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Angel Venture Forum (AVF): "Venture Intelligence" Series @Launch Workplaces

Angel Venture Forum

Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at 7:30 AM - Wednesday, May 24, 2017 at 10:00 AM (EDT)

Angel Venture Forum (AVF): "Venture Intelligence"...

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Type End Quantity
Session #1: Valuation & Price (Wed April 12)   more info Apr 12, 2017 Free  
Session #2: Executive Summaries & Pitch Decks ( Wed April 19)   more info Apr 19, 2017 Free  
Session #3: Term Sheets & Capitalization Tables (Wed April 26)   more info Apr 26, 2017 Free  
Session #4: Leadership & Governance (Wed May 3)   more info May 3, 2017 Free  
Session #5: Intellectual Property Protection (Wed May 10)   more info May 10, 2017 Free  
Session #6: Funding & Financials (Wed May 17)   more info May 17, 2017 Free  

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"2017 Venture Intelligence" Series 

Please see attendee application instructions below*


Location: Launch Workplaces, 9841 Washingtonian Blvd. Suite 200 Gaithersburg, MD 20878

Dates:  Wednesdays April 12, April 19, April 26  AND May 3, May 10, May 17, May 24

Time: 7:30 am - 10:00 am 

(This series will be repeated in various locations. For more information:

Note: This registration applies you for attendance at AVF "Venture Intelligence Sessions." You will be notified no later than April 12 if your application is accepted* (Please see further information below)

Please learn more about our sponsors: Capital Growth Inc, Launch Workplaces, Cogent Law Group, The Profit PartnerFairfax Economic Development Authority, and DC Professions on Purpose

Back by popular demand! Angel Venture Forum will be bringing back the "Venture Intelligence" education series and practice pitch sessions. The class has 6 sessions plus a bonus session where entrepreneurs can practice their pitches. By attending some or all of the sessions, entrepreneurs seeking capital will know: 

  • Exactly what documents to assemble before pitching investors,
  • How to develop and present your financials,
  • Potential exit strategies that ensures you AND the investor wins,
  • How to raise the right kind, size, and type of capital,
  • The best investors to approach depending on your type of business,
  • And much more.  

Active angel investors and local experts teach entrepreneurs the right way to approach funders and get the venture backing they’re seeking. 

This series is direct, straightforward, and information packed. Attendees will hear from active and engage angel investors. They’ll discuss what companies they fund, their decision methodology, why they’re backing certain businesses. In these straight-up, practical, and detailed sessions both investors and entrepreneurs will be provided with a roadmap of exactly what is needed to close the perfect deal.  

Due to high demand for attendance and limited space, attendance is by application and nomination only. Residents of LaunchWorkplaces are automatically accepted.

Why the application process? We continue to deeply value the integrity of our network which includes accredited angel investors, promising venture start-ups and sincere members of the community who actively support these groups. Thus, when registering, we ask that you complete the questions in full. 




7:30 am Coffee/Networking   8:00 am  Program    9:30 am Networking 

Session #1 - Valuation and Price (May 17)

What are you worth and who decides? Structuring and valuing a deal is simultaneously an art and a science. Learn the various methodologies used by investors to value early stage companies. Balance sheet, discounted cash flow, venture capital method, risk factor method. 

Presenters & Investors: Evan Smith Twitter: @smithpreneur, Email: Serial Entrepreneur, Electrical Engineeer, Intellectual Property Attorney, Managing Partner of Cogent Law (Twitter: @CogentLG)Presenter: Valerie Gaydos, Capital Growth, Inc. (Twitter: @angelventures)

Session #2 - Executive Summaries & Pitch Decks  (April 19)

How to excite investors with a presenation that brings out the information that the investor wants to know in order to invest. 

Presenter: Chereee Warwick, The Profit Partner

Session #3 -  Term Sheets & Capitalization Tables (April 26)

The crucial connection for winning exits. Terms sheets and cap table determines who gets rich and who doesn’t. It doesn’t make much sense to get outside capital if you give up too much of your company. But, it also doesn’t make sense not to take outside funding if you have no other way to fund your venture. How to allocate shares to investors, employees or others. 

Presenter: Valerie Gaydos, Capital Growth, Inc.   (Twitter: @angelventures)

Session #4 - Leadership & Governance  (May 3)

Leveraging investors, directors, and advisors for smart growth. Smart leaders surround themselves with smarter people - the most common of which are boards of directors and boards of advisors. Understand the important differences between the two and how to use them most effectively. 

Presenter: Christian Bartley, Faleiro  (Twitter: @rcmbartley)

Session #5 -  Intellectual Property Protection (May 10)

Protecting your most valuable asset for maximum value. The value of patents, copyrights, data security, and trademarks. The greatest value to your company is IP however the laws on IP are continuously changing. How do companies protect their most valuable asset to maintain maximum value.

Presenter: Evan Smith (Twitter: @smithpreneur) Email: Serial Entrepreneur, Electrical Engineeer, Intellectual Property Attorney, Managing Partner of Cogent Law (Twitter: @CogentLG);

Session #6 -  Financials & Funding (April 12)


Developing & presenting attractive, solid and believable financial forecasts is the single most important point of reference for your company.  A company without good financials is not an attractive investment no matter how good the technology is. Understanding financing options, staging a smart capital plan for successful growth, getting your financials right and maintaining good reporting habits is critical.  Learn the various financing options, the value of capital and how this relates to the type of financials you prepare. 


Presenter: Valerie Gaydos, Capital Growth, Inc.  (Twitter: @angelventures) and Cheryl Heusser, Snyder Cohn



Success Stories/Demos/Pitch Practice before investors  - For attendees of previous AVF sessions only.      



Have questions about Angel Venture Forum (AVF): "Venture Intelligence" Series @Launch Workplaces? Contact Angel Venture Forum

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9841 Washingtonian Blvd
Suite 200
Gathersburg, MD 20878

Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at 7:30 AM - Wednesday, May 24, 2017 at 10:00 AM (EDT)

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