On March 27, 2014, the Angel Resource Institute (ARI), Silicon Valley Bank (SVB) and CB Insights released the 2013 Halo Report, which finds angel activity on the rise with more high-valuation deals closed in 2013 than the previous year. While median round sizes held steady at $600K per deal, they were at a three year high when angels co-invested with non-angels. The share of angel investment in Internet, healthcare and mobile startups continued to increase. Golden Seeds, Tech Coast Angels, and Houston Angel Network, which is new to the list, were the three most active angel groups in 2013.
"The angel investing market is showing early signs of warming up, with co-investment round sizes and valuations trending upward to three year highs," said Rob Wiltbank, Vice Chairman of Research, Angel Resource Institute. "With a continued progression toward more even distribution of investments nationally, entrepreneurs throughout the country are likely to find it easier to access angel investors for critical early stage funding."
The largest share of angel deals (19%), with the greatest amount of investment (20%), continue to occur in California, yet overall deals are becoming more evenly distributed across the rest of the nation. The dollars invested, however, remain more concentrated. In 2013, 67% of angel group dollars were invested in the top five out of ten regions: California, New England, Great Lakes, Mid-Atlantic and the Southeast. The same five regions completed 63% of the deals.
Halo Report 2013 Highlights:
Median angel round sizes remained steady over a three year period and were $600K for 2013. When angel groups co-invest with other types of investors, the median round size reached $1.7M, which was a three-year high, but fell in Q4 following an upward trend earlier in the year.
The most consistent finding in the report is median pre-money valuations in early-stage companies, which remain steady at $2.5M year over year. However, 2013 saw more high-valuation deals close than 2012, despite the consistent median.
Year over year, only New York and the Mid-Atlantic region gained a larger share of both deals and dollars in 2013. By the same measure, New England and the Northwest produced a smaller share of deals and invested dollars than they had the prior year. California and the Great Lakes led in share of deals in 2013, while California and New England led in share of dollars invested.
Together, Internet, healthcare and mobile companies comprised an even higher percentage of angel group deals (74%) and angel group dollars (79%), a significant increase from the prior year. Internet companies saw the largest increase over other sectors in share of deals and dollars in 2013.
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 directly by ARI and aggregated with public data using CB Insights innovative data analyses. The 2013 Halo Report data is based on 884 deals totaling $1.1 billion in total rounds including co-investors. 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.
ABOUT THE ANGEL RESOURCE INSTITUTE
The Angel Resource Institute (ARI) is a charitable organization devoted to increasing the effectiveness and availability of financial and mentor capital to entrepreneurs. The organization provides education, training, and information on best practices related to the earliest stages of angel investing and new venture development. Through its core competencies of research, data collection and analysis, ARI develops educational workshops, white papers, and toolkits for angel investors, entrepreneurs, and the entire startup community. The founders of the Angel Resource Institute include leading angel investors and entrepreneurs in collaboration with the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.
ARI has multiple courses designed for beginners to expert-level investors and entrepreneurs. Each course is ARI instructor led or ARI can train you to deliver courses.
ARI has delivered more than 400 courses across 38 states and 18 countries for angel groups, economic development organizations, and government initiatives to encourage early-stage investments and deal flow.
ARI is continuously collecting data from Angel investors, groups, and entrepreneurs on early-stage and startup deals in order to provide better metrics.
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