The Pre-Summit is a smart way to maximize your Summit experience with deeper dives into practical content you can take home for better investing. They are optional and require advance registration. Pre-Summit programs include:

Tuesday, April 25

New Face of Funding Conference - Focused on Women Investors

Please register here  and join us for a unique ACA Pre-Event, Portfolia's “New Face of Funding” conference. The New Face of Funding Conference is designed to expand and enhance women’s impact on entrepreneurial investing and market-making.

The event features noted women VCs, angels, and investors providing an overview of women’s entrepreneurial investing, focused on the way women are shifting how venture investing happens and using their influence and affluence to greenlight the products services and technologies they want in the market.

The event begins with dinner at 5:00pm on April 25 and runs through 2:30pm on Wednesday April 26, leading into the ACA Summit. An additional pre-event seminar on Due Diligence is available for a limited number of participants 3:00-5:00p on Tuesday April 25.

In an intimate setting, the New Face of Funding Conference provides participants a unique opportunity to interact with leading National and Silicon Valley thought leaders, angels, VCs, investors and entrepreneurs.

Wednesday, April 26

International Exchange Workshop

8:30 am - 2:00 pm
International Exchange Workshop Agenda

The 2017 International Exchange, convening angels from 6 continents, will present several ways that our global connections are deepening as well as new initiatives to examine and promote activity within specific countries. This is a fast-paced program, with presentations from literally all over the globe, with the latest statistics and learn about innovative approaches to expand and mature markets in various countries. For 2017, Brexit and the impact of the election of Donald Trump are topics with extra interest and impact. We will wrap up with an all hands discussion of the role of GBAN and other vehicles for collaboration.

Angel Investing Overview 

8:00 am - 12:00 pm

For more than 10 years, ARI’s Angel Investing Overview seminar has been the education of choice for growing, strengthening and developing the skill sets of early-stage deal participants throughout the U.S. and abroad.  Investors that understand how to execute and manage the process of early-stage equity investing are in a better position to lower risk and increase returns. Angel groups that apply the skills taught in this seminar can improve their investment process, create improved deal flow and raise the odds of realizing successful exits. Instructor: Bill Payne

Mitigating Risk with New Deal Structures: from Term Sheets to Exits

8:00 am - 12:00 pm 

There are many ways to do a deal. The key is to have the right data and knowledge to do the right deal.  You will explore the latest trends in best practices for analyzing the capital raising environment, meeting investor expectations, and current preferences in valuation methodologies and deal structuring.  Using on the 2016 data from ARI’s HALO Report and updated data on venture capital, this workshop presents the latest trends and analysis in angel investing and venture capital. It looks at unique survey data from ACA member angel groups and others on what they really look for in business plans and presentations, how that compares to what they're actually receiving from entrepreneurs, and the best sources of deals. Instructors: Sue Preston and Gwen Edwards