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Angel investor market stabilizes in first half of 2011, UNH Center for Venture Research finds
Date:10/11/2011

DURHAM, N.H. The angel investor market in the first two quarters of 2011 showed signs of stabilization since the 30 percent market correction in the second half of 2008 and the first half of 2009, with total investments totaling $8.9 billion, an increase of 4.7 percent over the same period in 2010, according to the Center for Venture Research at the University of New Hampshire.

A total of 26,300 entrepreneurial ventures received angel funding during the first half of 2011, a 4.4 percent increase from the same period in 2010, and the number of active investors in Q1 and Q2 2011 was 124,900 individuals, virtually unchanged from Q1 and Q2 2010. The increase in total dollars and the matching increase in total investments resulted in an average deal size of $338,400 in the first half of 2011, comparable to the deal size in the same period in 2010 of $337,300.

"These data indicate that angels remain committed to this investment class and at slightly higher valuations than in 2010. While the market exhibited a stabilization from Q1 and Q2 2010, when compared to the market correction that occurred in 2008, these data indicate that the angel market appears to have reached its nadir in 2009 and has since demonstrated a slow recovery," said Jeffrey Sohl, director of the UNH Center for Venture Research at the Whittemore School of Business and Economics.

Angels have significantly increased their penchant for seed and start-up stage investing, with 39 percent of Q1 and Q2 2011 angel investments in the seed and start-up stage, marking a 13 percent increase in the seed and start-up stage from the same period in 2010. This increase was reflected in a decrease in post-seed/start-up investing, with 60 percent of investments in early and expansion stage, compared to 70 percent in the first half of 2010. New, first-sequence investments represent 49 percent of Q1 and Q2 2011 angel activity, an increase of 3 percent from the same period in 2010.

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Contact: Jeffrey Sohl
jesohl@christa.unh.edu
603-862-3373
University of New Hampshire
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