angel capital

Tech Talkin’ Govs: Part I

Now in its 14th year, SSTI's Tech Talkin' Govs series has returned as governors across the country formally convene the 2014 legislative sessions. The series highlights new and expanded TBED proposals from governors' State of the State, Budget and Inaugural addresses. The first edition includes excerpts from speeches delivered in Idaho, Kentucky, New York, Virginia, and West Virginia. 

Angel Investment Well-Distributed Around U.S. in Second Quarter, According to Report

New England led the country in total angel investment dollars during the second quarter of 2013, according to the Angel Resource Institute’s quarterly Halo Report. California continues to lead as the top market for angel deals with 17.3 percent of the national total. However, 70 percent of all deals in the second quarter were completed outside of California and New England, 10 percent more than in the previous quarter and the previous year. In contrast, more than half of all venture capital deals last year happened in those regions. For the first time, the report separates Texas-based deals from the rest of the Southwest and ranks the state as the fourth most active angel market behind California, New England and the Southeast. Read the Q2 2013 Halo Report at:

Venture Investment Declines, While Angel Activity Ticks Upward

Both venture capital dollars invested and total deals declined in the first quarter of the year, according to the PricewaterhouseCoopers/National Venture Capital Association (NVCA) Moneytree survey. The capital-intensive life science and clean technology sectors were particularly hard hit, along with seed and early stage investments. Within the data, however, a number of bright spots remained for entrepreneurs seeking capital. Seed and early stage investments continue to comprise more than 50 percent of all deals and first-time fundings remain within a healthy range. New reports from the University of New Hampshire's Center for Venture Research (CVR) and the annual Halo Report also suggest that the angel investment market continues to grow at a modest rate.

How Effective Are State Angel Tax Credits?

Last week, the SSTI Weekly Digest offered an overview of the many TBED-focused tax incentives currently under consideration in a number of state legislatures. Tax credits for research and development and for angel capital investment, in particular, appear to be under consideration in many parts of the country. At the same time, there appears to be a renewed emphasis on transparency in the operation and effectiveness of these kinds of tax credits.

Flurry of TBED Tax Incentives Pervade State Legislatures amid Increased Scrutiny

Measuring impact is critical to the success and sustainability of any economic development initiative, and as the national debate over fiscal austerity and taxpayer spending continues, TBED organizations can expect increased scrutiny and accountability for their investments.

Angel Investment Continues Rebound in First Half of 2012

Angel investment activity continues to recover from the crash that hit startup capital markets in late 2008, according to the latest report from the University of New Hampshire's Center for Venture Research (UNH CVR). During the first half of 2012, the number of ventures receiving angel funding grew by a modest 3.7 percent over the same period in 2011. Healthcare remains the dominant target of angel investments, comprising about a quarter of angel dollars into the first half of the year. Internet sector investments, however, dominate angel group investments, according to the recent Halo Report on angel group activity.

New Investors Drove Angel Investment Growth in 2011

Angel investment increased by 12.1 percent in 2011, according to the latest release from the University of New Hampshire's Center for Venture Research. Much of this investment came from new investors and investors who had not been active in 2010. Last year, the number of active angel investors grew 20 percent, leading to increases in investment dollars, deals and average deal size. Seed and startup stage businesses were the target of 42 percent of angel deals, up from 31 percent in 2010. Read the release...

Mid-Session Update on State TBED Proposals

As many states near the mid-point of their 2012 legislative sessions, we thought it would be a good time to take a look at some of the bills advancing in statehouses that could impact states' efforts to improve economic conditions. Several states are seeking to advance access to capital initiatives as they continue to struggle with declining revenue and tight credit restrictions. The following overview provides a sampling of TBED bills supporting access to capital, R&D enhancements and higher education standards.

Legislators in GA, KY Push Capital Measures in Upcoming Sessions

Lawmakers and technology industry leaders in Georgia and Kentucky are hoping to establish capital programs during the 2012 legislative sessions in an effort to support new business creation and remain competitive with states already offering lucrative incentives.

Support for Entrepreneurs, Manufacturers Included in Connecticut Jobs Package

Building on several of the new programs enacted during the regular legislative session (see the June 15, 2011 issue of the Digest), Gov. Dan Malloy last week signed into law HB 6801, a comprehensive legislative package that authorizes $626 million in bonds to support efforts aimed at job creation. The bill has several components to support high-tech entrepreneurship, workforce development, and incentivize manufacturers and small businesses.


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