The angel network Accelerated Growth Partners (AGP), Greenberg Traurig, Knight Foundation and the Kellogg School of Management are teaming up to offer a series of angel investor education workshops.
The Knight-supported AGP relaunched last summer and has been meeting regularly and inviting selected startups to present at their meetings. Under a new managing director, Nico Berardi, the group has grown in a few short months to 57 members and another 30 or so prospects. Some members have already invested in South Florida startups.
But along with presenting investors with many opportunities to invest in local startups, a key mission of AGP is investor education. It wants to grow the angel investor community in South Florida, and is one of a number of efforts underway in South Florida.
AGP's new Angel Education Series will consist of six workshops aimed at training the Miami investment community in the intricacies of angel investing. "The curricula is very specific to educating investors in making angel investments," said Berardi (pictured at left). These workshops will cover a range of topics such as Valuations, Portfolio Strategy, Post-investment Relationship, Legalities of Angel Investing and Picking Winners.
“The premise behind the Series is that while Miami startups are booming, the investment community today doesn't have enough tools to invest in early-stage tech ventures,” added Berardi. “With an all-star team of sponsors and speakers, we're attracting potential investors to come out and learn how to include angel investments as a part of their broader portfolio.”
The inaugural workshop on Jan. 28, 'An Overview', will be taught by the Angel Research Institute and take place at the Kellogg School of Management in Coral Gables.
The Series will:
• Teach early stage investing principles providing basic tools and resources.
• Provide a clear picture of the intricacies of South Florida i.e. opportunities and constraints
• Showcase local investment platforms, current angel investors and key members of the entrepreneurial local ecosystem.
The sessions are free for SEC-accredited investors. Registration is required, space is very limited and accredited investors will get preference.
For more information and to register for the first session: https://agpeducation.eventbrite.com
Posted Jan. 15, 2015; Photo of Nico Berardi by Catarina Ayubi