Angel Investing

The Angel Capital Association (ACA) has received an $123k award from the National Science Foundation’s Directorate for Technology, Innovation and Partnerships (TIPs) designed to catalyze private investment in the Deep Tech Sector. This project is designed to better educate the early stage investor community on the benefits of Deep Tech investments with the intention of increasing the amount of private capital available for deployment in the Deep Tech sector. Grant activities will focus on the ten technology areas identified in the Chips and Science Act.
The reasons for failure are diverse, but almost never due to fraud. Unfortunately, the intense media coverage of a few spectacular failures such as Theranos and FTX (and the fraud associated with them) have sadly led many policy makers in Washington DC to conclude that fraud is rampant in this asset class and therefore further regulation is necessary to help “protect” investors. This perception is a remarkable misunderstanding, and this article will present data and analysis to set the record straight.
This is Part II of a two-part series on Revenue-Financed Capital (RFC) for angels. Part I addressed the question of when RFC might be appropriate to meet some of the capital needs of angel portfolio companies. This post discusses why RFC may be appropriate for angel portfolios.
This is Part I of a two-part series on Revenue-Financed Capital (RFC) for angels. Part II will address the question of whether angels should include RFC in their investment portfolio.
Angel investing has undergone significant changes in recent years. As an important source of financing for startups and small businesses, it's critical for current and emerging angel investors to understand the shifts occurring in the industry. Here are some of the most notable dynamics impacting angel capital today.
Working harder won’t solve poverty, pollution, social inequality, and dozens of other major challenges we face on this planet. If we want to feed, clothe and house 8 billion people, address the host of health, environmental and other issues, good old fashioned elbow grease isn’t going to do it. But if we become effective at commercializing innovative solutions of passionate entrepreneurs, we stand a chance.
We all know that investing in startup companies is inherently risky. Over half of early-stage investments typically fail to return any capital, with the top 10% usually returning 85-90% of all the cash proceeds. The game is won on “grand slam home runs," not “singles."
The Angel Capital Association, in concert with Jeffrey Lang of the Desert Angels and ACA’s proud partner Dealum, have come together to conduct an informative interview on one of 2023’s most important topics in the angel investment space: angel group collaboration.
The near-term crisis has largely been averted with the Federal Reserve, Treasury and FDIC regulators announcing that depositors regained access to 100% of their money starting Monday and that no losses will be borne by the taxpayer. The move should restore confidence and keep startups solvent and their employees employed, but there likely will be some longer-lasting psychological effects relating to capital risk that we should all be on the lookout for.
In the July 2022 edition of ACA Data Insights, the Queen City Angels (QCA) presented “What We Learned from Our Data," a comprehensive study using six years of data related to member engagement. QCA defined ‘’engagement” as a member's commitment to QCA's success and demonstrated by their intellectual contributions and participation in activities key to the organization’s mission. QCA members spent 6 months meeting with other investor groups (many ACA members) around the country doing a smart practices study of deal flow and due diligence processes which contributed to the writing of our Standards + Practices Guide.

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