Let’s hear it for the winners
We Get to YES!
Congratulations to Advocat for winning the third San Diego Angel Conference and securing a $275,000+ investment. That’s not all though, the fund is making an even bigger wave by investing another ~$400,000+ into our runner-ups: ChargeNet, Digital Proteomics, Fluid Power AI and Verity!
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 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 investor and entrepreneur
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.
Eleven companies secured over 3 million dollars worth of investments in connection with the event.
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 like Tech Coast Angels to further benefit the ecosystem.
RAISED BY COMpANIES
Armed with knowledge and feedback from the SDAC process, participating companies have gone on to raise over $53 million.
The Entrepreneur Track
The San Diego Angel Conference offers free trainings for entrepreneurs to help them prepare their application
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.
Become an angel investor through sdac
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.
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