Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Launchpad Venture Group Receives Exclusive Sponsorship from Investment Banker Signal Hill

Exits are like the weather.  Angels all talk about them, but few of us do anything specific.

Except for the Launchpad Venture Group of Wellesley, MA, which has just negotiated an exclusive sponsorship from Signal Hill, the largest independent advisory boutique serving the M&A advisory and private capital raising needs of growth companies.

“We think they are a good bank, “says Launchpad Managing Director Christopher Mirabile. “They did good work with us on selling Incentive Targeting to Google.  We want access to their skills for advising and developing our portfolio companies and educating our members and our board delegates.  They want to raise their visibility in the early stage space and be in a good position to get involved in interesting M&A deals.  It's like peanut butter and jelly, a match made in heaven.”

Signal Hill describes its sponsorship of Launchpad as part of an overall commitment to help business leaders achieve organizational growth and meet their goals, whether it’s through the traditional advisor/client relationship or through providing guidance and support within a community. Signal Hill’s investment professionals will act as mentors to Launchpad’s portfolio, drawing on past client and transaction experience, in order to lead information and learning sessions.

“We're honored to have been invited to be Launchpad's exclusive investment banking sponsor,” said Alex Hart, Managing Director and Head of Signal Hill’s Boston office, “It is a tremendous organization that has shown a continued ability to help start and build best-in-class technology companies. As a close partner of theirs, we are excited to work with their investors and entrepreneurs to help drive the growth and success of their portfolio companies.”

Asked if Signal Hill has similar relationships with other angel groups, Liz Schmidt replies: “At this point, we do not.  This is potentially something we are open to in the future.”

Launchpad is well known to readers of this publication.  The most recent HALO report shows them as the third most active angel investing group in the US.  More information on the sale of Incentive Targeting to Google can be found here. Two other recent exits are here.  Launchpad is very active in deal syndication; ZetrOZ  for $4.5M and Groupize for $2M respectively are  here.

"We are very pleased to have the opportunity to formalize our relationship with Signal Hill,” said Christopher Mirabile, co-Managing Director of Launchpad. “They bring deep expertise to the process of selling companies and, in fact, were instrumental in the sale of one of our portfolio companies to Google last year. We look forward to working with them and having access to their team of knowledgeable professionals across the United States."

About Signal Hill
Signal Hill is the largest independent advisory boutique serving the M&A advisory and private capital raising needs of growth companies. Signal Hill's experienced bankers provide deep domain expertise and an unyielding commitment to clients in our sectors: Internet & Digital Media, Internet Infrastructure, Services and Software. With over 500 completed transactions and offices in Baltimore, Bangalore, Boston, Nashville, New York, Reston and San Francisco, Signal Hill leverages deep strategic industry and financial sponsor relationships to help our clients achieve Greater Outcomes®. For more information, visit www.signalhill.com

About Launchpad Venture Group
Launchpad Venture Group is a Boston-based angel investment group that provides funding to early-stage companies. We are looking for innovative, technology-driven startup companies addressing a significant market opportunity where our investment can make a difference. We introduce entrepreneurs to potential investors through business plan presentations at monthly meetings. Launchpad Venture Group consists of individual angel investor members interested in achieving superior returns by financing privately held companies at an early stage of development. Learn more at www.launchpadventuregroup.com.

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