Welcome to edition #15 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: WeWork files for bankruptcy, India’s youngest unicorn + more
🚀 For the Founders: Apply for the Hotbed Expand Programme
🤓 Read of the week: Understanding funding options for startups: Angel Investment, Venture Capital, Accelerators & Debt
🧠 Read: 3 articles that will make you rethink VC Money
🔎 What’s happening at AIS: We’re giving away a free place on the January Cohort of our live course
💷 Deal Flow: Last Chance: NIYA are raising
🚨New: Read our free Angel Investing Basics e-book
🗓 Dates for your Calendar: Digital Catapault showcase, AI Forge + more
🤑 Discounts Freebies & Rewards: Read till the end
📰 INSIDE SCOOP
Mamaearth makes public debut, youngest Indian unicorn to list. It is just over five years since the Mamaearth seed round was announced. And the company is listing today…Read More
Last Week’s 10 Biggest Funding Rounds: Next Insurance, MapLight Therapeutics Hit It Big…Read More
WeWork, once valued at $47 billion, files for bankruptcy. Flexible office-space firm WeWork has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, listing over…Read More
Klarna establishes UK holding company in step towards IPO. Swedish fintech Klarna has established a new UK holding company in an “important” step towards…Read More
🚀 FOR THE FOUNDERS: Hotbed Expand Programme
Our friends at Hotbed have just launched Hotbed Expand, a FREE 5-week programme for founders raising their next round. Apply to gain valuable insights from top-notch speakers, including Michelangelo Valtancoli (Stride.VC), Chai Shetty (Deliveroo), Joe Perkins (Landscape), Pamela Hsieh (Alibaba), Anthony Danon (Cocoa 🍫), Sagar Gupta (Stripe), Anthony Rose (SeedLegals) + more to be announced. Run virtually from 20 Nov to 20 Dec. Apply here
🤓 READ OF THE WEEK
Understanding funding options for startups: Angel Investment, Venture Capital, Accelerators & Debt
🧠 Read | 3 articles that will make you rethink VC Money
Surviving the death of venture capital: Venture capital is an existentially flawed, yet powerful, economic system that could kill the thing most….Read More
Raise less build more: The conventional venture capital funding path – from raising an institutional Seed, Series A, B, C, D, E, etc, all the way to exit via IPO – has long been treated as….Read More
Rough Time Ahead for VC Funding in Fintech. After the highs of 2021, fintech funding came crashing down. As 2022 rolled out, it became clear the bubble was…Read more
🔎 WHAT’S HAPPENING AT AIS
Win a FREE place on the January 2024 cohort of our Live Course: All you have to do is
1) Fill in this competition form
2) Make sure you’re following us on Instagram
3) Subscribe to the newsletter (you’ve already done this part if you’re reading this)
The winner will be announced on 17/11/23
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. Enrol Today
Join the AIS+Monthly Membership (for startup founders):
AIS+ is a community of mission-driven business owners who share a philosophy of adding value through a spirit of collaboration. Our members range from Fractional COO's to business owners of hair care companies and recruitment agencies.
Every month, a business owner takes the hot seat and each member supports with perspective, advice and connections.
We value business owners who protect their ownership, prioritise capital efficiency and build products customers love.
We have dozens of pre-recorded masterclasses on topics such as setting up your operating system to building high-performing teams (we do cover fundraising from angels too).
Build a profitable business with a value-aligned community and be held accountable by your peers. Join Here
Check out what some of our September 2023 Cohort had to say about the course OR read the rest here on Trustpilot
💷 DEAL FLOW
LAST CHANCE: 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:
Are you a founder looking to raise? submit your pitch deck here
🧠 LEARN ABOUT THE BASICS OF ANGEL INVESTING
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
🗓 DATES FOR YOUR CALENDAR
Digital Catapault: Black Founders Programme Showcase: Investors are invited to join Digital Catapult and Sony Music Entertainment UK for the FutureScope Black Founders Programme Showcase to celebrate ten pioneering Black-founded startups as they each showcase innovative solutions within the digital entertainment space.Attendees will experience 5 minute investment pitches from some of the UK’s most exciting companies, as they share their development story throughout the programme and the path to investment readiness. November 9th 4:30pm - 8pm. Register Here
AI Forge in collaboration with Astra exclusive pitch event: AI Forge is partnering with Astra Angel Syndicate to host an exhilarating evening of innovation and investment! November 13th 6pm - 8pm. Register Here
Techstars London Demo Day: Join Techstars for an exciting evening to hear about their newest class of 11 startups pitch their innovative solutions. During the evening you will also mingle and network with fellow investors, Techstars partners, mentors, and alumni. December 7th 6pm - 9:30pm. Register Here
🤑 DISCOUNTS, FREEBIES & REWARDS
LAST CHANCE: 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.
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