Amazon to invest $4B in AI rival Startup, attend TWO!! AIS Events + more

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Welcome to edition #9 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: Amazon to invest $4B into AI rival startup, Dawn Capital raises $700M + more

🚀 For the Founders: MyAccelerator: The online accelerator for successful startups

🤓 Read of the week: The 3 biggest mistakes angel investors make when investing in startups

🧠 Tools: 3 alternative platforms to Docusign to help you get your paperwork signed

🔎 What’s happening at AIS: The waitlist for our September 2024 cohort is now open

💷 Deal Flow: Last Chance: Coho are raising

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

🗓 Dates for your Calendar: AIS & HSBC Innovation Banking AMA, ADA X AIS Angel Social + more

🤑 Discounts Freebies & Rewards: Read till the end


Amazon has agreed to invest up to $4 billion in rival AI startup Anthropic. The e-commerce group said it will initially invest $1.25 billion for a minority stake in Anthropic, which like Google’s Bard and Microsoft-backed OpenAI also operates an AI-powered, text analyzing chatbot. As part of the deal, Amazon said it has an option to increase its investment in Anthropic to a total of $4 billion…Read More

Last Week’s 10 Biggest Funding Rounds: Mapbox Leads Another Huge Week For AI…Read More

European B2B software venture capital firm Dawn Capital has received $700m (£572.9m) for two of its funds. The majority of the raise at $620m (£507.3m) will be deployed into its fund Dawn V, which provides investments of up to $40m (£32.7m) in Series A and B rounds…Read More


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1. Statistically only 10% of startups will survive the first 5 years. Most of these startups have not passed through an accelerator program and thus are handicapped vs. those who have successfully passed through an accelerator.

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3. Global teams that work in different countries and time zones are not able to start a physical accelerator program together.

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The 3 biggest mistakes angel investors make when investing in startups

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Enrolment for the September cohort of our live course is now closed: 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. Join the April 2024 cohort waitlist

AIS Monthly Membership: If you missed out on this years cohort you can still join our membership. Our monthly membership provides a more flexible and bite sized approach to angel investing that is available on demand and fits around your schedule. Join Here

Read about some of the amazing things our students have had to say about Angel Investing School. Read Here


Last Chance: COHO are raising

Coho is a membership platform that provides small peer group learning and insights on demand and they are tackling three core issues:

  • The Money Drain: Companies waste $60B annually on ineffective programs.

  • The Cookie-Cutter Problem: One-size-fits-all rarely fits anyone well.

  • The Impact Gap: Most programs have zero or negative ROI.

Their recent financial milestones include:

  • $45k revenue in July 2023

  • 40% burn reduction positioning them for financial sustainability

  • Forecasted to breakeven in the next 4-6 weeks

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


AMA: An evening with 2 Angels & 1 Founder: Angel Investing School & HSBC Innovation Banking are hosting a free event for founders who want to learn more about angel fundraising and how and where to raise funding for your startup. Angel investors Andy Ayim 👼and Pamela Hsieh 👼 alongside startup founder Gary Izunwa (who just raised over $1M) will be on the panel 🚀 October 3rd 20th 5:30pm to 8:30pm. Free Tickets

AIS X ADA Angels Social: Ada Ventures and Angel Investing School are collaborating to share lessons learned from both angel and scout communities. Join us for an exciting evening of discussion, networking and socialising. We'll be kicking off with an intimate Q&A ft Andy Ayim investor and founder of Angel Investing School. Where he'll be sharing his wins, lessons learned and experiences getting started with angel investing. September 27th 4pm - 6pm (5 tickets left!!) Free Tickets

Sifted Summit: After an incredible launch last year, Sifted Summit is back with a carefully curated agenda that won't be found anywhere else. Join them as they cut through the noise with challenge-focused discussions, lively debates and intimate networking sessions. In 2023, they’ll be bringing you more of the content you love and connecting 3,000 of startup Europe’s finest for two unforgettable days in London. October 4th - 5th. Tickets

AdaCon 2023 will be an honest conversation about the urgency of the challenge and compelling testimony from visionary leaders who are finding alpha by being brave, relentless and deliberate about equity and inclusion. It will also be a radical challenge to our industry to locate ourselves within the problem, to stop talking and to commit to bold action. October 10th (online). Free Tickets

Black Tech Fest 2023: Started in 2020, Black Tech Fest is Europe`s largest event of its kind, 3 days dedicated to celebrating Black culture and its influence on technology. Convening Black talent, allies and the world`s leading tech companies to connect, network, and discover. October 10th - 12th. Free Tickets


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