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Aggie Angel Network (AAN) is  a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation that supports a network of accredited investors who make equity investments in early-stage ventures. AAN believes it takes more than funding to see a company succeed and its members are committed to supporting entrepreneurs beyond their initial pitch. As individuals, AAN members believe in the Aggie code of honor and core values of Texas A&M and use these beliefs to help serve entrepreneurs and their companies.

AAN actively invests in early-stage, high-growth potential technology companies. In addition to money, AAN brings connections, market knowledge, mentoring, and operational excellence to early-stage entrepreneurs with disruptive technologies. If you are a founder seeking this type of support for your company, AAN can help you to turn your vision into reality.


Aggie Angel Network (AAN) is a group of accredited investors interested in early-stage, high-growth investment opportunities. AAN is not a venture fund, investment bank, broker/dealer, or any other form of investment advisor, but rather a network that facilitates the introduction of entrepreneurs to potential investors through presentations and other mechanisms.

Member Benefits & Requirements

As a member of AAN, investors receive a variety of benefits including access to high-quality investment opportunities, access to a robust network of entrepreneurs, fellow investors, commercialization experts, and more.

AAN is always looking for accredited angel investors to join its community and offers multiple membership types to accommodate individual, family office, and institutional fund investors. All membership cycles for AAN run January 1 through December 31 WITH A DEADLINE TO APPLY BY APRIL 1 OF EACH YEAR.

Select the Right Membership For You

Educational Membership


Perfect for those that are new to angel investing and want to learn more about how it works before making their first investment.

Individual Membership


For all SEC-accredited individuals looking to gain access to potential deals and directly invest in promising startup companies.

Family Office Membership*


For managers of family-owned investment offices interested in tapping into the AAN pipeline to find new startup opportunities.

Institutional Fund Membership*


For managers of private investment funds looking to diversify their deal flow and gain access to early-stage companies in the AAN pipeline.

* Both the family office and institutional fund memberships provide access for ONE representative to participate in AAN meetings and activities.

AAN Member Investment Options

Direct Investments into Pitching Companies

TNVC Investment Prize ($5K Min)

Ring Ventures 
($15K Min)


If you would like to be considered for a membership with the AAN, please complete this application form. 

For questions or more information on becoming a member, contact us via email mcferrincenter@tamu.edu

Pitch your company

The Aggie Angel Network is actively seeking to invest in great startup companies. In addition to connecting companies with qualified investors, the AAN regularly supports entrepreneurs by providing coaching, feedback, and other connections that support them in successfully commercializing innovative, new technologies.

If your company is seeking early-stage equity-based investment, we encourage you to apply so we can consider you and your investment opportunity for a future investor meeting. There is no fee associated with applying to the AAN.

Apply to Pitch
For questions about the application process or to see if your company may be a good fit for investment by the AAN, contact us via email mcferrincenter@tamu.edu

Company Evaluation Criteria & Process

Completed company applications are screened on a rolling basis and AAN members are regularly invited to review information on companies that have applied to the AAN. During the screening process, companies may be invited to participate in a call to present details of their investment opportunity and/or asked to provide other information that will help to determine their potential fit with the AAN.

All screening activities for the AAN are managed by a team of consultants with Aggies in Business (AiB). Once a company has been screened by the team at AiB, their information is shared with AAN staff for determination of their potential to pitch at an investor meeting.

Company Fees

All companies that accept an invitation to pitch at an investor meeting and that receive investment from the AAN membership will be required to pay certain fees to support the administrative costs of the network. Below are details on the applicable fees. All fees are invoiced via PayPal.


  • Virtual Meetings - $50
  • In-Person Meetings - $100 (includes attendance for up to 2 company representatives)
  • Invoiced following email acceptance of invitation to pitch


  • For cumulative investments from AAN members totaling $50,000 - $99,000: $4,000
  • For cumulative investments from AAN members totaling $100,000 - $149,999: $8,000
  • For cumulative investments from AAN members totaling $150,000 or more: $10,000
  • Invoiced only upon confirmation of receipt of funding totaling or exceeding the amounts specified above

Board of Directors


Blake Petty ’98

Executive Director

Blake Petty serves as the Executive Director of the McFerrin Center for Entrepreneurship. Petty received his bachelor’s from Texas A&M in 1998 and his master’s in 2000. After graduating from A&M, he worked in administrative positions at the University and Texas A&M System, including a 10-year stint in the Office of Technology Commercialization. Most recently, Petty served as Assistant Vice President of Research and coordinated all Innovation, Industry Relations and Business Development initiatives at Texas A&M. He also facilitated commercialization and entrepreneurship opportunities for the campus and its faculty researchers. In addition, he served as a founding partner in the launch of Startup Aggieland.


Matt Kebodeaux ’04

Matthew Kebodeaux spent the first 22 years his professional career in the oil and gas industry with Baker Hughes where he gained experience in roles ranging from operations to sales, marketing and executive leadership. After departing Baker Hughes, Matthew worked in executive roles for two different private equity backed companies, FlexSteel Pipeline Technologies and Achilles Information. He now spends his time as an angel investor and advisor to early stage companies, including Saber Corporation, a biomedical start-up, where he serves as Chief Operating Officer.

Omar Hakim

Omar Hakim serves as a Professor of Practice at Texas A&M University and is a co-founder, past executive director, and current board member of the Aggie Angel Network. Omar is also a licensed Professional Engineer (P.E.) in Texas, with licenses in both industrial & systems engineering and software engineering. His recent past professional experiences include VP of Client Strategy at a leading US law firm, a career as a senior executive at Accenture, angel investing, co-founding several startups, managing an award-winning startup incubator, executive director of an angel investment network, and being an inventor with 26 issued and pending US patents.

Christine Hollinden '87

As founding principal of Hollinden | professional services marketing, Christine is passionate about helping professional services firms distinguish themselves from the pack. Her energetic and forward-thinking approach has earned her industry recognition and status as a sought-after speaker on marketing topics. Prior to founding Hollinden in 1993, Christine’s career included serving as director of marketing for KPMG in Houston, regional communications manager for Coopers & Lybrand, and marketing coordinator for Grant Thornton.

Bill Ramey ’95

William P. Ramey III (“Bill”), graduated from Texas A&M University in 1995. His accolades include selection to the Texas Super Lawyers list from 2013-2017, a Houston Top Lawyer for 2013-2017 as selected by H-Texas magazine and Houstonia Top Lawyer 2013-2017 as selected by Houstonia magazine. In 2011, he took the entrepreneurial plunge himself and founded the law firm of Ramey & Schwaller, LLP, a nationally recognized Intellectual Property Boutique. His practice concentrates on obtaining, enforcing and licensing intellectual property, including patents, trademarks, copyrights and trade secrets.

Mike Wilkinson ’86

Michael R. Wilkinson leads Paragon Innovations’ business strategy and vision, product design and development, and customer relations. Since its inception in 1990, Mike and his team have grown Paragon into one of the nation’s leading providers of product development and engineering services. Customers include 3M, B.Braun Medical, Hitachi, Medtronic, Motorola and Siemens, among others. Wilkinson is a CEO member of Vistage International, a member of the Advisory Council of Texas A&M McFerrin Center for Entrepreneurship and serves on the Industrial Advisory Board for Texas A&M Engineering Department.

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