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.
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
Perfect for those that are new to angel investing and want to learn more about how it works before making their first investment.
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.
AAN Member Investment Options
Direct Investments into Pitching Companies
TNVC Investment Prize ($5K Min)
BECOME A MEMBER
If you would like to be considered for a membership with the AAN, please complete this application form.
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.
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.
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
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.