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.
Andrew Romans is a successful, consistently top quartile performing VC, VC-backed entrepreneur, former tech VC and M&A investment banker, cofounder of an angel group, CEO and General Partner of 7BC Venture Capital and previously the founder and General Partner of Rubicon Venture Capital. He is a university professor and 3x published author on VC and technology. Romans also advises large corporations and governments on policies about Venture Capital and Corporate Venture Capital (CVC). Romans raised over $48m for tech startups he founded by the age of 28. Romans founded numerous startups and raised hundreds of millions of dollars in VC funding and led startups to exits. He is also a frequent guest speaker on MSNBC, CNBC, and ABC. Fluent in English, French and German he holds an MBA in finance from Georgetown University, which he completed on scholarship.
Alexander McCaig is a seasoned entrepreneur with extensive experience in business development, relationship management, risk management, consulting, and private equity.
Currently, he is leading the way for people all across the globe to find financial empowerment through data ownership and altruistic action of supporting major causes to help people and the planet as CEO of TARTLE.
Hall T. Martin 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.
Angel investors are individuals who finance a company or firms in the form of convertible debt or equity in return for the promise of a future financial return.
Angel Investors take a company’s evaluation into consideration to decide the percentage of ownership they take. They are then paid back in relation to the ownership they have in the company they invested in.
Angel Investors usually inquire about a company’s business idea, what big problem does it solve, what is unique about the company, market opportunities, competitors, key members, relevant experience of the core team and so on.
Silent investors are individuals who invest in a company without being part of any of the business activities. They don’t make decisions or attend meetings.
There are many ways to attract angel investors. You need to network a lot and send out your business idea out there loud. One of the best ways to find and meet investors is to join a startup accelerator or a startup ecosystem.
Angel Investors rely on multiple of things to find a suitable startup to invest in. They find startups through personal networks, startup pitch competitions, events, demo days, and certain platforms that allow them to find startups of their interest.
Find angel investors of your niche, show them your business idea, state accurate numbers pertaining to your business and convince them to invest in your company. Another way to find angel investors is to join a startup ecosystem.