The Angel Investing School (AIS) is a nationwide community focused on widening participation for professionals from all backgrounds to learn how to get started with investing in startups. Through their 6 week courses, they teach 30 emerging investors every April and September on a guided tour of angel investing. Their most recent cohort had 45% women and 65% people of colour with a wide range of professions represented from digital marketers to developers and management consultants.
OneTech is proud to work with a value aligned partner dedicated to creating a more diverse and an inclusive tech ecosystem in the UK. We are proud to have worked with the founder, Andy Ayim who was an Entrepreneur-in-Residence with us last year where he had his Ah-ha moment and went from idea to launching this mission-led business.
After piloting a program in April, the two organisations joined together to launch a new AIS scholarship program that sets out to help level the playing field for underrepresented professionals keen to get started with investing in startups but lack the access to the knowledge and network.
So much of the focus in the work we do at OneTech is about nurturing diverse founders in the London ecosystem but we recognise that in the absence of a friends and family round, many of our founders benefit from raising angel investment. Therefore, we believe that as AIS trains more diverse investors, the flywheel will lead to more diverse startups being invested in. This is all part of our long term goal of changing the face of startups.
Julie Fedele graduated from AIS earlier this year and went on to invest in Ohne, the UK based direct-to-consumer subscription service providing bespoke deliveries of organic period products to customers, on a cycle to match theirs. In her own words, Julie mentions that,
“For a long time I have wanted to start angel investing but didn’t have the confidence. Through AIS, I now have a sound understanding of the process, ‘investing’ language demystified and a laser focussed investment thesis.”
OneTech is excited to provide 5 scholarship places for the September cohort of The Angel Investing School. Our goal is to provide opportunity to overlooked professionals who wouldn’t traditionally have access to the startup and investing ecosystem. Andy, the creator of AIS shared, “I am excited about this opportunity to create pathways for anyone from teachers to nurses to have the opportunity to gain access to this education and network.”
Alison, the Managing Director of OneTech shared that, “OneTech will cover the costs for 5 people to gain access to this opportunity who need it most, we have no doubt it will be a great learning experience and we are proud to partner with Andy on this journey.”
If you would like to qualify for a One Tech scholarship for AIS: APPLY HERE.
Applications will be reviewed at the deadline date of 14th July 2020, and recipients will be announced on Monday 20th July 2020.