Business Angel Leadership Program

9th edition of the Business Angel Leadership Program

September 27 - October 27, 2021 | ONLINE 

Special Edition for Russian Speaking Business Angels
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About Business Angel Leadership Program

Business Angel Leadership Program is an educational program that provides hands-on experience to emerging business angels.
Angels and investors will explore a systemic overview of the EU venture ecosystem, angel investment profiling and strategies, a variety of frameworks for startup evaluation, and enjoy networking with startups, investors and experts.  
The program's guest speaker list includes industry professionals from all over Europe: Super Angels and angels, BANs, Investment Leaders and VCs.
Program's graduates will be invited to join the Business Angel School Alumni network: 90+ alumni, as well as over a 100 of leading angels, VCs, investment platforms and initiatives.


Goals of the Program

  • Get hands-on experience in venture investing
  • Build angel investment profile, dealflow and network, partnerships for deals
  • Learn to lead or syndicate deals  
  • Become a part of Pan-European angel investors ecosystem


What to expect from the Program?

Our program is designed to provide theory and practice through 5 weeks of intense training.
By combining workshops, fireside chats with angels and VCs, pitch events, mentorship, and individual sessions, we ensure to convey a real practical experience, while covering initial gaps in understanding venture capital, and providing useful frameworks.
Rich networking with EU ecosystem participants allows angels to start building their dealflow and investment partnerships straight away.


Week 1: Investors, Startups, Trends

September 27, 2021 | ONLINE

  • 18.00 – 19.00 Introduction to the angel investments
  • 19.00 – 19.30 Fireside chat with a special guest

September 29, 2021 | ONLINE

  • 18.00 – 19.00 Startup evaluation framework
  • 19.00 – 19.30 Fireside chat with a special guest
About this week:

Introductory week aims to outline a systemic view of venture investing, angel's role in it, opportunities for angel investing in EU & Baltics, and some startup evaluation frameworks.
This week will help narrow down practical questions over personal strategies in angel investing and manage expectations on venture capital. 

Day 1. Introduction to angel investments

An eagle eye overview of Pan-European venture ecosystem, key players and how to work with them, role and profile of angels, significant gaps and opportunities for angel investing, changes happening over covid time, (eventually) required competence / experience to be a successful angel. 

Day 2. Startup evaluation framework

We will go through several approaches to startup assessment and evaluation, to be applied over the next 4 weeks hands-on.
What is a startup and what is not? How to read a deck? Which evaluation frameworks could apply for different stages of investing? What metrics mean and how to read them? Lessons learned from typical startup and investor mistakes.  

Week 2: Your angel profile and start-ups’ relations

October 4, 2021 | ONLINE

  • 18.00 – 19.00 Startup-Investor relations framework
  • 19.00 – 19.30 Fireside chat with a special guest

October 6, 2021 | ONLINE

  • 18.00 – 19.00 Building your angel profile
  • 19.00 – 19.30 Fireside chat with a special guest
About this week:

This week we will concentrate on defining your angel profile and dig deeper into how investors and startups could work together best.
It aims to provide guidance on how to create a repeatable and coherent investment decision-making framework that works for you over time, identify what is working and not in relations with founders, and manage expectations over a learning curve of an angel investor.

Day 1. Startup-Investor relations framework
Understanding the role of investor, areas of responsibilities, typical investor and founder mistakes in decision-making (who is in charge of what). Understanding investment risks, expected time horizons, and how your role and impact may change or evolve over the time.
Identifying your personal preferences and reasonable expectations over what type of founders are you looking for and what kind of added value you may provide them with, and how actively you would like to be involved.  

Day 2. Building your angel profile
Matching your risk profile, liquidity expectations, personal preferences, experience strengths, access to dealflow and network to specific investment strategies where you can hit founder-product-market-investor fit easier.
What’s your reasons to invest in startups? What's your personal skillset and aligned investment strategy? How can you find startups? How are startups going to find you? What’s your appetite for risks and available liquidity to invest? What’s your time horizon for exit? What’s your network and where can you find great ideas to invest in? Who do you partner with for investments and exits?


Week 3: Pitches, Q&A and Groups Sessions

October 11, 2021 | ONLINE

  • 18.00 – 19.00 Pitch session
  • 19.00 – 19.30 Moderated discussion with special guests

October 13, 2021 | ONLINE

  • 18.00 – 19.00 Let’s use the evaluation frameworks
  • 19.00 – 19.30 Moderated discussion
About this week:

This week’s dive is going to be all about startup assessment and evaluation: good and bad decks, early and later stages, different industries, different metrics, a variety of deal structures.
How to assess the deal, and how to assess if the deal is right for you? Assessment and valuation is a skillset that needs to be trained in practice, the more the better. We will put to practice everything that we have learned in two previous weeks and narrow down practical questions over your next steps as an angel.    

Day 1. Pitch session
Live startup pitch events, where you would be able to ask them questions, check out decks and outline your own view / bet on each of them as a part of practical workshop and homework.
Explore your personal investment profile and apply valuation frameworks, via hearing out startups pitching live and making your own assessments.

Day 2. Let’s use the evaluation frameworks
Explaining your own assessments, sharing peer-to-peer insights and questions, listening to experienced angels and VCs evaluating companies will provide a bigger view on frameworks, process, and skillset. It will also help you refine your angel profile and strategy.  


Week 4: Leadership and Syndication

October 18, 2021 | ONLINE

  • 18.00 – 19.00 How to syndicate deals
  • 19.00 – 19.30 Moderated discussion with special guests

October 20, 2021 | ONLINE

  • 18.00 – 19.00 How to lead the deals & due diligence
  • 19.00 – 19.30 Moderated discussion with special guests
About this week:

This week is going to be about two distinct types of investment strategies for angels: follow and lead.
Previous workshops have given you a glimpse over what the work of an angel investor typically consists of, and what of that workload you would prefer to do yourself, join forces or outsource. Through the next two workshops we will dive deep into the step-by-step work process if you choose a follow or lead strategy, to help you fine-tune your preferences, interests, and investment approach.  

Day 1. How to syndicate deals
Key syndicate features, how to find and join them, responsibilities of a backing angel, expected workload and decision-making. One of the options of an easier entry point into angel investing while learning and building up your own network.

Day 2. How to lead the deals & due diligence
Responsibilities and expected workload of a lead angel (in a syndicate or simply bringing other investors together), pipeline and paperwork, due diligence for founders and for angels, co-investment network, portfolio management.


Week 5: Round Tables and Wrap-up

October 25, 2021 | ONLINE

  • 18.00 – 19.00 Round table with VCs (5 EU/USA-based VCs)
  • 19.00 – 19.30 Q&A session with VCs

October 27, 2021 | ONLINE

  • 18.00 – 19.30 Wrap-up of the program and reflection session
About this week:

Getting to a program close, we will briefly cover all topics of previous weeks, concentrating on your personal learnings, findings, insights, practical questions, and next steps.
Practice, practice, practice: analysing markets, networking with founders and other investors, going to pitches or receiving them, making your own assessments even if on paper, – and eventually investing your money over what you consider a reasonable assessment, even if (or especially) it will turn out to be a mistake over time.

Day 1. Round table with angels and VCs (5 EU/USA-based VCsb)
How to train yourself to become and be a better investment decision-maker? What were your biggest learnings over the time? What do you consider your investment failures / misses? How long did it take to define, outline and polish your repeatable investment decision-making process?  

Day 2. Wrap-up of the program and reflection session
Your personal and group learnings, insights, surprises, perspectives. Feedback for the program.


Program results

Program’s graduates will be able to:

  • Evaluate startups using different methodologies
  • Create their personal angel profile
  • Build a personal portfolio
  • Apply the frameworks of collaboration with startups
  • Use the frameworks of syndication and co-investment
  • Negotiate different investment conditions to startups
  • Lead or co-lead deals



Outcomes of our previous programs

Since inception in early 2020, Business Angel Leadership Program had 7 editions, including 2 specials for Women Investing in Tech:

  • 90+ Business Angels across the EU graduated from the program
  • Participants' geography: Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Finland, Sweden, Germany, Greece, Poland, Hungary, and some more
  • The program's alumni invested in 9 startups for over $800.000;  syndicated with over 25 angels, lead 2 new deals



Many long-year experts from the startup investment ecosystem will be joining fireside chats, discussions and round table throughout the Business Angel Leadership Program

Sandra Golbreich

Sandra Golbreich

CEO and Co-Founder at Baltic Sandbox

Olga Duka

Olga Duka

Investment partner at Baltic Sandbox

Stanislav Ivanov

Stanislav Ivanov

Founding Partner at Tera Ventures

Sasha Andreev

Sasha Andreev

Venture Partner at Almaz Capital

Sergey Gribov

Sergey Gribov

Partner at Flint Capital

Antony Tikhonov

Antony Tikhonov

Business development at Seedrs

Dmitrij Sosunov

Dmitrij Sosunov

SWG Lithuania Fund partner, early-stage startup investor

Lyubov Guk

Lyubov Guk

Founding Partner at Blue Lake

Dmitri Sarle

Dmitri Sarle

Founder of #WeeklyAction Club


Audrius Dzikevičius, Business Angel and Fundraiser at Eurokonsultantų Grupė:

Learning at the Business Angel School was an impressive experience. We got both fundamentals that were well structured, and meetings with experienced business angels and even one-to-one meetings with startups themselves. The program definitely was useful since I committed to investing in two startups that were discovered and presented to us during the course. Now, I am more methodic while considering startups to invest in.

Tauras Pėstininkas, Angel Investor:

Few weeks spent in Business Angel school was extremely productive for me because I opened the door to an unknown world of early-stage startups. I like almost everything - learning methods by example - networking, and especially the high energy of lectors and ecosystems.
The final stage when we invested in the startup was also exciting, making some safe practice doing that in syndicate style.  ROI on that investment I feel less important compared to experiences I got in the porches itself.

Organizers and Partners

Baltic Sandbox is a sustainable value acceleration partner for the Eastern European startups seeking the transition to the Western European markets. Baltic Sandbox is primarily working with startups from various industries addressing responsible consumption societal problems, UN sustainability goals, and the digital economy.

UVCA shapes the future direction of the venture capital and private equity industry in Ukraine by promoting its investment opportunities, advocating the interests of private equity investors to policymakers, and improving the local investment and business climate.

Latvian Business Angel Network (LatBAN) aims to extend and develop investors' network in Latvia and support new and prospective projects. This is why we organize Investment Sessions, during which investors and new entrepreneurs meet with each other. 

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