CAV Angels is a non-profit organization with the specific focus of encouraging and enabling UVA entrepreneurship on a global basis and educating UVA alumni and students on how to successfully invest in entrepreneurial ventures. As a university-aligned angel group, CAV Angels sees, screens, and helps to fund some of the most exciting and lucrative new ventures anywhere, while encouraging UVA entrepreneurs to bring their best ideas for feedback and investment by their peers. Some of the benefits of membership from an educational perspective include:
CAV Angels puts on short, educational webinars covering a variety of topics in the investment world. CAV Angels members also have access to the webinars put on by the Angel Capital Association. CAV Angels will be creating digital courses drawing on the educational activities of our members and Board of Directors, many of whom are faculty or former faculty from the Darden, McIntire, and Engineering Schools at the University of Virginia. We will be packaging parts of existing courses to make them more valuable to members and distributing them online.
CAV Angels offers virtual and in-person educational and networking events to its current and prospective members all across the country. In-person events are hosted by local CAV Angels chapters, and both types of events are an opportunity to meet other members and speak with them about their own experiences in the investing world. Building connections among members is a valued aspect of CAV Angels, which is why we promote networking as well as learning opportunities at our events.
Our goal is to ensure that all of our members gain the knowledge to fully understand the investment process. In addition to the internal activities of CAV Angels, we are also an active member of the Angel Capital Association. Our members are eligible to participate in all Angel Capital Association activities, including the ACA’s Annual Summit, their full range of educational programs, and research from their affiliated organization, the Angel Resource Institute. To learn more about the Angel Capital Association, please visit their website at www.angelcapitalassociation.org
As a cofounder of the Angel Capital Association, John Huston was a beloved member of the angel investing community, and a proud UVA alum as well. In honor of his commitment to the industry, his longtime friend and CAV Angels cofounder, Dick Crawford, established the CAV Angels Huston Scholars. Each year CAV Angels selects 1 – 2 deserving CAV Angels student members and pays for their travel and attendance to the Angel Capital Association National Summit.
CAVentures is a cross-Grounds, apprentice-style program that is open to any CAV Angels student members – who take part in it on their own time. Companies looking for funding from CAV Angels agree to undergo a due-diligence process conducted principally by the students, who are guided by the CAV Angels executive committee and other CAV Angels members. Students on the CAVenture teams range from undergraduates living on Grounds to graduate students in Darden’s Executive MBA program living in Washington, D.C.