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Finding the Champion
Finding the Champion In launching an angel network at a university, it takes a champion to see it to fruition. In addition to a business school sponsor and five check-writing angels, you'll need someone who will be the champion for the group. The champion needs to be well connected with…
Retaining Members
Retaining Members In running a university angel network, the attrition rate is often lower than for non-university angel networks. The university group has a great answer for "Why invest in startups?". Many members join to support the university. The group's primary purpose is to provide the student with an educational…
Offline vs. Online Meetings
Offline vs. Online Meetings In running a university angel network, consider both offline and online meetings for the members.  Online meetings allow you to run education sessions, screening meetings, and pitch sessions along with diligence follow-up. Since the members need not travel to campus, these can be short half-hour calls…
Fund Documents
Fund Documents In setting up a university angel network, you'll need fund documents for the prospective members to review. You'll need to establish a legal entity for the fund, typically an LLC. After that, you'll need to write the company agreement documents.  This includes the formation of the fund, its…
Why Set Up a Fund?
Why Set Up a Fund? Consider setting up a fund early on for your university angel group. For every one alumni who joins the angel group, there will be three who will join the fund.  Angel investing takes time and many will not be able to participate in pitch meetings…
Student Participation Is Important
Student Participation Is Important Hello, this is Hall T. Martin with the Startup Funding Espresso -- your daily shot of startup funding and investing. In setting up a university angel group, the student experience is the primary objective. To ensure the success of the group, set up a program for…
Where Does Making a Return Fit In?
Where Does Making a Return Fit In? Many angel investors want to support their university group, local entrepreneur ecosystem, and more. The primary goal is building up their local community or network. In addition to supporting the community, the investor needs to make a return on the investment.  Investors will…
What Is the Mission of the Group?
What Is the Mission of the Group? In starting an angel group at a university, the key mission of the group is not to make money. Supporting the university by providing students with a quality academic experience and job placement is the primary goal. Alumni who join the angel group…
Providing Mentorship to Startups
Providing Mentorship to Startups Angel groups are often asked to provide mentorship to startups. Here are some best practices for engaging your angel investors into mentorships with startups: Start by matching the investor with the startup based on the business model, sector, and stage of business. Identify a specific challenge…
Who Else Should You Involve?
Who Else Should You Involve? In launching a university angel network there are legal considerations specific to the university to keep in mind.  A university is a non-profit and therefore cannot participate in startup investing. The first step in launching a group is to contact the university legal counsel about…