We Get to YES!
The Angel Academy is a two-day event that will equip you with the knowledge and tools necessary for making educated angel investment decisions. With a solid foundation in the principles of angel investing, you’ll be able to better navigate market dynamics and identify promising investment opportunities. The curriculum is designed to give you a deep understanding of the intricacies of angel investing, encompassing various essential aspects such as legal and regulatory changes and considerations, evaluating companies, investing diversification, and portfolio management.
Investors – Join us. The SDAC fund supports cutting-edge startups and fuels the San Diego innovation economy. Interested in learning more about angel investing? Get on the SDAC VI Interested Investor List to receive more information.
About the san diego angel conference
Bringing Entrepreneurs and Investors Together
Angels used to say there weren’t enough good deals in San Diego. Entrepreneurs would say there aren’t enough investors writing checks. The San Diego Angel Conference has effectively changed the conversation. Each year promising and scalable startups apply. Angels review the deals and work together to choose one company that will receive $200,000* in angel investment. It’s part of our commitment to activate angel investors while providing training, growth, and funding in the innovation ecosystem.
*Actual amount invested depends on the total dollars raised. Historically, investors have exceeded both the investment amount and number of companies funded.
Developing startups and helping them fundraise
The San Diego Angel Conference is a partnership between investors that participate in the Fund, and the USD Knaus School of Business Free Enterprise Institute (FEI). Entrepreneurs have the opportunity to participate in the Entrepreneurs Track and apply to compete for funding.
Building a bridge between investors and entrepreneurs
Rising tides lift all boats and the SDAC’s culture of ‘getting to yes’ is a cornerstone. That’s why the process aims to forge connections in our region and boost the entire ecosystem by improving deal flow.
Training investors and providing a portfolio
We bring together first-time and experienced angel investors to invest as a group. The conference provides a hands-on look into the process and allows individuals to start building a portfolio of startup investments.
Our Title Sponsor
Seventeen companies secured over 4.6 million dollars worth of investments directly through the first five SDAC Funds.
From Biotech to Software and everything in between, investors have a large selection of companies to evaluate.
SDAC investors go on to become involved in sister organizations to further benefit the ecosystem. To date, SDAC Investors have started or joined 34 other funds.
Armed with knowledge and feedback from the SDAC process, participating companies have gone on to raise over $191 million.
The San Diego Angel Conference in partnership with The Brink SBDC, offers 3 months of weekly workshops for entrepreneurs to help them develop, explore, and refine the fundamentals required to prepare for angel investment.
The signature SDAC event provides the opportunity to practice your pitch and gain feedback from ecosystem experts.
Everything Deck Related
Learn how to build a clean deck that catches attention and provides potential investors the info they need.
Market Research & GTM
Strategy is everything. We’ll cover how to craft an effective GTM strategy and how to tell a compelling story using market research.
Valuation, Cap Tables, Etc
Ask experts your lingering questions on everything regarding valuation and understand what angel investors are looking for.
Due Diligence Preparation
Understand the fundamentals of preparing documentation for due diligence and what to expect from the process.
Mixers with Investors
Throughout the workshop series, entrepreneurs have the opportunity to network with investors and build rapport.
EXPLORE ANGEL INVESTING
Start investing with a new group of friends
It’s easier to become an angel investor than you may think. Join our community of both first-time and experienced angel investors to make new connections, learn the process, and gain access to companies in the region.
Meet a San Diego Angel - Benton Moore
Like other SDAC investors, Benton joined other angel investing networks like Tech Coast Angels- San Diego. He also continued to serve on the SDAC III Fund Management Team and is helping to launch a $1.5M fund at his alma mater USD, the Torero Angel Fund. With an overarching SDAC goal to activate more angel investors, Benton Moore stands out as a bright light helping to do good in the world, to support early stage startups and founders, and to generate positive return on his investments.
Meet a San Diego Angel - Amy Duncan
Support the Conference
A major factor in the SDAC’s success is the engagement of the ecosystem, a team effort in the broadest sense. There are many ways to get involved and support the Conference.
- Partner – Become a partner (Nonprofit organizations whose mission is to support the innovation ecosystem)
- Invest – Accredited angel investors
- Sponsor – Become a sponsor (providers, service organizations, and vendors)
- Donate – Help us make this opportunity available to students and keep the costs manageable
- Apply – Apply for investment (founders and entrepreneurs)
- Attend – Attend the main event
- Volunteer – There are big and small opportunities available
San Diego Angel Conference
Bringing Entrepreneurs and Investors together right here in San Diego.
Get In Touch
University of San Diego
Knauss School of Business
5998 Alcalá Park
San Diego, CA 92110
Don't miss this very special Pitch Deconstruction! This event is open to new and returning founders and is a great opportunity for anyone preparing to raise funds with angel investors. Come prepared to pitch! Register today at https://t.co/srXAMKx24u pic.twitter.com/MDuttCiLrj
— The Brink SBDC (@TheBrinkSbdc) November 9, 2023