Archive for March 2024

The ACA and angel investing community are thrilled to welcome Dr. Charu Ramanathan as a keynote speaker to the Summit of Angel Investing in Columbus, OH. Dr. Ramanathan is the Co-Founder and CEO of Vitalxchange.
The Angel Capital Association (ACA) Summit represents a beacon for black investors, founders, and high-growth startups. This event, heralded as the industry’s flagship, convenes a diverse community of new and experienced angel investors, business leaders, and entrepreneurial minds to explore critical topics and trends in angel investing. The summit offers an unparalleled opportunity for learning, networking, and investment discovery, specifically tailored to empower the black entrepreneurial ecosystem. Here are a few benefits that can be experienced by attending this dynamic event.
The Ann and Bill Payne ACA Angel University program has been on the road to educate new angels!
The great bull market of 2010 – 2021, fueled by cheap capital, caused a nearly unprecedented rise in the valuations of speculative assets, from real estate to angel and venture equity. By 2021 investors were paying 2x the “normal” price of early-stage deals, 4x for growth deals and 7x for late-stage deals.
Kwame Anku is the Founding Managing Partner and Chief Investment Officer of Black Star Fund, an early-stage venture capital fund.
On February 27th and 28th, the ACA Public Policy Team convened in Washington, DC to discuss legislative priorities for the upcoming year and meet with numerous lawmakers and legislators, highlighted by a meeting with the new SEC Commissioner Jaime Lizárraga. The trip started with the public policy team meeting to discuss this year’s priorities. Chief among these priorities is continuing to advocate for the accredited investor definition, QSBS and Section 1202, funding caps, and continuing to build out Angel University.