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    42 Workspace

    The Angel Investor class is a series of three in-depth workshops. During three sessions, investors will emerge into nitty gritty of angel investing and will learn about the topics mentioned below.  The length of each session is four hours. The entire three-day class costs 495 EUR (ex VAT) and it will take place in Rotterdam (42 workspace).

    The program

    Each day, we are going to cover three different topics. The formal part will last from 14:00-18:00. After, angel investors are invited for networking drinks.

    Day 1
    How to source and select startups
    The dealmaking process
    Team assessment

    Day 2
    Terms sheets essentials
    Go to market & growth strategies
    Valuation & funding strategy

    Day 3
    Tech due diligence
    Closing Documentation
    Portfolio Management
    The workshops

    How to source and select startups

    It is a real challenge to find the best startups at precisely the moment they are ready for investors. As an individual angel investor, it is nearly impossible to generate a deal flow of sufficient quantity and quality to increase your chances of a good return on investment.

    Valuation & funding strategy

    Early-stage investing is part art, part science. If only there were a formula to price a startup with 100% accuracy. In this workshop, participants explore various methodologies that help to evaluate the financial elements of a startup. We also cover how founders arrive at a particular valuation and why that matters to angel investors.

    Team assessment

    Eighty percent of startups fail because of poor relationships within the founding team. A poor match between the team and their investor is one of the top ten reasons for a failing startup. That’s why predicting the added value of a potential partnership is vital to the startup’s success. Topics like performance at different stages of a startup lifecycle and during specific projects; predicting team performance, and reasons for possible conflicts are covered.

    The dealmaking process & Term sheet essentials (equity & convertible debt)

    Angel investors use all kinds of terms sheets when making a pre-seed or seed investment. Dave Dirks was one of the first in the Dutch market to introduce best market principles used in angel investing in the US and the UK. He will guide you from the dealmaking process up to drafting term sheets, both for an equity investment and a convertible loan. He will touch upon which clauses should you definitely include and which you should not, and what are the best practices currently used.

    Business Model Canvas & Metrics

    Early-stage VCs tell startups that they “invest from 15k MRR.” The SaaS crowd claims that “an LTV of 3X CAC is a sign that the business model is working.” The press loves to cover the latest DAU or MAU figures of Facebook or Twitter, and people are in awe of the GMV of unicorns like AirBnB. Participants will learn to decipher these acronyms and find out for which business models they are relevant.

    Go to market & growth strategies

    Participants go through a step-by-step approach to help you identify the right strategy for their investments. A product itself is half the marketing; it has to bring value to people’s lives, work effortlessly and appeal to a large group. There is only one problem: nobody cares that you built a product. The other half of the battle is going to market, testing the waters and identifying the (part of the) product that people perceive and that delivers the most value.

    Tech due diligence

    In this workshops, some of the following questions are answered: What is technical due diligence? What will you gain from a tech audit? Should you run an audit at all times? What types of audits are common? When is the right time to initiate the process? What does the process look like? How do you use the audit results? What are the most important tech risks startups face?

    Closing Documentation

    So you’ve signed the term sheet, performed the necessary due diligence, maybe some other conditions have been fulfilled as well, and now it’s time for the closing documentation stage. Whether you are dealing with an equity investment or convertible loan, you need to be aware of certain steps in the process.

    Portfolio Management

    Investing in early-stage companies carries a very high degree of risk. The expected outcome of any single investment is doubtful, which is why portfolio management is essential when investing in this asset class. Participants are walked through the basics of portfolio management and the role angel investing could play in your broader portfolio.


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Angel Academy BV
42 Workspace
Schiedamse Vest 154
3011BH Rotterdam
The Netherlands