Keiretsu Forum announced today that the organization is now listed as
the number #1 “most active global investor by VC deal count” in the PitchBook
2017 Global League Tables. Keiretsu Forum’s Northwest Region also
announced Brianna McDonald as its new Regional President.
“As a member of Keiretsu Forum since its inception in the Northwest, I
have experienced the profound positive impact that the chapter has
brought to entrepreneurial growth in our community. The new study
findings reflect that our approach is resonating with entrepreneurs and
investors, alike,” said Brianna McDonald, newly announced President of
Forum’s Northwest Region. “I am thrilled to step into my new role to
further help entrepreneurs receive the support and access they need to
be successful, and therefore, bring powerful investment opportunities to
our member investors.”
The six-chapter Northwest network 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.
brings an impressive leadership record in both the private and public
sectors. She has been an active leader and angel investor with Keiretsu
Forum since its formation in 2005 and has played a pivotal role
supporting its growth into the largest and most active group globally.
According to CEOs and members, she has proven specifically adept at
screening companies for angel investment, coaching companies on value
proposition, presentation and investor relations, sales strategy
execution, relationship management, and leading due diligence teams.
“As an active member of Keiretsu Forum, I have witnessed countless
success stories, due to the stellar execution of Keiretsu’s exclusive
process of filtering, evaluating and presenting emerging businesses,”
said Jim Reed, investor and Keiretsu Forum member since 2012. “Brianna
has been a constant contributor during the last many years, and I am
happy to have her strategy, drive and relationship acumen at the helm. I
expect to see an acceleration of high-quality deal flow and other
innovations surface from this organization.”
McDonald believes that business leaders should be community leaders. She
sits on a variety of public and nonprofit boards, is a dedicated charity
fundraiser, and a mentor to business and entrepreneurial educational
programs, including the University of Washington and Seattle
University. She and her husband live in Seattle, Washington with their
three young children.
McDonald will speak about women investors on a panel at the prestigious TiE
Global Summit on February 22, in Mumbai, India. Past TiE speakers
include Elon Musk, Jack Welch and Peter Thiel.
As part of today’s news, Keiretsu Northwest announced its “Equity to
Opportunity” program in conjunction with Ventures.
Two startup CEOs from the Ventures program will receive a six-month
membership with the Keiretsu Forum organization, including access to 50+
events, pitch coaching, and mentors.
“We are honored to align with Brianna and the Keiretsu Forum
organization. They are truly committed to the entrepreneurial spirit and
to supporting business owners who have not traditionally had access to
these opportunities,” said Beto Yarce, Executive Director of Ventures.
“When Brianna approached us with her vision for this program, it was
obvious that lifting up entrepreneurs is a deep passion and mission for
her and the Keiretsu team. The ‘Equity to Opportunity’ program will help
highlight Northwest entrepreneurs with limited resources and unlimited
potential, provide them access to new markets and role models, and
ultimately facilitate positive outcomes for their businesses and their
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.
To learn more about becoming involved with Keiretsu Forum go to www.k4northwest.com
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