Angel Education Series – ‘Valuations (bis)’
The Series will consist of 6 workshops aimed at training the Miami investment community in the intricacies of angel investing. These will cover a range of topics such as Business Due Diligence, Legal Due Diligence, Sector Analysis, Women in Angel Investing and Funding Cycles.
8:00am – 8:30am Registration
8:30am – 10:15am ‘Valuations (bis)’ Session
10:15am – 10:30am Q&A
Benoit Wirz is Director of Venture Investments at the John S and James L Knight Foundation. Ben manages the Knight Enterprise Fund, a venture fund investing in early stage startups that improve access to quality, useful information. He also helps advise the non-profits in Knight’s portfolio around issues of sustainability and growth. Ben joined Knight Foundation in 2010. Prior to Knight, he was a partner with US Global, where he invested in and developed energy, manufacturing and technology companies. Ben earned a BA and MA in International Relations from Stanford University and an MBA from INSEAD
Mark Volchek recently co-founded Las Olas Venture Capital, an early stage venture fund focused on Florida and other underserved venture capital markets. Prior to starting Las Olas VC, Mark spent about 15 years at Higher One, a company he co-founded in 2000 while a senior in college. In his roles as CFO, Chairman and then CEO, Mark has had a major hand in steering the company from its first round of seed funding and multiple rounds of venture funding all the way to its successful IPO in 2010. He helped grow Higher One from just three founders to more than 1,000 employees and guide the company through multiple acquisitions exceeding $150mm in aggregate value. Today, Higher One’s products and services support more than 1,900 schools and approximately 13 million enrolled students.
Since 2008 Mark has been an active angel investor. He is also a Director of the Founder Institute in South Florida, where he helps budding entrepreneurs get their companies started. Mark is the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2010 New England Financial Services Award winner and was an EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2011 National Services Award finalist. He has been a regional and national judge for the program since 2012.
Mark holds a BA and MA in Economics from Yale University. He was a founding officer of the Yale Entrepreneurial Society and on its board from 2000 to 2010. This nonprofit organization promotes entrepreneurship among Yale students, faculty and alumni, and sponsors an annual business plan competition. Mark’s civic roles include serving on the Fort Lauderdale Aviation Advisory Board. His past civic activities include Chairman of the Tweed New Haven Airport Authority, and positions on the Florida Board of Take Stock in Children, the New Haven Economic Development.