ACA Data Initiative – Improving Insights for Members

The Angel Capital Association is committed to helping its members be smarter investors and receiving larger returns.  To do this, we must understand the performance of angel investments by collecting and analyzing data, experience and outcomes.  ACA is consistently gathering data from our members about deal information, the performance of their investments and the results they are achieving.  Analysing this data we can provide our members with the intelligence they need to make smarter investments and achieve better returns.

By participating in the ACA Data Initiative, you are joining in the effort to develop insights and smart practices that will benefit your group and all fellow ACA member angels.

The ACA Angel Funders Report (AFR) is the definitive source of verified data on angel investing. Feel free to click the link below to read the newly-issued 2022 ACA Angel Funders Report.

We rely entirely on your group’s participation in compiling the various data points and are now reaching out to collect your group’s 2022 investment and exit data. 

We developed a new and much easier spreadsheet for you to utilize. Click here to download!

As a reminder:

  • There is a tab in this spreadsheet for investments and a tab for outcomes.
  • Instructions for both tabs have been provided, along with definitions of key terms.
  • Many questions have a drop down answer capability, to make loading your data easier.
  • If you cannot answer all questions with respect to your investments and outcomes, please provide as much information as you can.

Your data is confidential. It will only be used in the aggregate, and at no time will information about your group or the companies your group has invested in be shared on an individual basis.

We are also here to help you. If you have any questions or concerns we will be glad to work with you and provide assistance. Feel free to reach out to Rick Timmins with any questions.

Why Should I Participate in the ACA Data Initiative?

Contributing your data will help build a unique resource to provide insights to improve angel investing results over time.  Learn more about the ACA Data Initiative.

Key benefits include:

  • Benchmarking your performance
    • You can compare your group’s activities and results to aggregated data from organizations in your region, similar structures, or common preferred industries.
    • Analyze your group’s performance against benchmarks over and above the information in the Angel Funders Report.
  • Analysing current trends
    • Review investments by industry.
    • Collecting and reporting your data is simple to do through the easy to use portal, powered by Hockeystick, in whatever way it is collected.
  • Knowing your data is secure
    • You own your data.  Data will be used and reported in aggregate.
    • ACA and Hockeystick take data security seriously and actively protect your data.
  • Easily exporting/importing your data if desired
    • You can export group-level data to other data platforms if you’d like (e.g. CrunchBase or the Center for Venture Research at the University of New Hampshire).
    • If you use Seraf or other tools you can easily import that data to provide your information to the ACA.
  • Growing the resource as more members participate
    • The larger the data set that is collected, the more insight the community will gain and the more comprehensive analysis we will be able to do leading to new indicators and emerging trend identification.
  • Most importantly, angels will learn from the data and analysis yielding the information and knowledge you need  to make better investment decisions.