MISSION

The Rio Grande Valley Angel Network (RGVAN) will spark economic growth in the region by creating a promising investment environment for our burgeoning entrepreneurial ecosystem.

VISION

Through our efforts, we seek to be a key source for funding and educational resources for entrepreneurs and a platform of meaningful investment opportunities for our members.


ABOUT US

RGVAN is an organization that provides a platform for entrepreneurs to access capital and for Angel Investors to invest in scalable enterprises. RGVAN strives to impact the economic prosperity of the Rio Grande Valley and develop an entrepreneurial culture in the region.

KEY STATISTICS:

  • 43 Angel Investors with diversity in many sectors with significant expertise
  • Investments of $700K in 9 startup companies since RGVAN’s founding in 2015
  • Four funding cycles per year in which startups are formally screened and evaluated by investor members


BACKGROUND

RGVAN was founded in the summer of 2015 by local investors, educators and community leaders, who believed that early-stage investing could provide a meaningful return for investors while also spurring local economic growth. Under the direction of Dr. Mark Kroll, the then Dean of the College of Business at UT Brownsville and Laurie Simmons, former Director of the Texas Emerging Technology Fund’s Tropical Texas Regional Center for  Innovation and Commercialization, the idea was presented to community leaders.  With ten founding members and some seed money from the Texas Emerging Technology Fund,  RGVAN was formed.

MANAGEMENT

RGVAN is an independent member-based organization. RGVAN has a part-time Executive Director, and a fully engaged volunteer Board of Directors and leadership committees whose time, effort, and involvement allow RGVAN to fulfill its mission for investors and entrepreneurs.

The Rio Grande Valley Angel Network (RGVAN) will spark economic growth in the region by creating a promising investment environment for our burgeoning entrepreneurial ecosystem.

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