Accelerating Angels?

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The Drought

Entrepreneurs are farmers of ideas.
Farmers who are living in a perpetual drought.
Farmers who fail more often than not, not because they don’t know how to farm, but because they are farming in a drought.

The Angel Accelerator is here to end the drought by tapping the local aquifer, which in this metaphor is the hundreds of millions of wealthy and middle class who exist in every city in the world, but who today do not invest in startups.

Teach them how to invest in startups and we end this drought.
Then, and only then will the entrepreneurs thrive. Everywhere.

The Program

The Angel Accelerator is a global network of training programs, helping professionals learn the basics and gain the experience of investing in startups. The accelerators are hands-on programs filled with education, guidance, and a set of entrepreneurs eager for not only capital, but also mentorship.

The program provides new Angels with:

EDUCATION

The program begins by getting you up to speed on the what, why, and how of startup investing, with a series of free lectures and readings from a variety of experts. The formal program then continues weekly with more lessons, workshops, case studies, guest speakers, and interactions with startups raising capital.

INVESTING

The program participants learn how to invest by investing. Each participant provides committed capital into a pool that is used to invest in real companies by the end of the program, chosen by the participants themselves using the knowledge gained from the lectures and conversations.

GUIDANCE

You do all this in a structured, faciltiated program, with guidance to avoid the most common mistakes that new investors make. All graduates become part of a global investor network for long-term support in helping you grow your investment portfolio.

In short, the program walks prospective investors through a structured process, learning how to invest by being investors.  Learning within a cohort of other new investors.  Learning alongside entrepreneurs, who are eager for the guidance only investors can provide.  All facilitated by experts in entrepreneurship and investing.

Topics

Participants will learn a wide variety of topics related to investing, including:

  • The language, jargon, and norms of startup investing
  • Traditional investment terms
  • Alternative investment structures
  • The role of Angels in the startup ecosystem
  • What entrepreneurs want from investors (beyond money)
  • Deconstructing a startup investor pitch
  • The “due diligence” checklist and what is actually checked
  • Yellow flags and red flags in due diligence
  • Legalities and securities laws
  • Portfolio and fund management
  • International investing
  • Impact investing
  • The purpose of business

… and more

When and Where

2021 begins with two Angel Accelerator: One for U.S. investors, one focused on investing in Africa, and one across Canada These include 7 weeks of free webinars followed by 10-12 weeks of paid programming.

Free Webinars

There are no free webinars this month, but you can watch recordings of previous webinars on the LESSONS page.

For the full list of programs, visit the When & Where page.

Questions?

  • Contact us and we’ll do our best to provide answers.