Wednesday, March 26

Attendees can register for Pre-Summit programs, most for a separate registration fee.  The Innovation Showcase - in which you can see innnovative companies and projects from throughout the US and world - is available for all attendees at no cost. Programs include:

When these programs complete, these events are available:

ACA Annual Members Meeting (open to ACA Members)
Welcome Reception and Networking
7:00 on
Affinity Dinners (some sponsored, others on your own)

Innovation Showcase
12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Summit Showcase Summaries

Meet some of the best and brightest emerging companies from around the world and hear perspectives from your fellow angels. You’ll hear presentations from a select group of exciting early stage companies divided into technology and market sectors: Internet/IT, Life Sciences, CleanTech, and Consumer Products. Entrepreneurs and innovators will each make brief presentations to the audience. A panel of sector-focused angels will provide feedback with additional Q&A from the audience. This is a great opportunity for angels to learn about cutting edge companies and also to hear sector-specific perspectives from leading angel investors. All Summit attendees are welcome to attend the Innovation Showcase at no cost - please register in advance for our planning.

ACA International Exchange Workshop
8:00 am - 5:30 pm
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This popular program is an exchange of ideas and experiences among angel groups from North America, Europe, Latin America, Pacific Rim, and MENA Region, and has led to collaboration among angels worldwide. It also gathers international angels together prior to the rest of the ACA Summit for a more intimate networking experience and discussion of the challenges that we all face in creating active and sustainable investing groups. The angel community has always focused on collaborative assistance to other angels, whether within their states, regions, countries, continents. Key topics in the 2014 International Exchange include: how to bring portfolio companies into the U.S. for raising investment capital, expanding commerce, and find exit opportunities; notable new successes in mature angel markets around the globe and how they manage ongoing challenges; and support by multilateral agencies for the development of angel groups in emerging market countries with the imminent release by the World Bank of their infoDev group's new manual, International Guide for Creating Angel Investor Networks, which will be available for our participants. Later in the evening, workshop participants are welcome to join a special International Dinner at the Canadian Embassy, along with a bus tour of the city. Separate registration is required. 

Angel Investing Overview (Angel Resource Institute Seminar)
8:00 am - 4:15 pm 

Are you new to angel investing or looking to "tune-up" your investment skills? Or are you interested in finding an education program that will help recruit business angels to your angel organization or economic development initiative? This program is for both of you. This full-day seminar provides an overview of the angel investing process, including the details of finding, evaluating, and structuring deals and developing angel-entrepreneur relationships that lead to success. The highly interactive program provides attendees with practical information on best practices in angel investing through a balance of expert presentations, panel discussions, and small group case studies. A faculty of experienced angel investors, serial entrepreneurs, and expert service providers delivers the seminar. Originally developed by angels and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, this seminar receives the highest marks of satisfaction by attendees. More than a few sophisticated angels have said that they wished they had taken it earlier so that they would have saved hundreds or thousands of dollars.

Early Exits (Angel Resource Institute Seminar)
8:00 am - 12:00 pm

Early Exits presents a strategy for start-up investors and entrepreneurs to build new ventures, prove business models and exit companies in two to three years without the need for multi-million dollar investments. This workshop is based on the book by Basil Peters, Early Exits.

Valuation of Early-Stage Companies (Angel Resource Institute Seminar)
12:30 pm - 4:15 pm

Back by popular demand this workshop presents several key methodologies that experienced angel investors have found as fundamental approaches to properly valuing early stage companies. Methods taught include Risk Factor Summation, Venture Capital and Scorecard. The seminar also presents the importance of portfolio strategies and the role of portfolio returns in the valuation process.

Gust Platform Updates and Users Group 2.0
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Join Gust’s team to discuss where they are, the ACA-Gust Users Group, and their roadmap. The session will address the hot list of issues/features we have received from users, identify the priority list, and address the large number of bugs and enhancements already updated since launch. Gust will also discuss a "next generation" user group that is more integrated into its product development and UX process and will highlight 2014 focus areas.