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Jason Calacanis' Open Angel Forum coming to Cambridge in June

Posted by Scott Kirsner  May 18, 2010 03:20 PM

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Peeved about events that charge entrepreneurs an entry fee to present their businesses to angel investors, Jason Calacanis decided to create Open Angel Forum earlier this year. The series of events, held so far in places like San Francisco, New York, and Los Angeles, is "dedicated to providing entrepreneurs with free and open access to the angel investors that they need," according to the Web site. (Calacanis is the founder of the curated "question-and-answer" site Mahalo and an angel investor himself, in companies like Gowalla and Blippy.)

At each event, Calacanis and his colleagues round up a roomful of angel investors, and select five local start-ups to present their plans. The first local Open Angel Forum will take place June 18th, at the Polaris-run Dogpatch Labs start-up space in East Cambridge, Calacanis tells me. Info about the Cambridge event isn't yet up on the Open Angel Forum site, but will be soon. For now, entrepreneurs can sign up using this form.

Update: Angel investor George McQuilken correctly points out that most (all?) organized angel groups in New England invite entrepreneurs to present to them sans cover charge. But that doesn't prevent other groups from organizing events here, as youngStartup Ventures tried to do this past spring, where entrepreneurs pay a fee for access to investors.

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