In conducting due diligence for early stage companies, we often consider a company’s portfolio of patents and/or patents pending. If the idea behind the company is compelling, most likely there will be competitors and we’d like to understand what (if any) barriers the company has to such competition. Patents are an obvious potential barrier
The ACA and angel investing community are thrilled to welcome Dr. Charu Ramanathan as a keynote speaker to the Summit of Angel Investing in Columbus, OH. Dr. Ramanathan is the Co-Founder and CEO of Vitalxchange.
The Angel Capital Association (ACA) Summit represents a beacon for black investors, founders, and high-growth startups. This event, heralded as the industry’s flagship, convenes a diverse community of new and experienced angel investors, business leaders, and entrepreneurial minds to explore critical topics and trends in angel investing. The summit offers an unparalleled opportunity for learning, networking, and investment discovery, specifically tailored to empower the black entrepreneurial ecosystem. Here are a few benefits that can be experienced by attending this dynamic event.
The Ann and Bill Payne ACA Angel University program has been on the road to educate new angels!
The great bull market of 2010 – 2021, fueled by cheap capital, caused a nearly unprecedented rise in the valuations of speculative assets, from real estate to angel and venture equity. By 2021 investors were paying 2x the “normal” price of early-stage deals, 4x for growth deals and 7x for late-stage deals.
Kwame Anku is the Founding Managing Partner and Chief Investment Officer of Black Star Fund, an early-stage venture capital fund.
On February 27th and 28th, the ACA Public Policy Team convened in Washington, DC to discuss legislative priorities for the upcoming year and meet with numerous lawmakers and legislators, highlighted by a meeting with the new SEC Commissioner Jaime Lizárraga. The trip started with the public policy team meeting to discuss this year’s priorities. Chief among these priorities is continuing to advocate for the accredited investor definition, QSBS and Section 1202, funding caps, and continuing to build out Angel University.
As the digital world advances swiftly, Web3 (or Web 3.0) and the decentralized internet are reshaping our daily online interactions. In this new environment, you’re not just observing; you become an active participant, a creator, challenging the conventional, centralized structures. This article provides a thorough introduction, offering insights and perspectives for understanding and engaging with emerging technologies, including investment strategies.
K Gates, in partnership with the Alliance of Angels, will be hosting a workshop that will explain the requirements of the CTA, including what entities are covered by the CTA, who has obligations to report the information, what information must be reported and how to protect the confidentiality of this information. 
February 2024 - With the new year comes new things on the horizon for the Angel community. With the fiscal year budget still not finalized, there are still many on which to stay up to date. In our second edition of the Public Policy Quarterly newsletter, we discuss some of the most important updates on ACA’s main policy interests, including QSBS, investor accreditation, Section 1202, the accredited investor definition, thresholds and workforce development reforms.