Nov. 9-10, 2022 - Monona Terrace in Madison

Margie Bacheler, Cordero Barkley and Kelli Jones

Many people have urged creation of a more diverse pool of early stage investors, but what really works to broaden that base with new investors who may better spot potentially profitable deals tied to under-represented markets?

Margie Bacheler, educational initiatives director for the nationwide Angel Capital Association, will help answer that question Thursday, Nov. 10, during the Wisconsin Early Stage Symposium in Madison.

She will talk about the ACA’s “TechTown Capital” program, which helps emerging angel investors in the Great Lakes region who identify as diverse – such as Black, Latin and women – learn how to invest and use their expertise to work with startup companies.

Bacheler’s presentation will be followed by observations from Cordero Barkley, partner at TitletownTech, and Kelli Jones, managing partner of Sixty8 Capital, a seed-stage fund for Black, Brown, women and LGBTQ-led startups, based in Indianapolis, Ind. This panel will take place just before the Elevator Pitch Olympics on the afternoon of Nov. 10.

“We’re excited to hear about best practices from the nation’s leading association for angel investors,” said Tom Still, president of the Wisconsin Technology Council. “It expands on a conference line-up that also includes Bobby Franklin, president of the National Venture Capital Association, who will speak Nov. 9. Attendees will have two chances to hear from people who have a national perspective on this important topic.”