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Angel Investor

A high net worth individual who provides financing to a start-up, either in exchange for convertible debt or equity. Among start-ups, they are thought of as a bridge between loans from family and friends and venture capital, though angel investors are themselves often personally connected to the business. Angel investors take on a great deal of risk when they invest in these start-ups; they are also subject to dilution at the start-up's IPO. Therefore, they usually require a high rate of return in exchange for their financing. They are informally known as angels or informal investors.

angel investor

A wealthy investor who provides capital for new business ventures.
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Following a successful career as a consultant and entrepreneur in the technology and healthcare fields, Reese founded the National Minority Angel Network (NMAN).
Dr David Tuch, CEO of Lightpoint Medical, commented "We're delighted to have secured funding from previous investors Oxford Technology as well as from some of the leading angel networks in the UK.
725 million for four other angel networks in southern Ontario.
It works closely with investors and businesses to find a suitable introduction, often using its successful investment forums as a way for companies to present their requirements to the angels where necessary, and has been compared favourably to other business angel networks elsewhere.
A BUSINESS angel network saw off stiff competition to win the prestigious Investor Allstars, private investor network of the year award.
With the title of "A cross-road for continents, cultures and early stage investors", this year's event will be hosted by the Middle East Technical University's Technopolis' business angel network (METUTECH-BAN).
The WBAA's founding members who met in Dubai recently are the Arab Business Angels Network (ABAN) United Arab Emirates, Angel Capital Association (ACA); British Business Angels Association-UK (BBAA); Center for Business Angel Research (CBAR) China; Indian Angel Network (IAN) India; Red Espanola de Business Angels (ESBAN) Spain; Australian Angels Investors Association (AAAI) Australia; Southern Angels, Chile; Italian Business Angels Association (IBAN) Italy; and the France Angels.
If investing through business angel networks is to thrive, they must add more value to the investment process.
To find angel networks specifically in your field or geographical area, check with local chambers of commerce, economic development authorities, business incubators, and local universities.
The financing includes funding from several angel networks including Bellingham Angels, Alliance of Angels, Keiretsu, Tacoma Angel Network and Zino Society.
IAN has been functioning with the UK Trade and Investments and UK-based angel networks as it anticipates to establish its presence there.
He said: "What sets Beer apart from other angel networks is that is discovers the brightest entrepreneurs with the most investable businesses from all around the UK.