Investors

Want to invest in early stage startups quickly and easily, all online? River Valley Investors is an online angel investor group that provides access to a carefully curated portfolio of investments, low investment minimums, and rapid due diligence (less than three hours of work from pitch to investment)!

 

If you want to get in on the ground floor of the next generation of startups, all from the comfort of your home office, sign up to be a guest at one of our meetings below!

Join us for a free meeting, and see what RVI is all about!

Up until now, if you wanted to become an angel investor, you had two options.

On one side, you could join a ‘local’ angel investor group and attend in-person meetings that might be hours away, restrained to only seeing startups from your local region. You’d get great networking out of it, but the process would be slow and time-consuming.

On the other side, you could participate in a platform like AngelList, which would save you time, but would rob you of that person-to-person experience, both with your fellow investors and with the startups you want to invest in.

For twenty years, River Valley Investors was one of those local groups, meeting in person, and getting it done the old-fashioned way. Then COVID came along, and we had to make like the startups we funded – we had to innovate to survive.

Months of hard work, brainstorming, and restructuring resulted in the RVI you see now – a brand new phenomenon in the angel investing world that combines the best of both worlds!

We took our expertly facilitated meetings online so anyone, from anywhere in the US, could join the fun. (We even wrote a widely distributed guide for how to do this!) We leveraged our network of syndicating angel groups to get access to deals from across the northeast and beyond. We innovated a way to keep due diligence short yet effective, and consulted lawyers to get our investment minimums as low as possible to make investing in early stage startups more accessible than ever.

All to deliver the easiest and fullest angel investment experience possible to you. With RVI, you get the whole package – networking, investment opportunity, quality dealflow – except its easier, quicker, and cheaper. We’re like the fast food burger of angel investing, except we don’t put sawdust in the patty. No filler, just 100% fresh, never frozen beef.

 

Join us for a free meeting, and see the magic in action!

Here’s how it works:

RVI meets every month on the third Wednesday.

When you submit your email address above, it will be sent to our Assistant Manager. He will send you a calendar invite and an email with the option to schedule a quick call to answer any questions you might have.

The calendar invite will contain all the info you need, including a link to the connect to the meeting when the time comes.

But what if you can’t make the meeting?

Not to worry! Let the Assistant Manager know and we’ll send you recordings of all the important bits so you still get a sense of how it all works and whether you want to join in the fun.

At the meeting, two startups will give a 10 minute pitch each, followed by open Q+A, and then a closed-door discussion with just the investors and guests like you.

At this conclusion of this discussion, investors will decide whether they are interested in seeing more or not. If not, we respectfully send the entrepreneur on their way without wasting any more of their time. If there is interest around the room, we will proceed to due diligence.

From there, interested investors will be provided with due diligence documents reviewed by the syndicating angel group, as well as have the opportunity to request other materials and submit their top questions. In about a week, the interested investors will meet with the startup to answer those questions. At the end of that meeting, the investors make their final decision – yes or no.

Then, we do it all again next month with new startups!

Join us for a free meeting, and participate in every step!

RVI is a values-driven group.

We believe in not only doing the right thing by our members, but also by the startups who take the time to pitch their beloved ideas to us.

This means curating startups with a high likelihood of receiving investment, and when we don’t see signs of impending investment, saving both our members and the startup time by giving a swift and respectful ‘no.’

Balance is also very important to us – we want to make sure that ROI is properly banced with time and effort put in. This is why we leverage our relationships with other angel groups to make investing easier and safer at the same time.

We pride ourselves on showing respect to everyone at our meetings. This means guests like you are welcome to fully participate and ask questions, because we know you’ve got insights and knowledge that we wouldn’t otherwise have in the room. This also means entrepreneurs are encouraged to bring the full weird truth of their ideas and successes to the table. Additionally, members are free to make judgements about what guests they bring to the meetings, and what startups they most want to invest in.

Lastly, we are really committed to convenience. We want to forgo the uncomfortable traditions of investing – long commutes through traffic, rubber bagels and bad coffee, massive time investments, etc. Instead, we want you to be able to invest from the comfort of the home office you’ve curated for yourself, without having to take a massive chunk of time out of your already busy schedule. This is a hobby, not a job, after all!

The proof of the pudding is in the eating. Join us for a free meeting!

So what happens after you attend your free meeting?

If you’d like to keep attending RVI meetings or invest in one of the startups you saw, you’ll be invited to join RVI as a member. The membership fee is just $1,000 per year.

As a member, you are invited to all RVI meetings and can freely invest in any startups you meet through those meetings without having to send tax returns or other personal financial information to startups. This is because RVI is an SEC-approved Established Angel Group, which enables you to invest quickly and easily as a pre-certified angel investor.

An important point to note is that in order to be compliant with SEC regulations, all members must be accredited investors, which is defined as having either a net worth of over $1,000,000 (not including primary residence) or income of more than $200,000 per year (or $300,000 together with a spouse). 

If that sounds like you, and you’re ready to write checks anywhere from $5,000 to $50,000 for startups you want to invest in, then RVI is ready for you to join and build your portfolio!

Get started now - join us for a free meeting!