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.

SPROCKIT
Since 2013, SPROCKIT has built the most trusted Global Innovation Marketplace for industry-leading Corporations and Startups in Media, Entertainment and Technology, generating 20+ exits, 100s of partnerships and funding events, and more than $1 Billion raised by SPROCKIT Startups.

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.

PATENT FINANCING

BlueIron’s patent financing is designed for Seed, Angel, and Series A startup companies. Rather than pay for patents with the full up-front cost, financing frees up cash for operations, however, the biggest benefit of financing is BlueIron’s due diligence and research prior to patenting. 

At IBTX our goal is to make sure you're protected should the bottom fall out. If you're struggling with the fallout from a claim, the last thing you need on your mind is whether you and your team are protected, let us take care of that. We're here to help you lay the foundation for a solid plan, make sure your organization is protected by solid coverage, and help provide you with the understanding and guidance needed to make it through a "worst-case" scenario.

RESEARCH INSTITUTE

TRISH is a lean, virtual institute empowered by the NASA Human Research Program to solve the challenges of human deep space exploration.  TRISH supports both high-risk early-stage research as well as pre-seed and seed-stage health technologies that can be modified for use by astronauts on the way to Mars.  TRISH connects the dots for game-changing space health countermeasures and technologies, and is exploring health's new frontiers.

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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Affinity Partner
VERAFĪ is a private intelligence and due diligence firm founded by veterans of the CIA, specializing in collecting, analyzing, and presenting intelligence so you can make confident decisions about key hires and investments.

Data Partner

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.

Education Partner

The Oratium methodology will equip you to not only survive, but thrive in this virtual environment.  Almost overnight, the world of communication was turned upside down as all live meetings pivoted to virtual.  Suddenly, virtual meetings, which most organizations were already struggling with, became the only option available to connect with audiences.  This rapidly began to expose those who weren't able to adapt, and within a matter of weeks it became clear that those who master the new medium will outperform those that don't.