Catalyzer Fund helps angel investors spotlight exceptional startups, make smart investment decisions, and support enthusiastic entrepreneurs as part of the broader Silicon Valley-Japan community.

Angels can help entrepreneurs by writing a check, giving informal advice, making a connection, joining a board, or giving a talk. Catalyzer Fund provides educational programs to help angels make wise choices in applying time and money in these endeavors.

Catalyzer Fund links angel investors to spotlighted, groundbreaking startups. We can’t promise Catalyzer Fund will find the next billion-dollar company, but we can promise fun in the search process.


Catalyzer Partners provides educational programs, access to experienced entrepreneurs, relationships with potential partners/investors, and a supportive community with a shared Silicon Valley-Japan bond.

Catalyzer Partner entrepreneurs have opportunities to listen and learn from other entrepreneurs pitching to the group. They participate in discussions with partners and investors about the pros and cons of startups, and to help understand what it is like to sit on the angel side of table.

We follow a broad approach in entrepreneurial education. While we do offer learning-oriented events, we believe the best education comes from experience.

Submit your business plan or pitch deck to to apply for angel funding.


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