One of the biggest challenges faced by early stage investors is to assemble a portfolio of investments that in aggregate return more than 2 times the original amount invested in the total portfolio. In the language of Venture Capital, the goal of a successful early stage investor is to achieve a Distributed to Paid-In (DPI) ratio greater than 2X. In other words, for every dollar you invest in your portfolio, you want to get two dollars back over time. And, if you want to be one of the top decile early stage investors, you want to shoot for a DPI of 3X or greater.
After a year or two down the path of building a diversified portfolio of angel investments, many individual angels are faced with some uncertainty about their path forward. The questions on many experienced angels’ minds are “Will I make a good enough return on my angel investments to justify the risk? Should I continue to invest?”
FiBAN has made a new study on the Internal Rate of Return (IRR) of 126 business angel exits in Finland. The IRR results show that the exits made by professional Finnish business angels are very profitable, but the risks are high.
We're delighted to release the first video from the 2019 HBAN All-Island Conference, featuring keynote speaker Emma Kenny on the importance of female investors. Emma is an investor, adviser and mentor to early-stage businesses. She is also a deal lead in Rising Tide 3, further details of which you can find below.
Sheryl Sandberg said: If you're offered a seat on a rocket ship, don't ask what seat! Just get on.
Bet on the jockey, not the horse! That is sage advice from investors in the start-up world because “things” change and the jockey needs to course correct during the long race to success. In fact, the most successful investors at TechCoastAngels spend an inordinate amount of time looking at the CEO and his/her team to determine if the investment makes sense. Even if the business plan is strong, if the jockey and the team is weak, angel investors (and presumably VCs) will not invest.
HBAN (Halo Business Angel Network), the all-island organisation responsible for the promotion of business angel investment, and an initiative of Enterprise Ireland, InterTradeIreland and Invest Northern Ireland, has announced that it plans to recruit 50 new female business angel investors over the next three years.