Press Release: Brock School of Business Joins the Central Alabama Angel Network

2014-04-14

 Birmingham, Ala. - Samford University's  Brock School of Business recently joined the Central Alabama Angel Network (CAAN), a Birmingham-based investor network that invests in early- stage companies.  Angel investors are wealthy individuals and institutions, who provide money to new companies, usually in exchange for company stock.  According to the University of New Hampshire's Center for Venture Research, angel investors in the United States provided $9.7 billion in funding to more than 28,000 start ups during the first half of 2013.  These investments have helped create 111,500 jobs.

"This membership will provide our students with opportunities to witness first-hand how entrepreneurs raise equity financing soon after starting their new companies," said Rusty Yerkes, assistant professor of finance at the Brock School of Business.  "Angels must be 'accredited investors,' with $1 million net worth or annual household incomes above $300,000, and because of our CAAN membership, our students now have access to see how this important funding source works."
 
With the Brock School's membership, students will be able to attend CAAN's monthly meetings to see how entrepreneurs pitch their businesses to investors and how CAAN reviews its current investments.  According to its website, CAAN's average investment ranges from $250,000 to $2 million per company.
 
"We are excited about Samford's  Brock School of Business joining CAAN, " said Jennifer Skjellum, executive director of CAAN." Getting students involved and educated about the capital raising process early on will make them better prepared when they start their own businesses."  
 
"Joining CAAN provides our students another great way to beinvolved in Birmingham's entrepreneurship ecosystem," said Franz Lohrke, Brock Family Chair of Entrepreneurship at the Brock School.  "Our long term goal is to put together a fund that will allow our entrepreneurship and finance students to make investments in these new companies.  We have had tremendous success with our student 'Bulldog Fund,' which invests in publiccompanies, and we hope we can replicate this success soon with a 'Brock School Angel Fund.'

About Samford University's Brock School of Business:

U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 3rd among regional universities in the South, and the university is widely acknowledged as a leader in liberal arts and professional school education.  Samford University's Brock School of Business has a long history of achievements in business education. The university has offered degrees in business and commerce since 1922.In 1965, the School of Business was established to offer both bachelors and masters degrees in business. It was formally named the Brock School in 2007 for Birmingham banker and Samford trusteeHarry B. Brock Jr., reflecting his long career in business and hiscommitment to high quality business and entrepreneurship education.The Brock School of Business holds AACSB Accreditation, the benchmark of quality worldwide and the most widely sought afterstandard of excellence by U.S. business schools.  Learn more at www.samford.edu/business.