StartUp NEPA, LLC is an Angel Investment Fund designed to provide equity investments in start-up and early-stage small businesses within the region. The Fund was founded by the Northeastern Pennsylvania Alliance (NEPA Alliance), a seven-county community and economic development organization nonprofit serving the region. StartUp NEPA has partnered with the Appalachian Investors Alliance (AIA) as technical advisors to administer the fund.

The fund is led, designed and funded by local investors, who assist in identifying, evaluating and placing private investments. The fund is designed to increase the economic growth and performance of Northeastern Pennsylvania and collectively improve the economic sustainability and prosperity of its residents.

NEPA Alliance, who became first investor of the fund in 2021, purchasing one $50,000 unit, also serves as the convenor and host of the Fund by coordinating meetings, recording minutes, completing financial reports, screening business plans, and managing the business “pitch” portal.

The portal, accessible here, serves as a web-based intake process for reviewing and evaluating businesses seeking investments.

Questions or for more information, please contact:

Kurt R. Bauman, MBA
V.P. Community & Economic Development Service
NEPA Alliance
Mobile: 570-510-4419

Stephen Ursich
V.P. Business Development Services
NEPA Alliance
Direct: 570-891-4649

Tina Dowd
Mobile: 570-328-7887