Angel network

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Angel network is a network of business angels - high-risk, informal investors, who seek the opportunities for investing their money into promising businesses. Creating angel network is a beginning that is necessary for building angel investment markets, which are thought to be the future of business investment[1]. Business angeels for networks to have more impact on foreign funding and finances in general.

Impact of angel network investing[edit]

Whereas there are numerous types of foreign investment, formal or informal, it is actually angel investment that takes up majority of foreign investment in all of Europe. Sadly, there are no statistics or numbers to refer to, as may of the business transactions that include angel networks are completed in "invisible markets", outside other networks, clubs or matching platforms. Moreover, the size of the market, taking only Europe in consideration, on which they work is unmeasurable. Other data shows that it is angel networking that has helped numerous European start-ups, business incubators, etc. with financing and also with mentoring. From economic point of view, angel networks, using their private capital, knowledge and askills to support small businesses[2].

Profile of angel investors[edit]

While talking about angel investors, both working independently and the ones creating nationally recognizable networks, the most popular picture that comes to mind are ex-managers and entrepreneurs. However, nowadays the age of business angels is significantly lower. They are mostly successful entrepreneurs that sold their start-up and are now looking for new business opportunity. Also, the important aspect that has an impact on this change is the fact that today the entrepreneurs are looking for investment opportunities outsiide their home region[3]. However, in the late 1990s the average age of an European business angel was somewere between 40 and 60. While looking at overviews from the 1996 and from 2015,it shows that there are some things that haven't changed with time - an average business angel appreciates being anonymous or at least not be a face of the company he starts to support and mentor[4]. Creating angel networks changed that preferences a bit, because European networks are, depending on the region of course, mostly known in the whole country. It is preferable to create one or two big angel networks that cover the small businesses and start-ups all across the nation than watch many smaller angel networks fight for their opportunities. In the United States the case looks different - business angels are mostly focusing on high growth companies so that they can be more sure of their potential income. Also, from geographic point of view, the angel networks in USA focus more on a limited number of areas that are mostly connected with business opportunnities and development. These areas include[5]:

  • Boston
  • San Francisco
  • Los Angeles
  • New York
  • Houston

All of them combined take up to 50% of foreign investment in the whole country.

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Author: Olga Muryn