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Where can I find data relating to Angel Investment?

Unfortunately, none of this data exists. Period. The reasons are (a) there is no such thing as an “average” angel investor, and (b) there is currently no way to track the activities or record of individual investors.

That said, the rough ranges would be as follows:

Individual angel investors receive anywhere from zero to 50 pitches a month, depending on how actively they promote their availability and how accessible they make themselves.

Organized angel investment groups similarly might typically receive between five and 100 submissions monthly.

All angel groups taken together probably receive about 10,000 submissions monthly.

All individual angels taken together probably receive about 50,000 funding requests each month (NB: this is a complete wild-ass guess.)

Organized angel groups typically look at around 40 companies for each one in which they invest (compared to 400 for venture capital firms.)

While there is absolutely no data (nor would it be in the least meaningful if there was) about individual angels, on an aggregated basis for organized angel groups, the very, very, very rough numbers would be as follows:

Of all requests for funding received by an angel group each year…

30% are invited for a preliminary screening review
10% are invited to pitch to the full group
2% receive funding from at least some members of the group

On average, individual investors in US angel groups invest about $35,000 per company, and members of a group taken together invest about $350,000 per company.

Once an investment is made, the very, very rough outcomes are:

50% eventually fail completely
20% eventually return the original investment
20% return a profit of 2-3 times the investment
9% return a profit of 10 times the investment
1% return a profit of more than 20 times the investment.

 

*original post can be found on Quora @ http://www.quora.com/David-S-Rose/answers *

Written by David S. Rose

user David S. Rose Founder and CEO,
Gust

David has been described as "the Father of Angel Investing in New York" by Crain's New York Business, & a "world conquering entrepreneur" by BusinessWeek. He is a serial entrepreneur & Inc 500 CEO who chairs New York Angels, one of the most active angel investment groups. David is also CEO of Gust.

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