The Invested Investor - becoming, and working with, an angel or angels who add value to the startup journey with help such as mentoring, governance, connecting, future funding and even friendship.
Since mid 2017, we have been on a mission to improve the journeys of startups by educating angels and entrepreneurs to make fewer mistakes, work better together and produce more successful exits. We want to make angels more comfortable to invest their time, emotion and expertise into start-ups, and help entrepreneurs with how they should start to talk to investors and then build an honest relationship with them.
Peter's drive behind this is to generate a greater number of successful businesses for the benefit of the entrepreneurs, the angels and the whole ecosystem.
The project is a not-for-profit social enterprise, hopefully covering its costs over time. The over-arching drive is to educate and to encourage improved transparency and trust.
It draws on Peter's 50K+ hours of being an entrepreneur and 15K+ hours of angel investing, plus help from many others. Peter's younger son, Alan (LinkedIn) is managing the project (and managing Peter!).
Both the online and offline content are based on real war stories of success and failure from Peter and from many other angels and entrepreneurs, interspersed with lessons on numerous themes such as pitching, hiring & firing, choosing entrepreneurs & investors and handling both the dreamed-for positive exits and the all-too-common failures.
The first book has ben written, is available for pre-order and will be launched on the 1st October 2018.
Peter is transparent about his:
Peter Cowley describes why we are embarking on this project, why he is the perfect person to propel it forward and what people can expect from the content.