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:

Wednesday, April 18

International Exchange Workshop

8:30 am - 2:00 pm (Registration and coffee available at 8:00 am)

ACA’s popular International Exchange is an interactive program for angels and ecosystem players to share information about investing trends in different companies, with the goal of adapting ideas you like for your own country.  The program is fast paced and includes speakers from North America, Europe, Pacific Rim/ Asia, Africa, the Middle East, and Latin America – with the latest statistics and innovative approaches to expand angel investing across the globe.  Given current media attention, a key focus of the event will be what is happening with women as investors and entrepreneurs.  This program helps angels deepen global connections and relationships, leading to more sharing of angel knowledge and cross-border investing or collaboration.  Join this interactive program, and if you’re interested, please register for the International Dinner held later the same evening to continue the conversations from the International Exchange.  Wendee Wolfson, active angel with a special interest in connecting angels across the globe, leads this program.   Stay tuned for the detailed agenda, with a list of speakers.

The Fundamentals of Investing in Startups (ACA’s “Angel 101”)

8:30 am - 12:00 pm (Registration and coffee available at 8:00 am)

Should you include angel investments in startup companies in your asset portfolio?  Join ACA in a new 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.

Angel 101 is led by a strong group of angel investors.  The moderator is Marcia Dawood, an experienced angel investor who has led many education sessions across the US.

ACA is very interested in growing the number of angel investors in the US and beyond, and particularly in growing the diversity of people who become active angel investors.  Participate in discussions, learning and networking with new and experienced angels, and learn the basics.