Founder of 50Folds, perfectpitchdeck.com, alexanderjarvis.com. Former venture capitalist in Asia. Helped build/found Groupon, Lazada and Delivery Hero. Set-up 10+ companies. Active mentor and media commentator.
I make advanced financial models. I have one for SaaS and enterprise SaaS. If you are looking for something basic, then there are some free ones available. Chris Janz's is the best.
Where? The world is a big place.
Short answer, conferences are not that useful unless you are on a panel/speaking etc. Recommend you focus on building grass roots. Conferences can be a part of it, but how you do conferences matters, otherwise is an expensive use of cash.
Agree with Dan.
The key questions are:
# how much do you want to invest (do you have enough to invest in ~20 companies)
# can you afford to lose it
# what is your current basis of knowledge.
# how much time do you have to learn
If you have time and money, go EIR for a vc/angel for free (have a friend who did this) and learn for a year.
If you only have $10k, don't bother.
Mate, assuming you have transferable skill set to 'add value' just join another startup. It also keeps you in the game.
$1000 a month is not much for almost everyone if you can help out and not 'take time'.
Ping people on LinkedIn and hustle. Whilst you are there plan next steps.