UNH analysis says angel investor market bounced back in 2020

Center for Venture Research reports in dollar total and number of investments

Jeffrey Sohl is director of the UNH Center for Venture Research.

There was an increase in both the number of active investors and the number of investments as well as a 6% increase in the total dollars invested in the angel investor market in 2020, according to ab analysis by the Center for Venture Research at the University of New Hampshire.

And, for the first time in several years, the seed and startup stage market became the predominant investment stage for angels.

Angel investments in 2020 totaled $25.3 billion, an increase of 6% over 2019, according to the analysis. A total of 64,480 entrepreneurial ventures received angel funding, an increase of 1.2% over 2019, and the number of active investors increased to 334,680, compared to 323,365 in 2019, an increase of 3.5%.

In addition, 39% of the angel investments in 2020 were in the seed and startup stage, and 32% were in early-stage investing, down from 43% in 2019.

The change is “solidifying the trend in increasing allocations to seed and startup ventures that began in 2018 at the expense of early-stage investing,” said Jeffrey Sohl, director of the Center for Venture Research. “With angels as the leading source of seed and startup capital, this increase is encouraging for entrepreneurs.”

The average angel deal size in 2020 was $392,025, an increase of 4.8% from 2019. The average equity received was 9.6%, with a deal valuation of $4.1 million, a slight increase from 2019.

“Valuation trends are likely an indication of upward pressure on valuations resulting in overvaluations in some sectors and/or regions of the angel market,” said Sohl.

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