angel capital

Angel dollars and deals down in 2016, CVR report

The angel investor market in 2016 experienced a decrease in investment dollars and deal size, according to a new report from the Center for Venture Research (CVR) at the University of New Hampshire. CVR researchers found that total investments were $21.3 billion in 2016, a decrease of 13.5 percent from 2015. In 2016, a total of 64,380 startups and other entrepreneurial ventures received angel funding – a decline of 9.5 percent from 2016.  The report also includes sections on sector analysis, stage of investment, job growth, valuation, yield rates, and inclusion.

2016 Halo Report: $3.5B invested, pre-money valuations down, syndicated deals up, inclusion is a work in progress

In collaboration with the Angel Capital Association and Pitchbook, the Angel Resource Institute (ARI) released its 2016 Annual Halo Report, which highlights several trends including a decrease in median pre-money valuation from 2015; an increase in the number of syndicated deals; and, data revealing the lack of angel investments in both female- and minority-led startups. ARI also found that convertible notes are becoming increasingly popular among angel investors for first-time investments in a company. In Texas, nearly 60 percent of all deals included a convertible note with many other regions/states reporting over 35 percent of deals including a convertible note.

Angel data sought for annual Halo report

The Angel Resource Institute (ARI) is looking for angels and angel groups to provide data for the 2016 Annual Halo Report to be presented at the Angel Capital Association’s Summit in April. ARI aggregates and analyzes data for reports regarding investment trends and opportunities. Data can be uploaded directly to the database, or users may download the ARI spreadsheet and send it to ARI. To be included in the 2016 annual report, data must be submitted no later than Jan. 25. More information can be found here.

Report Contends Angel Investing is Neglected Segment of Entrepreneurial Finance

While academics and policymakers have rushed to embrace venture capital (VC) investors, they have had a tendency to neglect other entrepreneurial financiers (specifically angel investors) who critically affect the success and growth of new ventures, according to a new study from Josh Lerner of the Harvard Business School and Antoinette Schoar of the MIT Sloan School of Management. The study, based on previously released academic research, highlights the importance of angel groups and angel investors in the startup investment system by providing startups/entrepreneurs not only with capital, but hands-on assistance and expert advice.  Based upon the success of high-performing angel groups, Lerner and Schoar contend that angel investors include “some of the most sophisticated and active investors in a given region, which might result in superior decision-making.”

Innovative Funding at the Edges

Venture development organizations are reaching into new territory for funding partners and finding success in innovative models. Two new funds, the San Diego Tech & Life Science Investor Syndicate and Rev1 Fund I in Columbus, OH, have recently opened with less traditional funding sources, testing the waters of crowdfunding and heavy corporate backing, respectively.  The San Diego fund, launched by CONNECT, allows anyone wanting to invest $1,000 the opportunity to participate alongside more experienced lead investors. Rev1 Fund I gathered significant backing from community corporate powerhouses located in Columbus, such as Nationwide, Cardinal Health, and Worthington Industries. It also has the backing of institutions like Ohio State University and the Columbus Foundation, as well as government backing from Ohio Third Frontier. The funding models present two ends of the spectrum of defining community involvement for venture development organizations.

Massachusetts Makes $1B Investment in Community Development, Workforce Training, Innovation

On August 10, Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker signed an extensive economic development bill (HB 4569) into law. The new economic development law, An Act Relative to Job Creation and Workforce Development, will provide up to $1 billion with the intent of “building a skilled workforce, connecting residents to economic opportunities, strengthening community and housing development efforts, and investing in the emerging technologies that will drive Massachusetts’ economic prosperity in the future.” Among the items included in the bill are $71 million for the Massachusetts Manufacturing Innovation Initiative, $15 million for the Scientific and Technology Research Development Matching Grant Fund, $15 million for the Community Innovation Infrastructure Fund, and an angel investor tax credit.

Angel Investors Were Selective in 2015’s Robust Angel Market, CVR Report Finds

The angel investor market in 2015 had a slight increase in investment dollars and in the deal size according to a new report from the Center for Venture Research (CVR) at the University of New Hampshire. In The Angel Investor Market in 2015: A Buyers Market, CVR reports that total angel investments in 2015 were $24.6 billion – an increase of 1.9 percent over 2014. CVR also reported that the total number of entrepreneurial ventures that received angel funding in 2015 declined by 3.1 percent from 2014 – in total 71,110 startups received funding. The result of these two trends was larger deal sizes for 2015 – an increase of 5.1 percent larger from 2014. CVR concluded that these findings, combined with yield rates and valuations data, indicate that angels were selective in their investment behavior in 2015.

Early Stage Capital Measures Pass in KS, TN, and WV, In Limbo for AZ and ND

A mixture of success and trepidation accompanied 2016 legislation introduced in  several states to create, extend, or recapitalize angel tax credit programs. While legislation in Arizona’s legislature failed due to a lack of support, angel tax credit bills in Kansas and Tennessee passed easily with broad support from their governors, lawmakers, and the public. In North Dakota, the state’s angel tax credit program faces an unclear future due to concerns about transparency and oversight. To stimulate investments in West Virginia’s startup community, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin signed legislation allowing non-accredited investors to make equity investment in state-based businesses.

Angel Investing: Patience and a Portfolio Required

The latest Angel Resource Institute (ARI) survey of returns for nearly 250 angel investments reveals the number of projects failing to breakeven during their liquidity events is up sharply since before the Great Recession – nearly 35 percent more are losing money for their angels than ARI found in a 2007 survey.  In 2007, 52 percent of liquidity events failed to reach 1x, while that figure has grown to 70 percent in 2016. Add to that, angel investors are holding companies in their portfolios 12 months longer on average, 4.5 years in 2016, than they did in the first study. A third strike for the faint of heart might be the internal rate of return dropping five points, down from 27 percent in 2007 to 22 percent in 2016.  Do these trends provide insight on how best to advise crowd funding participants?

Who is the American Angel?

Angel investors are an essential component of the global economy, supporting ideas and innovators at their very earliest stages. In 2014, more than 200,000 American angels invested about $24 billion in 73,000 startups, according to the Angel Capital Association (ACA). Little data, however, exists on who these investors are and how they make their decisions. ACA, Wharton Entrepreneurship and the John Huston Fund for Angel Professionalism at Rev1 Ventures are launching a nationwide survey of angel investors to learn more. Angels who take the survey will be eligible to be in a drawing to receive complimentary tickets for angel education events, including the 2016 ACA Summit, May 9-11, 2016, in Philadelphia. The survey is available at:


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