Academy Investor Network’s (AIN) mission is to invest in top tier startups while also exposing Service Academy Graduates to the venture asset class normally only available to accredited investors (high net worth individuals). Our team recognizes venture investing can be difficult to navigate and unnecessarily exclusive. For Service Academy Graduates who might be new to investing, AIN is demystifying venture investing by providing educational materials to ensure our members are postured to invest like professionals. This article outlines the free training available through our platform in conjunction with RBL1 (Revel One Ventures) as well as other resources we believe will be valuable to AIN members.

This AIN Training is a FREE 6-hour course available to all members and comes with a certificate after completion. You must become a member of AIN by submitting an application here to gain access to the training. All non-accredited AIN members must complete this course to invest with AIN. The training syllabus includes the following:

  • Investing 101: Covers what a start-up is and the different sources of funding.
  • Venture Selection Process: Explains the sourcing and due diligence for venture deals.
  • Evaluating Startups: Everything investors look at to determine if a startup is a good investment.
  • Startup Engagement & Investor Questions: Understand how to prepare for and develop investor questions for initial meetings with a startup’s founders/management team
  • Deal Flow: The number of potential investments a fund reviews over a period of time
  • Deal Screen: Initial evaluation of a potential investment opportunity before committing resources and time to a more thorough evaluation of the opportunity
  • The Startup Pitch: A presentation of an entrepreneur’s idea, business model, company solution, marketing strategy, and competition delivered to potential investors
  • Capitalization ‘Cap’ Table: This is a table showing the total amount of securities issued by a firm and typically includes the amount of investment obtained from each source

AIN will continue to create valuable educational content for our members as part of an ongoing educational series that will include topics ranging from introductory investor education to venture-specific investing. Here’s a quick preview of future topics:

  • Learning the Venture Language — useful terms and definitions
  • Macro Investing Topics — where does venture fit into my overall investing strategy?
  • Venture Math — useful ratios and analysis to screen ventures

In addition to AIN’s content, we believe the resources listed below should be included in every investor’s toolkit.

Books:

  • Top VC Books Recommended by RBL1
  • Financial Intelligence for Entrepreneurs by Karen Berman
  • Business Model Generation: A Handbook for Visionaries, Game Changers, and Challengers by Alexander Osterwalder
  • The Tech Entrepreneurs Survival Guide: How to Bootstrap Your Startup, Lead Through Tough Times, and Cash In for Success by Bernd Schoner and Steven Roy Grimsley

Newsletters:

Podcasts:

If you have additional questions, please contact Emily McMahan (Emily@academyinvestor.com) and / or Sherman Williams (Sherman@academyinvestor.com). Our website is https://academyinvestor.com/.

The Academy Investor Network is an investment platform that syndicates investment capital from U.S. Service Academy Graduates to invest in venture capital