Women control half the net wealth in the UK, yet represent only 14% of angel investors and about 5% of the capital invested in early stage businesses.

We believe that women are missing out on the opportunities that angel investing brings and that the whole startup community would benefit from a more diverse investor base. So our mission is to activate more entrepreneurial and senior professional women as angel investors and increase the amount of smart capital available for women-founded tech businesses. Both experienced and new investors are welcome, as well as men who share our vision.

Investor Academe workshop:

Investor Academe is our practical and interactive workshop for new angel investors. By the end of this workshop participants will have the tools, knowledge and network to make a “smart” investment as part of an angel syndicate.

What previous participants said:

“The workshop made me realise nobody is an amazing expert, just brave enough to ask questions”

“The interactivity and style – it was over in a flash. Thoroughly enjoyed it. Great participation. Huge amount of thought & effort”

About the workshop:

Central to the workshop is due diligence exercise using a case study based on a real business which the founders have now exited. We will cover all aspects of due diligence to identify the main risks and any areas for clarification. Once we’ve decided whether or not we’ll invest in the business, agreed the investment terms, valuation and what our involvement with the business will be once the investment has been made (or not), we’ll reveal what really happened. We’ll also discuss returns on this investment versus potential returns from other asset classes such as cash, property or listed shares as well as what the lessons are from this business and other businesses we’ve invested in.

There will also be an opportunity to discuss your objectives for investing and attitude to risk, strategies for meeting your objectives and managing risk, how the tax breaks work to help maximise the upside and minimise the downside of angel investing and your role and responsibilities as an angel investor.

Who should attend:

This workshop is for High Net Worth Individuals (as defined by FSMA) who are interested in becoming angel investors as well as angels with some experience who want to fine-tune their investing skills. It’s particularly suited to people who:

  • Want to invest as part of a syndicate to pool their financial resources and expertise
  • Want to manage risk by taking a portfolio approach and leveraging the tax breaks
  • Like to learn by doing and collaborating with experienced angels
  • Want to have fun, expand their network and fuel their brains!

Workshop leaders:

The course will be delivered by Sarah Turner and Ramona Liberoff, both seasoned angel investors from the Angel Academe network. They’ve made over 20 investments between them through various groups and will draw on this varied experience as well as what’s seen as industry best practice.

We’ll also have experts on hand from haysmacintyre to explain the generous tax breaks that are available to angel investors (the Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme and the Enterprise Investment Scheme) and a commercial lawyer from Kingsley Napley who can explain the investment documentation.

More information and registration here.