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September 10, 2023 | Tom Ballard

Angel-focused group relocates to Chattanooga, announces inaugural gathering

The organization, named The Gathering of Angels (GOA), was founded more than 26 years ago in Santa Fe, NM by Talbert C. "Tarby" Bryant Jr.

An organization with a stated goal of bringing accredited angel investors together with young entrepreneurial companies seeking seed and early stage capital has relocated its headquarters from Atlanta to Chattanooga, and will celebrate by holding its first in-person monthly meeting this week.

The organization, named The Gathering of Angels (GOA), was founded more than 26 years ago in Santa Fe, NM by Talbert C. “Tarby” Bryant Jr. According to information on its website, GOA has “facilitated about 433 capital fundings since October 1996” that ranged from as little as $25,000 to $12.5 million.

Four start-up companies will present their funding opportunities on September 13 at the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Attendance is complementary for qualified and registered angel investors. The four are:

  • Adjuvant Behavioral Health, based in Austin, TX, that combines decades of mental health experience with the world’s most effective cancer-specific psychotherapy techniques to address the anxiety, depression and fear that impacts most cancer patients, survivors, and caregivers.
  • Pivit by ZAG, based in Chattanooga, offers innovative fishing equipment and creates intentional and sustainable supply chains with global partners in Asia and Africa. Its first spinout company is Pivot which is currently working contracts with Walmart and servicing a $4 billion market opportunity.
  • Faith Portal, based in Utah, utilizes artificial intelligence and machine learning to offer the largest collections of sermons, videos and topical papers for use by pastors, faith leaders and seminaries across the globe.
  • Flo Technologies, based in Las Vegas, is an innovative, 360-degree training harness offering the athletic sports industry a B2B sales model with exceptional versatility and adaptability to an athlete’s movements and training needs while delivering constant resistance.

“We are looking forward to presenting highly investable business ventures from throughout the United States to qualified investors primarily in the Tennessee/Georgia area,” Bryant was quoted as saying in a news release announcing the relocation of GOA to Chattanooga and the inaugural event. Milt Capps provided a more extensive spotlight on GOA in this recent Venture Nashville Connections post.

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