I am happy to announce that my firm, AngelCatalyst, is helping run the Angel Capital Association‘s (ACA) new competition. Called the Silvertip Awards, this competition recognizes the nation’s top angel-backed companies. The entire competition’s design centers around my crowdsourcing design. This makes this competition a large-scale test of how best to apply crowdsourcing concept to angel investing. We have secured a number of excellent partners: HP and PwC are sponsoring prizes. Babson, Bentley, BU, MIT, UMass, and many other New England Universities have partnered to create a win-win experience for students to substantively aid in the judging. InklingMarkets, an exciting startup in the crowdsourcing space, is providing their technology to power the competition. The whole thing is held together thanks to the amazing relationship building that Natalie Sweeney of StraightLine has put in place.
I am delighted, and honored, to be a part of such an exiting attempt to dramatically improve angel investing.