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What Sets Angel Fest Apart

Mickayla Rosard

21 February 2023

How Minnesota’s prolific angel investing event is breaking barriers

In the burgeoning tech scene of middle America, where giant investments don’t normally land, angel investing can make all the difference—early-stage investment can make or break a company’s growth and development, and give angel investors a chance to shape the trajectory of the company’s success.

But, angel investing can be a tricky nut to crack in terms of where to start and how to vet deals. That’s why early-stage investors are coming together, May 4th, to learn from each other.

Building off last year’s success

Groove Capital’s Angel Fest was created in partnership with Forge North, and with support from sponsors like Riverbridge Partners and St. Paul & Minnesota Foundation.

Angel Fest 2022 hosted hundreds of attendees to connect, learn, and be inspired by one another. It fostered meaningful conversations and connections among early-stage investors, and was featured in the Star Tribune, KSTP, and Twin Cities Business Magazine, to name a few. From big names like Doug Baker, former CEO of Ecolab, and Jewel Burks Solomon, head of US Google for Startups, the event made clear how important it is to intentionally connect investors and changemakers in our communities. 

“Whether you want to start investing tomorrow, next month, or next year, this is a great first step of learning what it looks like and what you should be doing,” said Jazz Hampton, co-founder and CEO of TurnSignl, and speaker at Angel Fest 2022. 

Last year’s event brought a diverse group of thought leaders to the table, which is an important springboard to create a welcoming angel investing community in Minnesota.

Bringing the heat in 2023

Angel Fest 2023, is focused on bringing even more players to the table and opening the doors for those who want to learn more about making a difference with their money.

With local and national celebrities coming in to share their journeys and investing insights (think Angie Bastian from BOOMCHICKAPOP! & a former NFL linebacker, who is soon to be announced), this year’s event will further expand what an “angel investor” looks like and what they’re capable of.

"Angel Fest is changing the conversations, perceptions, and local culture around angel investing. In doing so, we are breaking down barriers, expanding who participates, and equipping individuals to be more savvy investors," said Mickayla Rosard, Partner at Groove Capital. 

Who should attend Angel Fest 2023?

Whether you are a local investor, a corporate leader looking to continue to make a difference, or a changemaker who’s just getting started, Angel Fest 2023 is here to help you spread your wings. 

Angel Fest is for you, if you are a:
  • seasoned angel investor
  • starting to get involved in angel investing
  • founder looking to invest in other people’s startups
  • ecosystem builder who works with angel investors 

Join the fun and, Get your Angel Fest tickets today. 

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Mickayla Rosard

Mickayla Rosard has bolstered the entrepreneurship ecosystem through access to capital. Throughout her career she has procured $138 million of investment into the upper Midwest. Mickayla's focus at Groove Capital is investor relations and growing the angel network. Mickayla also is a Fellow at Forge North, leading a statewide project to engage more angel investors, especially women and minorities. Mickayla first cut her teeth in venture in 2009 at Dakota Venture Group. She holds FINRA series 63 and 82 securities licenses.

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