London Universities Launch New Fund, $40M Contact Lenses + more

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Welcome to edition #12 of The AIS Angel Insider, your weekly scoop of inspiration, insights and insider knowledge on all things Angel Investing and Startups.

On this weeks AIS Angel Insider:

📰 Inside Scoop: Deep-tech company raises $40M for groundbreaking contact lenses + more

🚀 For the Founders: Join a Techstars Accelerator to Scale Your Startup

🤓 Read of the week: Your AIS due diligence cheatsheet for evaluating early-stage startups

🧠 Tools: 3 Angel Investing/Founder podcast episodes to listen to this week

🔎 What’s happening at AIS: Enrolment for our January 2024 Cohort is now live

💷 Deal Flow: NIYA are raising

🚨New: Read our free Angel Investing Basics e-book

🗓 Dates for your Calendar: Last Chance to secure BAG DROP Tickets + more

🤑 Discounts Freebies & Rewards: Read till the end


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Xpanceo, a deep tech startup, raises $40M to focus on smart contact lenses. Its team of more than 50 scientists and engineers has mainly, up to now, been working on different prototypes of…Read More

🚀 FOR THE FOUNDERS: Techstars Start-up Accelerator

Techstars accelerators feature intimate class sizes, 1:1 mentorship, and access to capital. Apply to join the largest pre-seed investor in the world and get unmatched opportunities. Applications close on November 29th


Your AIS due diligence cheatsheet for evaluating early-stage startups

🧠 Tools | 3 angel investing/Founder podcast episodes to listen to this week

20 Minute VC: The Two Biggest Mistakes Every Founder Makes ft Matthew Prince. Matthew Prince is the co-founder and CEO of Cloudflare and is on a mission is to help build a better Internet. Matthew has scaled Cloudflare to over $1BN in revenue, $20BN in market cap, and over 3,200 employeesListen Here

Behind The Dreams Podcast: Mastering Decision-Making: A Conversation with Tech Founder ft Pip Jameson. Pip Jameson is the founder of the dots, listen as she shares the strategies and insights that have guided her in her journey to success. From navigating tough choices to.…Listen Here

EdTech Angels: Founders should double down on their origin story ft Andy Ayim. He is coaching founders to help them achieve product market fit and is a leading voice for integrating diversity and inclusion into portfolios of investors. He has invested in overListen Here


Enrolment for the January 2024 Cohort is now open: : Our 5 week intensive program is designed to take you from knowing nothing about angel investing to feeling confident and knowledgeable enough to support and invest in the companies you truly believe in, We have a few more spaces left before enrolment closes in the upcoming weeks. Enrol Today

Join the AIS+Monthly Membership: AIS+ is a community of angel investors that share a philosophy of adding value beyond the capital and investing collectively together. Our investor community ranges from successful entrepreneurs to experienced operators in some of the largest companies in the world such as Google, Amazon and Stripe. Our monthly membership also provides a more flexible and bite sized approach to angel investing that is available on demand and fits around your schedule. Join Here

Check out what some of our September 2023 Cohort had to say about the course OR read the rest here on Trustpilot


NIYA are raising (SEIS/EIS Approved)

Niya’s Career Management Platform makes it easier for everyone to access opportunity. Demystifying careers with personalised pathways that simplify information and connect users to relevant networking, training and job opportunities.

Their notable milestones include:

  • 1M people in the network

  • 3K community beta users

  • 120 businesses on their waitlist

Are you a founder looking to raise? submit your pitch deck here

  • Learn how angel investing actually compares to investing in stocks and shares

  • Learn about the AIS Mindset and why you need it to win in the game of angel investing

  • Learn about the different types of angels and decide which one you want to be

  • Bonus quick start checklist to get you started on your angel investing journey + much more

    Download your free copy


Last Chance: BAG DROP: Blocks 2 Bags are hosting an immersive pitch night next week with over 50 Investors looking to invest in the next big startup. Representing funds from all over the world with over £100million to invest. Think Dragons den meets block party event with a live DJ and Open bar for the networking segment. Tonigh 6:30pm. There are still a few Operator tickets left. Here

Techish Lve Show: Join a live episode of the tech & culture podcast Techish. Engage with Abadesi and Michael and network with their vibrant community. October 25th 7pm - 10pm. Use code AIS for 10% off your Tickets

Floww Investor Showcase: Floww are hosting an Investor Showcase, which will feature pitches from companies (pre-seed - Series A) who will be raising on their platform. There will be drinks and networking afterwards. October 26th 6:30pm - 9pm. Register Here


Get 10% off your Yayem membership

Yayem is a digital membership for global living: an international network representing 70 nationalities, travel resources (guides and perks for 100+ cities), experiences around the world, and epic spaces (including their Y Country House in Portugal, Y Casita in Mexico City, and partner spaces around the world including the Curtain Club here in London).

They have recently launched Y Pass — for those who love to travel and want to connect with the global Yayem network. Their beta pricing is currently GBP180 a year BUT the AIS community get an additional 10% discount and fast-track acceptance into the membership.

Applications take less than 2 minute. Apply Here

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