angel investor

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angel investor

A person who invests his or her own money in a startup company. An angel investor is generally not a member of a bank, venture capital firm or other financial institution that also makes such investments. Angels are typically private individuals.
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According to a report by the Center for Venture Research at the University of New Hampshire's Whittemore School of Business and Economics, angels invested $22.5 billion in 2004, up from $18.1 billion in 2003, and the number of firms receiving angel money increased by 24 percent over the same period.
Business angel money is hence smart money and crucial to the creation and development of new enterprises.
Watumull found enough angel money to finance entry fee for race.
Alexander Graham Bell used angel money to found Bell Telephone way back in 1877.
At that time, a company executive said that before this December some type of financial transaction would take place, whether it be more funding, angel money, an IPO or even a merger.
Angel money is, after all, cheaper than venture capital.