StartUp NEPA is an Angel Investment Fund designed to provide equity investments in start-up and early-stage small businesses within the region. 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 will directly increase the economic growth and performance of Northeastern Pennsylvania and collectively improve the economic sustainability and prosperity of its residents. NEPA is an investor in the fund and has agreed to serve as the host of the group by coordinating meetings, recording minutes, and managing the business “pitch” portal. This portal will serve as a web-based intake process for reviewing and evaluating businesses seeking investments. The business “pitch” portal will be open in Spring of 2022.