Angel investors support 10-times more women-led companies than venture capital-backed investors, revealed a first-of-its-kind report by the Kansas City-based Angel Capital Association.
“It didn’t shock us,” said Marianne Hudson, executive director of the ACA, the world’s largest cohort of angel investors.
“We could really see some growth there,” she said. “Any events and activities that were giving women momentum had a lot of interest.”
Newly released, the pilot for the ACA’s Angel Funders Report polls 26 angel groups from 17 states and examined factors that impact investor returns and overall entrepreneurial success.
“[Angel Groups] are very excited about this. They can see some real, potential benefits,” Hudson said.
Other highlights of the report include angel investors eager to support first-time entrepreneurs, investment opportunities located in more than twice the number of states as angel investors, and multiple angel investors collaborating to infuse startups with investments in the million-dollar range, Hudson revealed.
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“I think [collaboration] is a growing trend in that it really shows that angel groups need to work with each other to invest in entrepreneurs so they get the capital that they need,” she said.
Moving forward, the ACA plans to release the report quarterly, Hudson said. Beyond the release of the pilot report, an official launch timeline has not yet been determined.
“An angel investment is only successful if the company is successful,” she added. “I think over time this will give us the kinds of insights that everyone can learn from.”
Routine study of trends in angel investment will further cultivate the entrepreneurial ecosystem, by alerting investors and entrepreneurs to new opportunities in the startup space, Hudson said.