The Luis Villalobos Award and Honorees 

Honoring innovative companies funded by ACA members

The Luis Villalobos Award recognizes the most ingenious and innovative idea recently financed by members of the Angel Capital Association. Each year three finalists are be selected to attend the ACA Summit and honored as a group. The award is presented from among this group to the CEO of the winning company during the annual awards ceremony.

This award honors Luis Villalobos, who founded the Tech Coast Angels, one of the largest and most respected angel organizations in the world, in 1997. Companies funded by Tech Coast Angels have raised more than $1 billion to date. He was a true “leading light” in the angel field, making nearly 60 personal investments, educating numerous angels, and particularly in educating and mentoring entrepreneurs before he passed away in 2009. He was a sought-after expert and speaker about sophisticated angel investment. Luis appreciated ingenuity and entrepreneurial thinking in every aspect of life, and always looked to invest in and mentor the most innovative companies.

Award winners have a strong track record of innovation and growth.  A testament to this is the significant acquisitions of three winners in August and September of 2016.  More information about the exits of winners in 2012, 2014, and 2015 is here, along with details from the investors' views for Assurex Health, EyeVerify, and RetroSense Therapeutics.

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2017 Winner - Magnetic Insight


The winner of the 2017 Luis Villalobos Award during the 2017 ACA Summit Anna Christensen of Magnetic Insight pictured with Richard Sudek of Tech Coast Angels.

Past Winners