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Angel Capital Association

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.

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.

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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!

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.

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!

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.

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. Studios are causing this precise disruption to the traditional ways of building companies and how to invest in them.

Global Entrepreneurship Congress Aims to Fuel Healthier Ecosystems

Angel Capital Association

By: Linda Smith, ACA Chair Emeritus This November, the Global Business Angels Network (GBAN) Annual Meeting will participate as part of the global effort to unify people and ideas to rebuild our economies by empowering healthier entrepreneurship ecosystems around the world. ACA members are invited to join the Global Business Angels Network (GBAN) Annual Meeting in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, from November 14-17, 2021!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. Keeps a place of business and invests in facilities, equipment, and supplies. By: Matthew C.

Helping Angels Make Confident Investment Decisions – Getting to Know Veraf?

Angel Capital Association

ACA’s new Affinity Partner, has a unique background that generates the knowledge and experience to assist angels in completing the valuable due diligence needed to ensure confidence in personal and investment decisions. specializes in collecting, analyzing and presenting intelligence so angels can make confident decisions about key hires and investments. Q: Nic, angels’ needs for background checks comes in bunches sometimes. We won't invest without them."

Capital in a Time of Crisis

Angel Capital Association

By: Kevin Learned and Denise Dunlap, Sage Growth Capital “My investors want to renegotiate terms” or “I thought my round was committed but now my investors are backing out”. Generally, it would be one industry or one type of size company who experience limited access to capital because of an exogenous event. The team at Sage Growth Capital believes in the resilience and creativity of entrepreneurs and in the ability of the US economy to rebound.

SEC Framework Amended to Promote Capital Formation and Expand Opportunities

Angel Capital Association

By: Pat Gouhin, Chief Executive Officer The Angel Capital Association’s continued advocacy toward harmonizing and simplifying the existing framework to improve capital raising pathways and expand investment opportunities has yielded successful results for U.S. ACA members and the broader investment community will benefit from these steps to improve the exempt offerings and the modification of the registration process with the Commission.

Non-dilutive R&D funding for deep tech startups

Angel Capital Association

NSF-funded startups and small businesses have made notable moves in the market: During fiscal years 2016 to 2021, NSF-funded startups have logged around 200 exits and more than $14 billion in private investments*. 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.

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.

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. NIH supports a dynamic portfolio of 1,500 cutting edge small businesses with over a billion dollars of non-dilutive investment every year.

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. This legislation, which includes authority for Medicare to negotiate prescription drug prices, universal Pre-K, expanded family leave, historic investments in green technology and other so-called human infrastructure investments, is scheduled for a vote on the House floor the week of November 15.

New Board Members Elected at Annual Member Meeting During ACA 2020 – The Summit of Angel Investing

Angel Capital Association

By: Emily Angold, ACA Marketing Manager Three new board members were elected at the ACA Annual Members’ Meeting during ACA 2020 – The Summit of Angel Investing held virtually May 12-14, 2020. The Board of Directors focuses on supporting the success of angel investors through industry voice, professional development and public policy advocacy while maintaining the mission and values of the Angel Capital Association.

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.

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. In addition to investments from ACA groups like Golden Seeds, how has the company attracted funding?

ACA Shares Angel Perspective as the SEC Proposes Ways to Increase Capital for Founders and Investors

Angel Capital Association

By: Pat Gouhin, Chief Executive Officer The Angel Capital Association and the broader angel investor community were represented during the recent committee meeting with the Securities and Exchange Commission to discuss vital issues that impact capital funding. The angel perspective was represented by ACA member and former Chair, Catherine Mott , BlueTree Allied Angels, who sits on the advisory committee.

Five Ways Angel Investing Gave Me Wings

Angel Capital Association

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. Our investor community drives holistic wealth creation, leveraging dollars invested with the significant time and expertise that we commit to our budding ventures.

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?

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.

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.

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.

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. This tax credit is now available for investments that are in the form of convertible or subordinate debt.

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!

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.“