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AAAI 2012 National Angel Conference

Wednesday, 29 February 2012 to Friday, 2 March 2012 from 8:30 AM - 2:00 PM

Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre, Melbourne, Australia


The conference programme runs over 3 days with the first day of the programme commencing at midday with Registration followed by workshops for Angel Investors during the afternoon. Two workshops are offered with delegates to choose one (introductory/advanced).

All parts of the programme, with the exception of the DIGITAL DINNER  "New Models, New Experiences - A Dinner Event" to be held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre and adjacent Hilton Hotel.

An Entrepreneurs Workshop hosted by Melbourne Angels and supported by AAAI is a separate event and scheduled for Wednesday morning (29 February) also at the MCEC. This Entrepreneurs Workshop commences at 8.30am with Registration opening at 8am.


Wednesday 29 February 2012

10.30 - Registration
MCEC Foyer
13:00 - 17:00

Master Class One:   Introduction to Angel Investing

For new Angel Investors - how to analyse a deal and progressing towards becoming an active Angel Investor. This is a case study based approach with an action learning focus and includes a panel of experienced Angel Investors and other experts.


Jordan Green

13:00 - 17:00

Master Class Two: Advanced Angel Investing - Valuation and Portfolio Development

An advanced masterclass for Angel Investors building their Angel Capital portfolios and focussing on diversification. Understanding the impact of risk on deal valuation at the early stage.

Moderators: Jim Kalokerinos & John Mactaggart
17:00 - 18:30 Welcome Reception Hilton Hotel, Sotano
19:00 - 23.30 New Models, New Experiences - A Dinner Event Experimedia, State Library of Victoria.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

8.30 - 9.00 Welcome Addresses MCEC
9.00 - 10.30

Session 1: Where are we and what do we know? Early stage investment today as a basis for a prosperous economy in the future.

Angel investment today provides the foundation for a diversified and prosperous economic future. This is a thought leadership session with a futurist perspective. It is a research based session with hard data available from the annual Australian Angel Investor survey, benchmarked against data from other studies demonstrating evidence of the activity and impact of Angel investment.

Karen Wilson, OECD

Doron Ben-Meir, Commercialisation Australia

Tim Bridges, Bentleys

Jordan Green, AAAI

Anil Joshi, Mumbai Angels

11.00 - 12.30

Session 2: International trends in angel Investment - the indicators for future Angel Investment activity and the sustainability of the Angel Capital Asset class in terms of approaches and performance.

Richard Branson recently said "now is not the time to be conservative". This is the period of opportunity. However, barriers continue to exist and their identification enables establishment of activity to change current behaviours. So what are the barriers preventing increased depth of capital to support early stage ventures. Australia has its first Angel Group side-car fund. Will/Should there be others? How are Angel investors maximising returns and minimising risks? What can be done in an active or passive approach to increase the depth of Angel Capital?

Andrew Wilkes, NACO

Bob Foster, TechCoast Angels

Franceska Banga, NZVIF

Anil Joshi, Mumbai Angels

14:00 - 14:45

Session 3: Doing the deals - Syndicating and co-investing

This session builds on earlier sessions to examine one approach to increasing the depth of Angel Capital. Which deals are the right deals for syndication? When is the right time to syndicate? How can the quality of deals be improved?

Matthew Macfarlane, Yuuwa Capital

John Mactaggart, Brisbane Angels

Andrew Wilke, NACO

Greg Sitters, Sparkbox Investments NZ

14:45 - 15:30

Session 4: How to run an Angel group.

This complementary session looks inside the groups to understand how Angel Investors can collaborate on their investment philosophies and strategies, how they can leverage their disparate skills and networks to foster deals and grow shareholder value. Existing group models in Australia and overseas will be explored to determine creative future options

Bob Foster, TechCoast Angels

Nick McNaughton, Capital Angels

Richard Dale, Sydney Angels

Richard Wheeler, Brisbane Angels

16:00 - 17:30

Session 5: What can we do to improve things for ourselves?

This session brings together the barriers and opportunities for us as an Angel Investor community working within the broader investment sector. This thought leadership session will explore the challenges we face through the delivery of national and international war stories building local and national communities. How do we get more people and organisations involved to improve the quality and quantity of entrepreneurial deal flow? How can we push policy and a common message? How do we actively encourage the broader community to explore opportunities available at the early stage? How do we increase the number of Angel Investors?

Adrian Stone, AngelCube

Craig Deveson, Devnet

Viki Forrest, ANZATech

Paul Niederer, ASSOB

Yolanda Vega, Aust. Womens Chamber of Commerce & Industry

17:30 - 19:00 Cocktails MCEC
19:00 - 23:00 Conference Dinner
Phil Weinman, Deasil Management Group

Friday March 2, 2011

8:30 - 9:00

Session 6: Economic Briefing

Long term investing vs short term thinking

Kerry Duce, ANZ Bank
9.00 - 10:30

Session 7: The role Angel Investors play in stimulating/facilitating economic activity - models to support soft infrastructure.

The OECD and several first world economies recognise the importance of Angel Investors in the economy and have introduced taxation and other mechanisms to stimulate availability of Angel Capital to support young company development. What success have these strategies delivered and how are their effects measured? How does Australia benchmark to other economies in terms of innovation and productivity outcomes? What are the policies Australia should be developing to support economic growth and ensure future economic sustainability?

Karen Wilson, OECD (Keynote)

Doron Ben-Meir, CA

Franceska Banga, NAVIF

11:00 - 12:30

Session 8: How do we collaborate to grow and scale?

What does it take to make an Australian company succeed from an Angel Capital backed start? This session is a case study based presentation and discussion around what can be learnt from those companies that have been built on Angel Investment. Find out which Australian companies were been founded with Angel Capital and hear the stories from prominent CEOs.

Adrian di Marco, TechnologyOne

Leni Mayo, 99Designs

Rick McIlhinney, Ecokinetics

Meyrick Adams, Gen3Media

12:30 - 14:45

Session 9: Through the lens of the entrepreneur. We need more Angel Investors. Where do we find them?

Looking at the ecosystem from the entrepreneur’s perspective, what do successful entrepreneurs see as the gap? How do we build a better ecosystem to support entrepreneurial ventures? This concluding case study based session provides the opportunity to hear from the other side of the fence. What do entrepreneurs think has gone wrong previously and how do we improve it? Why do too many entrepreneurs go overseas rather than build a business in Australia? Do successful entrepreneurs think they can work within a collaborative Angel Investor community by themselves becoming investors?


Mick Liubinskas, Pollenizer

Niki Scevak, StartMate

Rebecca Campbell,

Leni Mayo, 99Designs

Steve Baxter, RiverCityLabs

14:45 - 14:30 Closing Lunch MCEC
14:30 - 15:30 AAAI AGM MCEC


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(Inc. Tax)
Delegate Bundle (Non-Member)$1,400.00
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2 day Delegate - Member$990.00
Partner Ticket Conference Dinner$175.00