Luis Villalobos

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Luis Villalobos (November 5, 1938 – October 1, 2009) was an engineer, entrepreneur and angel investor credited with founding the angel investing organization Tech Coast Angels in 1997.[1] [2] As an engineer and entrepreneur, Villalobos founded two companies and as an angel investor, invested in over 50 ventures. [3] In 2006 Luis was the recipient of the Hans Severiens Award [4] for his accomplishments in the advancement of angel investing. [5]

The Paul Merage School of Business at the University of California, Irvine has established an endowed fellowship fund (the Luis Villalobos Endowed Fellowship in Entrepreneurship[6]) in honor of Luis Villalobos' contributions to entrepreneurship.[7]

Villalobos was a graduate of MIT and the Harvard Business School. [8]


  1. ^ Thickins, Graeme (March 2007). "Tech Coast Angels Founder: 'Process' Was Key to Success" (PDF). The Angel Journal.
  2. ^ Flanigan, James (May 18, 2007). "Entrepreneurs: In southern California, venture capitalists keep the faith". New York Times. Retrieved May 11, 2010.
  3. ^ Norman, Jan. "O.C. investor helps 'angels' get their wings". Orange County Register.
  4. ^ Angel Capital Association. "Hans Severiens Award" (PDF). Angel Capital Association.[permanent dead link]
  5. ^ Phillips, Thomas. "Angel capital organizations name Luis Villalobos as recipient of Hans Severiens Award" (PDF). Band of Angels. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2010-12-06. Retrieved 2009-10-19.
  6. ^ Paul Merage School of Business. "The Luis Villalobos Endowed Fellowship" (PDF). University of California, Irvine.
  7. ^ "New Fellowship For MBA Students At UCI Honors Luis Villalobos".
  8. ^ Thursby, Keith (October 7, 2009). "Luis Villalobos dies at 70; founded Orange County investment group". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved May 11, 2010.