Angel Investing 101

The basics, why do it, why not, and how to start

Angel investing plays a key role in the start-up ecosystem by providing early stage companies with capital, expertise, and business development network. Despite the proliferation of crowdfunding platforms and TV shows (such as Shark Tank) offering entertainment value on account of early stage investing, the reality behind angel investing remains elusive to most.

Following slide deck offers a high level overview of angel investing — why do it, more importantly why not do it, and, if one still wants to take the plunge, a few pointers on how to do it. The last section outlines the criteria that we at Chicago Booth Angels in London follow in selecting candidates for investment. See www.chicagoboothangels.com to learn more about us, join our network (it’s free and we welcome non-Booth people), and apply for funding if you are an entrepreneur.

Not all life in corporates is depressing. Not all start-ups are exciting. However, to generalise, start-ups offer the opportunity to be part of a high growth and high intensity environment often not present in corporate cultures.

See “Cherchez la Tech” for a subjective framework on deriving an investment thesis for early stage investors.

The last tip is a joke, of course. I have two little girls and am really counting on the last study! :)

See www.chicagoboothangels.com to learn more about us, join our network (it’s free and we welcome non-Booth people), and apply for funding if you are an entrepreneur.

You can also see the deck in SlideShare.

Cornel

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The deck was presented to the Chicago Booth Angels audience in London in Oct 2017 during our network’s inaugural education event. Video of the event will be available by early Nov. Special thanks to Jessica Bliesner, the Chicago Booth Angels team, and the Chicago Booth London team for organising the Angel Investing 101 event.

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The above post is not intended as investment advice. All views, where not sourced, are subjective. Please conduct a thorough due diligence before investing and seek professional investing, legal, and accounting advice where applicable.