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As part of the Founder Institute’s series of free online startup events for entrepreneurs worldwide, we are pleased to host "How to Be a Better Angel Investor," featuring experienced angels from around the globe. Click here to RSVP, and join us on Thursday, February 10th (9am PST) for this live, interactive online event. 

Who Should Attend?

  • Anyone passionate to help aspiring entrepreneurs start and grow a technology business

  • Anyone interested in angel investing or building a portfolio of startup investments

  • Anyone interested in launching an FI accelerator as a Vertical or as a City-Focused program

What Is It About?

Angel investors play a key role in helping startups to recruit a team, raise funding, generate traction, and ultimately grow their businesses. However, there are many cases where angels unfortunately produce little impact, or can even have a negative overall impact. On this live online event, you will hear from experienced entrepreneurs and angel investors who have supported dozens of businesses - across several continents, sectors, and stages - and learn their best practices for sourcing opportunities and providing value to startups.

Meet the Speakers

Lucia Cerchlan is a co-founder of Lumus Investment Collective, a global female angel investment club focusing on startups based in the CEE region. She is also the Head of Research at London based fintech startup Cuvva. Previously, Lucia worked at Slido (SaaS scale-up recently acquired by Cisco) on international expansion in London and San Francisco. She started her career at the Ministry of Economy in Slovakia, where she helped to design the concept of Smart Industry and the framework for innovative financial instruments.

Nima Kaz loves learning while helping communities of founders, early collaborators, social enterprises & investors find, fund & launch the future. Born in Iran, raised in Canada, and now residing in Brazil, Kaz is interested in projects that are spurring paradigm shifts & impactful change via data, energy, investing, crypto & blockchain ecosystems. He has served on the boards of the world’s 1st co-op for inventors, a community power NGO & an energy company (which he founded), among other mostly tech ventures. As ambassador of & co-founder of, he evangelizes progress towards the next frontiers for innovation. His latest project is an open lab for forward-thinkers to test their biggest ideas,  weaving a global community to connect entrepreneurs with established tech accelerators, incubators & investors. Kaz currently supports the next generation of founders via, &

Svetozar Georgiev served as Senior Vice President of Application Platforms at Progress Software Corporation since December 2014 until January 10, 2017. Mr. Georgiev co-founded Telerik AD in 2002 and serves as its Senior Vice President of Application Platforms and served as its Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Georgiev was instrumental in establishing the Telerik brand and growing the Marketing and Financial organizations within the Telerik. As a seasoned marketing executive, Mr. Georgiev invented some of the most successful Telerik marketing campaigns and realized many innovative ideas in the field of digital marketing. He has expertise in the areas of product positioning, marketing research and communications and helped Telerik to become one of the most recognized brands in the space of developer tools. Mr. Georgiev served management positions at Lowe Lintas, as well as several IT companies. He serves as a Director of Telerik AD. He serves as a Member of Board of Advisors at LAUNCHub. Mr. Georgiev holds Bachelor’s Degrees in Business Administration and Journalism from the American University in Bulgaria. He is also Co-founder of Telerik Academy and Campus X.

Russell Brand believes good engineering is solving important problems effectively rather than solving hard problems. He serves as entrepreneur-in-residence at Founder Institute, bringing a wealth of knowledge in the computer science and information systems space. He currently serves as an advisor for Eliaz Therapeutics, and Chief Curriculum Officer for, which allows preschool and school-age children to teach themselves much of K-12 math and vocabulary using Alexa lessons. Brand is also Founder and Managing Director of Responsible Solutions, which provides consulting services in Information Technologies (including computer security) and various areas of applied science in the management of large projects and data centers.

If you haven’t already, click here to register and join us February 10th for a deep-dive, interactive discussion with Lucia, Nima, Svetozar, and Russell on "How to Be a Better Angel Investor."

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