• Alternative Pathways to funding for Pre-Seed Startups

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    As early startups search for their first outside funding, they often jump to the classic Angel Investment / Venture Capital model. In exchange for investment, you receive equity. This model has many consequences. For some companies it is the perfect choice. For others, it does not work so well.

    There are other models of how to structure an investment. BJ Lackland has helped build three leading providers of alternative growth capital for tech companies and in impact investing.

    BJ is a leading pioneer in alternative growth capital for tech startups and impact investing. He has been instrumental building three of the leading providers of alternative growth capital for tech companies and in impact investing, and has advised numerous funds, foundations and corporate investors who want to provide alternative capital.

    BJ is currently the Co-Founder and Chief Investment Officer of IBI Spikes Fund, a Revenue-Based Financing fund providing $500k-$5M+ to tech companies in Israel and the US. He is also Vice Chairman of Founders First Capital Partners, the leading provider of Revenue-Based Financing for diverse founders historically excluded from traditional sources of growth capital.

    BJ was CEO of Lighter Capital from[masked], during which time the firm pioneered Revenue-Based Financing, completing over 650 rounds of financing for investments of $50k-$3M+ and being one of the INC 5000 fastest growing companies in the US for 5 years in a row.
    BJ has broad experience leading startups, making venture and angel investments, public company financing, and building and leading operating teams.

    CEO of a VC-based startup, Lighter Capital
    CFO of a public cleantech company, Power Efficiency
    VP and Director of a VC fund, Summit Energy Ventures
    Raised and invested over $50 million in tech companies

  • Online: Pitch Deconstruction: Getting into the details of your Pitch

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    On the Startup Journey, the Pitch is a key part of engagement between the Startups and outside investors. The Elevator Pitch, the 5 minute pitch, everyone on your team needs to be able to make a credible pitch about the company and what you are doing.
    As a part of any Angel Group, a startup may end up pitching multiple times. Frequently, there is little feedback about the pitch. The Startup does not get to hear the conversation about what the investors were concerned about.

    In the Pitch Deconstruction, any of the companies that come will get a chance to give a 1 minute pitch. There will be a active Investors at the event, and they will provide general feedback to all of the 1 minute pitches.

    The audience will vote for the ones that they would like to hear more from, and those winners (typically 5-6) will then give a 3 minute pitch.

    The one minute pitches should not include slides. The 3 minute pitches are able to use a slide deck.

    Know a company that needs to get more clarity about what the investors are hearing when they listen to their pitch? Please invite them to come to this workshop.

  • Angel Investing 101 - An overview with Tessie Decker and Austin Brovick

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    Tessie Decker and Austin Brovick will give an overview of the Angel Investing process. They are alumni of the Seattle Angel Conference and active SPV organizers for the next program. The process of Angel Investing can help startups go faster. It can also be profitable as an investment for Angel Investors. Angel Investing can give you insight into the future of our economy.

    How can startups make the most of an Angel Investment? Who exactly is allowed to be Angel Investors by Federal Law?

    What are the best ways to invest? What are the things that Angel Investors should look for in startups? Are all startups Angel Investable?

    Come get your Angel Investing Questions answered.

  • Launch your startup with NoCode

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    Investing in tech startups doesn’t necessarily require larger cheques, especially at the MVP stage. Gone are the days when you needed a team of expensive software engineers to create a minimum-viable product to go to market.

    NoCode is a new ecosystem of platforms that enable non-technical founders to create products as complex as Twitter, Linkedin, Eventbrite, Airbnb etc (ALL WITHOUT CODING!)

    1 - Introduce you to the No-code ecosystem. The tools that are currently in the market, their strengths and limitations
    2 - An overview of VC money flowing into the NoCode platforms themselves
    3- An overview of some practical & inspiring examples of successful platforms built using NoCode
    4- The current landscape of various platforms and a few key use cases where NoCode makes much more sense compared to conventional coding

    Zubair is a Software Engineer turned NoCoder. After a decade of software engineering in various Startups and Enterprises, he switched gears and found AZKY Tech Labs (azkytech.com), focusing on delivering web apps for clients across the globe using No-code.
    Zubair and his team have delivered over 50 products ranging from MVPs, SAAS, Marketplaces, dashboards and complex scheduling and project management systems.

    Zubair is a Bubble Bootcamp instructor and loves to talk about NoCode. Follow him on socials: https://linktr.ee/zubair_nocode

  • Strategic Fundraising Milestones

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    Learn how to build investor interest in your opportunity by constructing your pitch around strategic milestones. We start with an overview of the investor and customer perspective as 'propellers' of your company at different stages. We bridge that understanding into tactical approaches to develop strategic milestones that lead to investable outcomes.

    Minda Brusse is a Founding Partner at First Row Partners, a Seattle-based pre-seed venture firm. She also teaches the Angel Investing course at the University of Washington Foster School of Business MBA program. With a front row seat to the trajectory of 4+ startups in the past 20 years, Minda brings problem solving knowledge across a variety of business models.

    Minda is also an alumni of the Seattle Angel Conference process.

  • Seattle Angel - Meet the Funders

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    So you are considering the Angel Investing process… You are a startup that is seeking early seed stage money? You just had your company go IPO and now you want to start Angel Investing? You have a bunch of questions, but you are not sure where to start? There are many Angel Groups in the Seattle area. We will bring several Angel Groups and Micro-VC funds to a Seattle Angel AMA “Ask Me Anything” event. This is your chance to ask questions about the Angel Investing process, what the different Angel Groups focus on or anything else you want to now.

    Angel Groups in Seattle Include:

    Seattle Angel Conference
    E8 Angels
    Z5 (Tie)
    Puget Sound Venture Club
    Alliance of Angels

    With MicroVC like:
    Ascend Ventures
    First Row Partners

    We will have speakers from the Allen AI2 Incubator, Alliance of Angels and other groups in the area.

  • The Role of the Lead Investor

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    The lead investor provides several key functions in a startup fundraise primarily leading the diligence and setting the valuation. There are additional duties startups expect from their lead investor. In this session we outline the advantages and disadvantages of being a lead investor

    Hall T. Martin is the Founder and CEO of TEN Capital and Host of the Investor Connect podcast program

    He launched the firm as the Texas Entrepreneur Networks in 2009. Today, TEN Capital has over 15,000 investors in its network, and has helped startups raise over $900M.

    Mr. Martin serves as the Vice-Chair of the Baylor Angel Network.


  • Pitch Deconstruction and Review

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    Pitching as a part of Angel Investing is a way that we help people get an intuative sense of how a company is going and which ones we want to lean into. However, one of the key aspects of pitching is to practice. However, practice without feedback is not as good as you can get.

    We will have a panel of Active Angel Investors available to give feedback on pitches. We will first do a round of 1 minute pitches for anyone who wants to pitch.

    From the 1 minute pitches, we will select a handful of people to do 3 minute pitches with slides. For each of those pitches, we will ask the Angel Investors to provide feedback about what they heard.

    Often what the Founder thinks that they said, and what the Angel Investors hear are not the same thing.

    Join us in the process of polishing Angel Investing pitches.