Every angel investor wants positive exits. Although great exits can take years to come to fruition, angels are willing to put in the time and effort to see the journey through. In the world of angel investing, oftentimes a “good year” equates to realizing one exit. When you can multiply that success by a few more exits, you’ve got a great year. But the real icing on the cake? When those multiple exits are quick exits.
2015 was quite a year in the world of early stage investing: lots of new startups, follow-on rounds and exits, not to mention updates on crowdfunding rules and a plethora of newly-minted unicorns. In response, we’ve heard from many thought leaders on how to find the best investments, how to work with entrepreneurs, crowdfunding, the importance of diversity, exit strategies, due diligence best practices, board directors, and more.
HBAN, a joint initiative of InterTradeIreland and Enterprise Ireland responsible for the all-island promotion of business angel investment, today announces that it has breached the landmark of €50 million invested by business angels. A further €89 million has been leveraged from other sources including Enterprise Ireland, Western Development Commission and local and international venture capital funds.
If you’re an angel investor and aren’t yet well-versed in syndication, now is the time to take notice. The changing math required to fund promising companies explains why: the median deal size for angel groups in 2014 was $800,000 (according to the Halo Report) and the average angel group invested $250,000 (per the Angel Capital Association).
As a mentor and startup advisor, one of the most common fund-raising questions founders ask you is: can my co-founder and I pitch the company together? I suggest you tell them to strongly resist the temptation. It is a very bad idea. Tell them that some roads are better walked alone. Single person pitching, by the CEO, is always the preferred approach. In the Q&A they can find a role for others, but tell them they should not make a role in the pitch itself.
If you‘re a high potential Start Up that has a new innovative product or service ready for commercialisation and/or have achieved some early traction and are raising finance to scale internationally please contact us.