Rockies Venture Club


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Upcoming events

    • Friday, August 06, 2021
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (MDT)
    • Online - Zoom Virtual Meeting
    Register


    Community Webinar Series

    Becoming an Angel Investor

    Have you ever been interested in investing in startups? Are you interested in investing in companies that are innovative, disrupt industry sectors with new products and marketing strategies?  And would you like to know how to reduce the risk of investing in these early stage companies?

    Join RVC and the Women's Investor Network for a free, one-hour deep dive into how to become an angel investor! 

    During this event, you will learn:

    – What is an Accredited Investor and how to become one

    – Why angel investing is an exciting consideration to add to your portfolio

    – How to start investing in innovative, impactful startups

    This event is FREE and open to anyone interested in learning more about angel investing. 

    • Tuesday, August 10, 2021
    • 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM (MDT)
    • Online - Zoom Virtual Meeting
    • 28
    Register


    WIN Advisory Committee

    Kick-Off Meeting

     

    - *Restricted to current women investors and women interested and able to be accredited investors* -

     

    The Women's Investor Network (WIN) is an initiative of Rockies Venture Club (RVC). We are empowering women angel investors by demystifying the space with inclusion, education, leadership, and support.

    As we continue to expand, we are recruiting volunteer committee members to support the ongoing efforts of the Women's Investor Network. Committee members are expected to serve a 15 month term - August - November. In addition to subcommittee responsibilities and tasks, committee members will plan the annual WIN community event, occurring in November in conjunction with global Women’s Entrepreneurship Day.

    Are you interested in learning more about holding a position with this exceptional group? Join us at the WIN Advisory Committee Kick-Off Meeting to learn more about volunteering and making an impact in the Colorado startup community.

    if you have any questions or would like to invite a guest, please contact Emily at:  emily@rockiesventureclub.org.  Zoom Call details will be emailed upon registration.

     

    *An accredited investor has financial assets of $1 M, not including their primary residence, or annual compensation of $200k or more.

     


    • Thursday, August 12, 2021
    • 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM (MDT)
    • TBD
    Register



    Financial Strategy Class Cluster


    A combination of RVC's Valuation, Believable Proformas, and Financial Strategy courses

    For both investors and entrepreneurs

    RVC's Financial Strategy Class Cluster has everything that investors and startup founders alike need to create and evaluate financial projections (proforma), to understand valuation and negotiation in a deal, and to think about capital strategy including the timing and amount of raises, total capital needs, milestones between raises, runway strategy and how to think about dilution in follow-on rounds.

    RVC's course content is based on years of real-life stories and examples. Participants, both angels and entrepreneurs, are encouraged to bring their questions, proformas that they may be working with, and valuation assessments for real-time discussion.

    Participants will receive spreadsheet templates for modeling valuations, dilution, and proformas, as well as a Capital Strategy Canvas to help them work through their own models. This is a fully practical approach designed to create "believable proformas" and valuations that get deals done, but don't dilute participants any more than necessary.

    For those who want to better understand how to value an investment or their company, this is a must-attend class!

    • Wednesday, August 18, 2021
    • 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM (MDT)
    • TBD
    • 23
    Register

    The RVC Pitch Academy is a half-day workshop designed to do much more than just polish a founder’s pitch and presentation skills. From delivering a compelling presentation to negotiating a successful deal, this workshop will prepare founders to understand many of the terms and processes used by VCs and sharpen their venture strategy.

    Key topics include:

    • Preparing a business for a deal
    • Designing a deck
    • Delivering the pitch
    • Communicating the value for venture funding
    • Balancing pitching a product vs. pitching a company
    • Raising equity vs. convertible debt
    • Communicating risks that don’t raise red flags
    • Understanding investor psychology
    • Following up with interested investors

    RVC’s Pitch Academy instructors have years of experience working with angel + venture capital investors; the Pitch Academy content reflects deep and useful insights about investor priorities and interests. Multiple instructors ensure one-on-one engagement, including pitch practice with real-time feedback.

    Founders: please bring a five-minute pitch deck and laptop to practice

    Note: To pitch to investors at an RVC meeting you must apply to pitch and be accepted by RVC reviewers.

    • Thursday, August 19, 2021
    • 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM (MDT)
    • Virtual via Zoom
    • 17
    Register


    The RVC Funding Mastermind is a group mentoring session where entrepreneurs can source candid advice on dilemmas they face with fundraising.

    Attendees help one another with strategy, actions for getting funded, leads and contacts, support and holding each other accountable for achieving goals. In addition, participants receive professional coaching from Rockies Venture Club, authors, professors, and investors.

    For early-stage companies, this is the most cost-effective (free for RVC members) fundraising consulting you can get!

    Who Should Attend?: Entrepreneurs looking for group feedback their startup company; Investors looking to help provide insight from their experience and get to know companies who will be looking for funding.

    What is the Format?: 2-hour session, with the first 15 minutes reserved for intros and posing dilemmas to the group. From there, facilitators drive the discussion by diving deep into 5-10 of the most pressing dilemmas.


    • Tuesday, August 24, 2021
    • (MDT)
    • Thursday, August 26, 2021
    • (MDT)
    • 3 sessions
    • RVC Virtual Conference Hall
    Register

    The 33rd Annual Colorado Capital Conference is going LIVE + VIRTUAL! 


    August 24 - 26, 2021

    Hybrid In-Person Networking + Virtual Event
     

    Tuesday: Live Networking Reception, 5-8pm, location TBD

    Wednesday: Virtual Conference, 12-4pm MT, online  

    Thursday: Virtual Conference, 12-4pm MT, online  

    With all of the pandemic disruption and innovation that we’ve seen in the past year, the future of so much is uncertain and the future of startups is extraordinarily uncertain.  Factors such as inflation, potential bubbles bursting, living in Zoom-land, continued unemployment, distributed work forces and more, are all redefining how startups are formed, funded and fostered into rapidly scaling enterprises. 

    The good news is that startups are doing more, moving faster and getting funded at rates above those we’ve seen even the past few hot VC years.  At this year’s Colorado Capital Conference, we will be holding our first in-person event in over 18 months where we will be looking at what separates the winners and losers in tomorrow’s fast paced hyper-competitive landscape.

    We'll kick off with an in-person reception, featuring appetizers, drinks, and networking with conference attendees, on Tuesday, August 24. The conference will be held on Wednesday + Thursday, with engaging keynotes, pitches from innovative startups seeking funding, panel discussions on the future of startups, and more - be sure not to miss it!

    • Tuesday, August 31, 2021
    • 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM (MDT)
    • Online - Zoom Virtual Meeting
    • 19
    Register


    WIN Social Hour

    Conversation with Women Investors

    - *Restricted to current women investors and women interested and able to be accredited investors* -

    Join women investors in a virtual social hour conversation to share investing insights and interests, learn about ways to become involved and support the angel ecosystem, and get to know each other.  Pour yourself a favorite libation and call into the Zoom conference line to continue getting to know other women investors. Hosted by Emily Klein, RVC Programs Manager and WIN Director, the conversation will have two priorities - helping each other learn more and become successful angel investors and helping WIN and RVC learn more about supporting and engaging new women investors.  

    Participation is limited to a small group of women interested in angel investing, so please register quickly.  We're looking forward to meeting you and sharing our insights on becoming an angel investor!

    if you have any questions or would like to invite a guest, please contact Emily at:  emily@rockiesventureclub.org.  Zoom Call details will be emailed upon registration.

    *An accredited investor has financial assets of $1 M, not including their primary residence, or annual compensation of $200k or more.

    • Thursday, September 09, 2021
    • 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM (MDT)
    • TBD
    Register



    Financial Strategy Class Cluster


    A combination of RVC's Due Diligence and Term Sheets couses

    For both investors and entrepreneurs

    RVC’s Final Steps Class Cluster dives into due diligence and term sheets. Due diligence and term sheets are the final -- and some of the most important -- part of the investing process for both investors and entrepreneurs; they are also some of the most misunderstood aspects. This course moves well beyond just the due diligence checklist and talks about strategies for making the process more transparent and effective for everyone.

    Due diligence is an essential process for investors to make a smart decision on whether or not to invest in a company. Statistically speaking, Angels see higher returns when they are active in the due diligence process. Entrepreneurs must also know what to expect during the diligence process so founders are fully prepared for anything an investor might ask, while maintaining momentum and effectively reducing the amount of time spent on fundraising.

    After due diligence, the course moves into term sheets. The term sheet is the key document that summarizes the terms of the deal. Topics include understanding key terms in a term sheet, how to avoid dilution on both sides of the table, and best methods of negotiation.

    Founders and investors are encouraged to bring a term sheet they’re working with and receive critique and advice from the class.

    For those wanting an advantage in negotiating deal terms and expediting the angel investment process, this is a must-attend class!

    • Wednesday, September 15, 2021
    • 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM (MDT)
    • TBD
    Register

    FREE TO RVC ACTIVE INVESTOR MEMBERS


    Introductory Course on Angel Investing

    How does someone learn how to be a successful Angel Investor?

    Participate in the RVC Angel Accelerator and learn how to be a smart Angel. New Angels who don’t take this workshop often spend years and $250,000 or more learning how to do Angel investing! Receive a great return on investment, avoid taxation, learn about leading-edge innovation and meet interesting people!

    This full day Angel Accelerator advances Angel Investors' learning with a combination of hands-on exercises, working with experienced angel investor mentors, and solid content and toolkits that you'll need for successful Angel Investing.

    Topics Covered Include:

    • How to "read" a pitch.  Find out what to look for in a great pitch and don’t get lured in by the entrepreneur’s excitement or an emotional hook.

    • Exit strategy canvas.  Learn the six things that smart investors know how to look for in a great exit strategy.  Remember - the exit is the only way Angels get their money back!  

    • How to Value a pre-revenue company. Learn five methods to determine value and make sure you don’t pay too much (or too little).

    • Tax Implications - how can Angels take advantage of huge 100% tax breaks on capital gains?

    This is a full-day workshop, and you'll be engaged in interesting content and hands-on learning the whole time!


    Active Angel Investor members attend free!

    Become a member - Click Here and Save!


    • Thursday, September 16, 2021
    • 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM (MDT)
    • TBD
    Register

    FREE TO RVC ACTIVE INVESTOR MEMBERS


    Intermediate Course on Angel Investing

    How does someone learn how to be a successful Angel Investor?

    Participate in the RVC Angel Accelerator and learn how to be a smart Angel. New Angels who don’t take this workshop often spend years and $250,000 or more learning how to do Angel investing. Receive a great return on investment, avoid taxation, learn about leading-edge innovation and meet interesting people!

    The Angel Investing Full Day Bootcamp helps Angel Investors learn with a combination of hands-on exercises, experienced angel investor mentors, and solid content + tools that you'll need for successful Angel Investing. Angel Investing 501 is useful to have taken before this class, but it is not a prerequisite; this series does not necessarily need to be taken in order.

    Topics Covered Include:

    • How to Analyze a Proforma Financial Statement and determine whether it is "believable" or not
    • Capitalization tables demystified: how to understand them and work out waterfall distributions
    • Finance Strategy: find out if you're going to get diluted out of a profit, or if future raises will give you a smaller piece of a bigger pie and great returns.
    • Term Sheets and Negotiation: how are Angel Deals negotiated? What are the key terms? What are the benefits of equity vs. convertible debt, or even SAFEs?
    • Lead Investors: what are the key functions that the Lead Investor plays and what do you have to know before you jump into this role?
    • Board of Directors Angel Responsibilities: how lead investors guide successful angel investments and enhance angel returns through post-investment management

    This is a full-day workshop, and you'll be engaged in interesting content and hands-on learning the whole time!

    Registrants receive the full-day workshop and a toolkit full of angel investing resources.

    For your best deal, you should consider ACTIVE INVESTOR MEMBERSHIP in Rockies Venture Club, Colorado's leading angel network. That gets you a FREE pass to this workshop, as well as the Angel 501, Practicum, and other workshops offered every month.  Active Investor membership also gets you free access to the other 140+ events we do every year including the Angel Capital Summit, Colorado Capital Conference Angel Forums and investor-only events.  

    Active Angel Investor members attend free!

    Become a member - Click Here and Save!


    • Wednesday, September 22, 2021
    • 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM (MDT)
    • TBD
    • 24
    Register

    The RVC Pitch Academy is a half-day workshop designed to do much more than just polish a founder’s pitch and presentation skills. From delivering a compelling presentation to negotiating a successful deal, this workshop will prepare founders to understand many of the terms and processes used by VCs and sharpen their venture strategy.

    Key topics include:

    • Preparing a business for a deal
    • Designing a deck
    • Delivering the pitch
    • Communicating the value for venture funding
    • Balancing pitching a product vs. pitching a company
    • Raising equity vs. convertible debt
    • Communicating risks that don’t raise red flags
    • Understanding investor psychology
    • Following up with interested investors

    RVC’s Pitch Academy instructors have years of experience working with angel + venture capital investors; the Pitch Academy content reflects deep and useful insights about investor priorities and interests. Multiple instructors ensure one-on-one engagement, including pitch practice with real-time feedback.

    Founders: please bring a five-minute pitch deck and laptop to practice

    Note: To pitch to investors at an RVC meeting you must apply to pitch and be accepted by RVC reviewers.

    • Thursday, September 23, 2021
    • 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM (MDT)
    • TBD
    • 19
    Register


    The RVC Funding Mastermind is a group mentoring session where entrepreneurs can source candid advice on dilemmas they face with fundraising.

    Attendees help one another with strategy, actions for getting funded, leads and contacts, support and holding each other accountable for achieving goals. In addition, participants receive professional coaching from Rockies Venture Club, authors, professors, and investors.

    For early-stage companies, this is the most cost-effective (free for RVC members) fundraising consulting you can get!

    Who Should Attend?: Entrepreneurs looking for group feedback their startup company; Investors looking to help provide insight from their experience and get to know companies who will be looking for funding.

    What is the Format?: 2-hour session, with the first 15 minutes reserved for intros and posing dilemmas to the group. From there, facilitators drive the discussion by diving deep into 5-10 of the most pressing dilemmas.


    • Tuesday, September 28, 2021
    • 2:30 PM - 5:00 PM (MDT)
    • Zoom - Details to Follow
    Register



    RVC All-Chapters Angel Investor Forum

    RVC Investor Forums bring together accredited angel investors interested in fast-growing, early-stage companies in Colorado. These forums serve to pool the wisdom, expertise, and capital of many individual angels.

    At this forum, investor members will hear pitches from 2-4 companies.

    After pitches, Q&A with the founders, the founders are excused and investors discuss the merits and risks of each venture. There is no requirement to invest and each investor has an opportunity to indicate interest in following or leading a specific deal.

    The forum also provides an opportunity to review all open RVC investment deals. 

    This forum represents the start of the RVC deal pipeline, and is a great way to learn about companies from the founders themselves. Both new and experienced investor members are welcome at forums -- this is the best way to learn hands-on about angel investing! 

    To attend this event, you must be an accredited: Net worth of at least one million US dollars, not including the value of one’s primary residence, or have made at least $200,000 each year for the last two years [or $300,000 together with his or her spouse if married] and have the expectation to make the same amount this year. We do not require a minimum investment.

    • Tuesday, September 28, 2021
    • 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM (MDT)
    • Online - Zoom Virtual Meeting
    • 19
    Register


    WIN Social Hour

    Conversation with Women Investors

    - *Restricted to current women investors and women interested and able to be accredited investors* -

    Join women investors in a virtual social hour conversation to share investing insights and interests, learn about ways to become involved and support the angel ecosystem, and get to know each other.  Pour yourself a favorite libation and call into the Zoom conference line to continue getting to know other women investors. Hosted by Emily Klein, RVC Programs Manager and WIN Director, the conversation will have two priorities - helping each other learn more and become successful angel investors and helping WIN and RVC learn more about supporting and engaging new women investors.  

    Participation is limited to a small group of women interested in angel investing, so please register quickly.  We're looking forward to meeting you and sharing our insights on becoming an angel investor!

    if you have any questions or would like to invite a guest, please contact Emily at:  emily@rockiesventureclub.org.  Zoom Call details will be emailed upon registration.

    *An accredited investor has financial assets of $1 M, not including their primary residence, or annual compensation of $200k or more.

    • Wednesday, September 29, 2021
    • 2:30 PM - 5:00 PM (MDT)
    • TBD
    Register


    Home - Colorado Bioscience Association        

    Colorado Life Sciences Angel Investor Forum

    Powered By
    CBSA & RVC

    The Life Sciences offer massive market opportunities for entrepreneurs and angel investors alike. BioTech, Healthcare, and Pharma are just a few of the sub-sectors experiencing booms in investment and acquisition activity over the last few years. While development and regulatory hurdles often add a level of complexity in these markets, acquirers are swooping in earlier to use acquisition as their own R&D strategy rather than taking risks in-house. In addition, Artificial Intelligence, Big Data, and other game changing tech continues to shake up the industry.

    The Colorado Bioscience Association and Rockies Venture Club are working together to build a local angel investor network with a focus on investing in early-stage life sciences companies.

    This Investor Forum will enable both existing and new Life Sciences angel investors to meet with two company founders who will present their company and the investment opportunity.

    After the presentations, investors will meet for an in-depth discussion about the strength of the investment opportunities and whether the group would like to move forward with due diligence.

    Newcomers are welcome regardless of whether they are experienced Angels or if they are just curious. There is no requirement to invest and each investor makes personal decisions on each deal.

    The forum helps to make Angel Investing fun and more efficient by pooling the wisdom, efforts and funding of many individuals and syndicating on investments. By sharing in due diligence and negotiation we are able to fund many more deals than if we pursued them as individuals. 

    To attend this event, you must be an accredited: Net worth of at least one million US dollars, not including the value of one’s primary residence, or have made at least $200,000 each year for the last two years [or $300,000 together with his or her spouse if married] and have the expectation to make the same amount this year. We do not require a minimum investment.

    • Thursday, September 30, 2021
    • 2:30 PM - 5:00 PM (MDT)
    • TBD
    Register


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    Colorado Cleantech Angel Investor Forum

    Powered By
    CCIA, NREL, & RVC

    Colorado is a leader in adopting clean energy technologies and supporting the ecosystem of individuals, businesses and institutions fueling the state's cleantech industry. The Colorado Cleantech Industries Association, National Renewable Energy Lab, and Rockies Venture Club are working together to build a local angel investor network with a focus on investing in early-stage cleantech companies. 

    This Investor Forum will enable both existing and new cleantech angel investors to meet with two company founders who will present their company and the investment opportunity.

    After the presentations, investors will meet for an in-depth discussion about the strength of the investment opportunities and whether the group would like to move forward with due diligence.

    Newcomers are welcome regardless of whether they are experienced Angels or if they are just curious. There is no requirement to invest and each investor makes personal decisions on each deal.

    The forum helps to make Angel Investing fun and more efficient by pooling the wisdom, efforts and funding of many individuals and syndicating on investments. By sharing in due diligence and negotiation we are able to fund many more deals than if we pursued them as individuals.

    To attend this event, you must be an accredited: Net worth of at least one million US dollars, not including the value of one’s primary residence, or have made at least $200,000 each year for the last two years [or $300,000 together with his or her spouse if married] and have the expectation to make the same amount this year. We do not require a minimum investment.

    • Thursday, October 07, 2021
    • 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM (MDT)
    • TBD
    Register



    Scaling & Value Creation Class Cluster


    A combination of RVC's Strategic Planning, Exit Strategy, and Go-To-Market Strategy courses

    For both investors and entrepreneurs

    RVC's Scaling & Value Creation Class Cluster has everything that investors and startup founders alike need to create a long-term strategy for startup companies. The workshop starts out by “beginning with the end in mind.” The exit strategy workshop is where founders will learn about building value not just for their first customer who buys their product, but for the “second customer” that is likely to acquire the company and return capital to investors.

    Next, the course moves into the strategic planning segment, where founders work on defining mission, vision, and values that start the company on a strong foundation followed by development of OKR’s - the Objectives and Key Results needed to achieve the company’s goals. The OKR method is used by fast-growth companies like Google, Facebook and Amazon to focus their teams on success.

    Finally, the workshop wraps up with lessons on creating a go-to-market strategy, often the area of the largest risk for early-stage companies.

    For those looking to create strategies around growth and eventual exits (critical for returning capital to investors), this is a must-attend class!

    • Wednesday, October 20, 2021
    • 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM (MDT)
    • TBD
    • 24
    Register

    The RVC Pitch Academy is a half-day workshop designed to do much more than just polish a founder’s pitch and presentation skills. From delivering a compelling presentation to negotiating a successful deal, this workshop will prepare founders to understand many of the terms and processes used by VCs and sharpen their venture strategy.

    Key topics include:

    • Preparing a business for a deal
    • Designing a deck
    • Delivering the pitch
    • Communicating the value for venture funding
    • Balancing pitching a product vs. pitching a company
    • Raising equity vs. convertible debt
    • Communicating risks that don’t raise red flags
    • Understanding investor psychology
    • Following up with interested investors

    RVC’s Pitch Academy instructors have years of experience working with angel + venture capital investors; the Pitch Academy content reflects deep and useful insights about investor priorities and interests. Multiple instructors ensure one-on-one engagement, including pitch practice with real-time feedback.

    Founders: please bring a five-minute pitch deck and laptop to practice

    Note: To pitch to investors at an RVC meeting you must apply to pitch and be accepted by RVC reviewers.

    • Thursday, October 21, 2021
    • 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM (MDT)
    • TBD
    • 19
    Register


    The RVC Funding Mastermind is a group mentoring session where entrepreneurs can source candid advice on dilemmas they face with fundraising.

    Attendees help one another with strategy, actions for getting funded, leads and contacts, support and holding each other accountable for achieving goals. In addition, participants receive professional coaching from Rockies Venture Club, authors, professors, and investors.

    For early-stage companies, this is the most cost-effective (free for RVC members) fundraising consulting you can get!

    Who Should Attend?: Entrepreneurs looking for group feedback their startup company; Investors looking to help provide insight from their experience and get to know companies who will be looking for funding.

    What is the Format?: 2-hour session, with the first 15 minutes reserved for intros and posing dilemmas to the group. From there, facilitators drive the discussion by diving deep into 5-10 of the most pressing dilemmas.


    • Tuesday, October 26, 2021
    • 2:30 PM - 5:00 PM (MDT)
    • TBD
    Register


    RVC All-Chapters Angel Investor Forum

    RVC Investor Forums bring together accredited angel investors interested in fast-growing, early-stage companies in Colorado. These forums serve to pool the wisdom, expertise, and capital of many individual angels.

    At this forum, investor members will hear pitches from two founders. 

    After pitches, Q&A with the founders, the founders are excused and investors discuss the merits and risks of each venture. There is no requirement to invest and each investor has an opportunity to indicate interest in following or leading a specific deal.

    The forum also provides an opportunity to review all open RVC investment deals. 

    This forum represents the start of the RVC deal pipeline, and is a great way to learn about companies from the founders themselves. Both new and experienced investor members are welcome at forums -- this is the best way to learn hands-on about angel investing! 

    To attend this event, you must be an accredited: Net worth of at least one million US dollars, not including the value of one’s primary residence, or have made at least $200,000 each year for the last two years [or $300,000 together with his or her spouse if married] and have the expectation to make the same amount this year. We do not require a minimum investment.

    • Tuesday, October 26, 2021
    • 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM (MDT)
    • Online - Zoom Virtual Meeting
    • 19
    Register


    WIN Social Hour

    Conversation with Women Investors

    - *Restricted to current women investors and women interested and able to be accredited investors* -

    Join women investors in a virtual social hour conversation to share investing insights and interests, learn about ways to become involved and support the angel ecosystem, and get to know each other.  Pour yourself a favorite libation and call into the Zoom conference line to continue getting to know other women investors. Hosted by Emily Klein, RVC Programs Manager and WIN Director, the conversation will have two priorities - helping each other learn more and become successful angel investors and helping WIN and RVC learn more about supporting and engaging new women investors.  

    Participation is limited to a small group of women interested in angel investing, so please register quickly.  We're looking forward to meeting you and sharing our insights on becoming an angel investor!

    if you have any questions or would like to invite a guest, please contact Emily at:  emily@rockiesventureclub.org.  Zoom Call details will be emailed upon registration.

    *An accredited investor has financial assets of $1 M, not including their primary residence, or annual compensation of $200k or more.

    • Thursday, November 04, 2021
    • 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM (MDT)
    • TBD
    Register



    Financial Strategy Class Cluster


    A combination of RVC's Valuation, Believable Proformas, and Financial Strategy courses

    For both investors and entrepreneurs

    RVC's Financial Strategy Class Cluster has everything that investors and startup founders alike need to create and evaluate financial projections (proforma), to understand valuation and negotiation in a deal, and to think about capital strategy including the timing and amount of raises, total capital needs, milestones between raises, runway strategy and how to think about dilution in follow-on rounds.

    RVC's course content is based on years of real-life stories and examples. Participants, both angels and entrepreneurs, are encouraged to bring their questions, proformas that they may be working with, and valuation assessments for real-time discussion.

    Participants will receive spreadsheet templates for modeling valuations, dilution, and proformas, as well as a Capital Strategy Canvas to help them work through their own models. This is a fully practical approach designed to create "believable proformas" and valuations that get deals done, but don't dilute participants any more than necessary.

    For those who want to better understand how to value an investment or their company, this is a must-attend class!

    • Wednesday, November 10, 2021
    • 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM (MST)
    • TBD
    • 25
    Register

    The RVC Pitch Academy is a half-day workshop designed to do much more than just polish a founder’s pitch and presentation skills. From delivering a compelling presentation to negotiating a successful deal, this workshop will prepare founders to understand many of the terms and processes used by VCs and sharpen their venture strategy.

    Key topics include:

    • Preparing a business for a deal
    • Designing a deck
    • Delivering the pitch
    • Communicating the value for venture funding
    • Balancing pitching a product vs. pitching a company
    • Raising equity vs. convertible debt
    • Communicating risks that don’t raise red flags
    • Understanding investor psychology
    • Following up with interested investors

    RVC’s Pitch Academy instructors have years of experience working with angel + venture capital investors; the Pitch Academy content reflects deep and useful insights about investor priorities and interests. Multiple instructors ensure one-on-one engagement, including pitch practice with real-time feedback.

    Founders: please bring a five-minute pitch deck and laptop to practice

    Note: To pitch to investors at an RVC meeting you must apply to pitch and be accepted by RVC reviewers.

    • Thursday, November 11, 2021
    • 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM (MST)
    • TBD
    • 19
    Register


    The RVC Funding Mastermind is a group mentoring session where entrepreneurs can source candid advice on dilemmas they face with fundraising.

    Attendees help one another with strategy, actions for getting funded, leads and contacts, support and holding each other accountable for achieving goals. In addition, participants receive professional coaching from Rockies Venture Club, authors, professors, and investors.

    For early-stage companies, this is the most cost-effective (free for RVC members) fundraising consulting you can get!

    Who Should Attend?: Entrepreneurs looking for group feedback their startup company; Investors looking to help provide insight from their experience and get to know companies who will be looking for funding.

    What is the Format?: 2-hour session, with the first 15 minutes reserved for intros and posing dilemmas to the group. From there, facilitators drive the discussion by diving deep into 5-10 of the most pressing dilemmas.


    • Wednesday, November 17, 2021
    • 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM (MST)
    • TBD
    Register

    FREE TO RVC ACTIVE INVESTOR MEMBERS


    Introductory Course on Angel Investing

    How does someone learn how to be a successful Angel Investor?

    Participate in the RVC Angel Accelerator and learn how to be a smart Angel. New Angels who don’t take this workshop often spend years and $250,000 or more learning how to do Angel investing! Receive a great return on investment, avoid taxation, learn about leading-edge innovation and meet interesting people!

    This full day Angel Accelerator advances Angel Investors' learning with a combination of hands-on exercises, working with experienced angel investor mentors, and solid content and toolkits that you'll need for successful Angel Investing.

    Topics Covered Include:

    • How to "read" a pitch.  Find out what to look for in a great pitch and don’t get lured in by the entrepreneur’s excitement or an emotional hook.

    • Exit strategy canvas.  Learn the six things that smart investors know how to look for in a great exit strategy.  Remember - the exit is the only way Angels get their money back!  

    • How to Value a pre-revenue company. Learn five methods to determine value and make sure you don’t pay too much (or too little).

    • Tax Implications - how can Angels take advantage of huge 100% tax breaks on capital gains?

    This is a full-day workshop, and you'll be engaged in interesting content and hands-on learning the whole time!


    Active Angel Investor members attend free!

    Become a member - Click Here and Save!


    • Thursday, November 18, 2021
    • 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM (MST)
    • TBD
    Register

    FREE TO RVC ACTIVE INVESTOR MEMBERS


    Intermediate Course on Angel Investing

    How does someone learn how to be a successful Angel Investor?

    Participate in the RVC Angel Accelerator and learn how to be a smart Angel. New Angels who don’t take this workshop often spend years and $250,000 or more learning how to do Angel investing. Receive a great return on investment, avoid taxation, learn about leading-edge innovation and meet interesting people!

    The Angel Investing Full Day Bootcamp helps Angel Investors learn with a combination of hands-on exercises, experienced angel investor mentors, and solid content + tools that you'll need for successful Angel Investing. Angel Investing 501 is useful to have taken before this class, but it is not a prerequisite; this series does not necessarily need to be taken in order.

    Topics Covered Include:

    • How to Analyze a Proforma Financial Statement and determine whether it is "believable" or not
    • Capitalization tables demystified: how to understand them and work out waterfall distributions
    • Finance Strategy: find out if you're going to get diluted out of a profit, or if future raises will give you a smaller piece of a bigger pie and great returns.
    • Term Sheets and Negotiation: how are Angel Deals negotiated? What are the key terms? What are the benefits of equity vs. convertible debt, or even SAFEs?
    • Lead Investors: what are the key functions that the Lead Investor plays and what do you have to know before you jump into this role?
    • Board of Directors Angel Responsibilities: how lead investors guide successful angel investments and enhance angel returns through post-investment management

    This is a full-day workshop, and you'll be engaged in interesting content and hands-on learning the whole time!

    Registrants receive the full-day workshop and a toolkit full of angel investing resources.

    For your best deal, you should consider ACTIVE INVESTOR MEMBERSHIP in Rockies Venture Club, Colorado's leading angel network. That gets you a FREE pass to this workshop, as well as the Angel 501, Practicum, and other workshops offered every month.  Active Investor membership also gets you free access to the other 140+ events we do every year including the Angel Capital Summit, Colorado Capital Conference Angel Forums and investor-only events.  

    Active Angel Investor members attend free!

    Become a member - Click Here and Save!


    • Tuesday, November 30, 2021
    • 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM (MST)
    • Online - Zoom Virtual Meeting
    • 19
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    WIN Social Hour

    Conversation with Women Investors

    - *Restricted to current women investors and women interested and able to be accredited investors* -

    Join women investors in a virtual social hour conversation to share investing insights and interests, learn about ways to become involved and support the angel ecosystem, and get to know each other.  Pour yourself a favorite libation and call into the Zoom conference line to continue getting to know other women investors. Hosted by Emily Klein, RVC Programs Manager and WIN Director, the conversation will have two priorities - helping each other learn more and become successful angel investors and helping WIN and RVC learn more about supporting and engaging new women investors.  

    Participation is limited to a small group of women interested in angel investing, so please register quickly.  We're looking forward to meeting you and sharing our insights on becoming an angel investor!

    if you have any questions or would like to invite a guest, please contact Emily at:  emily@rockiesventureclub.org.  Zoom Call details will be emailed upon registration.

    *An accredited investor has financial assets of $1 M, not including their primary residence, or annual compensation of $200k or more.

    • Wednesday, December 08, 2021
    • 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM (MST)
    • TBD
    • 24
    Register

    The RVC Pitch Academy is a half-day workshop designed to do much more than just polish a founder’s pitch and presentation skills. From delivering a compelling presentation to negotiating a successful deal, this workshop will prepare founders to understand many of the terms and processes used by VCs and sharpen their venture strategy.

    Key topics include:

    • Preparing a business for a deal
    • Designing a deck
    • Delivering the pitch
    • Communicating the value for venture funding
    • Balancing pitching a product vs. pitching a company
    • Raising equity vs. convertible debt
    • Communicating risks that don’t raise red flags
    • Understanding investor psychology
    • Following up with interested investors

    RVC’s Pitch Academy instructors have years of experience working with angel + venture capital investors; the Pitch Academy content reflects deep and useful insights about investor priorities and interests. Multiple instructors ensure one-on-one engagement, including pitch practice with real-time feedback.

    Founders: please bring a five-minute pitch deck and laptop to practice

    Note: To pitch to investors at an RVC meeting you must apply to pitch and be accepted by RVC reviewers.

    • Thursday, December 09, 2021
    • 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM (MST)
    • TBD
    • 19
    Register


    The RVC Funding Mastermind is a group mentoring session where entrepreneurs can source candid advice on dilemmas they face with fundraising.

    Attendees help one another with strategy, actions for getting funded, leads and contacts, support and holding each other accountable for achieving goals. In addition, participants receive professional coaching from Rockies Venture Club, authors, professors, and investors.

    For early-stage companies, this is the most cost-effective (free for RVC members) fundraising consulting you can get!

    Who Should Attend?: Entrepreneurs looking for group feedback their startup company; Investors looking to help provide insight from their experience and get to know companies who will be looking for funding.

    What is the Format?: 2-hour session, with the first 15 minutes reserved for intros and posing dilemmas to the group. From there, facilitators drive the discussion by diving deep into 5-10 of the most pressing dilemmas.


    • Tuesday, December 14, 2021
    • 2:30 PM - 5:00 PM (MST)
    • TBD
    Register


    RVC All-Chapters Angel Investor Forum

    RVC Investor Forums bring together accredited angel investors interested in fast-growing, early-stage companies in Colorado. These forums serve to pool the wisdom, expertise, and capital of many individual angels.

    At this forum, investor members will hear pitches from two founders. 

    After pitches, Q&A with the founders, the founders are excused and investors discuss the merits and risks of each venture. There is no requirement to invest and each investor has an opportunity to indicate interest in following or leading a specific deal.

    The forum also provides an opportunity to review all open RVC investment deals. 

    This forum represents the start of the RVC deal pipeline, and is a great way to learn about companies from the founders themselves. Both new and experienced investor members are welcome at forums -- this is the best way to learn hands-on about angel investing! 

    To attend this event, you must be an accredited: Net worth of at least one million US dollars, not including the value of one’s primary residence, or have made at least $200,000 each year for the last two years [or $300,000 together with his or her spouse if married] and have the expectation to make the same amount this year. We do not require a minimum investment.

    • Tuesday, December 14, 2021
    • 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM (MST)
    • Online - Zoom Virtual Meeting
    • 19
    Register