ACA is pleased to partner with national organizations that add value to our member angel groups and their portfolio companies throughout the year. While ACA attempts to work with sponsors who are leaders in their respective fields, ACA cannot deeply investigate the quality of a sponsor before agreeing to work with them.  ACA’s acceptance of a sponsor is neither an endorsement of that sponsor, nor a guarantee of the quality of their services.  ACA disclaims any warranties, either express or implied, with respect to the quality of sponsor goods or services and reminds members seeking to work with ACA sponsors that they should do their own evaluation of a sponsors fitness and quality before choosing to do business with them.

Platinum Sponsor 

RESEARCH AND TECH TRANSFER

The National Institutes of Health (NIH), a part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is the nation’s medical research agency — making important discoveries that improve health and save lives. The mission is to seek fundamental knowledge about the nature and behavior of living systems and the application of that knowledge to enhance health, lengthen life, and reduce illness and disability. NIH invests nearly $37.3 billion annually in medical research for the American people. More than 80% of the NIH's funding is awarded through almost 50,000 competitive grants to more than 300,000 researchers at more than 2,500 universities, medical schools, and other research institutions in every state and around the world.

For the ACA member community, the NIH can provide useful, efficient and unique resources for health science focused angel investors and provide ACA members with unique access to de-risked, high quality deal flow to companies who have been de-risked with non-dilutive funding.  Please click here for a quick video from the 2018 ACA Summit.

Gold Partners

LEGAL SERVICES

Foley Hoag LLP is a leading national law firm in the areas of dispute resolution, intellectual property, and corporate transactions for emerging, middle-market, and large-cap companies. With a deep understanding of clients strategic priorities, operational imperatives, and marketplace realities, the firm helps companies in the biopharma, high technology, energy technology, financial services and manufacturing sectors gain competitive advantage. The firm's 225 lawyers located in Boston, Washington, and the Emerging Enterprise Center in Waltham, Massachusetts join with a network of Lex Mundi law firms to provide global support for clients largest challenges and opportunities. For more information visit www.foleyhoag.com.

Silver Partners

GOVERNMENT FUNDING FOR SMALL BUSINESSES

America’s Seed Fund powered by NSF awards nearly $200 million annually to startups and small businesses, transforming scientific discovery into products and services with commercial and societal impact. Startups working across almost all areas of science and technology can receive up to $1.5 million in non-dilutive funds to support research and development (R&D), helping de-risk technology for commercial success. America’s Seed Fund is congressionally mandated through the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program. The NSF is an independent federal agency with a budget of about $7.5 billion that supports fundamental research and education across all fields of science and engineering. For more information, visit seedfund.nsf.gov.

Bronze Partners

TRANSACTION ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES

Assure specializes in special purpose vehicles (SPVs) and fund administration for the private investment marketplace. They offer a full range of back-office services, a team of experienced professionals to guide you, and an innovative technology platform that is changing how deals get done. When you outsource to Assure, you’ll have more time to nurture your investor relationships and do more deals.

LEGAL SERVICES
 

Fox Rothschild LLP is a national law firm that provides a comprehensive suite of services to businesses of all sizes as well as individuals. Our Emerging Companies & Venture Capital Group helps to position seed, early and emerging growth companies – as well as their investors and business leaders – for growth, expansion, commercialization, partnership and exit. Combining legal knowledge, IP strategy and financial acumen, we leverage our in-depth industry experience to bring people and deals together.

  • Contact: Liz Sigety, National Chair, Emerging Companies & Venture Capital Group and angel investor
  • Fox Launchpad® virtual incubator and resource center for startups
  • Founder Fundamentals: a library of concise briefings — produced by leading attorneys in a diverse array of practice areas across the firm — on some of the most common legal issues facing startups, designed for the busy executive who wants to cut to the chase. 

LEGAL SERVICES

At K&L Gates, we foster an inclusive and collaborative environment across our fully integrated global platform that enables us to diligently combine the knowledge and expertise of our lawyers and policy professionals to create teams that provide exceptional client solutions. We marry process with vision, success with dedication, and method with passion.

FINANCIAL INSTITUTION

Established in 2000, Millennium Trust began by focusing on unique custody solutions where no one else would or could. Today, we’re known for our ability to solve for the most complex custody requirements and craft new solutions for our clients.

ACCELERATOR                                                                                                                                                                                  

VentureWell is a non-profit organization that supports the creation of new ventures from an emerging generation of science and technology inventors and supports the innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystems that are critical to their success. VentureWell has funded or trained over 8,400 science and technology inventors and innovators and nurtured 1,300 of their startups. Their startups have raised subsequent funds totaling over $970 million and are reaching millions of people in over 50 countries. Visit venturewell.org to learn more.

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DATA PLATFORM

Hockeystick provides data tools for companies, investors and governments to leverage data to drive greater performance and better returns in the private market. Combining open data with proprietary data sets, Hockeystick is the only platform where data is owned and controlled by users. Founded in 2014 and headquartered in Toronto, Canada, Hockeystick serves hundreds of funds and over 12,000 companies worldwide.

Education Partner

Seraf is a professional portfolio management tool for investors in early stage companies. Our solution enables individual investors, angel groups, family offices, funds, micro-VCs, and accelerators to track, analyze, optimize, report on and value their portfolios. Seraf puts the power of organization and analysis in their hands, and it puts organized records within the grasp of their clients, advisors and family.

Advertising Partner

Companies starting up today are at the cutting edge of how business gets done. Restaurants have evolved into cloud kitchens that sell through delivery apps, retail stores are online brands first, and the traditional small business is built on tech tools. They’re doing things differently, inventing new paths, breaking the old way.

The internet made almost everything you need to run a business more accessible: marketing tools, servers, email accounts—except for money. Everything about business has changed, but banks have not. The small businesses of the future are looking more like startups, and banks can't build what they need.

To realize their potential, they need products that empower this new way of thinking and keep them moving. You should be able to sign up for a credit card and bank account like you set up an email address—in minutes, all online.

So we’re building the financial OS to integrate the services and software they’ll need along their way. While they build the future, we’ll be building everything businesses will need to launch confidently, scale fast, and realize their full potential.