Venture Financing


Raising Funds for a Startup


Business Angels



Types of Business Angels

Adapted from
Where to Go When The Bank Says No: Alternatives for Financing Your Business

by Evanson, D.R.



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Corporate angels

These private investors use their severance or early-retirement pay from former senior management positions at large corporations to make entrepreneurial investments. Typically, they seek a new senior management job in the investment, want to be involved in one investment at a time.


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Entrepreneurial angels

The most active of the angel investors, they invest the largest amounts, often over $1M.

They tend to have been successful entrepreneurs themselves, now looking for ways to diversify their portfolio or expand their current business, rather than looking for a new job.




Enthusiast angels

Less professional than their entrepreneurial counterparts, these angels invest in firms more as a hobby now that they are in their later years. They tend to invest smaller amounts (from $20,000 to a few hundred thousand dollars) across a number of companies, but they do not actively participate in their investments.


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Micromanagement angels

These business angels prefer great control over their investments, often micromanaging them from a seat on the company board rather than through active participation.

They may invest in as many as four companies at a time, adding value as well as money to each.




Professional angels

As investors from backgrounds in professional careers (doctors, lawyers, accountants), these angels prefer to invest in firms that offer a product or service with which they have experience, frequently offering their sector expertise to the investee firm, although they're usually not too actively involved.

Generally investing in a number of firms simultaneously, they tend to invest from $30,000 to $300,000 each and prefer to co-invest with their peers (syndicates of business angels).


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