Top 10 Startup Investors in the Inland Empire Region

By: Sharjeel Sohaib


Nov 9, 2021


Blended Impact, a venture capital (VC) firm with offices in Los Angeles, CA & Riverside, CA analyzed CrunchBase Data and came up with a list of top 10 investors in the Inland Empire region. Here we expand upon the list by covering about each investor’s core area of investment.

Tech Coast Angels

Tech Coast Angels (TCA) provides funding to early-stage companies in Southern California. TCA has over 450 members and is among the largest angel networks in the world.

It has an Inland Empire chapter that conducts local meetups. It covers the area east of Los Angeles including Riverside and San Bernardino. The local chapter of TCA focuses on very early seed stage investing, with successful companies then exposed to the other networks within TCA.

The firm mentions a comprehensive list exits and portfolio companies accessible here.

The firm also launched ACE, or Angel Capital Entrepreneurial Fund. It’s fund details may be accessed here.

New Chip

Newchip Accelerator is a remote, global startup accelerator program. Qualified startups are interviewed and accepted on a rolling basis. The startups participate in a six month, remote program made up of founders located globally.

Creative Destruction Lab

Creative Destruction Lab (CDL) is a nonprofit organization that runs a program to help scalable, seed-stage, science- and technology-based companies. CDL’s core expertise is in helping to commercialize science-based companies/startups.

The program it offers involves:

  • Mentorship from select entrepreneurs and angel investors
  • Arranging meetings to create opportunities to raise capital
  • Advice on technology roadmaps from CDL’s Chief Scientists
  • Business development support

Fulmer Capital Partners

Fulmer Capital Partners is a private equity firm based in Vancouver, Canada. The firm invests in small and mid-market companies. The firm invests in companies operating in the hospitality, manufacturing, digital, recycling, and transportation sectors. Fulmer Capital track record consists of 15 portfolio companies and 5 exits.

500 Startups

500 Startups is an early-stage venture fund and seed accelerator founded in 2010 by Dave McClure and Christine Tsai. The firm has more than $1.8 billion¹ in assets under management that invests early in founders building fast-growing technology companies.

Through its four-month seed program, the 500 Startups seed fund invests $150,000 in participating companies in exchange for 6% equity.

CVF Capital Partners

CVF Capital Partners is a California-based investment firm that provides the capital and resources to small and medium-sized businesses in the form of subordinated debt and preferred equity securities. It lists 16+ exits and 13+ portfolio companies. CVF invests in:

  • Management Buyouts
  • Growth or Expansion Capital Raises
  • Recapitalizations
  • Mergers or Acquisitions
  • Buyout of Retiring Owner(s)
  • Generational Transfers

Lighter Capital

Lighter Capital is a revenue-based financing lender that specializes in providing financial capital to small technology companies. It is among a pioneering lender that offered revenue-based financing to fund tech startups.

Serruya Private Equity

Serruya Private Equity (SPE) is a family managed venture group that oversees the investment activities of the Serruya family. It operates as a private equity and venture capital firm with a focus on merger and acquisition activities, investing and lending, and investment management.

It invests in companies in the following industries:

  • CPG
  • Retail
  • B2B (broad categorization)
  • Real estate


StartEngine is an equity crowdfunding platform that allows everyday people to invest and own shares in startups and early-stage companies.


Techstars is an American seed accelerator founded in 2006 in Boulder, Colorado. Techstars is an operational investor that helps startups through a three-month long accelerator program to gain funding, mentorship, and access to the Techstars network for life.

Applications open six times a year, and stay open typically for 12 weeks. TechStars has a competitive environment with acceptance rate of just 1%.

Honorable Mention: Citrus Seeds LLC

As an Honorable mention we felt it necessary to mention Citrus Seeds LLC.

“The Citrus Seeds Fund LLC is a special purpose vehicle – SPV) established annually to invest in a company, or companies, in conjunction with the Riverside Angel Summit. ”

Citrus Seeds LLC recently came onto the Inland Empire Startup Scene as a Special Purpose Vehicle and the actual Organization behind the $100,000.00+ Seed funding round that is a part of the recent Riverside Angel Summit .


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    Sharjeel joined Startempire Wire as emerging technologies editor. Earlier, he worked at Silicon Canals, a leading English language technology media source for the Benelux and wider Europe. He covered the European technology and startup ecosystem digging into latest funding rounds of startups.


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