A  Tech Coast Angels


     Office Locations:

8950 Villa La Jolla Drive, Suite A124
La Jolla, CA 92037
Phone: 858-964-1319



  • Seed



  • Consumer Products & Services
  • Financial Services
  • Information Technology
  • Life Sciences & Healthcare
  • Media & Digital Media



    Tech Coast Angels (TCA) is the largest angel investor group in the United States. Its members provide funding and guidance to more early-stage, high-growth companies in Southern California than any other investment group. TCA members invest in companies in a wide range of industries, including the life sciences, biotech, IT, services, retail, Internet, financial, software, media, consumer products and tech startups. TCA members give companies more than just capital; they also provide counsel, mentoring and access to an extensive network of potential investors, customers, strategic partners and management talent. Members have invested over $250 million in over 450 companies. These portfolio companies have gone on to attract over $1 billion in additional investment capital. Last year over 600 companies applied to TCA for funding and 17 were funded. To qualify as a portfolio company, a prospective firm must be in a market opportunity sufficiently large to create a business with at least $50 to $100 million in annual revenues, management (not necessarily a complete team) with relevant and successful experience, and an exit strategy for the investors. The Tech Coast Angels is focused on seed-stage companies with high-growth potential, strong management teams, defensible business plans, proprietary intellectual property, and large target opportunities. The group typically invests between $100k-$500k and will lead syndicated deals up to $2 million. TCA is an equity investor and like other early-stage investors, after investing expects to hold a minority position of between 20-35% in a company. The TCA funding process can take as little as 30 days, but more typically requires 60-90 days. 78% of members have run startups, and invest in an average of 10 startups each. TCA has more than 450 members, including its venture capital affiliates, in five networks in Los Angeles, Orange County, San Diego, Westlake/Santa Barbara and the Inland Empire. Tech Coast Angels (TCA) created the Angel Capital Entrepreneur Funds I and 2 (ACE FUND) as an investment opportunity to both accredited individuals and institutional investors. ACE Fund II is now closed, but TCA anticipates opening ACE Fund III sometime in 2015.

    Investment Firm Key

       VC = Venture Capital
       PE = Private Equity
       A = Angel
       I = Incubator
       MB = Merchant Bank
       VD = Venture Debt
       FI = Family Investment Office
       FOF = Fund of Funds
       ED = Economic Development Office   
       TT = Technology Transfer Office
       CVC = Corporate Venture Capital
       SEC = Secondary Purchaser
       HF = Hedge Fund/Mutual Fund
    Venture Capital
    Seed Stage
    (includes "pre-seed," or
    concept stage)
    No Revenue
    Early StageMinimal
    Growth Stage
    (also called Mid-stage)
    Expansion Stage
    (also called Late-stage)
    $7M and greater
    Private Equity
    Lower Middle Market$10M-$249M
    Middle Market$250M-$499M
    Upper Middle Market$500M-$1B
    Large Cap>$1B

    Investment Team:

    Name   Title
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    Dave Berkus Chairman Emeritus
    Sunny Singh President


    Portfolio companies include:

      Active Life Scientific
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      Actuate Therapeutics
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      Allotrope Medical
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      Atlas Powered
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      Avaxia Biologics

      Buy It Installed
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      Capillary Biomedical
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      EV Connect
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      Gridtest Systems
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      Mill It
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      Paradigm Diagnostics
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      RetroSense Therapeutics
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      Social Rewards
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      Tourmaline Labs
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