Entrepreneurs and angel investors often ask me: What kinds of companies do angel investors invest in?
Because angel investors are individuals and all individuals are different, it’s really hard to answer this question. However, from our experience reviewing over 1000 angel investment opportunities and meeting with nearly 500 angel investors, we can say that there is a list of criteria that most investors strive to meet. This doesn’t mean that angels won’t invest in companies that don’t meet all of these criteria, and many investors require additional criteria (i.e.: impact). Rather, this is simply a gold standard that most investors strive for.
As we saw at our Impact in Angel Investor Decisions event recently, it seems as if every angel investing event I attend invokes a conversation about the need to support female entrepreneurs. In the past week, four people have asked me what they can do to help women entrepreneurs and angel investors. While these offers for support are certainly well-intentioned, I’m starting to wonder whether I should be insulted by this overwhelming urge to provide extra support to women through gender lens investing. Continue reading
Since one of the most important principles of impact investing is transparency, we thought we should practice what we preach. As a follow-up to our report on our impact in 2013, here are the results of our member investment activity survey: Continue reading
The Impact Angel Group is hosting an event on February 12th and we’re offering a $30 discount to our blog subscribers. Sign up by Monday to receive this discount.
“Impact” in Angel Investor Decisions
Featuring Brad Feld and Investors’ Circle
When: February 12, 2014 from 11:30am to 1:30pm
Where: The St. Julien in Downtown Boulder
Cost: $75 – Sign up by 1/27 and use the promo code “TIAGBLOG” for a $30 discount.
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It’s been a busy year at the Impact Angel Group! We’ve been working hard to fulfill our mission to make a difference and realize a return for investors. Below is the progress we’ve made in 2013.
Need some last minute holiday shopping ideas? Check out these awesome products from Colorado-based angel investor-backed companies!
Just a quick note to remind you that we have an Angel Investor / Entrepreneur Hike scheduled for tomorrow at 3pm. It’s supposed to be sunny and 42 degrees, a big improvement from the -12 degrees we saw last week! Sign up.
Note: We are now starting our hikes at 3pm rather than 3:30pm.
Senator Michael Bennet is hosting a forum to solicit input on the proposed SEC regulations regarding crowdfunding this Friday, December 6th, in Denver and it has given me some motivation to collect my own thoughts on crowdfunding. We have been doing a fair amount of research on this and have been trying to do some investing in crowdfunded opportunities. From our experience, it seems as if there are several potential problems that investors should watch out for. The following are just a few questions to ask before investing in a crowdfunding opportunity: Continue reading
With Turkey Day right around the corner, I thought it might be fun to share a few ways to add some angel investor kick to your Thanksgiving meal. The following are five Thanksgiving-friendly products that have previously been backed by local Colorado angel investors:
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