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The Angel Capital Association stands for social justice, equal opportunity, and social mobility through the power of entrepreneurship. Black CEOs represent a low single digit percentage of angel backed portfolio companies and an even smaller percentage of funding. Forward, we are committing ourselves to building racial diversity in both the angel investing community and the entrepreneurs we support.

Woman Investor Profile Series: Marcia Dawood, Chair, Angel Capital Association

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Marcia Dawood is the Chair of the Angel Capital Association This profile is the fifth in a series of interviews highlighting the work of interesting female investors.

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Success & Challenges of the angel community: SEC asks ACA CEO Pat Gouhin to advise on capital formation as part of the FinHub’s Peer-2-Peer Series.

Angel Capital Association

By: Pat Gouhin, Chief Executive Officer May 10, 2022 – Seeking to strengthen connection, advocacy and understanding as well as advise those in the SEC and FinHub community, CEO Pat Gouhin was thrilled to represent angel investors and the angel ecosystem at FinHub’s Peer-to-Peer meet-up on capital formation. “It It’s so important for angel investors to have the opportunity to talk about those critical issues where policy and progress intersect,” said Pat.

Celebrating 2021 Accomplishments and Looking Ahead to New Opportunities

Angel Capital Association

The Angel Capital Association is moving into a confident, secure future, because of the successes we’ve had and the way we’ve navigated the last two years. 2021 was a year filled with more opportunities for angels to interact and learn. We need angels.

Fox Launchpad: When Startups Need Help Getting Started

Angel Capital Association

In all, Fox Rothschild’s Emerging Companies & Venture Capital practice includes more than 100 attorneys with real-world knowledge of the industries driving today’s innovation economy. The firm also offers Founder Fundamentals , a library of concise briefings — produced by leading attorneys in a diverse array of practice areas — designed for angel investors and founders who want to cut to the chase. Fox Rothschild understands the unique struggles startups face.

At Last – An Asset Class Achieving High Ownership at Low Cost

Angel Capital Association

By: Nick Zasowski, Director at Global Startup Studio Network Startup studios are gaining steam across the angel investing landscape. As studios experience this tension, they have primarily turned to angel networks and family offices who are more open to investing in creative models.

Behind the Scenes: Building an Angel Experience You Will Never Forget

Angel Capital Association

By: Sarah Dickey, ACA Membership Director The programming team for ACA 2021 - The Summit of Angel Investing is full of experienced, respected angel investors and ecosystem providers, and they are hard at work creating a virtual experience that will change the way you think about angel investing.

Why I Angel Invest

Angel Capital Association

By: Daren Cotter, Tech Entrepreneur & Investor, Member of Gopher Angels I’ve been asked this question many times over the past 8 years. I’m sharing my thought process because perhaps it will nudge some of you to angel invest too!

How ACA is Working to Protect Angels - Section 1202 Update

Angel Capital Association

By: Pat Gouhin, Chief Executive Officer As new developments unfold regarding President Biden's proposed tax increases, the Angel Capital Association, in collaboration with our partners at GrayRobinson , pledges to keep our members updated with information as it becomes available. ACA, along with our Public Policy team, is working diligently to continue to protect our members and angels in the startup ecosystem.

Alicia Robb Magnified the Movement to Drive Impact, Diversity, and Inclusion in Early-Stage Investing

Angel Capital Association

By: Sarah Dickey, ACA Membership Director Groundbreaking economist, author, investor, and entrepreneur is honored with the Angel Capital Association’s Hans Severiens Award While performing the research that culminated in her book, The Next Wave: Financing and Investing Strategies for Growth-Oriented Women Entrepreneurs , Alicia Robb, Ph.D., They do not know other angel investors and are not part of investor networks. Contribution to the knowledge base of angel investing.

He Believes in Angels: The Story of a Company Backed by 400 Angel Investors

Angel Capital Association

By: Elaine Bolle, RTP Capital Associates Rob Neville is a serial entrepreneur, and his story is a powerful testimonial about the importance of angel funding. Fast forward several years, and Rob leveraged his success with Evity to start Savara, using his own money and $1M from 10 angels.

Startups Can Avoid Significant Liability by Heeding Wage and Hour Laws

Angel Capital Association

Berger, Labor & Employment Attorney, Fox Rothschild LLP Launching a new company is exciting, but the human capital component – the workforce – can be stressful because founders must contend with a complex array of employment laws. By: Matthew C. One of the major pitfalls I see when advising early- and mid-stage startups on employment issues is a complete lack of attention to federal and state wage and hour laws.

Non-dilutive R&D funding for deep tech startups

Angel Capital Association

By: Ben Schrag, SBIR/STTR Program DIrector and Policy Liaison, U.S. National Science NSF helps companies move innovative technology out of the lab Supporting the most innovative ideas in science and engineering, the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) has funded technologies like LASIK eye surgery, Doppler radar, bar codes, magnetic resonance imaging, 3D printing and tissue engineering that spur economic activity and improve the quality of life for all Americans.

Venture Capital and the Art of the Deal: More of the Same

Angel Capital Association

By: Dror Futter, Legal and Business Adviser to Startups, Venture Capital Firms and Technology Companies. Based on recent data provided by the National Venture Capital Association in partnership with Aumni, the market for venture capital deal terms seem to be that kind of store.

Investors, Entrepreneurs Prepare For ACA 2021 - Summit of Angel Investing

Angel Capital Association

By: Sarah Dickey, ACA Membership Director Investors and entrepreneurs from the Pacific Northwest and around the world will reunite in Portland and online May 4-6 for ACA 2021 - The Summit of Angel Investing! This annual event is about collaborating to bring angels and entrepreneurs together.”.

The Exempt Offering Ecosystem: What the SEC Changed

Angel Capital Association

By: Dror Futter, Legal and Business Adviser to Startups, Venture Capital Firms and Technology Companies The SEC announced a series of amendments (likely to be effective early next year) to the rules governing private offering exemptions – by far the most frequent path for venture fundraising.

Angel Tax in the Crosshairs of Congressional Reconciliation Fight

Angel Capital Association

With less than two months remaining in 2021, Congress is again facing a number of deadlines that will impact the angel investing community. For Angel Capital Association members, the provision in Build Back Better that we are focused on is a potential “pay-for” that would limit the use of the 100% capital gains exclusion on qualified small business stocks (Section 1202) for people who have an adjusted gross income over $400,000.

Working Together to Incubate Biotechnology and Healthcare Companies

Angel Capital Association

By: Matt McMahon, Director – SEED (Small business Education and Entrepreneurial Development), National Institutes of Health The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is proud to be an Angel Capital Association Platinum Partner. Angel investors can partner with NIH to help NIH-funded small businesses bring their products and services to the healthcare marketplace, where they can improve health and save lives.

Hambleton Lord and Christopher Mirabile Are Changing the Face of Angel Investing

Angel Capital Association

By: Sarah Dickey, ACA Membership Director Boston-Area Angels Hambleton Lord and Christopher Mirabile Receive Hans Severiens Award for Individual Impact in Advancing the Field of Angel Investing. With their shared dedication to professionalize angel investing, commitment to educate the angel community and decades long friendship, it is easy to understand why Hambleton Lord and Christopher Mirabile have been so successful at changing the face of angel investing.

Onboard Dynamics Is Leading the Transition to Next Generation Transportation Fuels, Reducing Emissions, and Driving Down Energy Costs

Angel Capital Association

By: Sarah Dickey, ACA Membership Director Cutting-edge clean energy company wins Luis Villalobos Award, Technology category, from Angel Capital Association The United States has abundant access to domestic natural gas, but we have struggled for decades to find scalable, economic ways to leverage natural gas as a transportation fuel, despite its environmental and efficiency benefits.

Angel Investors are Narrowing the Gender and Racial Funding Gaps: More Progress is On the Horizon

Angel Capital Association

By Eli Velasquez, Investors of Color Network According to ACA’s Angel Funders Report, an annual data initiative that studies investments from leading angel investors across the United States, representation from females and Black led businesses has grown significantly in the last few years.

Ten Reasons You Can’t Miss ACA 2021 – The Summit of Angel Investing

Angel Capital Association

Relax in your own home while you soak up the latest insights about the dynamic, changing landscape for angels around the globe. You’ll meet and engage with dozens of experts and other angel investors , with small group chats and roundtable discussions about topics that matter.

A Future Worth Creating: Fiscal Year Recap and Vision for Tomorrow

Angel Capital Association

We need angels. Angels are nimble, identifying and supporting entrepreneurs with desperately needed new technologies and innovations. Angels empower growth and solutions, right here, right now – we can exponentially grow economies at a local and regional level. ACA represents more than 250 angel groups and 14,000 angel investors. We will grow the angel investor community by expanding our strategic work in four key areas: Community Networking.

Accredited Investor Definition Expanded to Increase Access to Investment Opportunities

Angel Capital Association

For the first time, individuals will be permitted to participate in our private capital markets not only based on their income or net worth, but also based on established, clear measures of financial sophistication. ACA has supported the SEC’s incremental expansion of the accredited investor pool and other proposals to expand startup access to angel capital.

IBTX Working to Reduce Risk for Angels and the Portfolio Companies They Support

Angel Capital Association

By: Warren Spiwak, IBTX Partner ACA Affinity Partner IBTX recognizes the risk that angels and startups face. Q: Warren, what are some of the risks that create increasing exposure for Angel Groups in the next decade compared to the past?

The ACA 2021 Innovation Funders Showcase Pre-Summit Kick-Off and Deeper Dive Feature Groundbreaking Companies

Angel Capital Association

A dedicated pre-event Summit kick-off gave each company more time to present with additional opportunities for Summit attendees to connect with companies during ACA 2021 – The Summit of Angel Investing. The ACA Innovation Funders Showcase presented 31 promising portfolio companies in an intimate virtual setting and the chance to connect with these innovative organizations in private meetings during ACA 2021 – The Summit of Angel Investing May 4-6.

How Angel Investors Survive the COVID-19 Economic Crisis

Angel Capital Association

By: Dan Rosen, Alliance of Angels To: The Angel Community After publishing my companion piece, “ How Startups Survive the COVID-19 Economic Crisis ,” I have received a number of comments about how this impacts angels and angel investing. Angels have limited funds.

How did she do it? A Q&A with Rita Hansen, Chief Executive Officer & Co-Founder of Onboard Dynamics

Angel Capital Association

Each year, the Luis Villalobos Award recognizes outstanding ingenuity, creativity and innovation among startups backed by Angel Capital Association members. RH: It is a challenge to find capital for a hardware energy. Also, don’t overlook the power of angel networks.

2021 Luis Villalobos Winners Are Changing the Innovation Landscape

Angel Capital Association

By: Sarah Dickey, ACA Membership Director The prestigious Luis Villalobos Award, recognizing the most ingenious and innovative ideas recently financed by members of the Angel Capital Association, was recently awarded to two ACA member-funded companies disrupting their fields. We funded this deal in less than a month with a syndicate of the Alliance of Angels, SWAN Ventures, and Oregon Sports Angels.“

ACA Chair Emeritus Christopher Mirabile Appointed to SEC?s Investor Advisory Committee

Angel Capital Association

I am very pleased to have the opportunity to represent the Angel Capital Association and the voice of all early stage investors as part of the vital work of the Investor Advisory Committee. Christopher Mirabile is the Chair Emeritus and Public Policy Committee Chair Emeritus of the Angel Capital Association and the co-founder of portfolio management tool www.seraf-investor.com. Congratulations to Christopher on behalf of ACA, angel investors and the start-up ecosystem!

Angel Investor Tax Credit Victory in Louisiana Creates Expanded Opportunities

Angel Capital Association

By: Pat Gouhin, Chief Executive Officer After a tireless effort ultimately met with success, Louisiana angel investors are able to celebrate new opportunities for the early-stage ecosystem! On August 20, 2021, Louisiana Angel Investor Tax Credit program rule changes made by Louisiana Economic Development went into effect. The significant change enhances the availability of capital for Louisiana-based companies.

Kevin Learned: Entrepreneur, Teacher, Angel

Angel Capital Association

Editor’s Note – This story originally appeared in the Idaho Business Review by Sharon Fisher and reposted with permission by the Angel Capital Association. To many Idaho companies, Kevin Learned isn’t just an icon, he’s ang angel. That’s “angel” as in angel investing, where people invest money early in a new company’s career to help it get off the ground. One was entrepreneurship, one was teaching and mentoring and the third was how do we make more capital.”

Regulatory Considerations for Angel Fund Managers

Angel Capital Association

By: Sonia Gioseffi, Partner, K&L Gates The venture capital industry has exploded in both dollars and geography since its beginnings, as evidenced by an increase in the size of venture capital funds and the attraction of large pools of capital from institutional investors. This increase in angel investors is a reflection of the early days of venture capital — an industry which began with a few individuals investing in potentially promising companies.

Entrepreneurs: Define Your Mission and Vision for Success; a Mentor Can Help

Angel Capital Association

Additionally, angel investor portfolio companies will benefit from the clarity and knowledge being shared. By: Bridget Weston, CEO of SCORE If you are an entrepreneur building a small business, you know that it takes more than spreadsheets, financial projections, and a big marketing push to reach business success; it also takes passion, dedication, and attention to detail.

Valuation Workshop – The Art of Negotiation Between Investors and Founders

Angel Capital Association

By: Emily Angold, ACA Marketing Manager As an entrepreneur and seasoned angel investor, Bill Payne understands the critical importance of education to make well-informed decisions that determine the success or failure of a startup. After seeing the need, Bill headed an effort within ACA’s Education and Smart Practices to develop seven new online and in-person workshops for new and experienced angel investors known as ACA Angel University.