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.
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2023 PANEL TOPICS
Angie Bastian is the co-founder of Angie’s BOOMCHICKAPOP and a Minnesota native. Taking her popcorn business from her garage (literally!) to a beloved international brand, she’s been featured in Forbes, Wall Street Journal, the Huffington Post, and is an inductee into the MN Women’s Business Hall of Fame. Angie will share her startup journey and what it was like getting started here in Minnesota.
Dhani Jones is a hard person to describe. If you followed the Giants, Eagles, or Bengals you may know him as Dhani the NFL player. Maybe you read his memoir and travelogue, The Sportsman: Unexpected Lessons from an Around-the-World Sports Odyssey, and know him as an author. You could have followed his reporting for ESPN2, Spike TV, various Olympic games, and his involvement in TV series’ such as CNBC’s Adventure Capitalists, and Dhani Tackles the Globe, watching him evolve into a media figure. Today, twenty-three years after his lengthy NFL career began, Dhani has a seemingly very different career: investor. Dhani will bring a national viewpoint to the day and we will hear first hand about his personal journey from pro-athlete to early-stage investor.
Talk Numbers To Me
Think the Price is Right meets angel investing. We will ask our astute panelists their take on everything from the ideal number of companies in an angel portfolio, valuations, average check sizes, and so much more.
The Power Couple
The relationship between founder and angel investor is unlike any other. This symbiotic relationship can open doors, unleash potential, and at times feel unstoppable. Tyree Burks, CEO & founder of Players Health will be joined by one of his early-stage investors, Troy Vosseller, to discuss the evolution of the founder/investor relationship.
Choose Your Own Adventure
Kinda like ice cream, there are many different flavors of angel investing. And your preference may change over time. This panel will take note from a group of early-stage investors with experience ranging from solo angel investing, investing with a private group of friends, participating through an angel network, as well as a Limited Partner in an early-stage fund. We can expect to hear how basics like deal sourcing, due diligence, and time involvement differ in each model, as well as the pros and cons of each style.
Ready to dive in deeper? We have two breakout discussions planned for the day with topics ranging from building your investment thesis, speed reading term sheets, to joining an angel cohort, and more. Each topic is led by respective thought leaders in the space. Attendees will have the chance to select the topics of their choice and be active participants in the group discussions.
Miss Shannan Paul
Lea B. Olsen
Bonnie Speer McGrath
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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