A report shows that early stage funding is increasing.
$1.3 billion in venture capital flowed into early stage companies in
the second quarter up from $830 million in the first quarter. I keep
hearing that VCs are doing more early stage deals, but this is the
first report I have seen that bears this out.
Still, the 750 companies funded by VCs are a tiny number compared to
probably 10-15,000 that are funded each quarter by angel investors
(including friends and family, doctors and dentists and first-time and
serial angels). That is why there is such a need for FundingUniverse.com to match local entrepreneurs with local angels.
According to Angel Investing (p. 146), a book published in 2000 by two Harvard
Business School professors, "In the United States, angels invest in
around 22 percent of the deals they seriously consider" while "venture
capitalists invest in only about 1-3 percent of proposals received."
Serious entrepreneurs should consider both avenues when trying to get a
company off the ground. But the odds are far greater than angels will
fund your company than that you will be one of the few who attract
professional venture capital — especially if you are a first-time
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