U.S. Angel Investing Hits $12.7B in First Half 2006; VCs Invested $11.9B

Investments in the U.S. angel investor market increased by 15% to $12.7 billion in the first half of 2006 over the same period in 2005, with the health care services/medical equipment the sector of choice for angels, according to the latest research from the Center for Venture Research at the University of New Hampshire

A total of 24,500 entrepreneurial ventures received angel funding in the first half of 2006, a 6% decline from the first half of 2005. The number of active investors in the first half of 2006 was 130,000 individuals, 3% above the first half of 2005.  The average deal size increased by 22% over the first half of 2005. 

Healthcare services/medical devices/equipment (27%) and software (18%) remained the sectors of choice of total angel investments in the first half of 2006. Biotech, retail, media and IT services received close to 10% each.

Angels continue to be the largest source of seed and start-up capital in the United States, with 40% of the first half of 2006 angel investments in the seed and start-up stage. This preference for seed and start-up investing is followed closely by post-seed/start-up investments of 45%. 

Meanwhile venture capitalists investments grew to $6.3 billion in 856 deals during the second quarter 2006 and $5.6 billion in 761 deals in the first quarter for a total of $11.9 billion for the first half of  2006, according to MoneyTree Report by PricewaterhouseCoopers and the National Venture Capital Association

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