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Do You Believe in Super Angels?

An early-stage investor by any name can be just as useful to funding your business.

This story appears in the August 2010 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

Angel investors--affluent individuals who invest in early-stage companies--have long been a staple in the world of . But a new breed of so-called "super angel" investors is emerging.

This segment of investors, which includes individuals and early-stage funds, often forms groups to invest in a broader range of companies to mitigate . And their numbers are growing--up 40 percent from last year, according to a recent National Association of Seed and Venture Funds study.

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