06/06/16 | Funding, Motivation

This is What an Angel Looks Like: Hillary Legrain

Meet Pipeline Angels member Hillary Legrain


Meet Pipeline Angels member Hillary Legrain

Full name: Hillary Legrain

Title: VP

Affiliation: First Savings Mortgage Corporation

Twitter handle: @HillaryPLegrain

Describe the moment when you decided to become an angel:

I decided to become an angel when I heard the staggering statistics on how underrepresented women are in angel investing and in securing funding from angels and VCs. I knew I had to help change that ratio!

What investments have you made since graduating from Pipeline Angels?
*Woman founder!

Company: Soko
Founders:  Gwendolyn Floyd*, Catherine Mahugu*, and Ella Peinovich*

Company: Click Therapeutics
Founders: Victor Gao and David Klein

How many investments do you make per year?
One per year

What are your investment deal-breakers?
An entrepreneur who isn’t 100% committed.

What types of companies do you look to invest in?
Companies with a product that will measurably improve the lives of others.

What do you look for in an entrepreneur/founding team?
Commitment—I want to see a team that is committed to the idea and works well together.

How has your background played a role in your angel investing?
I only started angel investing a few years ago so I have had to learn everything along the way and joining Pipeline Angels was a tremendous help.


One piece of advice to an angel-in-training?
Two pieces of advice:  Find a seasoned investor who can help mentor you through the process and having a good attorney is priceless!

One piece of advice to an entrepreneur looking for capital?
Perfect your pitch BEFORE you start speaking to investors—the what, how and why of your company’s story.

How would you define a for-profit social venture?
Companies that are focused on growth and scalability as a means to fund a social mission.

Favorite quotation:
“Don’t forget where you came from, but never let it define you.”  ―Kat Cole

Random fact about you:
I have a culinary degree!

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This post originally appeared on Pipeline Angels.

[Photo Credit: Erica Torres]

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