ACA offers four Ann and Bill Payne’s ACA Angel University seminars as additional education for Summit attendees and local investors, entrepreneurs and ecosystem players interested in a deeper understanding of important investment topics.  Separate registration is required for each of these Pre-Summit programs on May 15 and 16, before the ACA Summit starts. 
 
Angel Investing Basics:
 

Angel Investing Deeper Dive:

Monday, May 15

Risks in Angel Investing

1:00p - 4:00p (Registration and coffee available at 12:30pm)
$275 members, $325 non-members, $25 discount for those attending the Summit

 

Startup companies fail at an alarming rate, so it is not a surprise that angel investing is a high risk asset class.  This workshop explores both the risks and rewards of investing in early stage companies.  Learn the specifics of major risk categories and gain insights into the due diligence that is necessary to mitigate these risks.  A case study exercise gives participants hand-on exposure to uncovering and addressing risks in this asset class.

Monday, May 15

1:00p - 4:00p (Registration and coffee available at 12:30pm)
$275 members, $325 non-members, $25 discount for those attending the Summit
 

Serving as a Director of an early stage angel-backed company is a serious responsibility. This workshop reviews smart practices in forming boards, managing board meetings and serving as a Director—all with the goal of creating an effective governance structure for startups. Key topics will include the legal obligations and risks faced by Directors, how to deal with conflicts of interest and how to navigate trouble zones (such as managing M&A) that occur during a company’s journey from initial investment through exit. Learn how to add value while staying out of trouble!  

Tuesday, May 16

9:00a - 12:00p (Registration and coffee available at 8:30am)
$275 members, $325 non-members, $25 discount for those attending the Summit
 
Should you include angel investments in startup companies in your asset portfolio?  Join ACA in a half-day seminar introducing accredited investors to the fundamentals of angel investing, led by seasoned pros.  This is a great chance to get information and insights to determine if angel investing is right for you, to meet other angels to connect to as you consider investment opportunities, and to learn the key points of making good investments.  Many experienced angels tell us they wish they would have had education like this when they first started – it might have saved them some money. The seminar will provide insights into angel investing as an asset class, with a focus on anticipated returns, portfolio strategy, valuation of early-stage companies, conducting due diligence, understanding term sheets and angel involvement in portfolio companies after the investment. 
 

Tuesday, May 16

9:00a - 12:00p (Registration and coffee available at 8:30am)
$275 members, $325 non-members, $25 discount for those attending the Summit
 

Exit strategies may be one of the most misunderstood aspects of angel investing and this workshop serves to shed a light on how angels and their portfolio companies can work together to achieve the most successful exits.  Value creation for angel backed companies is different than for lifestyle companies and the primary difference lies in how we craft the exit strategy.  This workshop covers the kinds of exits and how to prepare for each.  We talk about what the drivers are for high multiples and how companies can build in value from the very beginning of their companies.   The workshop finishes with the “Exit Strategy Canvas” that walks participants through the six key elements of exit strategy.  The exit strategy canvas helps boards to create a variety of exit scenarios and work towards optimal outcomes for all.