2018 ACA Summit Agenda
Charting a Course in a Changing Market


New topics, new speakers, 30 concurrent sessions, and keynote speakers like super angel Joanne Wilson and Travelocity and Kayak founder Terry Jones.  Join ACA and 700+ angels for the gold standard professional conference for early-stage investors.  Take home valuable, practical ideas you can use in your own investing portfolio.

Rania Anderson
The Way Women Work
Women's Capital Connection

Dave Berkus
TechCoast Angels

Mike Cegelski
Panache Ventures

Tom Croswell
Tufts Health Plan

Swati Chaturvedi
Jean Hammond 

Terry Jones
Travelocity Founder, Kayak &

Dana Kanze
Columbia University

Jenny Lawton

Shirley Leung
Boston Globe

Jeff Mortimer
BNY Mellon

Dr. Ben Schrag
National Science Foundation

Joanne Wilson
Gotham Girl Ventures

This year’s theme, “Charting a Course in a Changing Market,” connects with so many changes in angel investing and the startup ecosystem:  new technologies are totally changing the market and angel investment opportunities, innovations in how to invest present us with new opportunities and challenges, and stories of harassment dominate the news, even in early-stage investing.  The Summit will tackle these issues and more.

The agenda melds proposals from nearly 100 members and sponsors with ideas from the event planning committee.  Here’s a quick summary of the agenda:

April 18, 8:30-2:30            Optional Pre-Summit Programs (separate registration required)

                                                                Angel 101 Seminar
                                                                Boston’s Startup Ecosystem Tours
                                                                International Exchange Workshop
                                                                Stay tuned for additional programming

April 18, 2:00-5:30            Orientation for New Summit Attendees (2:00)
                                            ACA Summit opens – Keynotes and Innovation Showcase (3:00)

April 18, 5:30-7:30            Opening Reception, chance to talk with Showcase companies
                                            Affinity dinners follow

April 19, 7:00-5:30            Breakfast Briefings (7:00)
                                            Breakfast, Keynotes, Plenaries and Track Sessions (7:15).  Tracks include:

                                                                Changing Faces of Angels
                                                                Innovations in Running Angel Groups & Platforms
                                                                New Nuts & Bolts of Investing
                                                                Macro Value Drivers (Technology Sectors Changing Our World)
                                                                The Changing Exit Climate

April 19, 5:30-7:00            Reception in Honor of Award Winners (Hans Severiens & Luis Villalobos)
                                            Affinity dinners follow

April 20, 8:00-12:30            Breakfast, Keynotes, Plenaries and Track Sessions.  Tracks include:

                                                                Growth in Impact Investing
                                                                Changes in Policy Climate
                                                                Changing Faces of Angels
                                                                Innovations in Running Angel Groups & Platforms
                                                                New Nuts & Bolts of Investing

The Summit venue is the Westin Copley Place Boston, 10 Huntington Ave.