Let’s fund the future. Together.

EMPOWERING ENTREPRENEURS

ONE VENTURE AT A TIME

EMPOWERING INVESTORS

ONE COMMUNITY AT A TIME

ABOUT THE AIA

It’s up to you.  It’s up to us.

Everywhere I go, I hear the same thing. Entrepreneurs want to create opportunity in their own backyards.

Not surprising!  We talk about a “love of place,” a powerful feeling and drive that is strongest at home.  In this case, home is our community.  It is where we live and work and where the people we love reside.  That is why we get up in the morning driven to make an impact and create economically resilient communities across the region.

We want opportunity to abound in our communities.  We want jobs for our young leaders to blossom, grow, and perpetuate our way-of-life.  We want businesses to drive urban renewal of our downtowns.  We want local merchants to reap the rewards of economic prosperity on our main streets.  We want our children to find jobs in our communities so they stay close so we can share their lives.

We must face some realities.  Economic development was once focused on recruiting large manufacturers to support the community.  That was the mill or the factory.  But, traditional manufacturing is gone.  The “information technology” industry has come and gone, outsourced and going viral across the world.  We are competing with radically different labor costs.  Although, specialized manufacturing is rebounding, we can’t rely on recruiting large manufacturers or in garden-variety tech jobs at this point to create a sustainable economy.

We need to face the fact we are the entrepreneurs of the world.  That is what we do.  The great part of this revelation is intellectual property and bright minds abound across the heartland.  That is the American way.  And, we should embrace these facts.

It is time for the Appalachian Region to rise.  And, we believe that is through entrepreneurship and angel investing.  Most Entrepreneurs require angel investor assistance.  Angels can bring years of experience and crucial industry connections-not just cash-to every deal.  With your talents and resources multiplied by the knowledge base of the AIA, we can do great things in Appalachia!

What does the AIA do?

EMPOWERING COMMUNITIES

For economic revitalization to occur—for the abandoned storefronts and neglected commercial properties to be gentrified—a profitable activity must take over where formerly unprofitable businesses closed shop. Economic resiliency is the key.

EMPOWERING INVESTORS

Having a repeatable process for identifying, assessing, closing, and curating angel investing opportunities distinguishes the AIA from what many angels do working solo. If you could multiple the power of you, wouldn’t that be great?

EMPOWERING ENTREPRENEURS

We are seeking Fourth Industrial Revolution technologies: advanced materials, advanced manufacturing, aerospace, clean energy, robotics, software, and artificial intelligence ventures as a focus area for our deal flow.

How does the AIA work?

CONNECTIONS

Behind every true growth company, you’re likely to find a group of determined investors that were willing to make a high-risk, early-stage investment—investors that help fund innovation and economic sustainability. Here in Appalachia, we’re working to create connections that matter.

EMPOWERING ENTREPRENEURS

Having a repeatable process for identifying, assessing, and closing on angel investing opportunities is what distinguishes the AIA from what many angels do working solo. Let us demonstrate the power of an alliance of like-minded investors seeking to create economically resilient communities.

ALLIANCE MEMBERS

ALLIANCE MEMBERS

The AIA is already making a big impact.

SHOULD YOU JOIN THE ALLIANCE?

The Appalachian Investors Alliance brings together individual and institutional accredited investors that are committed to helping new and small businesses succeed. If your net worth exceeds $1,000,000; if your single or joint annual incomes exceeds $200,000 or $300,000 (respectively); or if you are an entity defined under US law as being an “accredited investor,” we invite you to download our free angel investing e-book by clicking on the “Should I become an Angel?” button below.

This site has been supported through the Appalachian Regional Commission’s (ARC) POWER Grant initiative.  The ARC has been instrumental in supporting the creation and expansion of the Appalachian Investor Alliance (AIA).

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