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Who Else Should You Involve?

Hello, this is Hall T. Martin with the Startup Funding Espresso -- your daily shot of startup funding and investing.

In launching a university angel network there are legal considerations specific to the university to keep in mind. 

A university is a non-profit and therefore cannot participate in startup investing.

The first step in launching a group is to contact the university legal counsel about how to separate the mentorship for students from the investing by the angels.

In most cases, you’ll need to set up a separate legal entity for the angel members’ investments.

The legal counsel of the university can help set the boundaries of what is done inside the university and what is done outside.

Angels participating at university events need to make clear what role they play in the event -- providing mentorship or making investment decisions.

If the group decides to set up a fund, this will be placed in the outside legal entity.

Also, deep-dive diligence and investment decisions should be placed in the outside entity.

Students who participate as paid interns can work for the outside legal entity and engage in the investment process.

Before launching, check with the legal counsel of the university regarding the functions of the angel group.


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