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Desert Angels


Central Tucson

“It is safe to say that there would have been no Calimmune without the early support of the Desert Angels. Many members of the DA share our passion and see the potential for gene therapy to transform healthcare and liberate patients from chronic and incurable diseases. Their investments have helped us grow this company to what it is today. We truly hope Calimmune’s work will be life-changing for the people we plan to serve and the investors that supported us.”
Louis Breton, CEO of Calimmune

2019 HALO report ranked Desert Angels #8 in the Top 10 Most Active Angel Groups in the country, and #1 in the Southwest.

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Programs & Services

Desert Angels is a Tucson, Arizona based non-profit organization of accredited investors who seek opportunities to invest in Southwest regional startup or early stage companies. 

The organization reviews over 300 applications per year as possible investments. Those companies that excel during the Desert Angels’ rigorous screening process are invited to present to the organization’s general membership at one of its monthly dinner meetings.

While no two deals are alike, the Desert Angels typically invest in companies with targeted 10X returns in a reasonable amount of time and funding. Though they prefer companies located in the region for easier access to founders and operators, they will consider any compelling opportunity, regardless of distance. 

Ideal investment opportunities will include:

  • realistic aggressive revenue growth

  • unique competitive advantages in the business model

  • reasonable valuations

  • clear exit strategies 

  • excellent management teams.

Prerequisites or Exclusions

Companies must pass a screening panel to present to the full membership.

Getting Connected

If interested in becoming an accredited investor, fill out the new investor application.

If interested in receiving funding for an entrepreneurial venture, submit an application of your business plan.

Primary Contact

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Joann MacMaster

Additional Information

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