According to an evaluation of the National Angel Investors Association, thousands of the investment venture transactions of early-stage are entered into annually in Russia. In most cases, partners are individual venture investors (angel investors) and companies of early-stage, some of whom realize innovation high-tech projects. Meanwhile, for the successful search of the appropriate investor or project, and for quality execution and structuring of the venture transactions of earlystage, and further constructive interaction, between the entrepreneur and investor, definite professionalism and special knowledge are required.
Ready for Equity is a specialized, licensed training program for angel investors and entrepreneurs, in respect to entering into venture transactions, designed by the National Angel Investors Association, with the support of RVC and the Innovation Development Center of Moscow. The results of some projects realized by the consortium of European venture investor organizations of early-stage with the financial support of the European Committee were used for its execution. The purpose of the program is to help participants determine their investment focus and check where to find quality start-ups and how to evaluate them correctly, how to enter into transactions in a proper way and prepare projects for sale at the next stage. Testing of the program by groups of Russian angel investors and entrepreneurs proved that it addresses market requirements. Positive feedback, received from 90 test participants, underline the interest in the training program and the need for it, for the budding venture players.
The Ready for Equity program for angel investors, in 2014, was attended by more than 120 existing and potential private investors, selected on a competitive basis from more than 200 applicants. More than 30 people participated as experts including: Igor Ryabenkiy, managing partner of Altair Capital, Dmitry Chikhachev managing partner of Runa Capital, Alexander Borodich managing partner FutureLabs, serial entrepreneurs: Alexander Smbatyan, Elena Maslova and Konstantine Sinyushin, Development Director of the Untitled venture company BV, Vitaliy Polekhin, managing partner of Venture Angels and head of the investors club SKOLKOVO, Aleksey Girin managing partner of Starta Capital, Vyacheslav Davidenko and other angel investors.