About Us

Keiretsu Forum is a global investment community of accredited private equity angel investors, venture capitalists and corporate/institutional investors. Keiretsu Forum was founded in the San Francisco East Bay in California in 2000.

We are a worldwide network of capital, resources and deal flow with 48 chapters on 3 continents. Keiretsu Forum members invest in high-quality, diverse investment opportunities.

“Keiretsu” Definition

Keiretsu is a Japanese term describing a group of affiliated corporations with broad power and reach. Keiretsu Forum is described as a conglomeration of individuals or small companies that are organized around private equity funding for mutual benefit. Keiretsu Forum believes that through a holistic approach that includes interlocking relationships with partners and key resources, they can offer an association that produces the highest quality deal-flow and investment opportunities.

Keiretsu Forum Midwest

The region is a diverse and thriving business ecosystem. With one of the lowest costs of doing business and living in the U.S., it is home to some of the most vibrant Fortune® 500 companies, who actively support tech and innovation growth. With the support of corporations and regional economic development engines, the Midwest is fast attracting a vibrant start-up scene and becoming an epicenter for innovation and investment.

This is aided by an affordable cost of living, world class universities and research centers, and some of the best hospitals in the world. The recent announcement of the smart cities award to the City of Columbus was followed by significant private sector investment. The growth of medical start-ups in Ann Arbor; the establishment of Chicago as a pivotal center for financial innovation; the establishment of Cincinnati as a world class destination for branding, marketing and consumer goods and the rebirth of Detroit as a vibrant tech center, are all contributing to the early successes at Keiretsu Forum Midwest.

Our Focus

Keiretsu Forum Midwest focuses on an array of business disciplines, amongst which are: Aerospace • AgTech/Food • Manufacturing • Life Sciences • Smart Cities • Internet of Things • Big Data/SAAS • Energy/Sustainable Solutions • Real Estate • Fashion Tech • Hospitality

Our motto is “Great Association with Quality Deal Flow.” We live up to our motto by creating a vibrant environment for the investor community to gather socially, exchange ideas, bring and assess high quality deal flow.

We provide educational stimulation by bringing guest speakers from a variety of industries to meet with and interact with our members and entrepreneurs. We are also very active in the world of philanthropy and seek to be strong participants in our community.

Keiretsu Forum Midwest has created a unique platform in the region, offering our network of over 2500 angel investors from around the world the opportunity to co-invest alongside our Midwest Chapter members. We actively work with start-up companies in coaching and professional training and offer them easy access to our global membership.

Monthly Forum

The “Forum” is a monthly event for Keiretsu Forum. On any given day we spend our time working with and coaching our members as well as focusing on attracting new members who love the ecosystem as much as we do.

We also spend our time strengthening our relationships in the start-up ecosystem and vetting new companies to present to our members. Each month this vetting process involves personal interviews, prescreening interviews and deal screening. We take our start-ups through a rigorous process before we introduce them to the Forum. By the time they are invited to the Forum, we have spent considerable time and energy in cultivating them to present to our members. Our Forums are unique, inviting, and very exciting events. These events are strictly by invitation only. If you are interested in attending one of our Forums, please send an email to:


Our Forum typically takes place from 3:00 – 6:00 p.m. followed by cocktails. This provides our members, entrepreneurs and guests with a workable and enjoyable calendar day.

Keiretsu Forum Midwest meetings are currently held at:

Chicago.  University Club of Chicago.
76 E Monroe St, Chicago, IL 60603.
Ann Arbor.  Barton Hills Country Club.
730 Country Club Rd, Ann Arbor, MI 48105
Cincinnati.  University Club of Cincinnati.
401 E 4th St, Cincinnati, OH 45202


Keiretsu Forum Midwest opened its doors in the spring of 2016, launching its first Chapter in Cincinnati, Ohio. Subsequent Chapters were established in Chicago in the spring 2017, and Ann Arbor in the spring 2018.  It is comprised of the States of Kentucky, Ohio, Indiana, Missouri, Iowa, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin.

Headquarters for Keiretsu Forum Midwest are in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Our Team

Sotiris Pagdadis, Ph.D.

Sotiris is a strategist, problem solver and entrepreneurial investor. He has an extensive track record in establishing public-private partnerships and supporting private ventures, the public sector and not-for- profits over the last 25 years. He is president of Keiretsu Forum Midwest and Lambousa Enterprises.

He previously served as a Principal at PwC in a variety of global and national roles, and Managing Director at the law firm of McKenna Long & Aldridge (now Dentons US), focusing on procurement advocacy,
governmental affairs, and PPPs. Earlier he was Global Vice President for public sector strategy at CA Technologies, Inc.

He began his career as a university professor at the Polytechnic Institute of NYU, where he created his first technology innovation lab.

Park Burrets
Entrepreneur Services & Due Diligence Director

After Park wrote the instructions for astronauts to deploy 11 satellites from the Space Shuttle and monitored their activities as the youngest NASA front room Mission Controller, he moved into the commercial arena.

There, he assumed leadership roles on a multitude of projects with a special interest in those that were declared impossible by the experts, had an entrenched competitor, and those that others couldn’t seem to finish.

Along the way, he extended the life of hundreds of airliners by a decade by making them quieter, built the world’s first 100% condition-based maintenance engine diagnostics system, pioneered mobile and distributed apps for the industrial internet, and used big data techniques to reduce aviation calculations from weeks to hours.

Jeffrey “JR” Rose
Louisville Director

JR began his career at Ernst & Whinney where he rose to the position of Audit Manager specializing in financial services, broadcasting, and manufacturing.
Next JR joined a large regional stockbrokerage firm, where he was a registered financial principal and Vice President of Finance.
He began helping entrepreneurs and start-up companies in 1990, providing them with financial, operational and leadership services. He was involved in start-ups dealing in secure underground data storage centers, alternative energy sources, computer-human interfaces, software coaching systems, video-streaming, intelligent content selection software, and educational broadcasting among others.
JR was a founder of and CFO of BBR Wireless Management, a software services company that manages and optimizes large corporate cell phone fleets. BBR was ultimately purchased in by IBM.
JR most recently was a partner in a cost reduction firm and in 2015 started a Group Purchasing Organization (Concerto) for small and medium businesses. He continues to oversee that company today.

Keiretsu Forum Midwest - Jennifer Howell
Jennifer Howell
Membership and Operations Director

Jennifer Howell began her career as an IT Consultant with PwC with a focus on business analysis, project management, developing and implementing custom software solutions, and training professionals. In 1998 she started her Digital Marketing Agency, Ellis Cain, and has worked with entrepreneurs and start-up companies in a wide-range of business segments including Real Estate, Retail, Pharma, Food & Beverage, Journalism & Broadcast, Arts, School Districts, Health & Fitness, and more. She is passionate about integrating technology, web design and development, e-commerce, digital marketing, and social media solutions.

Contact Us

phone: (917) 653-9490
email: midwestinfo@keiretsuforum.com

Forum Sites

Chicago.  University Club of Chicago.
76 E Monroe St, Chicago, IL 60603.
Ann Arbor.  Barton Hills Country Club.
730 Country Club Rd, Ann Arbor, MI 48105
Cincinnati.  University Club of Cincinnati.
401 E 4th St, Cincinnati, OH 45202

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