Every year at around this time, New York City witnesses a gathering of angels. You won’t spot them near the tree at Rockefeller Center. It’s the New York Angels holiday party, where the group hosts all of the angel investment groups in the city to spread seasonal cheer and to honor one angel in particular who has selflessly contributed to the New York startup community.
This year, the Outstanding Professional Entrepreneur Leadership (OPEL) Award went to Jeanne Sullivan, founder and general partner at StarVest Partners, long-time New York startup supporter and one of the co-founders of the New York New Media Association (NYNMA)’s Angel Investment program, which was the predecessor to the New York Angels.
With practically the entire roster of who’s who in angel investing present, New York Angels Chairman Brian Cohen took to the podium to serve as the evening’s official host and presenter.
“We have all the angel groups here because all the angels groups are working together. We’re all friends with one goal: to help the startups in New York. We closed 30 deals this year!” he announced.
“Tonight, this year’s OPEL Award goes to an amazing woman doing amazing things all over the country – Jeanne Sullivan, the Grand Dame of Angel Investing. Oh, my God – she deserves it more than anyone!”
In accepting the award – only the third one granted, to date – the elegantly dressed and ever quick-witted Sullvan commented, “I wish he’d called me ‘cool chick’ instead of ‘Grand Dame.’