Tech Coast Angels - San Diego

Our mission is to be the BEST place for the BEST companies to raise their seed financing.

TCA-SD ChapterTCA Network


TCA-San Diego (TCA-SD) is the San Diego chapter of Tech Coast Angels – one of the largest and most active angel investment networks in the country. You can learn more about the Tech Coast Angels network here.

About TCA-SD

  • We are the largest TCA chapter with over 200 active accredited investors from all walks of life

  • TCA-SD invested over $12M in 2019. We focus mainly on Tech (software, hardware, cleantech, etc.) and Life Science (biotech, medical devices, pharma, genomics, diagnostics, digital health, etc.)

  • We are passionate about building great companies that drive economic returns for founders, investors, employees, and our community

Our Pledge to Entrepreneurs

  • We will treat you with respect
  • Time is money, literally. We will respect your time and get to YES or NO quickly – no MAYBE’s
  • Maximum 30-day due diligence process to get funding in the bank FASTER
  • We will leverage our internal and external network of service providers and co-investors to make your fundraising process as painless as possible

Have a great company that needs up to $1M in seed financing? Then click here to submit your funding application today.

Our Pledge to our Investor Members

  • We will engage with the most promising early-stage companies
  • Our active participation in the SoCal ecosystem will drive strong deal flow
  • Diverse membership, education, high-quality networking to build relationships and lasting friendships
  • TCA-SD will be a fun, inspirational…and hopefully, PROFITABLE experience

Ready to submit your membership application? Check out our membership overview here. Then click here to begin.

“TCA-SD led Fantasy Sports Co.’s seed round and my fundraising experience was excellent. The process was efficient, clear and we raised the target level of funding. After being a Quick Pitch finalist and closing FSC’s financing, the TCA members have been mentors helping with strategy, connections and press. I appreciate all they do for startups like us.”

Erik Groset
Erik GrosetCEO, Fantasy Sports Co.

“Membership in TCA has been an amazing education and investing platform. In addition to getting access to the most interesting startups, I’m able to learn by hearing diverse viewpoints from active investors. TCA’s events have also introduced me to a new community of colleagues, and friends, who are all passionate about the San Diego startup community.”

Victoria Lakers
Victoria LakersFrank M&C, Inc.
  • Recent Investments Led by TCA-SD

Tourmaline Labs


in seed financing



in seed financing

Echo Labs


in seed financing
followed by a
$7.5M Series A


Our Investment Profile

  • We typically fund $300K to $1M for financing rounds that we lead
  • Our deals are led by an Annual Fund (see Fund FAQ here), and supplemented by individual member checks at the option of our entrepreneurs
  • We typically focus on technology and life science, although we will consider other high-growth companies that serve large addressable markets
  • Deals we lead are typically located in San Diego and surrounding region
  • We can also “top off” deals brought by other trusted groups (angel networks, micro VCs, and family offices) through a fast and efficient syndication process

Our Process

  • Initial screening
  • Presentation at monthly membership meeting
  • Due Diligence period (80% completed in first meeting, 29 days for remaining items)
  • Optional: Gain additional visibility (and funding) through TCA dinner meetings and partner syndication presentations
  • Funding!





Nii A. Ahene

Nii A. Ahene

Sonia Steinway

Sonia Steinway

Outside Financial
Joyce Tang

Joyce Tang



Nicole Pereira

Nicole Pereira

Chief Martech Officer
Ilana Brand

Ilana Brand

Michael Umansky

Michael Umansky

Sheppard Mullin


Alex Lee

Alex Lee

Acai Inc.
Ruichen Sun

Ruichen Sun

UCSD - Neuroscientist
Alexander Polus

Alexander Polus

UCSD, Artificial Intelligence and Entrepreneurship

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