Driving Midwest innovation

Our Story

Gopher Angels was launched in 2012, when the MN startup community was flourishing. As lifelong entrepreneurs, David and Sara Russick recognized the need for an organized angel investment community to support startups and contribute to the growth of Minnesota’s innovation ecosystem.

Together, with key advisors from the startup and investment community, they launched Gopher Angels, Minnesota’s largest and most active angel investor network.

Today, Gopher Angels is open to accredited angel investors from all facets of Minnesota’s robust corporate, investment and entrepreneurial sectors. Gopher Angels provides elevated access to Midwest deal flow and a facilitated investment process.

Our collaborative members provide their expertise and mentorship. Together, we aim to invest in high-potential startups and provide a value-added experience for entrepreneurs from all industries.

Our Team

Gopher Angels is fueled by a passion for helping both early stage companies and angel investors succeed.

Dave Russick

Founder, Managing Director

Sara Russick

Founder, Managing Director

Chris Louk

Associate Intern

Peter Somerville

Associate Intern

Shane Judge

Associate Intern

Tony Perone

Associate Intern

Our Advisory Board

  • John Stavig – Gary S. Holmes Center for Entrepreneurship, Carlson School of Management University of Minnesota
  • Joy Lindsay – StarTec Investments
  • Earnest Grumbles – Grumbles Law PLLC
  • Jeff Robbins – Avisen Legal, P.A., AngelPolleNation
  • Brad Lehrman – Soffer Lehrman Law Group, PLLC

Our Investors

Gopher Angels is comprised of active, passionate investors who bring a diverse range of backgrounds to support one mission, helping your business grow.

Our Philosophy

We’re supporting an ecosystem, and that means supporting both investors and entrepreneurs.

To do this, we look to create values and drive innovation through funding, mentorship, and expertise.

Sound like a fit?

Check out our criteria to see if Gopher Angels is right for you.

What is Angel Investing?

What is Angel Investing?

Angel Investors fill an important niche in the funding process for start-up businesses. Most start-ups begin with investments from founders, friends, and family- but when those investments aren’t sufficient to grow the business large enough to attract traditional Venture Capitalists, angel investors may be the perfect bridge. Below is additional information about sourcing.







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