Westchester Angels

We are a group of angel investors dedicated to helping entrepreneurs grow.  We are passionate about investing and raising money, growing companies, and having some fun along the way.

 

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About Us

The Westchester Angels is an Angel investor group whose mission is to provide financial and strategic partnerships to entrepreneurs in the New York area. Our interest in companies goes beyond venture capital. We work with, and mentor, the companies we invest in. We meet as a group then work together on due diligence. Our investors make individual decisions to invest, but we often invest as a group.

What brings us together is that we enjoy building businesses, seeing them succeed, and are committed to helping new and innovative companies prosper.

We are also serious about education: we become better investors by learning from each other and studying the art of Angel investing.  Join our next course cohort starting soon, learn more about how to become an angel investor here. 

We hold our meetings at KOI coworking: 169 Mamaroneck Avenue, White Plains, NY 10606.

And after the meetings, we have a drink together downstairs at the Hudson Grill.

Want to join us as an investor?

How To Pitch

If you are interested in pitching the Westchester Angels and soliciting investment at one of our events, please submit your application on Gust.  All applications come through Gust, it is one way we make sure you are serious.  Also check out our blog, for information on what we are looking for.

Become A Member

Are you interested in supporting Entrepreneurs, investing in early-stage companies and being a part of the startup community?  Join us, find out more here. One detail: you must be an accredited investor as per the SEC definition, this is their rule, not ours.

Our Investments

We have supported a number of companies in the New York area with funds they need to get started.  Want to see some of the companies we’ve invested in? Click here.

News Room


How to define the exit strategy for your startup

The wrong answer to the exit strategy question One of my favorite stories about companies pitching the Angels is about a company with a good idea that eliminated themselves with one phrase.   When we asked how the investors would make money, the CEO suggested we ask...

3 Quick Ways To Turn Off Angel Investors

3 Quick Ways To Turn Off Angel Investors

Much advice is given hopeful entrepreneurs about how to pitch angel investors, but the truth is that what not to do can be as important as what you should do. I interviewed Sandy Wollman, Co-Founder and Managing Director of Westchester Angels. He is also the star...

What we, investors, look for in an exit strategy

What we, investors, look for in an exit strategy

In most cases early stage investors whether Angel Investors, seed Investors or early stage venture capitalists invest not in a company's cash flow, but in the potential for an exit.  We buy equity in an entity that has an idea and lots of upside.  We care about the...

11 Things Angel Investors Always Look For In A Pitch

11 Things Angel Investors Always Look For In A Pitch

You’ve been working so fast and furiously on your idea that you’ve started to forget what day of the week it is. Your family and friends can barely recognize you. Your bank account balance is showing more red than you care to admit. And yet you’re exhilarated because...

Our Members

Membership is by invitation on an annual basis. Members pay a nominal fee to participate. Individual members are not allowed to solicit business and the expectation is that they are serious about making investments.

We ask members to help with company selection, governance and group management. A sense of humor and a constructive mindset are required. While we are serious about investing in, and growing companies, life is too short to take anything too seriously.

You must also be an accredited investor per the SEC definition.

Recent Investments

In addition to the companies listed above, members of Westchester Angels have invested individually in other companies they met at Westchester Angels Investor Meetings. These companies include:

Upcoming Events

Westchester Angels Investor Meeting

All Angel Investor Meetings take place at the KOI Creative Space located at 169 Mamaroneck Ave 2nd Floor, White Plains, NY 10601.

* Click on any of the times below to register.

Westchester Angels Networking Get Together

Join us after our Investor Meetings for networking opportunities over drinks and music. Located downstairs at The Hudson Grille at 730pm.

* Parking information can be found here

DateWestchester Angels Investor MeetingWestchester Angels Networking Get Together
Thur, 02/075:45pm-7:45pm7:45pm-9pm
Thur, 03/215:45pm-7:45pm7:45pm-9pm
Thur, 05/305:45pm-7:45pm7:45pm-9pm
Thur, 09/125:45pm-7:45pm7:45pm-9pm
Thur, 10/245:45pm-7:45pm7:45pm-9pm
Thur, 12/125:45pm-7:45pm7:45pm-9pm

* As per the SEC, you must be an accredited investor to attend Angel Investor meetings.

Upcoming Screenings

DateWestchester Angels Investor Screening
Thur, 01/248:30am-12pm
Thur, 03/078:30am-12pm
Thur, 05/168:30am-12pm
Thur, 08/228:30am-12pm
Thur, 10/108:30am-12pm
Thur, 11/218:30am-12pm

Entrepreneurs

We are looking for early stage businesses with strong growth prospects to invest in. We review all submissions and invite the most promising companies to a preliminary screening. At this screening you will present your idea to our selection committee. They will ask you questions, evaluate the business, and decide if you will pitch to our investors. This decision is based on how well your business meets our criteria, the quality of the presentation, and how interested our investors are likely to be.

If you are selected, you will be given 8 minutes to present to our investors, followed by an 8 minute Q/A session. Interested investors will engage you directly after the meeting in order to conduct due diligence, negotiate terms, and potentially invest. Presenting does not guarantee funding. Decisions to fund are made by individual investors based on their view of the company, the team, and the future.

Please download the Westchester Angels PitchGyde to help you prepare a great pitch.

The Process


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1. Application

Submit your application via Gust. Serious inquiries only. Applications will only be accepted when submitted through Gust.

3. Investor Meeting

Now is your big chance to make a great impression on our investors! Your objective is to “Get to the Next Conversation”!

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2. Pre-Screening

We prescreen the most promising startups in person so we can select the 3 most compelling startups that will pitch at the next investors’ meeting.

4. Due Diligence

If we have enough interest, a Due Dilligence Team is formed. We’ll learn more about your company and team as we consider making an investment.

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1. Application

Submit your application via Gust. Serious inquiries only. Applications will only be accepted when submitted through Gust.

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2. Pre-Screening

We prescreen the most promising startups in person so we can select the 3 most compelling startups that will pitch at the next investors’ meeting.

3. Investor Meeting

Now is your big chance to make a great impression on our investors! Your objective is to “Get to the Next Conversation”!

4. Due Diligence

If we have enough interest, a Due Dilligence Team is formed. We’ll learn more about your company and team as we consider making an investment.

* Companies must be located in Westchester, NYC, or surrounding counties.

Our Partners

Angel Capital Association
KOI Creative Space
Engage
The Westchester Bank
Soto Web Studios

News Room

Break Through the Crowd is a competition that blends the best of business reality formats like Shark Tank and The Apprentice. The show has a crowdfunding focus which is a big part of how the millennial’s do business.

Join Sandy and his fellow Sharks; Alan Brody, Nick Adams and Ramit Arora as start-ups pitch to advance to the next round. The show features both compelling and some not-so-compelling start-ups and takes many fun twists and turns along the way.

Sunday’s Thru Nov. 25th @8:30 PM (ET) On Zee TV USA

Watch Full Episode Replays Here

Who We Are

Sandy Wollman

Sandy Wollman

Co-Founder and Managing Director

Sandy Wollman is the Co-Founder and Managing Director of the Westchester Angels. He is also on the Executive Committee for the Veridian Member’s Fund and member of the ARC Angels and has reviewed well over 1000 pitches in the past year. He knows what works and what doesn’t!

Sandy is starring in ”Break Through the Crowd” a new TV show which features startups pitching to investors to get to the next round where the winner receives a large crowdfunding prize. The show combines elements of Shark Tank and The Apprentice and is being televised on Zee Tv in the USA, Canada and the Caribbean.

In addition Sandy created and leads the New York Area Angel Group Leaders Initiative which brings the Directors of the largest Angel Groups in the Tri-State Area together to share deal flow. Being intimately involved in his community Sandy serves on the Westchester County Task force for innovation and created a non-profit to help small business owners succeed.

He is an accomplished distance athlete having competed 3 Ironman Triathlons, The Swim Around Manhattan and was the 470th individual to successfully swim the English Channel.

Jeff Loehr

Jeff Loehr

Co-Founder and Director

Jeff Loehr, Founder and CEO of Engage and expert strategist, marketer and story teller. He has seen hundreds of pitches, thousands of stories and countless marketing programs – he knows what engages and what doesn’t. He developed Engage’s BrandStory framework and leads BrandStory workshops for marketers – he is on a mission to never see another lousy pitch again.

Michael Wieser Esq.

Michael Wieser Esq.

Director

As a co-owner, frequent investor, legal counsel, sponsor and a member of the screening committee of the Westchester Angels, Michael is active in providing deal flow and assisting with due diligence services to the Members.

In addition, Michael is a go-to resource and service provider in the tri-state entrepreneur and emerging company community. Michael counsels emerging companies and startups throughout all phases of growth, as well as the angel investors that fund and acquire them.

For entrepreneurs and emerging companies, Michael collaborates and works with founders from the spark of their idea to the successful growth and scaling of their companies. He provides outside general counsel and advisory board services that help companies create the proper legal and business foundation to make them investor-ready.

Michael is different than any other business attorney as he practices law with a business person’s mindset. A serial entrepreneur having founded 6 startups himself with successful exits, there is nothing that Michael hasn’t experienced as either a lawyer or a business owner.

Finally, Michael is an educator as an adjunct professor for entrepreneurship at Westchester Community College, leads legal workshops for the WEDC organization and teaches business and legal workshops at NYC tech coding schools. He is a frequent lecturer and panelist on business and law panels at conferences and a judge at pitch events.

Scott C. Nevins

Scott C. Nevins

Director of Membership

Scott C. Nevins is one of the Senior Investment Advisors of Bernstein Private Wealth Management where he provides asset allocation and wealth planning advice to individuals, families, endowments and foundations, and entrepreneurs. Scott is one of his client’s trusted advisors.

Scott is involved with all financial aspects of his clients including retirement planning, multi-generational wealth transfer planning, and the sale of a business. The culture of Bernstein is a culture of honesty, ethics and where the client always comes first.

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