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Angel Investors Fund More Venture Capital

Published: 4/13/2011 7:44:31 AM

Two recent reports indicate that Angel investing is seeing a significant uptick in activity.

According to the Center for Venture Research at the University of New Hampshire, its annual Angel Market Analysis showed that Angel investment increased 14% during 2010 versus a down year in 2009.

The report said that total Angel investment for 2010 was $20.1 billion allocated among 61,900 entrepreneurial ventures. In addition, the number of businesses receiving funds was up 8.2% over the previous year.

In a separate report, Silicon Valley-based law firm Fenwick & West police report that indicated that more Angel investors are pursuing startups and raising institutional-type funds.

The Angel/Seed Financing Survey indicated a significant change in the Angel/seed financing environment for the Internet, digital media and software industries as a result of a variety of factors including: lower capital requirements for starting companies, development of new programming technologies, a larger pool of experienced and successful entrepreneurial talent in the greater difficulty of obtaining institutional venture capital.

Together, these reports indicate that as the economy heals, Angels and "super-Angels" are steppingin to fill a void for financing startups.

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