Angel Investors

An Insider's Take on Attracting Angel Investment
Finance

An Insider's Take on Attracting Angel Investment

James Hunt, an angel investor and adjunct professor at Georgetown University's McDonough School of Business, shares his secrets on getting attention from financial backers.
Gwen Moran
Shark Tank's Barbara Corcoran on Tapping Home Equity for Your Business
Finance

Shark Tank's Barbara Corcoran on Tapping Home Equity for Your Business

Shark Tank judge and investor Barbara Corcoran on whether pulling equity out of home is still a viable way to fund a business. Taking big risks can be necessary to stay afloat, she says. In bad markets, she has exhausted her options to remain in business.
Ameen Khwaja
Shark Tank's Barbara Corcoran on How She Evaluates Business Pitches
Finance

Shark Tank's Barbara Corcoran on How She Evaluates Business Pitches

Shark Tank judge and angel investor Barbara Corcoran says being able to 'take a hit' is vital for entrepreneurial success. The show's stars hear 30 or more pitches a day and listen for passion and persistence as they make investment decisions.
Ameen Khwaja
How Daisy Cakes Reeled in a 'Shark'
Finance

How Daisy Cakes Reeled in a 'Shark'

'Shark Tank' judge and investor Barbara Corcoran named a southern cake-making business as her best investment on the show. Here's how that baking entrepreneur's pitch stood out.
Diana Ransom
Shark Tank's Barbara Corcoran on Her Best Investment
Finance

Shark Tank's Barbara Corcoran on Her Best Investment

Shark Tank judge and angel investor Barbara Corcoran says it paid off to back an entrepreneur with passion and sales savvy. Her best investment so far has been Daisy Cakes (www.ilovedaisycakes.com). Here's why.
Ameen Khwaja
Perfect Pitch: The Essentials for Investor Meetings (Infographic)
Finance

Perfect Pitch: The Essentials for Investor Meetings (Infographic)

Here's a look at some of the most crucial details you'll need to convince investors to fund your startup.
Jason Fell
Doubts on Latest Plan to Lift Rural Small Businesses
Finance

Doubts on Latest Plan to Lift Rural Small Businesses

President Obama announced a new plan to give hard-hit rural businesses a lift. But some wonder if it'll ever materialize.
Diana Ransom
5 Worst Mistakes Entrepreneurs Make When Pitching Angel Investors
Finance

5 Worst Mistakes Entrepreneurs Make When Pitching Angel Investors

Here's a look at the biggest blunders and how to avoid them.
Jason Fell
How to Land Angel Funding
Starting a Business

How to Land Angel Funding

Entrepreneur's Diana Ransom talks with David S. Rose, founder of New York Angels, about the best way to secure financial backing from angel investors.
Diana Ransom
The Top 10 Angel Investor Groups
Finance

The Top 10 Angel Investor Groups

A look at the largest groups that fund startups, ranked by number of investors.
Jason Fell
How to Find an Angel Investor
Starting a Business

How to Find an Angel Investor

David S. Rose of New York Angels explains how entrepreneurs can meet angel investors. Entrepreneur's Diana Ransom reports.
Diana Ransom
Could a Band of Angels Help Your Business?
Run a Better Business

Could a Band of Angels Help Your Business?

Angel investors are getting easier to find thanks to the rise of investment groups.
Carol Tice
Study: Women Angel Investors Are More Cautious
Finance

Study: Women Angel Investors Are More Cautious

Does gender affect how investment decisions are made?
Gwen Moran
Getting Started With Angel Investing
Angel Investing

Getting Started With Angel Investing

The large influx of cash can help launch your business, just make sure you can stay in the driver's seat.

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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