What are the benefits to you of being a HBS Alumni Angel?

Deal Flow
Through our structured and collaborative deal sourcing process, we enable our members to see far more deal opportunities than typical private investors are likely to see operating independently and our deal flow is growing. We also have exposure to a growing universe of deals through our sister HBS Alumni Angels organizations operating in other cities around the world.

Our deals are screened and analyzed
We have a diverse screening committee, whose members have prior experience in venture capital, private investing, investment banking, early stage startup management and a variety of other disciplines. Our collaboration provides a deeper and broader analytical capability to review deals than is otherwise typically available to private investors.

Face-to-Face Meetings
Our Angels have the opportunity to meet face-to-face with screened companies. We hold on average one dinner meeting each calendar quarter, at which we bring together selected companies and our Angels. The meetings offer great opportunities to evaluate the presenting companies, discuss the opportunities with peers, meet other like-minded investors, and to learn more about early stage investing.

Collaborative Due Diligence
For those who are interested in potentially investing in a presenting company, we form teams that work together on due diligence, review of deal documents and negotiation of terms. Most private investors are on their own during this critical process.

Social Interaction
Our quarterly pitch dinner events and other activities provide great opportunities for interacting with an accomplished group of like minded investors.

Membership Requirements

Participation in programming is restricted to members only. Prospective members must meet the following minimum requirements to apply:

  • Be a graduate of the Harvard Business School or another Harvard University School.
  • Be a member in good standing of the HBS Club of Chicago (special considerations for nonresident members available).
  • Have a serious intention of funding and supporting ventures seeking angel investments. Members should plan to make a meaningful investment into one or more presenting companies annually, although there will be no contractual commitment to do so. Keep in mind that angel investments generally do not fall below $10,000 per deal. Note: HBS Angels Chicago is not a fund. Each investor invests on his/her own behalf.
  • Sign and adhere to the Membership Code of Conduct and Membership Agreement.  
  • Pay an annual group membership fee (prospective members may attend one dinner event before committing). This fee is required to cover operating expenses. There is no fee to apply.

How to Join

We are using Gust.com as our platform for membership and investment applications. If you are interested in participating as an Angel, please set up a free Gust account at the following link and complete an application for membership (there is no fee to apply)APPLY

Each membership application is reviewed for qualification and approval by the Membership Committee.

© Copyright HBS Alumni Angels Chicago