California stays on the top of the U.S. nation as a place to seek seed investment for young companies and to learn about angel investment Silicon Valley’s angel groups lead the number of private investment throughout the U.S. as the Q3 Halo Report released by the Angel Resource Institute, Silicon Valley Bank and CB Insights indicates. The data is based on 278 deals totaling $445 million in total rounds including co-investors. Approximately one-third of all angel group deals consistently occur in California and New England, and the share of dollars invested in these regions increased over the prior quarter and year over year to 44% in North America.
Top 2014 trends: Mobile investing boom and ventures recovery According to the Halo Report, Internet, healthcare and mobile companies altogether comprised an even higher percentage of angel group deals (76%) and received 81% of angel group dollars. Mobile companies saw the largest increase over other sectors in share of deals and dollars in Q3. As another report by CB Insights shows, venture capital investors poured $1.12 billion across 150 deals into U.S. mobile & telecom companies, marking the largest financing quarter to the mobile sector ever. Investors constantly seek interesting deals in such areas as mobile payments to app development to security. In general, the latest data indicate recovery in angels’ investment and increase in venture investment activity. The angel investors are an important generator of the new waves of startups that help create unique Silicon Valley’s startup ecosystem and maintain its health. Without mighty seed investment, maintaining continuous innovation discovery in the Bay area wouldn’t be possible. Though during the 2008-2009 recession the Valley saw negative A and B investment flows, early in 2010 the ecosystem began to recover.
Currently California’s famous tech hub is experiencing venture investment boom. “According to our research, angels are anticipating that not only will they continue to steadily invest in America’s young companies, but that they will also actually increase their typical number of investments in 2014,” says Worthworm’s co-founder Alan Lobock. As the Halo Report indicates, California’s Life Science Angels, Golden Seeds, Tech Coast Angels, Sand Hill Angels end up being among the most active angel investment groups. These are the companies with long-term experience, consolidating efforts of professional investors and serial entrepreneurs who are capable of not only bringing seed money to the young companies, but also of being mentors for beginner entrepreneurs. Meetings with leading angel investors and serial entrepreneurs of Silicon Valley are possible within Silicon Valley Innovation Center’s educational program “Silicon Valley Secrets of Angel Investing” that will be starting on the 22th of March. If you are planning to learn about investing in startups or just looking for business networking opportunities, visiting Silicon Valley is a best thing to do. Image Courtesy: Flickr/epSos.de