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Building an Angel Network within Incubator and Accelerator Communities

How to Build an Angel Network With Our Incubator Community

Nevadans will be the first to tell you that our state’s startup scene is experiencing an unprecedented surge of energy. With no state income tax and significantly lower barriers to entry compared to most regions in the U.S., Nevada has become a hotspot for investment. But the benefits of investing in Nevada aren’t just about tax perks. The Nevada community and StartUpNV are ideal locales to build valuable connections—and bridge an existing gap between investors and the startups they support.

Bridging the Gap with StartUpNV


As Nevada’s only statewide startup incubator and accelerator, we’ve noticed a unique challenge: a perceived gap between angel investors and startups. Angels may claim there are no worthwhile deals to be found; entrepreneurs may lament the scarcity of investors willing to write checks. These, however, are misconceptions.

StartUpNV is here to shine a light on these issues. We organize startups into a dynamic marketplace where the most promising ventures rise to the top. We make these opportunities available to forward-thinking angels who possess the foresight and strategy to identify and back the winners. We do this through a variety of programming, but in this article, we focus on one tactic in particular: how to build an angel network.

Build Your Network with a Startup Incubator

Angel groups provide a structured framework for high-net-worth individuals or accredited investors to discover, evaluate, and fund promising entrepreneurial ventures. Maybe we’re biased, but we recommend that all founders tap these angel networks.. It’s one of the best tactics to boost startup success, both for seasoned founders and first-timers.

These networks provide a sounding board where minds come together and evaluate opportunities, review product/market fit, and share business resources. If you team up with the right startup accelerator community, such as StartUpNV, you can unlock unique opportunities that startups won’t find anywhere else.

Improve Diversification

Angel investors and entrepreneurs can diversify their portfolios when they participate in investments offered through accelerator partnerships. For example, consider FundNV, a for-profit pre-seed venture capital fund for StartUpNV accelerator companies.

FundNV invests $50,000 per company through a convertible note or a SAFE, both of which offer founder-friendly terms.. This type of diversification minimizes individual risk and increases investment success.

Partners in Due Diligence

Angel networks can foster rigorous due diligence processes and evaluate investment opportunities, especially when an investor has particular goals in mind.

For example, check out the 1864 Fund, a $10M seed-stage fund affiliated with StartUpNV’s programming. This fund provides a verified way for investors to support talent outside of more conventional enclaves because it focuses on opportunities in the American interior. We call this a “gold zone” where deals are priced low and returns have great potential. We aim to connect investors with these types of opportunities through a collaborative approach that connects the right investor to the right deal at the right moment.

Learn From Those Who Came Before

A recurring theme among accelerator programs is that members can get more done when they harness collective knowledge. Some accelerator programs are designed to help members do just that. Our AngelNV investor education program is a great example. 

Here, investors have the unique opportunity to learn from seasoned startup investors within a secure group environment, perfect for those new to startup investing. AngelNV brings together a mix of first-time and seasoned angels to invest collectively, and this creates an ideal space for knowledge exchange.

Attendees benefit from a conference format that goes beyond theory; it provides hands-on engagement with startups seeking investment. This approach enables individuals to kick start their journey as they build a diverse portfolio of startup investments.

Boost Deal Flow and Negotiating Power

Angel networks can facilitate strong connections within  a region’s startup ecosystem. Members benefit from a broader range of investment opportunities and the potential to pool financial resources, which supports a collective approach that yields better results. 

As an added effect, these networks can leverage more substantial negotiating power when they deal with investment candidates. This can lead to more favorable terms for the network’s investors. These are the types of insights and benefits we strive to bring to all members of our program, and we always strive to improve our ability to connect.

Whether you’re an investor, a founder, or a tech enthusiast, StartUpNV is here to help. From understanding different types of venture capital strategies to learning how to calculate pre- money valuation, our programs will give you an edge to navigate the investment landscape.

Discover the multitude of investment opportunities available through our startup incubator and let’s make Nevada’s ecosystem flourish.

Our AngelNV 4 Investor track is coming January 23rd. Sign up now!

Calling Entrepreneurs - Our AngelNV Bootcamp Makes Your Startup Dream a Reality

AngelNV Bootcamp Makes Your Startup Dream a Reality

Calling Entrepreneurs - Our AngelNV Bootcamp Reveals What Investors Want and How To “Nail it!”

Startup founders,we have good news and bad news. First, the bad news:statistics show that even with a strong inaugural launch, 65% of businesses, including startups, will fail within their first 10 years. Many won’t even make it that far. Some say that as many as 10% of startups fail outright within the first year.

Given how much you’ve put into your new business, these trends can be disheartening. The good news is this: every problem has a solution, and protecting a new enterprise from failure isn’t a matter of luck. You must learn what works and what doesn’t; you must understand that entrepreneurship is a process in which you “learn-by-doing,” and this is hard to achieve on your own.

In other words, founders can mitigate their risk when they learn from those who have come before them. At StartUpNV, we engage successful founders and subject matter experts from throughout Nevada who have been where you are today.

Lesson #1: Learn From the Past to Shape the Future


Economists have studied how past successes contribute to future success. Data from the National Bureau of Economic Research notes that companies backed by a previously-successful entrepreneur are nearly twice as likely to succeed than those helmed by first-time entrepreneurs.

The reasons why are numerous, but in our view, this is a testament to how much knowledge can be gained from any entrepreneurial endeavor—even those that come up short. Henry Ford said that failure is nothing more than an opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently. In the startup game, this philosophy is what we eat for breakfast.

With that in mind, AngelNV’s Entrepreneur Bootcamp enables your competitive edge by providing one-on-one mentorship opportunities and personalized coaching sessions, in addition to content deep-dives, collaborative working sessions, and all things pitch-prep.

Even innovative companies must compete in a cutthroat business environment. Having a seasoned mentor by your side fuels your innovation, and equips you with the strategic acumen to outmaneuver competitors and seize opportunities.

The right strategic guidance helps a founder avoid many of the usual suspects that contribute to startup failure:

    • Poor market fit
    • Inadequate financial planning
    • Regulatory & compliance issues
    • Scaling challenges
    • And more

Lesson # 2: Prep for Success!

Every innovator deserves the chance to make their mark on the world. This philosophy is the origin of our AngelNV Entrepreneur Bootcamp (AB), a 100% free program that equips both new and experienced entrepreneurs with the knowledge and support to raise startup funding.

What Our Bootcamp Does For You

AngelNV Entrepreneur Bootcamp is a 13-week bootcamp that teaches startup fundraising fundamentals, tailored to teach founders and entrepreneurs “what investors want” in a startup when looking to invest.

This exciting course offers invaluable resources, support, and mentorship opportunities for startups of all kinds. Whether you’re just starting out or have been in the game for a while, this program can propel your business forward.

When participating in this program, you will gain critical insight into startup planning and increase your chances of securing funding for your venture!

All Bootcamp Participants Are Encouraged To Apply For Startup Funding From Our Annual Conference Fund And Gain Eligibility For State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI) Matched Funding

On top of that, AFB places special emphasis on pitching for investment from early-stage investors. This gives our founders the upper hand in competitive funding bids.

Across the board, AngelNV Entrepreneur Bootcamp graduates boast superior pitching skills and business management strategies that put them on the path to success. This training includes an intensive course of personal mentoring and networking opportunities that create new opportunities.

Don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity to learn from industry experts, network with like-minded entrepreneurs, and potentially secure SSBCI funding for your startup. Join us at The AngelNV Entrepreneur Bootcamp and let’s take your venture to new heights!

StartUp NV - Seed Funding Tips and Strategies for Nevada Startup Founders

Seed Funding: Tips and Strategies for Nevada Startup Founders

Seed Funding: Tips And Strategies For Nevada Startup Founders

Seed funding is often the jumping off point that brings an entrepreneurial startup from idea to realization. Nevada’s growing startup landscape offers both challenges and opportunities for businesses big and small,and reliable early-stage capital will help startups scale within crowded marketplaces when they need it most.

Organizations like StartUpNV provide support to founders who could use some seed money to get started.

Understand What Makes a Startup 'Venture Fundable'


Venture capitalists (VCs) are on the lookout for more than just innovative ideas. They know that success is more likely measured by great execution by “A” level founders in a large market – on a solution that solves a large and growing “pain”, or problem.

According to the State of VC in 2023 (Forbes/TrueBridge Capital Partners), plummeting valuations have caused public market investors to deprioritize promises of future growth and emphasize focus on profitability. Modern-day startups must assess their pre-seed strategy to make sure they don’t head toward long-term failure.

What makes a startup venture fundable today?
  • Product/market fit: a clear demand in the market for a product or service
  • Large addressable market: vast potential for growth and profit
  • Competitive advantage: the differentiator(s) that make a company stand out from the competition  
  • Strong founding team: a team that can execute the vision and adapt to challenges, ideally with demonstrated relevant experience

Good ideas turn into great businesses through comprehensive research. This is why due diligence must precede the quest for seed funding.

  • Understand customer needs: Understand your target market and don’t just assume their needs. Direct feedback helps you refine your offerings
  • Evaluate competitors: Research into your potential competition will help you spot market gaps to position your startup uniquely

A venture-worthy idea is only half the battle. According to data collected in 2021 by CB Insights, 38% of startups fail because they can’t raise new capital, and 35% fail because there’s just no market, no need, for their product or service.

How to Build a Startup that Resonates with the Market

For a startup to succeed, it must align with a market opportunity. A startup must create relevant solutions for urgent, unmet market needs. Even that’s not always enough in today’s fast-paced, digital world.

Modern businesses (especially startups) must stay agile, anticipate trends, and continually reinvent their offerings to remain relevant. Harvard Business School recommends some strategies for staying relevant. One of these is to leapfrog the competition’s innovation: take over an industry or sub-industry with an exciting new service or product—and do it better than the competition does.

Market Need and Scalability are Essential

Show potential investors that you understand the market and the potential for business growth. This is critical! You must make sure your startup addresses a current market gap,that it’s sustainable, and primed for future expansion. This step must precede seed-money acquisition. 

Today, these elements are non-negotiable for startups looking for seed funding:
  • Addresses urgent market needs: A product that solves pressing challenges will always be in demand
  • Scalability: Can your business model handle growth both now and down the road? One year from now? Five years from now? Be sure it can before you seek significant investments
  • Stay updated: Continual improvements based on feedback and technological advancements keep your product or service relevant to a shifting market

Founders must remember that investors don’t merely back ideas. They invest in potential and foresight.

Preparation Before Pitching to Investors

Crafting a pitch that stands out is an art. One successful strategy is to combine data-driven insights with your startup’s passion-filled story. Couple this with unique, relevant market dynamics to give your pitch more local sticking power. Only then will you have a strong foundation for your pitch.

Things to consider as you craft your pitch for investors:
  • Narrate a compelling story: A well-told narrative showcases the value and potential of your startup, and it creates a memorable impression
  • Know your local (or global) landscape: Familiarize yourself with Nevada’s unique market dynamics. This will demonstrate a deep understanding of your target audience and existing competition
  • Customize your approach: Each investor is different. Make sure your pitch resonates with their specific interests rather than copy-and-paste your pitch from investor to investor 

Know Your Seed Funding Options


There are several avenues in Nevada to secure seed funding. This great state hosts many events that offer startups both exposure and funding opportunities. Here are some options:

  • Venture capital: traditional firms looking to invest in high-growth startups
  • Angel investors: individuals who offer capital in exchange for equity or convertible debt
  • Crowdfunding: on-line platforms that let you present your idea to the public
  • Grants and competitions: research grant opportunities and attend local events in Nevada that offer startups both exposure and funding opportunities
  • Innovative financial tools: Convertible notes and Simple Agreements for Future Equity (SAFEs) provide flexibility in early-stage financing

Organizations like StartUpNV are invaluable in your Nevada startup journey. They offer resources like no-cost educational programs for founders, pitch events, and investor networks tailored to Nevada startups.

Final Tips on Securing Seed Funding

Build genuine, lasting relationships in the investment community. According to a 2017 LinkedIn global survey, while 79% of respondents thought professional networking was valuable to career progression, only 48% actually keep in touch with their network.

  • Relationships matter: Network, not just for funds, but to foster long-term investor relationships. This is very important!
  • Perseverance: Every rejection is a step closer to a “yes.” Refine and keep pitching

Navigate the path to seed funding with research, preparation, and resilience. With the right strategies, and with support from platforms like StartUpNV, Nevada’s founders can secure the investment they need to propel their startups forward.

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How Do Startup Incubators Work

Starting a business is not an easy feat — it requires serious planning, lots of hard work and time, and usually some financial support and risk. But what if there’s an easier way? Enter startup incubators — the perfect way to get your idea off the ground!

From mentorship programs to funding opportunities, a startup incubator offers aspiring founders everything they need to kickstart their dreams. They support early-stage businesses so entrepreneurs can focus on building their companies without worrying about other logistics.

Whether you’re just getting started or have been running your own business for years, a startup incubator can be invaluable in helping you take things to the next level. Read on to learn how do startup incubators work – and why they might be right for you!

What Is An Incubator?

A startup incubator is a program designed to help entrepreneurs launch their businesses. It provides mentorship, resources, and guidance to startups in the early stages of development. The goal is to create an environment that encourages innovation, collaboration, and growth. It also serves as a place for aspiring entrepreneurs to access funding opportunities.

Startups have the opportunity to develop their ideas with support from experienced mentors and advisors who understand their needs. Incubators also provide access to capital markets through venture capitalists or angel investors, enabling young businesses to grow faster than they could on their own. Additionally, many incubators host networking events that connect founders with potential partners and customers, increasing the chances of success for new ventures.

Businesses accepted into an incubator gain access to shared workspace, business services such as accounting software or legal assistance, technology tools like analytics platforms or customer relationship management systems, and marketing resources like branding materials or website design templates — all essential components needed to build any successful enterprise today!

Role Of An Incubator

An incubator plays an integral role in helping startups succeed. They provide valuable support to their portfolio companies with mentorship, resources, and networking opportunities. Leveraging their expertise offers new entrepreneurs access to the tools they need to take their businesses from conception to success.

The role of an incubator is not only limited to providing financial assistance; it also serves as a platform for startups to receive guidance and advice on how best to navigate through the early stages of development. Through its program, an incubator can provide the following:

Startup incubators typically run programs ranging from 3-6 months. Entrepreneurs benefit from tailored mentoring sessions and workshops that give them insight into areas such as product design and marketing strategies. Each team presents its final pitch before investors, carefully selected by the incubator’s staff based on criteria set out at the beginning of the program cycle. This process allows participants to hone their ideas while getting invaluable feedback from knowledgeable professionals in related fields.

Types Of Incubators

Incubators come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Generally, they can be broken down into four types: accelerators, seed-stage programs, technology-focused initiatives, and corporate-backed or venture capital (VC)-funded incubators.

Accelerators are short, intensive programs that help startups kickstart their businesses by providing mentorship, investment opportunities, and other resources. These programs typically run for 3 to 6 months to help entrepreneurs bring their ideas to market quickly and efficiently. Participants usually receive an upfront cash injection from the accelerator program and access to networking events where they can meet potential investors and partners.

Seed-stage programs focus on early-stage companies that need help validating their product idea before scaling up. These incubator programs provide support services such as strategic advice, funding options, and connections to industry experts. They also offer marketing assistance to give young startups the exposure needed to attract more customers and build momentum around their products.

Technology-focused initiatives are geared towards tech startups looking for technical expertise in specific areas like software development, artificial intelligence, or blockchain technology. These incubators provide tailored guidance for each startup’s needs and connect them with mentors with deep experience in their field of interest. Additionally, many of these incubator initiatives host hackathons which allow participants to collaborate on projects while receiving feedback from experienced professionals in the space.

Finally, VC-funded or corporate-backed incubators look for promising startups already at later stages of development. However, they may still need additional financial resources or guidance navigating through regulations or expanding into new markets. This type of incubator provides both financial investments and professional networks, enabling founders to expand faster than if they were doing it alone.

Benefits Of Joining An Incubator

Did you know that startups in incubator programs are three times more likely to succeed?

Joining incubators provide various advantages for new businesses, such as access to experienced mentors and coaches providing guidance, resources otherwise unavailable, and a community of like-minded professionals working together toward success.

Take the opportunity to network with industry veterans who have already gone through the process of creating and launching successful companies. Mentors and advisors offer valuable advice on navigating any challenges or risks associated with starting a business. They also provide invaluable insight into potential funding sources and strategies for securing capital investments.

Additionally, many incubators give participants access to specialized tools and services they may not be able to afford at this early stage of development – from legal assistance to bookkeeping support, marketing materials creation, HR services, etc.

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Challenges And Risks

Startup incubators come with their own set of challenges and risks. It’s important to consider these when evaluating whether an incubator program is right for your startup. 

Here’s a look at some common challenges and risks associated with incubators:

|Challenges |Risks  |


|Time | Failure Rate |

|Funding | Program Risks |

|Resources | Funding Issues |

Time can be a huge challenge in any early-stage business, but it’s especially significant when you join an incubator program. Many programs are intensively structured and require a lot of involvement from founders on top of the day-to-day running of the business. This means you may have less time to focus on operations or customer development, which can impact long-term success.

Funding issues are common among startups joining incubator programs. Investors tend to prefer investing in businesses with experience in the accelerator – this is only possible if you’re just starting. Although most offer connections and advice from experienced entrepreneurs, not all will provide access to valuable industry contacts or other support services required for success. 


Startup incubators are a great way to get your business off the ground. They offer resources that may need help from individual entrepreneurs—the benefits of joining an incubator range from mentoring and networking opportunities to financial support.  Through incubator programs, entrepreneurs can make informed decisions and know what they’re getting into to reach their business goals.

At StartUp NV, our market-expert incubators help young founders access invaluable resources that could make a huge difference in being successful. If you want to know more about our incubator program, simply contact us or email us today.