Angel Fest is an immersive 1-day conference empowering and connecting angel investors from Minnesota, and beyond. Angel Fest is the region’s marquee annual investor conference.
PAST PANEL TOPICS
Investing in What You Know
Everyone starts somewhere, hear from active angel investors on how they got into angel investing and the unique considerations of the verticals where they've focused. We'll also cover the pivots they've made along the way.
Mind the Gap
Angel investing is immeasurably impactful on early-stage companies, but there's a gap in both who participate as investors and those who get early-stage funding. When women and people of color bring their unique lenses to investing, it tends to be better for women, for people of color, our communities, and for the planet. Investing in women and minority founders is not only equitable, but also profitable.
Founder's View: How to Be a Better Angel
This panel of noteworthy Minnesota founders will discuss the importance and impact angels can have on a startup. We'll cover examples of healthy investor-founder relationships, as well as ways to avoid future conflicts. This panel will showcase the variety and high caliber founders and companies, coming out of the Upper Midwest.
Things We Wish We Knew
Hear the tough lessons learned from a group of investors who have collectively invested in, or supported the investment of, hundreds of early stage deals. Together, we will go deeper into the mechanics of angel investing and explore the questions you've been wanting to ask.
Hear from Doug Baker, former CEO of Ecolab and current investor in quality early-learning programs for at-risk kids and entrepreneurs of color. He brings a unique lens from his years of responsibly growing Ecolab and is passionate about providing capital to underrepresented communities. This discussion will be moderated by PJ Hill, Financial Advisor at NorthRock Partners and current vice president of the Minneapolis chapter of the NAACP.
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Jewel Burks Solomon
“I was thrilled to be a part of this event - much needed in our community. Excited to come back next year!”
“The event was outstanding! The Groove team’s model is building momentum!”
"Angel Fest was the most intentional gathering of investors and entrepreneurs that I can remember."
Angel Fest is organized in collaboration with Forge North, a coalition of more than 150 partners – individuals and organizations - across the Greater Minneapolis-Saint Paul startup ecosystem.
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