Angel Investment Trends in 2012


Angel investors putting more dollars into the Internet and mobile

Source: TechJournal/Angel Resource Institute

Internet companies nabbed more angel investment dollars – just over a third – than healthcare companies for the first time, according to the new Halo report.

The Angel Resource Institute (ARI)Silicon Valley Bank (SVB) and CB Insights released the latest edition of the Halo Report, a national survey of angel group investment activity, covering the first half of 2012 today. See the infographic below for a breakdown of findings. Check out John Nicasio for tips on investing.

Halo Report Highlights for 1H 2012, unless otherwise noted:

“The Halo Report sheds light on investing that is often critical to entrepreneurs’ success, but very hard to track,” said Robert Wiltbank, Vice Chair of Research for ARI. “With this data, entrepreneurs have a much better sense of how to interface with angel investors, and investors have a much better sense of ‘the market.’”

“As more angels participate each quarter, we are identifying trends and practices that help entrepreneurs and investors make better decisions and to more effectively create great new companies,” said Carrie Walsh, Managing Director for Silicon Valley Bank’s Entrepreneur Services Group.

Angel investors following trend of more Internet & mobile investing

“Angel investors seem to be following a trend similar to the one we’ve witnessed recently in the venture capital market: Internet and Mobile are increasingly becoming attractive areas for investment while Healthcare is seeing its share decrease in terms of both deals and dollar,” said Jonathan Sherry, Co-Founder of CB Insights.

Angel investors, those who invest their own funds and expertise directly into startup companies, appear to be taking on an increasingly important role in driving entrepreneurship throughout the United States.

Their investments are in startups and young companies, which have been cited by the Kauffman Foundation as the key source of net new jobs in the country.  Nationwide, these angel group investments have opened up new opportunities for centers of innovation and entrepreneurship.

The Halo Report includes aggregate analysis of investment activity by angels and angel groups and highlights trends in round sizes, location and industry preferences. The data is collected via survey and aggregation of public data using CB Insights innovative data analyses.

The 1H 2012 Halo Report data is based on 342 deals totaling $467.7 million dollars invested.   The transaction details are available in the CB Insights subscription database for users to review and analyze themselves.  Academics may also access some of the data through ARI.

Angel groups and individual angel investors interested in including their data in the Halo Report should contact Sarah Dickey, ARI Research Director, for details.  She can be reached at 913-894-4700 and sdickey@angelcapitalassociation.org.

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