Nothing affects your business more than your ability to raise funds and find investors. At EDC, we coach start-ups through the capital-raising process, valuation and due diligence to optimally position them to attract smart capital.

Part of this strategy involves working closely with capital investment organizations to connect them with high-promise investment targets.

New World Angels

NewWorldEDC partners with New World Angels (NWA), a Florida-focused angel investment group of private investors dedicated to providing equity capital to early and mid-stage companies.

Our partnership with NWA includes deal sourcing and screening, new member recruitment, management of the Gust Investor Database and web platform, and investor meeting planning.

Members of NWA have extensive experience in founding, building and managing companies in a wide variety of industries, and their value to your start-up can extend far beyond dollars and cents. NWA members make their expertise and resource networks available to all of their portfolio companies.

You can learn more about New World Angels and determine whether their investment services are a good match for your start-up at, or apply directly for investment through the Gust Platform here.

To learn about the investment opportunities available through NWA, contact Enrique Triay at

Tamiami Angel Fund I

TAFI was founded by local business leaders, economic development professionals and university administrators.

The creation of the Tamiami Angel Fund I, LLC was a consensus strategic outcome of the Southwest Florida Regional Angel Fund Assessment (SWFRAFA) and has been supported by the twelve regional organizations :

1. Charlotte County Economic Development Office
2. Economic Development Council of Collier County
3. Economic Development Corporation of Sarasota County
4. Economic Development Office of Lee County
5. Hendry County Economic Development Council
6. Glades County Economic Development Council
7. Regional Business Alliance of Southwest Florida
8. Edison State College
9. Hodges University
10. Florida Gulf Coast University
11. Ave Maria University
12. Gulf Coast Venture Forum

The SWFRAFA would never have been initiated without the bold leadership and enthusiasm of these organizations. Their collaborative efforts to pursue novel approaches for growing the size of the regional economy and the establishment of an SW Florida First Angel Fund require our recognition and thanks.

TAFI benefits entrepreneurs through exposure to a wider set of potential investors, and a structured process that facilitates a relatively quick and efficient investment decision. Angel investing represents a significantly large and growing portion of early stage capital available to startup companies.

TAFI evaluates based on management team, market opportunity, growth potential, as well as other factors. To stand out from the rest of the crowd, make sure that you meet our investment criteria and that you are fully prepared with a polished business plan and presentation.

If you would like more information about TAFI, contact

Accelerated Growth Partners

AGP is a Miami-based angel investor network. AGP stands for Accelerated Growth Partners, and that’s exactly what AGP does with each entrepreneur; they are partners that accelerate growth.

AGP holds pitch meetings every four to six weeks where startups who have been through our Selection Process present to AGP Members. Each individual Member decides whether to invest or not. Hence, AGP is not a fund but rather an investment club of like-minded accredited investors who are passionate about disruptive startups. Due to legal limitations, these meetings are for Members-only.

As a group, our average investment is U$150,000; ranging from $50,000 to $500,000. Our goal is to close in under 40 days from the pitch meeting.

AGP also hosts public events focused on angel investing education.

Accelerated Growth Partners INC is a Florida not-for-profit funded by a Knight Foundation grant, annual Member fees and event sponsors.

To find out more about AGP, contact Nico Berardi, Managing Director, at