We are bringing together leading angel investors to offer practical and valuable insight for tech founders raising early stage capital and fellow angels. The panel will cover investment strategies, what angels seek in a startup, deal structures, opportunities, and more.
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM ET
Steven Diedrich, serves as the executive director for the Baylor Angel Network. In this position, Diedrich directs the operations of the network, including the investment strategy, stakeholder engagement and operational oversight for BAN’s student analysts. He also has the privilege of teaching finance courses at Baylor.
Diedrich has prior experience in investments, operations and consulting at entrepreneurial ventures and large companies. Diedrich previously worked at Stanmore Partners, a real estate development and investment firm, and Accenture, where he primarily served financial clients.
Diedrich has been involved with BAN since 2011 when he served as a student analyst while pursuing his BBA at Baylor. He also holds a Master of Finance from Texas A&M University. Outside of work, Diedrich enjoys being outdoors with his wife and four children, carpentry and gardening.
Charlie Banks is the Co-Founder & Managing Director of VentureSouth. VentureSouth based in Greenville, South Carolina, is one of the largest angel investment infrastructures in the US. The firm develops and manages angel investment groups and funds comprised of 300+ accredited investors and has invested $50M+ in over 70 early-stage companies throughout the Southeast.
Charlie calls himself a “serial entrepreneur turned investor”. He has founded, run, and invested in multiple manufacturing, financial services, building science, and real estate companies in South Carolina. He was recently named to the “50 Most Influential People” and “20 under 40” lists in Columbia, SC by two regional business publications.
Charlie says education is key in the startup world for both investors and entrepreneurs and VentureSouth facilitates this by running workshops and other educational programs.
Tim Kelley is an entrepreneur, avid angel investor, and philanthropist. He proudly founded Canyon Angels in 2015 and currently serves as the chair of entrepreneurship at GCU.
Blake Petty is Executive Director of the McFerrin Center for Entrepreneurship at Mays Business School. Petty received his bachelor’s from Texas A&M in ’98 and his master’s in 2000. He has worked in a variety of entrepreneurial capacities across the university and Texas A&M System, including 10 years in the Office of Technology Commercialization and as Assistant Vice President for Research, in Innovation & Business Development.
Mr. Petty has facilitated commercialization and entrepreneurship opportunities for hundreds of Texas A&M students, staff and faculty researchers. He was a founding partner in the launch of the campus’ first student business incubator, Startup Aggieland, and co-founded the Aggie Angel Network, which he continues to operate as Executive Director.
Hall launched TEN Capital as the Texas Entrepreneur Networks in 2009. Today, the firm has over 12,000 investors in its network, and has helped startups raise over $700M and counting. He serves as the Vice-Chair of the Baylor Angel Network. He previously led the Central Texas Angel Network (CTAN) as its first Executive Director, where he achieved over a 40X return for the investors.
He is the founder and director of the Texas Open Angel Network, which is a 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to the education of angel investors. As a part of that program, he hosts the Investor Connect podcast series. He is also a Founder and initial Managing Director of SKU (Incubation Station), a consumer product goods accelerator based in Austin, Texas, and the former Managing Director of AccelerateNFC, an accelerator based in Dallas, Texas, focusing on Near Field Communication. He also serves as an Adjunct Professor for the University of Texas, leading the Idea to IP program, which fosters startups from the engineering program.