San Diego Angel Conference Announces Quarterfinalists for SDAC V

By: Sharjeel Sohaib

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Mar 16, 2023

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  • San Diego Angel Conference (SDAC) announced 25 quarterfinalists out of 106 startup applicants that will move forward toward the final pitch at the SDAC V Angel Conference on April 22.
  • The SDAC program provides coaching, an educational program, and connections to founders, aiming to activate accredited investors and fund innovative early-stage companies.
  • SDAC has become one of the largest event-based angel funds in the country, with an active angel investor group of about 90 accredited investors who invest from $7,000 to $100,000+ in each conference series.

The San Diego Angel Conference (SDAC), a University of San Diego Knauss School of Business program, has announced 25 quarterfinalists for its SDAC V Angel Conference. These quarterfinalists were selected out of 106 startup applicants by angel investors based on their potential to win the final conference pitch competition on April 22 at USD. Each company is seeking funding for its business.

Angel Investors

SDAC engages new and experienced angel investors by providing coaching, an educational program, and connections to founders. Its objective is to activate accredited investors and fund innovative early-stage companies. With an active angel investor group of about 90 accredited investors, the SDAC has become one of the country’s most significant event-based angel funds.

Securing angel funding requires a product that solves a real problem and an entrepreneur with tenacity and risk tolerance. USDโ€™s Free Enterprise Institute, Brink SBDC, and SDAC collaborate seamlessly to provide the โ€˜Get to yes!โ€™ infrastructure. And USD is leading the way in values-driven free enterprise and creating an enduring network of entrepreneurs, partners, sponsors, and investors.

SDAC founder Mysty Rusk

The SDAC V conference aims to help entrepreneurs secure funding for their early-stage companies. Each quarterfinalist has the potential to win $200,000 in angel investment or attract investors interested in funding additional companies. The program culminates in a live and virtual final funding event.

The San Diego Angel Conference partners with over 20 organizations in the startup ecosystem, including USD, Mintz, SDSU, First Republic Bank, Coeptus Law, Aquillius, Clearpoint Agency, and UCSD. These connections and SDACโ€™s reputation for excellence enable it to attract promising startups and manage a substantial investment fund.

SDAC Supports Entrepreneurs

SDAC IV runner-up Jose Gomez, co-founder of Fluid-AI, credits SDAC for putting him on the path to funding for his early-stage company. Fluid-AI has raised $4 million of seed stage capital and even more, closing a strategic $4.8 million round with institutional investors.

โ€œThe knowledge, connections, and guidance we gained through SDAC were invaluable and critical to us further developing our technology and securing follow-on funding,โ€ says Gomez.

Applications for accredited angel investors are still open at www.thesdangels.com/angel-investor. Angel investors are welcome to join the active group of accredited investors, who invest anywhere from $7,000 to $100,000+ in each conference series.

SDACโ€™s program encourages collaborations between entrepreneurs and investors, allowing startups to pitch their ideas to investors and make valuable connections. The quarterfinalists of SDAC V represent the most promising startups with innovative ideas that are solving real-world problems.

Conclusion

The San Diego Angel Conference has announced the quarterfinalists for its SDAC V Angel Conference. This program aims to help entrepreneurs secure funding for their early-stage companies. With an active angel investor group of about 90 accredited investors, the SDAC has become one of the country’s most significant event-based angel funds.

The program culminates in a live and virtual final funding event where quarterfinalists can win $200,000 in angel investment or attract investors interested in funding additional companies. SDAC partners with over 20 organizations in the startup ecosystem, providing startups with opportunities to pitch their ideas to investors and make valuable connections.

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