Keiretsu Forum (community of early-stage founders/funders) opens chapter in Princeton

Keiretsu Forum, which bills itself as the world’s largest and most active investment community of early stage accredited angel investors, announced Monday it has launched a new chapter in Princeton.

The chapter will be led by Harvey Homan, who has been appointed the president and will be joined in the stewardship by host sponsor, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius. The first official meeting will take place by Zoom on Jan. 20.

“I am thrilled to have been selected to launch the North Jersey Chapter of Keiretsu Forum Mid-Atlantic,” Homan said. “I look forward to building a vibrant chapter where New Jersey investors and entrepreneurs are able to collaborate while in pursuit of much-needed late seed and Series A funding and beyond.”

Keiretsu Forum is a global investment community of accredited private equity angel investors, venture capitalists and corporate/institutional investors, founded in the San Francisco East Bay in California in 2000 by Randy Williams. Keiretsu Forum is a worldwide network of capital, resources and deal flow with 53 chapters on four continents.

Keiretsu co-founder Howard Lubert said Homan comes to the organization with a passion for innovation and entrepreneurship, a rich history in life science startups and the experience to lend guidance to founders and funders.

“Since 2011, Keiretsu Forum Mid-Atlantic chapters have provided resources, mentoring and funding to entrepreneurs while delivering accredited investor members with the highest quality deal flow as well as exclusive educational and networking opportunities,” Lubert said. “We are delighted to have Harvey Homan take the lead as president of this new chapter.”

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius has a history of providing legal services to rapidly growing technology and life sciences companies. Morgan Lewis has offices in all of the major global technology centers, including Princeton, where its market-leading emerging business and technology practice counsels emerging growth businesses and angel and venture capital investors in those businesses with respect to financings, mergers and acquisitions, initial public offerings, intellectual property protection, cybersecurity, FDA regulatory, tax, employment and executive compensation issues.

“Keiretsu” is the Japanese word for a family of affiliated companies that form a tight-knit alliance and work toward each other’s mutual success.