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Angel Investing 101: February 28th 2013

Tonight,  leading angel investors, venture capitalists and startup CEOs will participate in a panel on “Angel Investing 101 – Best Practices” at the Stamford Innovation Center.  The event, hosted by Harvard Business School Alumni Angels Association of Greater New York (HBSAANY) with the HBS Club of Connecticut, will be moderated by Katina Stefanova of Bridgewater Associates.  The program will include a panel discussion on the best practices of angel investing and offer a guide through potential pitfalls.  The panelists for the event include:

“Our mission is to provide an educational forum for Harvard alumni and others who are interested in researching and investing in early stage companies on an individual basis,” said Diana Dowling, a Greenwich, CT, resident who is acting executive director of HBSAANY and an event organizer.  “The Stamford Innovation Center is doing a great job of providing a platform for the local startup and startup investment community.  It is an ideal location for events like ours.”

“We are honored to be able to present this distinguished panel of Harvard Business School Alumni Angels to our community of entrepreneurs, investors and industry experts,” said Barry Schwimmer, founder and managing partner of the Stamford Innovation Center.  “While many may consider angel investing to be the riskiest type of investment, developing a portfolio of early stage companies can be a rewarding and profitable fundamental component of individual investment strategies.  Doing so takes patience, analytical rigor and a disciplined approach within the context of a diversified investment model.  The HBS Alumni Angels Association represents some of the most accomplished angel investors.  Their seasoned perspectives and access to capital are invaluable to entrepreneurs and co-investors alike.”

From the perspective of best practices, the panelists will address:

  • How to assess opportunities (idea, team, valuation)
  • Should you require a full-blown business plan and what to look for
  • How to source great deals
  • How to build a portfolio of startup investments
  • How to add value to a portfolio company
  • What to do when your portfolio startup pivots
  • When should you think about exits
  • How to make the most out of angel group participation
  • How to collaborate effectively with other angel groups

They will also discuss the latest trends in angel investing and where the industry is headed next.

Organized by Ms. Dowling and Margaret Miao, the event will be held at the Stamford Innovation Center (175 Atlantic Street) on Thursday, February 28, with registration beginning at 6:30 pm and the program starting at 7:00 pm.

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