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Where do the UK's angel investors make the best returns?

Financial technology is the most lucrative sector for angel investment, delivering the highest growth out of any industry, according to a new report. Some 28pc of fintech investments are out-performing expectations, beating property, food and drink, and transport companies two-fold, the Nation of Angels study by the Centre for Entrepreneurs and the UK Business Angels Association found. Financial services investments ran a close se...

Angel investors in the UK are more active than ever, and more women are getting involved

Angel investors in Britain are making more investments than ever before, according to comprehensive research findings presented today by the UK Business Angels Association (UKBAA) trade body and the Centre for Entrepreneurs (CFE) think tank. The report shows that the median number of investments made by business angels in the UK is now five – double that reported in 2009. The research also found that angel investors are far more...

European firms raised €7.9bn in venture capital in 2014; US firms raised $52bn

In 2014 as a whole, European venture-backed companies attracted €7.9bn ($8.9bn) across 1460 deals, a fall of 11% in deals completed from 2013 but an improvement of 25% in euros invested. It was the biggest amount invested since 2001 when companies raised €10.6bn, according to data provider Dow Jones VentureSource. Overall, the number of fund closings (raising money to invest in startups) by VC firms in 2014 was down by 4% to 76 ...

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Three Successful Exits In One Week -- How One Angel Did It

Can you imagine having three successful exits in a week? It happened to Dušan Stojanovic and this is a story worth dissecting. He is founder and director of True Global Ventures and was named EBAN’s European Angel of the Year 2013, in part because of those exits in 2012. What can angels learn from Stojanovic’s strategies? One fact is without controversy: he adheres religiously to a strict investing plan. To Stojanovic, angel i...

What I've Learned from 20 Years as a Venture Capitalist

In my more than 20 years as a venture capitalist, I’ve had a lot of fun working on truly incredible companies and have thrived on being in the uniquely exciting position to help frame the future of technology and the teams that make that happen. From the early days around the dawn of the personal computer to my more recent investments in wearables, the excitements and challenges of being in this business are as invigorating today a...

Five things a VC will ask when vetting a new company

When vetting any start-up for potential investment, there are several key things venture capitalists and angel investors alike will look at when making their decision. If possible, have as many of these questions answered – better yet, in some sort of investor deck – before you meet with your first potential investor, and you’ll have a much easier time raising the money you need. 1) How truly talented, determined, and cohesive ...

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