Angel Investors are back on the battle field and writing checks again to seed and early stage companies. In the first Quarter of 2015, We at the Gathering of Angels experienced larger crowds and more investment interest. It feels like to good old days before the great recession. Entrepreneurs are out looking for capital and Angels are filling the needs after personal funds are exhausted and relatives and good friends refuse to answer your calls for help.
Remember that Angel Investors are quite different from friends and family and they want a substantial return of and return on the invested capital, They do not require your first born in exchange for the capital you need to grow your business but they do expect a 30-40% ROI per year for putting their capital into your venture. And they want it back in 2-4 years and not 10-15 years. Uncle George could care less if you pay him back but Angel Investors are different.
Angel Investors can also assist and help you grow your venture as not only a capital provider but as a Mentor and Advisor. Most Angels are seasoned executives with skill sets that can strengthen your team and help you become a success. Angels can provide capital for your growth and development but also they add brain power.
The Gathering of Angels assembles 25-40 accredited Angel Investors monthly in Atlanta and normally has 3-5 young companies present for 20 min with PowerPoint + 2-5 min of Q&A….385+ capital fundings since 1996 have been facilitated by GOA.