Michigan Angel Summit


Tuesday, November 12 | 8:30am - 5pm

Please join the Michigan Angel Community at the beautiful Lovett Hall at the Henry Ford. The second annual statewide summit will allow you the opportunity to learn more about angel investing and to connect with other angels helping to grow and diversify Michigan’s economy while growing their own investment portfolios. Here is a glimpse of what this exciting day will hold:

  • 8:30 am - Registration and Networking

  • 9:00 am - Breakfast and Keynote Speaker John Dearie - CEO, American Center for Entrepreneurship

  • 9:45 am - Company Pitch #1

    • Pitch, Q&A and Discussion

  • 10:15 am Sessions

    • Room #1 - Due Dilligence 101

    • Room #2 - Boards - Ted Dacko - CEO, Arbor Dakota Strategies

  • 11:00 am - Sessions

    • Room #1 - Panel on Angel Financing
      Panelists: Casey Cowell, Tom Kinnear, and Carolyn Cassin
      Topics include:

      • SAFE Notes, Convertible debt, equity investment
        Dividends, interest,warrants and discounts

      • LLC vs. C-Corp

      • Determining valuation

      • Working with VC’s and selecting VC lead

    • Room #2 - Presentation Compensation in Startups

      • Amy Cell, Matchmaker, Amy Cell Talent

  • 12:00 pm - Lunch and Keynote Speaker Victoria Pettibone - Managing Director, Astia Angels

  • 1:00 pm Company Pitch #2

    • Pitch, Q&A and Discussion

  • 1:30 pm - Sessions

    • Room #1 - Post Investment Success
      Moderator: Carolyn Cassin, Belle Capital
      Panelist: Ken Kousey
      Topics include:

      • Boards
        D&O insurance amount

      • Successful teams: Talent and culture

      • Interaction with the CEO

      • Follow-up on investments

      • Communication with investors

      • Leveraging investor strengths

    • Room #2 - Diversity Investing
      Moderator: Maria LaLonde - New Economy Initiative
      Panelist: Victoria Pettibone, Astia Angels
      Topics include:

      • Women Investors

      • Women Entrepreneurs

      • Minorities

  • 2:15 pm - Sessions

  • 3:00 pm - Break

  • 3:30 pm - Company Pitch #3

    • Pitch, Q&A and Discussion

  • 4:00 pm - Sessions

    • Room #1 - Pre-Seed Fund 3.0 and other state programs
      Moderator: Fred Molnar, MEDC
      Panelists: BBC, SBDC, Invest Detroit, Invest Michigan

  • 5:00 pm - Closing Comments

Following the program, join us for a cocktail reception from 5 - 6pm and if you're staying for the MVCA awards dinner, you will only be steps away!

Victoria Pettibone - keynote speaker
Managing Director, Astia Angels

Victoria is an active investor and advisor in the innovation economy and Managing Director of Astia, a global organization that levels the investment playing field for entrepreneurial teams with women leaders. Astia fulfills this mission via Astia Fund and Astia Angels, a global network made up of women, men and family offices investing in women-led companies.


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John Dearie - Keynote speaker
Founder & President of the Center for American Entrepreneurship

John was formerly Acting CEO of the Financial Services Forum and an Officer at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. He is the co-author of Where the Jobs Are: Entrepreneurship and the Soul of the American Economy. His writing has also appeared in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times and USA Today.