Investor Track
#SBW2021

"Entrepreneurs usually don't listen to people. Trust them to do their job. Remember, you invested with the understanding the project was likely to fail." - Dave McClure

Are you looking to start your own fund? Considering joining a VC firm? Searching for the hottest companies in Boston to invest in? This track is for you! 

Perfect for: aspiring angel investors and those interested in entering the VC world.

Dealing in Deep Tech: How and When to Invest in Technology that You Don't Understand

Wed, Sept 22nd: 8:00am - 9:00am EDT

Imagine what it would have been like to get in on the ground floor of Coinbase in 2011. Before there were thousands of cryptocurrencies. Before most people had even heard of blockchain. What was it like to wrap your head around that concept—the concepts, really, of blockchain and Bitcoin, and only then of Coinbase—and decide, ”yeah, I want in”?

 

What’s it like to invest in technology that you don’t fully understand? How do investors decide when to take the plunge into the unknown? 

 

Join us for a panel with venture capital advisors and deep tech investors to explore the risk and reward of investing in the deep tech space. We’ll discuss:

 

  • When is it wise, and when is it inadvisable, to invest in tech that you don’t understand?

  • How can you close the understanding gap when considering these companies for your portfolio?

  • How do you conceptualize pursuits in the deep tech space, where the challenges are so large and the solutions and products are much further away than they are at a typical SaaS company? 

 

This event is part of the Investor Track for Startup Boston Week 2021. It is perfect for angel investors, venture capitalists, aspiring investors, and founders.

Investors Without Borders: Does Geography Matter Anymore in Investing? 

Wed, Sept 22nd: 9:15am - 10:15am EDT

Boston, New York, Seattle, Silicon Valley. Historically, location has been a big factor in building a venture capital portfolio. But in our ever more-connected world, and in particular in a post-Covid era, how much does—and will—geography matter?

 

Join this panel of investors to debate and discuss the importance—or not—of geography to startup investing in 2021. We’ll discuss:

 

  • To what extent do investors prioritize location in building their portfolio?

  • How can investors and founders build trusts and rapport remotely?

  • Does region matter? And, if so, are there any regions that New England-based investors are looking to expand to? 

  • What does this mean for Boston’s future as an innovation hub? 

 

This event is part of the Investor Track for Startup Boston Week 2021. It is perfect for angel investors, venture capitalists, and founders.

Angels and Demons: Sourcing Great Deals and Avoiding Pitfalls in Angel Investing

Wed, Sept 22nd: 10:30am - 11:30am EDT

You’re new to angel investing. Perhaps you used to be involved in larger funding rounds, perhaps you have a strong background as an entrepreneur but are looking to do something new, or maybe you are just exploring opportunities to invest and support Boston’s talent.

Join us for a panel discussion on angel investing for beginners—exploring the do's, don’ts, and pitfalls. We’ll cover:

 

  • How can you source good angel deals?

  • How can you add value to the companies you invest in?

  • What pitfalls should you avoid? 

  • What should founders ask of you / what are the expectations?

  • How should you continue to fit in with the company as they raise more money?


This event is part of the Investor Track for Startup Boston Week 2021. It is perfect for new and aspiring angel investors.

Crowdfunding and Cap Tables: How to be Successful in the Crowd Investing Space 

Wed, Sept 22nd: 11:45am - 12:45pm EDT

Gone are the days when startup investing was limited to wealthy angels, funds, and firms. Through the wonders of social media and the empowered Age of the Consumer, anyone with an Wifi connection can now invest in startups through sites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo. 

 

But how is the landscape of the crowdfunding sector evolving? And how does crowdfunding interact with other sources of funding and investment?

 

Join us for a panel to explore the role of crowdfunding in the startup space. We’ll unpack:

  • Changes in the crowdfunding sector and the future of crowdfunding

  • Pros and cons to crowd fundraising

  • How VCs view investments that already have crowd-funded money on the cap table

  • What it takes to be a successful “crowd investor,” and how these skills differ from traditional venture capital

  • Why some VCs ask non-accredited investors to “crowd” invest alongside them

 

This event is part of the Investor Track for Startup Boston Week 2021. It is perfect for investors, early-stage founders, and crowd funders.

Startup Boston's Dealflow Mixer

Fri, Sept 24th: 1:00pm - 2:00pm EDT

Join us for an evening of speed-dating-style networking for founders and investors. We’ll curate a diverse mix of investors and founders and pair you up for introductory conversations to see where sparks fly! 

 

There will be no solicitations for investment or pitching—this event is about creating new connections between startup founders and investors.

 

To request an invitation, please submit an application right here.