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What Angels Look For: Investing in Health Care Entrepreneurship

  • Health Discovery Building 1701 Trinity Street Austin, TX, 78701 United States (map)

Most entrepreneurs need outside funding at some point during the company life cycle. Fundraising is often one of the more challenging areas of building a company and possibly even more so in healthcare innovation. On top of that, the lifecycle in healthcare can be very different from other verticals. If you are in pharma or medical devices, development is long and uncertain. Your innovation may require clinical trials and FDA approval so you will be needing much higher investments and have to plan for much longer pre-revenue time periods. Early funding often comes from angel investment groups, but what do angel investors look for in healthcare innovation?

Join us as John Paulos talks about the Central Texas Angel Network’s (CTAN) interest in healthcare innovation, what drives angels, what the group is looking for, the benefits to your company and how you can best prepare yourself for an application.


About CTAN: CTAN is one of most active Angel Network chapters in the country (in the top five over the past several years). CTAN has 170 members and provides $10-15M of funding every year to early stage companies in initial and follow-on rounds. CTAN members are active investors, frequently playing key roles as Directors, advisors and mentors for the companies and entrepreneurs they invest in. In recent years Life Sciences investments (Pharma, Medical Devices, Healthcare IT) have represented roughly a third of investment dollars.(

About the Speaker: John Paulos has been an active angel investor since 2008. He has invested in more than 50 companies and has held numerous Board roles. From 2012 to 2015 he was a Board Director of Central Texas Angel Network. In 2018, he rejoined the Board as Board Chair.

From 2004 to 2008, John was Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Industrial Products Division of Cirrus Logic. Prior to that, he served as Vice President of Engineering for Cicada Semiconductor, an Austin startup acquired by Vitesse Semiconductor in 2004.

John started his career as a faculty member of North Carolina State University, leaving as a tenured Associate Professor in 1993. He holds B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.