Pipeline Fellowship to Launch Conference on Angel Investing (December 2 in Boston)

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By A. Lauren Abele (COO, Pipeline Fellowship) The Pipeline Fellowship will launch its signature conference on angel investing in Boston on Friday, December 2, 2011. The 2011 Boston Pipeline Fellowship Conference features a series of educational presentations and engaging panel discussions covering various aspects of the angel investing process. Regina Pisa, the Chair and Managing Partner of Goodwin Procter LLP, will provide lunch remarks.

The 2011 Boston Pipeline Fellowship Conference is open to the public. Aspiring angels, current investors, and entrepreneurs are encouraged to attend. Women 2.0 members receive 50% off tickets with discount code "women2". For more info and to register, click here.

"I thoroughly enjoyed the inaugural NYC Pipeline Fellowship Conference. More of an in-depth educational experience than a conference, the day balanced strategic and tactical talks and panels from experienced investors with breakout case discussions, creating a meaningful, interactive learning environment. The conference featured a variety of experienced professional women and men from many industries, and was a great way for everyone to learn a tremendous amount about angel investing." -- Taylor Davidson (Senior Associate, kbs+p Ventures)

Panel topics and speakers include:

Is Angel Investing Right for You?

  • Galen Moore, Web Editor, Boston Business Journal (moderator)
  • Susan Preston, Lead Instructor, Angel Resource Institute
  • Judy Robinett, Managing Partner, Golden Seeds & Managing Partner, Willowbend
  • Sheryl Schultz, Managing Director, Golden Seeds
  • Mary Anne Rooke, President & Managing Director, Angel Investor Forum

Portfolio Strategy for Angels

  • Jackie VanderBrug, Managing Director, Criterion Ventures (moderator)
  • Anita Brearton, Managing Director, Golden Seeds
  • Susan Preston, Lead Instructor, Angel Resource Institute
  • Jennifer Lum, Entrepreneur & Investor, Apricot Capital
  • David Cappillo, Partner, Goodwin Procter LLP

Entrepreneurs attending the 2011 Boston Pipeline Fellowship Conference will get a sense of what it's like to sit on the other side of the table. They will learn what investors look for when considering a startup investment and will have an opportunity to become more familiar with the investing process and investment terminology.

"As an entrepreneur, attending the Pipeline Fellowship Conference was the best meeting I've been to for connecting with prospective angel investors, learning more about relationship building between investors and entrepreneurs, and connecting with other young female entrepreneurs. I was energized and inspired after the conference. I only wish it could have been longer!" -- Jessica Schiffman (Harvard School of Public Health, MPH; Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, MD candidate 2012)

Panels particularly relevant to entrepreneurs (as well as aspiring angels) include:

Discussion of Due Diligence

  • Jennifer Hill, Adviser, Pipeline Fellowship (moderator)
  • Jean Hammond, Member, Launchpad, Golden Seeds, & Hub Angels
  • Whitney Johnson, President, Rose Park Advisors, LLC
  • Stephen Charkoudian, Partner, Goodwin Procter LLP
  • Gitika Srivastava, Partner, KAHM Capital & CEO, Navya Network

Structuring the Deal

  • Rudina Seseri, Principal, Fairhaven Capital (moderator)
  • Danielle Lauzon, Partner, Goodwin Procter LLP
  • Bettina Hein, Founder & CEO, Pixability, Inc.
  • Lizette Pérez-Deisboeck, General Counsel, Battery Ventures
  • Jeff Bussgang, General Partner, Flybridge Capital Partners

The Post Investment Relationship

  • Dahna Goldstein, Founder & CEO, PhilanTech & Pipeline Fellowship Investee (moderator)
  • Laura Fitton, CEO & Founder, OneForty.com
  • Geraldine Alias, Principal, North Bridge Growth Equity
  • Ian Engstrand, Associate, Goodwin Procter LLP

"The 2011 NYC Pipeline Fellowship Conference was a tremendous launching pad for the Fellows as they embark on investing in promising emerging companies. The session hit the right balance of strategy and nuts-and-bolts, and was led by an impressive group of players in the angel ecosystem." -- David Cappillo (Partner, Goodwin Procter LLP)

The 2011 Boston Pipeline Fellowship Conference is sponsored by Goodwin Procter LLP. In addition to supporting Pipeline Fellowship’s efforts to diversify the investor pool, Goodwin Procter’s commitment to the startup ecosystem includes launching Founder's Workbench, which “provides access to critical forms, memoranda, best practices and other resources to enable capital efficient company formation.”

Editor's note: Got a question for our guest blogger? Leave a message in the comments below. About the guest blogger: A. Lauren Abele is COO of Pipeline Fellowship, a program aiming to diversify the investor pool and connect women social entrepreneurs with investors who get them. Lauren holds a BA in English Literature and Environmental Studies from Washington University in St. Louis and an MPA in Economic Development and Comparative and International Affairs from Indiana University’s School for Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA). Follow her on Twitter at @laurenabele.