HELPING COMPANIES NAVIGATE THEIR JOURNEY
WELCOME TO THE
SOUTHEAST INVESTOR GROUP
The Southeast Investor Group (SEIG) is a private peer-to-peer membership, composed of partners from 30 Venture Capital Funds, 5 Corporate Venture Funds, and 20 individual investors and family offices.
We are not an angel group; rather we are a collaboration of professional investors seeking to invest in growth stage technology companies.
SEIG members invest in post-early stage through Series A, B and successive funding rounds. Most companies are seeking $2M to $15M in each investment.
SEIG was founded in 1995 to offer intelligent capital and experienced management support for growth technology companies in the Southeast. We meet monthly in Atlanta, Georgia.
The 50+ members bring a variety of technology and operational experience and reside in nine Southeast states, Texas, and D.C. We encourage and foster co-investing.
Over the most recent five-year history, SEIG Members annually invested in an average of 35% of the presenting companies.
Collectively, the membership manages more than $3B of investment capital, and since inception, SEIG Members have invested in more than 270 companies.
SEIG SPONSORED MBA FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM
SEIG’s foremost mission is to train young business professionals, during their 2 Year MBA study, for careers in Venture Capital, Private Equity, and Corporate Development.
Each MBA Fellow is competitively selected from the MBA programs at Emory University's Goizueta Business School and Scheller College of Business at the Georgia Institute of Technology.
Each Fellow receives:
Hands-on experience in venture capital: identifying, interviewing and processing technology growth stage companies directly with Southeast CEOs.
A portfolio of candidate companies, monitoring them for market maturity and appropriate raise timing to be selected to present to Investor Member meetings.
Assignments to individual venture investor members to build relationships, and through interaction, gain insight on investment strategy and analysis.
The SEIG Chairman and Investor Members assist with access to summer internships as well as long term employment after graduation.
SEIG invests in a variety of technology segments including, but not limited to:
Business Products (B2B)
Network Security and Cyber-Security
Machine Learning & AI Tools
IoT Device Systems
Manufacture/Logistics/ Supply Chain
We monitor and meet with companies that are past early stage and are raising growth financing. They are typically seeking $2M -$15M in capital.
We look for companies that have unique technology, can show real demand through customer traction, and have the potential to grow exponentially by executing a defined market strategy.
SEIG is managed by Chairman Martin Tilson and Co-Founder Bernard Gray, and staffed by eight MBA interns who manage their own portfolios of select companies.
The two-year Fellowships are funded by SEIG Member and Co-Founder, Bernard Gray.
Monthly Member Meeting
The SEIG monthly member meetings (typically the first Tuesday of the month), are held at a private club in Atlanta. They are also offered on occasion by virtual zoom.
SEIG may hold special Webcasts for those companies that need more expedited attention due to the timing of their investment.
CAPITAL TO ACCELERATE GROWTH
COMPANY SELECTION PROCESS
SEIG searches the Southeast technology hubs every day for companies that meet our investment criteria. Once identified, we make initial calls to CEOs to discuss components of the business.
SEIG Fellows curate the companies to validate the information and categorize each company by stage, industry, and amount being raised. Fellows maintain companies in the SEIG database for follow-up.
On a monthly basis, candidate companies are selected by to the SEIG Screening Committee to present. Once selected, SEIG Fellows and Members hold mandatory coaching sessions on company pitches to maximize the success of their presentations to investors.
Within 48 hours after the meeting, select Fellows and Members follow-up with each presenting company to provide feedback and make investor contacts available.
Additionally, presenting companies remain on our watch list to be tracked for potential later rounds.
We depend on knowledgable and trusted Referrals who understand the SEIG investment criteria, and we welcome meeting new sources.
The eight-member screening committee is composed of representative VC, Corporate, and
Individual investor members.
Selected companies are invited to present at our monthly meeting in Atlanta, held the first
Tuesday of the month, or sometimes as a Webcast.
Presenting companies are contacted within 48 hours and are provided member introductions/ level of interest, and tracked monthly.
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Clay Ingalls is a second-year full-time MBA student at Georgia Tech – Scheller College of Business. Prior to Georgia Tech, he practiced as a licensed CPA specializing in Business and Individual Taxation for 8 years. He interned at PwC in their Deals Transformation M&A Advisory department over the summer and will be returning for a full-time position with them when he graduates.
Benson Hu is a second-year full-time MBA student at Georgia Tech - Scheller College of Business. Prior to Georgia Tech, he was a finance manager at IG Design Group Americas as well as managing FP&A for Streamline Health.He interned at PwC in their Deals Transformation M&A Advisory department over the summer and will be returning for a full-time position with them when he graduates.
Satchel Ziffer is a first-year full-time MBA student at Georgia Tech - Scheller College of Business. Prior to Georgia Tech, he worked in Corporate Development managing mergers and acquisitions for urban-gro, Inc. (Nasdaq: UGRO) and portfolio management for Mercer Advisors. He is exploring internship and post-MBA roles in the Venture Capital and Private Equity space.
Carson Cromartie is third-year JD/MBA student at Emory University. Prior to Emory, he was a senior financial associate for Pratt & Whitney. He interned at Silicon Road Ventures over the summer and will be returning for a full-time position with them when he graduates.
Nikhil Mathur is a second-year full-time MBA candidate at Emory University. Prior to Emory, he was a consultant and manager at International Business Machines (IBM), specializing in digital strategy and iX. Over the summer, he interned at TTV Capital as well as doing a Summer fellowship with ARPA-E in Washington, DC.
Pat Forrestal is a first-year full-time MBA candidate at Emory University. Prior to Emory, Pat served for five years in the United States Marine Corps as an Aviation Supply Officer. He is exploring internship and post-MBA roles in the Venture Capital, Technology, and Consulting.