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December 14, 2021 | Tom Ballard

Three local organizations planning series to increase number of angel investors

The Knoxville Chamber, Knoxville Entrepreneur Center (KEC), and Innov865 Alliance are hosting a three-session series beginning in January on angel investing.

Titled “Opportunities on the Horizon,” the sessions are part of a concerted effort to address a deficiency in the Knoxville-Oak Ridge region at a time when there are many opportunities that did not exist several years ago.

“Knoxville is experiencing unprecedented growth in deep tech and other start-ups,” the organizers wrote. “We need to create a capital continuum to keep them here.”

The sessions are specifically targeted at individuals who are classified as accredited investors and interested in learning more about angel investing. Increasing the number of angel investors was a key recommendation included in the Chamber’s “Capital Access Redefined” report that was released in early August (see article here). That report was developed in response to the Techstars assessment of the Knoxville-Oak Ridge region’s innovation and entrepreneurial ecosystem (click here to read that report) that said the region must increase capital availability for start-ups.

The sessions will include panels of local and regional industry experts, angel investors, and entrepreneurs. All three workshops will run from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at KEC The dates and topics are as follows:

  • January 18: “Angel Investing: What It Is.” This will be an overview of angel investing – what it is, how it can benefit investors, and how it benefits the community and entrepreneurs.
  • February 15: “Angel Investing: How to Do It.” This will be an in-depth conversation about how to become an angel investor, examples of local companies that have benefitted from angel investments, and how individuals can participate.
  • March 22: “Women in Angel Investing.” The session will provide insights from female industry experts, angel investors, and woman-owned start-ups that have received angel funds.

Those interested can attend in-person at KEC, 17 Market Square, or virtually. There will be no solicitations during the sessions and only hosts, moderators, and panelists will be seen on camera.

The link to registration is here. Individuals can register for any or all of the sessions.

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