valley, the fact is that Angel investors operate in nearly every city across America.

Angel investing isn’t about shooting for the moon. It’s about playing the numbers and working the odds. Angel Capital Group was founded to create an environment where Angels could experience all the thrills of funding their own local futures, and make money doing it.

Membership Overview

We have learned lessons from both Moneyball and Steve Jobs – “if you want to beat the market numbers, you have to “think differently”.” We embrace the role and function of a traditional angel group, but think differently.

Access To Deals

Through membership in the Sheltowee Angel Network you will receive all the services of a major private equity firm while still maintaining control over your money.  Whether you are located in a city where we have a chapter, fund, or you want to be an online, virtual member, our services will give you access to some of the best private companies in the country.  You can review our ACG overview document for additional membership and process information.

Our members pay annual membership fees of $1,500 and are asked to commit to invest at least $10,000 per year.  We are seeking individual investors who want to invest between $20,000 and $100,000 per year in startup ventures, and understand the high risk nature of these ventures. If this describes you, please contact one of our Chapter Presidents about an invitation to a meeting.

We hope you will join us in funding the future.

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What We Believe

We believe in investing smaller amounts individually in larger numbers of companies – statistically, this is a winning strategy.

We believe in investing in middle America because we find outstanding teams, who no longer have to live on a coast to access resources to create highly productive companies, at valuations that make sense.

We believe that standardized, professional diligence is the key to selecting the very best deal flow in the nation and a winning portfolio.

We believe our speed of investment (two months from yes to a wire) is a key advantage for our network.

We believe our model is ready to scale across the US to create the first “community equity banking system.”

We believe that participation in an established angel group is key to reducing your risk in angel investing.

We believe this is the way we restore America’s economic greatness one community at a time.

If you believe these things, please contact us about becoming a member. To learn more, keep reading or just get in touch. Our monthly chapter meetings are the best way to experience what true Angel investing is all about.

Benefits Of Membership

We love to let our members do the talking on this one. The following list consists of common statements from members of our local network chapters on why they joined and what they get out of membership with Sheltowee Angel Network:

  1. It’s a great way to stay connected to innovative, cutting edge developments in business, healthcare, and more.
  2. You get to meet and build relationships with other like-minded, successful entrepreneurs.
  3. You gain the benefit of many experienced investors from various backgrounds when considering whether or not to invest in a deal.
  4. You see better deals through a group than I could see through my personal network.
  5. You can send deals that come to me personally through SAN and gain access to the due diligence, legal, accounting and deal structuring fees paid for through my membership fees, and also access more capital than I could (or should) personally contribute to a deal.
  6. You get to see deals from everywhere in the country, not just in your backyard.
  7. You work with other members to understand the true uniqueness and value of startup companies.
  8. Companies you invest in have access to the professional networks of every SAN member, as well as staff resources and connections.
  9. Investing alongside other Angels lets you deploy smaller amounts of capital across more deals to achieve a diversified portfolio.
  10. You get to build friendships and partnerships with other professionals, chapters, and networks.

Our Services

Every service we offer is designed to promote our portfolio strategy: we want our Angel members to invest evenly across 20+ deals across industries and regions. No one can pick winners, but we can all put the math in our favor.

Reasons to avoid this portfolio strategy typically involve high legal, accounting, and due diligence expenses, lack of deal flow, inability to provide sufficient capital to an entrepreneur, and lack of information post-funding. When we set up SAN, we knew we had to create a suite of services that empowered the individual Angel investor to adopt an early stage portfolio strategy that consistently generates results. Here’s what we offer:

  • Deal Sourcing

  • Managing The Pitch

  • Due Diligence, Legal, Accounting & Deal Structuring

  • Funding

  • Portfolio Tracking & Management

Deal Sourcing

We source hundreds of deals each year from nearly every region and industry by leveraging multiple locations and a national brand presence. These deals are screened by our network members with direct industry knowledge and experience; only the most compelling, potentially game-changing deals are passed on to our members for funding.

Due Diligence, Legal, Accounting & Deal Structuring

Membership fees cover all due diligence, legal, accounting, and deal structuring expenses. Our in-house team also manages theses processes to ensure a streamlined investing experience. We’ll say it again: everything is covered under your annual membership fee.

Managing The Deal

We ensure that funding applicants provide the necessary financial documentation, executive summaries, and other due diligence items Angels need to make informed decisions before the presentation. This material is thoroughly vetted between SAN members and leadership to ensure it meets your standards.


Each investment round is made through a unique special purpose funding LLC to protect our investors. This drastically improves our ability to stay connected and benefit as portfolio companies move through additional rounds of funding.

Portfolio Tracking & Management

Every deal is entered into our online portfolio management platform (powered by Venture360). Angel Capital Group managers as well as portfolio company financial contacts provide investor updates, changes to financials, and performance data over time so that Angels can remain informed about their overall portfolio holdings.

Why Angel Investing?

When someone knows you’ve got money, they’re after you.” -Angel Capital Group member

The Noblest Investment

All the financial strategies and profit motives aside, individuals that excel with Angel investments have a single undeniable quality: they’re enthusiastic about entrepreneurship and what small businesses and innovative ideas bring to communities and the world through jobs, new technologies, lifesaving medical treatments and devices, and ingenuous products. Unlike anything else you can do with your money, Angel investing offers the opportunity to experience and invest in innovation directly. We truly are funding the future.