ANGEL INVESTORS PANEL
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
Anita is a Northern Virginia-based entrepreneur. She most recently founded KiwiTech in 2009, a unique eco-system for startups, and drove sales and marketing across the firm. KiwiTech has provided technology, investment, financial and crowd-funding services to the 500+ startups in its eco-system. Anita was also a founder of Aptara in Fairfax County in 1988. At Aptara, Anita was responsible for leading the sales and marketing team, and the company quickly grew from the original three founders to well over five thousand employees. Aptara was named to the INC 500 list in 2000, 2001 and 2002 and became the largest publishing services company in the world, before a successful exit in 2012.
Anita is focused on promoting women in business and technology through KiwiTech’s Female Founder events, TiE Women, and other initiatives. Anita has been featured in the Marietta College’s alumni magazine, Trailblazer.
Mark got his start as full-time operator – co-founding a dozen fintech, SaaS, e-commerce, retail, green tech, online gaming, and music ventures over the past 30 years. Now, Mark's passion is more 'player/coach'. His mission is two-fold: helping America reduce the cost and increase the efficacy of health and wellness via digital health, and enabling founders (with deep domain experience in their respective industry) to take on the legacy providers that directly or indirectly are holding back change.
Mark is also a General Partner at Builders VC, a Series A venture capital firm that invests in the exact same two areas. He is also the Founder and Chairman of UCSF Health Hub, UCSF's innovation center that connects healthcare inventors and companies with the people, expertise, and capital needed to grow and scale.
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.
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.