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Stanislaus-Merced Angels Group
Modesto, CA

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Board Members

  • Ali Cox-Verissimo, Ali Cox & Company Marketing
  • David Darmstandler, DataPath
  • Louis Friedman, Gianelli & Associates
  • Stu Gilman, External Resources  Inc.
  • Clive Grimbleby, Grimbleby Coleman CPAs
  • Jeff Grover, Solecon Industrial Contractors
  • Mysty Rusk, UC Merced SBDC Regional Network, Program for Innovation Technology and Commercialization
  • David White, Stanislaus Business Alliance
  • Carol Whiteside, California Strategies LLC
  • Peter Schuerman, Ph.D. Office of Research and Economic Development, University of California, Merced

About Valley Angels

We believe in the people and opportunities in California’s Central Valley. That’s why we at the Stanislaus-Merced Angel Group are fostering new talent and cultivating innovation through thoughtful, strategic investments.

We help startups and growth companies with business development, financing, mergers and acquisitions, and other strategic advice. We’re entrepreneurs, professionals and investors who have successfully grown our businesses to substantial enterprises; our goal is to help you do the same.

We welcome stellar, carefully considered applications from startups and growth companies across all industries who want to make Stanislaus and Merced counties their home. Talk to us. We’re open to investment opportunities and ready for your pitch.

Pitch Night to be held Wednesday, February 11, 2015 in Modesto

Members of the Stanislaus-Merced business community are invited to Valley Angels’ first Pitch Night at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, February 11 at Dewz Restaurant, 1505 J Street, Modesto. The non-member admission fee per person is $45 with RSVP and $55 at the door. Entrance price includes cocktails, networking opportunities, dinner, and two pitches with investment opportunities by local businesses. Visit Eventbrite to RSVP.

Attendees will get the chance to learn more about two thriving Central Valley businesses, Aqua Cents Water Management and One Sense.

Aqua Cents, headquartered in Fresno, markets a green outdoor water management and conservation system that can save consumers 50 percent on their water bills. The company uses patented technology to offset the rapidly rising cost of water and reduce consumption, leaving consumers with healthier lawns that are in compliance with mandates and qualified for available incentives. (www.aquacents.com)

One Sense is an event platform intended to challenge the trade show and event industry by offering real time insights, lead development and analytics for a more sophisticated event experience for the event organizers, attendees and exhibitors. (www.onesense.io)

Select Valley Angels Invest in Prescient Surgical

Several Valley Angels made investments in a medical technology firm that is dedicated to reducing the complications or surgical care, improving patient outcomes and decreasing healthcare costs. Prescient Surgical is a firm committed to reducing surgical infections, especially in abdominal and colorectal surgery where infections are a frequent occurrence.

JoeTartaglia, the Company’s initial President, made a presentation at a Stanislaus /Modesto /Merced Angels Meeting and gave compelling answers to every question. After the meeting, a smaller group did due diligence on the proposal and satisfied themselves as to the worthiness of the opportunity.

The opportunity had several qualities that made it “investment ready” in the view of the Angels. First, it was coming out of the Stanford Biodesign Center, which has had several wins in the past. Second there was a team of professionals involved both in research and in Management and Operations, who were outstanding; many of whom already had credits for successful medical innovation. Third, the device met a recognized need, and fourth, many of the company principals (the Board and top management) had already put some of their own money into the venture to underpin the initial work.

Like so many early money deals, the payback may not be quick, as the device has testing and regulatory work to complete. But it is progressing apace. Prescient Surgical has added venture capital firms to the investor roster, and issued Series A stock. All of us are hopeful that there will be dividends to come for all the early investors.

To become a member, to learn more about Valley Angels or submit a pitch please email

valleyangelgroup@gmail.com