Angel Investors

Entrepreneurs

7 Lessons Every Young Entrepreneur Can Learn From 'SharkTank'

Even as the shark infested TV show can be intimidating, the business lessons are plentiful. Here are some inspired tips that even off-camera entrepreneurs can learn.
Jonah Lupton
3 Things You Must Know Before Pitching Investors
Finance

3 Things You Must Know Before Pitching Investors

Consider these tips before you seek funding for your startup, whether from angel investors or VCs.
Catherine Clifford
Angels, Equity and a Shark of One's Own
Finance

Angels, Equity and a Shark of One's Own

Many small-business owners who hope to land angel funding have expectations that are wildly unrealistic. Here's a reality check.
Carol Tice
Instagram Dreams? Wake Up. VCs Still Want to See the Money
Starting a Business

Instagram Dreams? Wake Up. VCs Still Want to See the Money

With so many startups trying to follow in Facebook's -- and now Instagram's -- footsteps, they're forgetting one very important element: money.
Diana Ransom
How Guppy 'Treps Fared After a Swim in the 'Shark Tank'
Growth Strategies

How Guppy 'Treps Fared After a Swim in the 'Shark Tank'

Here's a look at what happened to three companies once their young founders got investors to take the bait.
Entrepreneurs

Barbara Corcoran's Angel Investor Checklist

In this 'Trep Talk Extra, the Shark Tank star and angel investor shares the hard-hitting questions she asks entrepreneurs before investing in their business.
Teri Evans
Crowdfunding's Wild West Awaits a Stampede
Finance

Crowdfunding's Wild West Awaits a Stampede

Legislation headed to the President's desk could transform the way entrepreneurs access capital and the number of investors able to fund startups.
Catherine Clifford
Investor Lori Greiner on Her Swim in the 'Shark Tank'
Starting a Business

Investor Lori Greiner on Her Swim in the 'Shark Tank'

Guest "Shark" and QVC Queen dishes about her time on the reality TV show and what she likes to hear in an entrepreneur's pitch.
Carol Tice
Inside the SXSW Startup Competition
Starting a Business

Inside the SXSW Startup Competition

Entrepreneur's Colleen DeBaise reports on the SXSW Accelerator competition at the South By Southwest festival.
Colleen DeBaise
Let Small Investors Join Angel Groups (Opinion)
Finance

Let Small Investors Join Angel Groups (Opinion)

Being rich does little to protect an investor from fraud. Often there is safety in numbers.
Scott Shane
10 Ways to Get Investors to Listen to Your Business Pitch
Finance

10 Ways to Get Investors to Listen to Your Business Pitch

Wooing investors is a challenge even for entrepreneurs who're enthusiastic about their business. Here are ten tips on how to craft your investor pitch.
Carol Tice
How One Entrepreneur Used the Law of Publicity to Get Investors
Marketing

How One Entrepreneur Used the Law of Publicity to Get Investors

Getting turned down by the 'Sharks' was the best thing to happen to one contestant.
Carol Tice
Shark Tank vs. Undercover Boss: Which Are You Tivo-ing?
Starting a Business

Shark Tank vs. Undercover Boss: Which Are You Tivo-ing?

See what's coming up on both shows this season, which kicks off this week.
Carol Tice
Why Crowdfunding is Bad for Business (Opinion)
Starting a Business

Why Crowdfunding is Bad for Business (Opinion)

Should federal law be changed to allow crowdfunding to become more widespread? Here's why that may be a bad idea.
Carol Tice

Angel investors are individuals who provide seed funding for startups or entrepreneurs in return for ownership equity or debt repayment. Angel investors differ from venture capitalists (VC) in that typically they fund smaller amounts than VCs in an earlier funding round -- the average amount is $600,000 -- and are willing to fund smaller companies.

Need to know: Typically, angel investors must meet the Securities Exchange Commission’s regulatory definition of an accredited investor, meaning he or she must have an individual or joint spousal net worth that exceeds $1 million and the individual must make an income of at least $200,000 a year (in the last two years) or a combined $300,000 in a joint spousal income. 

Term origins: The term “angel investor” originates from the early 1900s, referring to wealthy businessmen who invested in Broadway productions. Today, angel investors fund a variety of businesses.
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