The Center for Venture Research at UNH today released their annual Angel Capital report for 2007. Angels invested $26 Billion in 57,120 companies, up slightly from last year. The report says there are 258,200 active angel investors in the USA. By comparison, Venture Capitalists invested to $29.4B in 3,813 companies in 2007.
Software accounted for the largest share of Angel investments, with 27%, followed by Healthcare Services/Medical Devices and Equipment (19%) and Biotech (12%).
Angel Investors continue to be the largest source of seed stage and early stage start-up capital, with 39% of 2007 angel investments going there.Mergers and acquisitions represented 65% of the angel exits, and IPO's 4%, in 2007. Unfortunately, bankruptcies accounted for 27% of the exits. Overall annual returns for angel’s exits were 27.7%.