Purpose

 

AAAI is delivering on our vision by:

  • advocating economic, innovation, business and education policies and approaches that recognise the significant contribution of individual investors to entrepreneurial expansion in Australia;
  • advancing the art of Angel Investing
  • championing professional and ethical culture amongst Angel Investors
  • cultivating life-long learning by members
  • welcoming all those who wish to become Angel Investors
  • celebrating the successes and learning from the failures of our peers
  • leading the advocacy and engagement of our members in the broader community in Australia and overseas
  • allowing our members' aspirations to flourish through our Association.

Our achievements to date include:

Since incorporation and to March 2011, AAAI has:

  • Delivered 4 successful annual conferences 2008 (ACT), 2009 (Qld), 2010 (SA) and 2011 (NSW).
  • provided support for the formation of 12 Angel Investor groups in Queensland, New South Wales, South Australia, Victoria and Western Australia.
  • Demonstrated 20-30% growth in membership annually.
  • liensed and certified Australian Angel instructors for the Power of Angel Investing (PAI) series of Angel education workshops from the Angel Capital Education Foundation (ACEF) and developed by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation based in the USA.
  • delivered a large number of professional Angel education workshops.
  • AAAI Directors and CEO have participated in consultations in Canberr in response to Ministerial invitations on policy development and implementation for the early-stage economy.
  • AAAI directors have participated in international consultations on Innovation Policy at the invitation of the OECD.
  • Made submissions to the Federal Government Review of the National Innovation System.
  • Delivered Australia's first authorative surveys on Angel Investment, to be continued annually.
  • Provided a support to our peers in New Zealand for their formation of a National Angel Association.
  • Developed mutual cooperation agreements with the national Angel Investor associations in New Zealand, USA, Europe, Canada and Asia;
  • Provided foundation leadershp for the formation of the World Business Angels Association (based in Brussels) and continue leadershp as a Director of the WBAA international Board.
  • Directors have represented the Australian Angel Investor community as delegates, speakers and workshop instructors at national Angel conferences in New Zealand, USA, Europe, China and the Middle East (all expenses borne personally by the AAAI Directors).
  • Delivered monthly Angel News Australia newsletter to >1000 subscribers in Australia and overseas.
  • Developed an evolving AAAI web site to serve and support our members, most recently building and opening the member only areas. This site is constantly modified.
  • Achieved an increasing level of financial support from members, event and sponsorship activities.
  • Established syndication guidelines to foster co-investment between individual Angel Investor groups.
  • Launched a program promoting Fellowship of the Australian Association of Angel Investors which establishes the highest standards of experience, capability and engagement of individual members who are active Angel Investors and who have successfully exited Angel Investments and who are champions of Angel Investment in Australia.
We continue to:
  • Promote the growth of angel investment in Australia, including encouraging and informing the establishment of new angel groups.
  • Define best practice for angel investor members in an Australian context.
  • Disseminate information on and access to good practice recognised syndication models.
  • Be a source and channel for information and education of angel investors and entrepreneurs seeking angel investment.
  • Represent the interests of angel investor members in Australia as a peak body in dialogues with governments, peers and industry.
  • Represent members internationally in dialogues with peers, industry and governments.
  • Act as a channel for information and opinion from members to form the basis of advice to Government.
  • Assist with, and direct, research into Australian angel investment activities.
  • Organise and hold an annual summit conference on topics relevant to members.
  • Organise Angel Investor education events around Australia to deliver on professional development education and raise awareness about the role  and intricacies of Angel Investing.
 
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