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

>"Historically angels have been the major source of seed and start-up capital for entrepreneurs, and this return to seed and start-up investing is an encouraging sign. While there remains a need for seed and start-up capital and a capital gap in this stage, if the return to seed and start-up investing continues, this will signify an improvement in both new venture formation and job creation," Sohl said.

Healthcare services/medical devices and equipment accounted for the largest share of investments, with 25 percent of total angel investments in Q1 and Q2 2011, followed by industrial/energy (17 percent), biotech (14 percent), software (11 percent), media (8 percent) and retail (8 percent).

"Industrial/energy has shown a continued increase since 2010, reflecting a growing interest in clean tech investing by angels. Retail and media have solidified their presence in the top six sectors, mainly due to investing in social networking ventures," Sohl said.

Angel investments continue to be a significant contributor to job growth, with the creation of 134,130 new jobs in the United States in 2011, or five jobs per angel investment.


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