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Center for Venture Research New Report: Angel Dollars and Deals Down in 2016

Durham, NH, June 22, 2017 — The angel investor market in 2016 experienced a decrease in investment dollars and deal size, according to a new report from the Center for Venture Research (CVR) at the University of New Hampshire.

CVR researchers found that total investments were $21.3 billion in 2016, a decrease of 13.5 percent from 2015.

In 2016, a total of 64,380 startups and other entrepreneurial ventures received angel funding – a decline of 9.5 percent from 2016. 

The report also includes sections on sector analysis, stage of investment, job growth, valuation, yield rates, and inclusion.

While total funding and deals declined, there was a positive note for entrepreneurs seeking early stage capital with seed and start-up stage investments making up nearly 41 percent of all deals – up 13 percentage points from 2015.

This reverses a prevailing trend of angel investors focusing on later-stage, less risky deals.

The researchers, however, write that while angels may be more willing to take on the associated risk of seed and start-up stage deals that these deals are mostly targeted at select companies with high valuations.

In 2016, the yield rate was 19.7 percent (up slightly from 18 percent in 2015), indicating that nearly 1 in 5 entrepreneurs seeking angel capital have a chance of securing it.

In comparison, the 2016 yield rate for female entrepreneurs was 14 percent, which according to the report seems to be stabilizing at that point over the past years.

CVR raises concerns of the sustainability of the current yield rate of nearly 20 percent and contends that there may be a market adjustment toward the historical yield rate of 15 percent for all angel deals.

The report also finds that angel investments helped stimulate the creation of 263,950 jobs in 2016 (approximately 4.1 jobs per investment).

The Center for Venture Research is a multidisciplinary research unit of the Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics at the University of New Hampshire.

The Center’s principal area of expertise is in the study of early stage equity financing for high growth ventures. The Center for Venture Research, since its inception in 1984, has undertaken and published numerous studies in the area of early-stage equity financing of entrepreneurial ventures.

The Center has appeared on CNBC, MSNBC, National Public Radio, NHPTV’s NH Outlook, and has been quoted in several publications including, Inc., Forbes, Fortune, Red Herring, Business Week, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, the Chicago Tribune and the Financial Times.

In addition, the Center has presented its research in academic and practitioner forums in the United States, Asia, Australia and Europe, in testimony before Congressional Committees, and in briefings for several government agencies and scholars from the United States, Europe, Scandinavia, Australia, Asia and Africa.