Training angels: Fledge accelerator founder leads new courses for budding startup investors – GeekWire


Michael “Luni” Libes, founder of Fledge. (Fledge Photo)

Folks curious about making angel investments in promising startups can sign up for online training through the new Angel Accelerator program.

The training is offered through Fledge, a Seattle-based worldwide network of accelerators, investors and mentors focused on supporting entrepreneurs internationally who are creating companies with social missions. Luni Libes is the founder and managing director of Fledge, and himself an entrepreneur of multiple ventures.

The session kicks off Wednesday with free, weekly webinars that run through February. Paid programming is available from March until mid-May. The program is available for accredited investors.

Last June was Fledge’s inaugural Angel Accelerator session, which drew 18 participants from the Seattle Sound. Fledge also runs startup accelerators, which attracts applicants internationally.

Now the organization is working to scale its angel investing training program, with a few expected to run this year. When the U.S.-based program starts Wednesday, Fledge is simultaneously launching a training for angel investors in Africa.

The Fledge Angel Accelerator program was inspired and assisted by the Seattle Angel Conference, Libes said. SAC runs a semi-annual 5-month program designed to train and educate accredited investors. Libes views his program as a next step for the conference graduates.

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