European Business Angels Week

Posted November 18, 2013 By Frank

EuropeanAngelWeek2013

It’s European Business Angels Week in 70 cities across Europe this week.

It boggles the mind – 138 events in 34 countries – it must’ve taken an army to organize, so I ask Luis Galveias, EBAN’s Director of Secretariat to explain.

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Banff Bound

Posted November 17, 2013 By Frank

frigid

I’m packing for the NACO Summit in Banff; I depart Tuesday.

Yes, temperatures like this make me nervous – I have adequate clothing because I lived in New York City not that long ago, but it’s the psychological impact. Acclimating to this weather won’t happen in just the few days I’ll be visiting. It’s bound to be a memorable Summit.

the Rimrock Resort in Banff

the Rimrock Resort in Banff

Banff, as you know, is a Canadian National Park, like our Yosemite, so I know this trip will feature spectacular scenery. But it won’t be like the conference in Montreal a few years ago when I struggled to sit in the meetings while the downtown cafes and galleries beckoned. In Banff I may not leave the hotel – and I may not want to, the place looks gorgeous.

Headed that way, too?

Get in the spirit by listening to the interviews with Basil Peters, NACO Chair Michelle Scarborough, Innovate Calgary’s Henry Kutarna and Growlab’s Mike Edwards.

 

     

Pedego’s Don DiCostanzo

Posted November 6, 2013 By Frank
Don DiCostanzo

Don DiCostanzo

He’s a member of the Tech Coast Angels, he’s the founder of an electric bicycle company that’s expanding worldwide and he’s a budding bicycle safety advocate. Meet Don DiCostanzo of Pedego Electric Bikes.

Myself, if Pedego were looking for angel funding, I would probably look the other way. “Retail model”, I would say to my peers as I turned down the opportunity. But I would be so wrong. Whatever it is – the baby boomer demographics – the popularity of the bicycle that’s occurring in cities around the world – or maybe I’ll credit his business experience and savvy – it’s adding up to a very successful business that’s making customers happy, so much so that the business motto is “Fun!”.

So as a successful entrepreneur, what does he look for when he evaluates the pitches he sees at TCA?

Does his expertise in consumer products make him more favorably inclined towards similar deals?

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The City Commuter

The City Commuter

 

     

GrowLab’s Mike Edwards

Posted October 16, 2013 By Frank

Mike Edwards

Mike Edwards

He’s got a lot going on! Start with Initio, GrowLabs and LX Ventures.

He started as a bootstrapping entrepreneur and today he’s using several financing options, like venture capital and the TSX Venture which he explains.

Meet up with the GrowLab team at the NACO Summit in Banff.

Banff

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Innovate Calgary

Posted October 9, 2013 By Frank

Innovate Calgary

Henry Kutarna

Henry Kutarna

Alex Raczenko is the Entrepreneur in Residence and Pitch Coach; Henry Kutarna is the leader of the Alberta Deal Generator investor group. Together they are part of Innovate Calgary, an incubator/accelerator that’s vertically integrated with the local investor community.

Combine this with the strong energy sector economics of Calgary and you have all the ingredients for a vigorous investment environment. That’s what propelled Innovate Calgary to be awarded the 2012 Incubator of the Year.

Of course, I was introduced to Henry and Alex through my friends at NACO. Henry and many other nearby Calgary investors will be attending the 2013 National Angel Summit in Banff next month. See the registration details here; it’s time to get committed.

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Public Policy Update

Posted October 2, 2013 By Frank

Gary Phillips

Gary Phillips

Gary Phillips started with a concern, he had a Quick Pitch event planned and wondered, how did the new SEC general solicitation regulations affect this big fundraising event?

In San Diego, where Gary is President of the Tech Coast Angels network this is an annual event. It’s where entrepreneurs can polish their pitch to potential investors, but would it cause problems for these same companies as they moved forward with their own fundraising?

Marianne Hudson

Marianne Hudson

Marianne Hudson joins the discussion. She’s the Executive Director of the Angel Capital Association and the ACA has stepped up its public policy advocacy over the past few years, especially with the advent of the JOBS Act.

Where do the new rules and regulations stand?

Did Gary break the rules?
Will other angel groups abandon these pitch fests, bake-offs, demo-days and similar events?
Do they represent a problem or are the rules going too far?

Want to learn more?
The ACA is hosting a free webinar at 4pm EDT Thursday October 3rd: JOBS Act Rulemaking – What Entrepreneurs and Startup Supporters Should Know.

Want to share your comments with the SEC? Submit them here.

Gary’s been on the show before. Check out the 4-part series, All About Angel Investing.

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