The Frontier Angels
Frontier Angels has a long history of helping entrepreneurs refine and grow their businesses. In just the past few years, we have lent a hand to well over 100 companies and played a role in their growth. We make 12-15 investments in new companies each year and are always looking for the next great opportunity.
We look for technology-based companies - software, data/analytics, IoT, edge computing, medical devices, bio-tech, life sciences, health-tech, photonics, ag-tech, clean-tech, energy-tech, and consumer-tech. We focus our deal-leading efforts in Montana, but frequently do deals with our partner angel groups in AZ, CA, CO, ID, MN, TX, UT, WA, and WY . Our focus is "Pre-Seed"-to-A, but we'll occasionally stretch to a B round. We rarely do any first-time deals with valuation over $15M.
Our preference is to find companies with unique and defensible intellectual property; a tech-leveraged business model; a core of strong management; and evidence of market demand for their product/solution. However, we're comfortable with early-stage risks and like to hear from companies with some particular strengths, even if they're missing one or two of the elements above. If you want to see how your business might stack up to our investment criteria, start by taking this simple self-assessment test.
How We Help
The role of the angel investor is to provide much more than capital. We offer our experience, mentoring, and access to our networks of contacts through the Angel Capital Association and the Angel Syndication Network to help emerging companies grow and thrive. Our members are successful founders and executives from regional, national, and global firms leading their industry sectors. If we just wanted to invest, we'd spend more time with our brokers than with business founders. Helping entrepreneurs refine and expand business plans is a passion for our angels, not a job. So we look for ways to help you accelerate product evolution, recruit key team members and expertise, find production resources, arrange distribution, negotiate critical deals, and connect with potential customers and partners.
What Our Entrepreneurs Say About Us
Erin Rothman - CEO
StormSensor - Seattle WA
'Our leadership team learned a lot through the due diligence process with Frontier Angels - and they connected us with so many experts to help us in tech, sales, finance, and more.'
Mike Connolly - CEO
Healionics - Seattle, WA
'Working with Frontier Angels has truly been a great experience. In addition to their success in syndicating additional investments, the team at FA has provided us with valuable insights and suggestions which have really helped us fine tune our strategy.'
Virginia Emery - CEO
Beta Hatch - Seattle WA
'Frontier Angels made it really easy for us to not only raise the money we needed, but to get some critical channel-building expertise. We have a terrific partner, not just an investor.'
Sean Lyle - CEO
PowerGrow - Phoenix AZ
'Our experience engaging and partnering with the Frontier Angels has been incredibly efficient and of tremendous value to PowerGrow. The entire due diligence and investment process was very streamlined. More importantly, the Frontier Angels have provided excellent business advice and guidance as we grow our company. We look forward to a long-lasting and beneficial relationship with the Frontier Angels and all of their members.drive shareholder value. I respect them immensely and never hesitate to recommend them to other founders and start-ups I meet .'
Steve Dimmer - CEO
CurvaFix - Seattle WA
'Making the trip to Montana to meet with Frontier Angels turned out to be a really good decision for CurvaFix. They have a really professional group who ask great questions and make quick decisions. It was a very smooth, enjoyable, and successful process.'
A Few of Our 60+ Montana Angels
Our Managing Director
Pat LaPointe is an active angel investor with over 20 direct investments in his portfolio including companies in software, biotech, medical devices, ag-tech, and AI/machine learning. He is an active Board member for the Angel Capital Association, as well as several early-stage companies. He's also an LP in several venture and private equity funds. Pat came to angel investing from a 20-year background building and successfully exiting several companies in the marketing data/analytics sector, having helped raise more than $100M in investor capital and returned over 7x to his shareholders. He's got an MBA from NYU Stern School and a B.Comm from McGill University. Pat lives in Bozeman where he enjoys the hiking, skiing, kayaking, and fishing that make Montana one of the last best places on earth.