Valerie Gaydos is an
angel investor and business development expert. She has been involved with many start-up companies
as a founder, investor, advisor and coach particularly in the areas of operational development
and strategic planning for more than 20 years. She is the founder and
president of Capital Growth, Inc. (CGI) which was founded in 1994 as a venture capital data and information
publishing company and was the first affordable searchable online databases of venture
news and information. CGI continued to acquire, build then sell several small publishing entities over the years. CGI currently
specializes in angel investing and business building. CGI actively invests in early stage companies in various industries
and various stages of development and will assist all companies in their growth financing needs.
2004-2007 Valerie served as President of the Pennsylvania Angel Network. She also served as director of the Private Investors Forum (Philadelphia). Most recently, Valerie created the
Angel Venture Forum which is an ad hoc group of active angel investors, leaders, entrepreneurs and start-up professionals in the Mid-Atlantic
region who have a shared vision to encourage the growth of emerging business. Our mission is to support, encourage and assist
companies to be ultimately most successful in the attraction of big capital and eventually positive exits.
Valerie serves as president of Fifty-First Associates, LLC, an association management and government relations firm in Pennsylvania.
She is a member of the Lancaster Angel Network, is a founding director of the
Center for New Technology Enterprise. She serves
on the Policy Committee of the Angel Capital Association (ACA), is a board member of the Pennsylvania Business Council Political Action
Committee (PEGPAC) and serves as Chairman & Treasurer PiPAC which is a Federal Political Action Committee established to preserve
and encourage the stability and growth of American emerging businesses. Valerie previously
served as an Analyst for the Pennsylvania State Senate and worked
for Senate leadership. She also served as Staff Assistant for Pennsylvania U.S. Senator H. John Heinz, III.
earned a BA in Russian Language and Economics from Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. In her spare time
she races sailboats on the Chesapeake Bay (and wherever else the opportunity presents itself).
Contact: valeriegaydos @ capitalgrowth.com