El Salvador Promotes Angel Investor Network

FUSADES, a Salvadoran foundation, is working to create Central America's first angel investor network.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Such network would be composed of angel investors, who would invest in projects with innovative ideas, at the very beginning of their life-cycle. According to studies, several SMEs fail to survive in their first three years, mostly due to lack of funding and little knowledge of how to run a business.

Laprensagrafica.com reports: "Fernando Prieto, president of Southern Angels, will assist in creating this network. Southern Angels has successfully helped many entrepreneurs in getting funding for their projects, even taking some ideas to Sillicon Valley".

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