ARI Launches Women First Enterprise

ARI Team on June 26, 2014

LIVERPOOL, U.K. -- The Angel Resource Institute (ARI), a global nonprofit dedicated to education and research, is launching its Women First Enterprise (WFE) initiative during the International Festival for Business in Liverpool. Susan Preston, head of the initiative and world-renowned expert in entrepreneurship and angel investing, will present the “Women in Enterprise and Investing” seminar on Tuesday, July 1. WFE reflects ARI’s commitment to data-driven education and proven best practices, providing valuable information and tools in a manner that speaks to unique issues to women and other under-represented demographics in the early-stage ecosystem.

“Creating a great company should be gender and ethnicity neutral,” Preston explains. “Education and training are keys to leveling the playing field; ARI and WFE are providing them.”

In 2013, Pitchbook.com

reported that only 13 percent of VC-funded companies in the U.S. were founded by women, and according to the Center for Venture Research, women represented only 19.4 percent of the angel market, despite controlling the majority of wealth in the US. WFE seeks to close these gaps by providing women access to entrepreneur and investor education, from understanding financials to building a successful team. As an experienced investor, Susan Preston provides unique insight to navigating the early-stage space. As the author of two books,

Angel Financing for Entrepreneurs: Early-Stage Funding for Long-Term Success, and Angel Investment Groups, Networks and Funds: A Guidebook to Developing the Right Angel Organization for Your Community, she brings first-hand investing knowledge to ARI’s program. Because she has weathered both wins and losses, Preston uniquely understands the goals of entrepreneurs and investors.

For more information on this upcoming educational event and ARI’s Women First Enterprise, contact JJ Knight at 910.523.5503 or at jj@angelresource.org.

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About ARI – The Angel Resource Institute, founded in 2006, is an innovative nonprofit that focuses on delivering top-notch education on proven best practices in angel investing to both entrepreneurs and investor, as well as delivering the most robust data trends in angel investing. ARI’s commitment to producing premier education and research is rooted in its relationship with the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, which originally developed ARI. Just as the business industry evolves, so does ARI. It is currently expanding its education and research initiatives around the globe, including countries such as India, Canada, Australia, Scotland, Brazil, Israel, England, and elsewhere.

About WFE - The Angel Resource Institute’s Women First Enterprise (ARI’s WFE) caters to women in the early-stage space by providing the appropriate training and exposure to finance and business realities. By addressing the specific pain points women face in the startup community, ARI’s WFE will lead the female-driven movement by educating and mentoring women as they seek success in the competitive entrepreneurial industry. The WFE programs consist of lectures, panels, and interactive exercises with the audience as well as a question-and-answer period.

Tags:  Women First Enterprise, angel investing, entrepreneur, UK Business Angels