Angels Up Academy: Women Bootcamp

A program tailored to empower women with the ambition to become Business Angels.

Designed to equip women with the knowledge, skills, and strategies needed to invest in startups: from theory to an actual investment.

Startup Wise Guy’s origins began in 2012 and, since then, we’ve seen firsthand the incredible potential of investing in international startups. We also have a deep understanding of the challenges and opportunities that arise. Now, we’re excited to share our expertise with you through Angels Up Academy.

We believe that having more women business angels is essential for fostering diversity and inclusivity in the entrepreneurial ecosystem, bringing unique perspectives and insights to investment decisions. This increased representation not only empowers women entrepreneurs but also enhances the overall success of startups. Hence why we decided to create this edition for women only.

You’ll have access to expert-led workshops, real-life case studies, and networking opportunities with other investors and industry leaders. And, by the end of it, you will have the tools to make an informed personal startup investment decision.

Essentially, you will learn how to invest in international startups in 10 sessions: from theory to an actual investment. And you will join a community of like-minded professionals with exclusive access to content, investment opportunities & events available for our investors only.

Incentives

Become a "diamond miner"

We've got the inside scoop on what works and what doesn't and we will share with you all the do's and don'ts that we have learned so far.

Learn-by-investing

We will provide you with hands-on practice, taking you from the initial stages of evaluating a startup to making an actual investment.

Join an exclusive network

You will join the Startup Wise Guys Investors’ Community and will connect with a group of top-tier investors, mentors, and industry leaders.

About the Program

Application Process

Application Deadline: Friday, October 20

  1. Review the criteria list below to know if this programs fits you:
    1. Interest in investing in startups and innovative projects
    2. English proficiency
    3. Financial capacity: You should be willing and able to pay the program fee of €950.
  2. Fill the online application
  3. We will conduct interviews with the most qualified applicants and select a minimum of 10 and a maximum of 20 of them.
  4. A waitlist will be created of other qualified applicants who may be selected if any of the initial participants drop out.

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Module 1

The Essentials of Angel Investing using Startup Wise Guys' Methodology

  • Thursday 26th October - Online from 10:00 to 12:30 (CEST time): Launch of the program & Workshop #1: Angel Investing Foundations.
  • Friday 27th October - Online from 12:00 to 13:30 (CEST time): Startup Selection & Due Diligence.

Module 2

Legal and Practical Considerations in Angel Investing: A Deep Dive

  • Thursday 2nd November - Online from 12:00 to 13:30 (CEST time): Crafting Your Investment Thesis
  • Friday 3rd November - Online from 12:00 to 13:30 (CEST time): Legal Fundamentals I
  • Thursday 9th November - Online from 12:00 to 13:30 (CEST time): Legal Fundamentals II

Module 3

Identifying promising startups: from theory to Startups Pitch Day

  • Content released online every Thursday at 10:00 (CEST time): Content of Startup Wise Guys’ Pre-accelerator 
  • Friday 10th November - Online from 12:00 to 13:30 (CEST time): Post Investment Process
  • Thursday 16th November - Online from 12:00 to 13:30 (CEST time): Startup Wise Guys’ Scouting Pitch session
  • Friday 17th November - Online from 12:00 to 13:30 (CEST time): Mentor Day with Startups
  • Thursday 23rd November - Online from 12:00 to 13:30 (CEST time): Fireside chat with investor
  • Friday 24th November - Onsite in Málaga from 10:00 to 14:00 (CEST time): Startup Pitching Competition & Program’s Graduation Day. A cocktail lunch will be provided after the session. Participants are responsible for covering the cost of their flight ticket and accommodation.

    Note that Pillar 2 encompasses the actual investment process, while Pillar 1 provides the necessary foundational knowledge to carry out effective angel investing. Pillar 3 focuses on the startups and their development, leading up to Graduation Day with startups pitching to the participants of the program.

What happens next? Alumni Community

Once you enroll in this program & make your first investment in one of Startup Wise Guys’ portfolio, you'll have access to a community of like-minded investors who are as passionate as you (and us!) about investing in startups. You will have the opportunity to attend unique events around the world & unlock exclusive content.

Program Details

  • This course is 5 weeks long, a total of 10 sessions (2 per week) with 17 hours of live content in total. 
  • This edition is open to female participants everywhere in the world, however please bear in mind the online live sessions will be running in the CET time zone (see below for more details).
  • Seats are limited to a minimum of 10 participants and a maximum of 20 participants to ensure the quality of the sessions & networking.
  • 9 out of 10 sessions will be conducted online. For those who are unable to attend the online live sessions, recordings will be made available.
  • The last session will be happening onsite in Málaga (venue TBC) where a cocktail lunch will be provided after the session. – While options for convenience will be provided, participants are responsible for covering the cost of their flight ticket and accommodation.

The Angels Up Academy: Women bootcamp is for you if

  1. You have a genuine interest in investing in startups and innovative projects.
  2. You speak and understand English proficiently (so you can understand the content of the program and communicate with the rest of participants and investors from the community).
  3. You are willing to pay €950 for the program.
  4. You can attend at least 6 out of the 9 online live sessions and the onsite session in Málaga.

This program is designed for individuals who meet the requirements listed above. Seats are limited to a minimum of 10 people and a maximum of 20 people maximum, thus one sent the pre-inscription a selection of profiles will be made.

Once you have finished the program, we will share with you our active dealflow of startups from Startup Wise Guys’ portfolio. If interested, you will be free to invest on your own or via a syndicate.

After making your first investment in one of Startup Wise Guys’ portfolio, you’ll have access to the Startup Wise Guys Investors’ Community of like-minded investors who are as passionate as you (and us!) about investing in startups.

"I found very insightful to learn about what kind of Business Angel I am right now and who I'd like to be, what are the main tasks a Business Angel has to do with the co-founders team, when (in timeline) a Business Angel invest and so on..."

Participant @ Angels Up Academy Bilbao 2023

"I learnt the kind of questions I need to think about before investing, I feel these are crucial to go in the direction I want to go to become the Business Angel I want to be."

Participant @ Angels Up Academy Bilbao 2023

"I found the workshops very dynamic, the content was very well structured and really valuable."

Participant @ Angels Up Academy Bilbao 2023

Participant @ Angels Up Academy Bilbao 2023

Program Agenda

Let’s crunch some numbers

Startup Wise Guys is a leading early-stage startup accelerator with multiple venture capital funds with a strong track record of investing in successful startups from around the world. Awarded with the Best Accelerator/Incubator Program of the Year 2023 by Global Startup Awards.

We have a strong team of outstanding mentors, amazing serial entrepreneurs, and an exclusive international network of top-tier investors. We have the experience and knowledge to help you start your journey in startup investing — sustainably, wisely, and globally.

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Brianna Quintero

Learning Design Lead

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Ilze Timi Graubina

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Santiago Fortino

Program Operations Manager

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

  • What is the Angels Up Academy?

    At Startup Wise Guys, we decided to create a program that contributes to professionalizing the European investing ecosystem and supporting entrepreneurs. Angels Up Academy is designed to equip you with the knowledge, skills, and strategies needed to invest in startups: from theory to an actual investment.

     

    In the past eleven years, Startup Wise Guys has managed to build a portfolio of 350+ startups from 65+ countries, with 13 exits (for now!) and a multiplier of 22x. From founders to founders, from ecosystem to ecosystem. We know the startup ecosystem from inside out.

    The education provided in the Angels Up Academy is delivered by Startup Wise Guys’ professional network in various sectors, as well as by experienced angel investors who share their experiences and best practices from all over the world.

  • How does the program content look like?

    This program is delivered in English and is 5 weeks long, split into 10 sessions:

    • 6 theoretical workshops to learn the fundamentals of startup investment & access to exclusive content from Startup Wise Guys’ Pre-Accelerator Program 
    • 1 session attending Startup Wise Guys Scouting Pitch Session Days
    • 1 session for Mentoring Startups
    • 1 Fireside Chat hosted by investors
    • 1 final session with Startups pitching to investors (Graduation Day)

    All of the above sessions will be delivered  online, except 2 of them which will be done onsite in Málaga (please see above the agenda for more details).

  • Do I need to pay to participate?

    The cost of the program is €950 per participant and must be paid in advance before the start of the program (26th October) via bank transfer. Details will be provided privately to each of the chosen participants.

  • Do I need to have invested in a startup before?

    No, the purpose of the Angels Up Academy is for anyone who is interested in learning how to invest in startups can learn and do it right after the program.

  • Are there any geographical restrictions for who can apply?

    This edition is open to participants everywhere in the world, however please bear in mind the online live sessions will be running in the CEST time zone, and the onsite session will be delivered in Málaga.

  • What is expected from me as a participant in the Angels Up Academy?

    We expect you:

    • To have a genuine interest in investing in startups and innovative projects.
    • To pay 950€ to attend the program.
    • To attend at least 6 out of the 9 online live sessions as well as the onsite session in Málaga.
    • To be fluent in English (This program will be delivered entirely in English in order to be able to follow the full program)
    • To make the most of it and enjoy! 🙂
  • What is the time commitment?

    We have taken into consideration that you will be doing this program while you are potentially busy in your day-to-day, so we have ensured that sessions are between 1 hour and 3 hours long. This course is made up of 20 hours of live content across 10 sessions in total (+ any additional time you commit to it beyond the live sessions).

  • Will the program happen online or on-site?
    • 9 out of 10 sessions will be conducted online and recordings will be available. 
    • 1 out of 10 sessions will be mandatory onsite in Málaga. This on-site event will aim to enrich networking opportunities between investors and the Málaga startup ecosystem.

    More details are provided in the agenda above.

  • Will all the online sessions be recorded?

    Yes, but they will be shared only with the program participants for you to watch on your own time if you can't attend the online live sessions (which we highly recommend so you can participate in the Q&A session).

     

    If you didn’t find what you were looking for get in touch with us at hello@startupwiseguys.com.

  • Can I run this program in my city?

    Sure you can! We can definitely deliver a program like this one or create a bespoke one according to your needs. Please get in touch by email with Azzy Vera-Cobos, Product Lead of the Angels Up Academy via email: azahara@startupwise.com.

If you didn’t find what you were looking for get in touch with us at hello@startupwiseguys.com.