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angel investor forumAn Angel Investor Forum, such as the Thundberbird Angel Network, is usually a member of the Angel Capital Association.

The Angel Capital Association is North America's professional alliance of angel groups. The association brings together many of the angel organizations in the United States and Canada to share best practices and collaboration opportunities. ACA provides excellent professional development and discounts on important services for angel investors who belong to member groups, and also serves as the public policy voice of the American angel community. A directory of other ACA member angel investor forum groups is available on this site.

Angel Capital Association




The Angel Capital Association is an organization sponsored by the Kauffman Foundation, that is focused on developing best practices for the operation of angel organizations across North America.

kauffman foundation


The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation was established in the mid-1960s by the late entrepreneur and philanthropist Ewing Marion Kauffman. Based in Kansas City, Missouri, the Kauffman Foundation is among the thirty largest foundations in the United States with an asset base of approximately $2 billion.

Its vision is to foster “a society of economically independent individuals who are engaged citizens, contributing to the improvement of their communities.” In service of this vision, and in keeping with the founder’s wishes, they focus grant making and operations on two areas: advancing entrepreneurship and improving the education of children and youth. 

Today, the Kauffman Foundation is the largest American foundation to focus on entrepreneurship and has more than fifteen years of in-depth experience in the field. Leaders from around the world look to them for entrepreneurship expertise and guidance to help grow their economies and expand human welfare. Their Entrepreneurship team works to catalyze an entrepreneurial society in which job creation, innovation, and the economy flourish. They work with leading educators, researchers, and other partners to further understanding of the powerful economic impact of entrepreneurship, to train the nation’s next generation of entrepreneurial leaders, to develop and disseminate proven programs that enhance entrepreneurial skills and abilities, and to improve the environment in which entrepreneurs start and grow businesses.

In late 2008, the Foundation embarked on a long-term, multimillion-dollar initiative known as Kauffman Laboratories for Enterprise Creation, which, through a set of innovative programs, is seeking to accelerate the number and success of high-growth, scale firms.

Global Entrepreneurship is one of the 3 pillars of the unique Thunderbird curriculum and approach to global management education.  Our entrepreneurship center of excellence, The Walker Center for Global Entrepreneurship, is the vehicle through which we support entrepreneurship and entrepreneurs in a variety of ways.

The Thunderbird Angel Network, as an angel investor forum and future applicant of the Angel Capital Association, as well as its members and extended community, are fortunate indeed to have access to the many resources and leadership that both the ACA and the Kauffman Foundation make available to those who believe in the essential role and value of entrepreneurship in economy and society.


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