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Finding angel investor groups

Brian O'Connell

The Angel Capital Association and the Angel Resource Institute are both great resources for entrepreneurs looking for capital funding.

Both have extensive lists of angel investor groups – both local and national – that can step in and give a financially ailing startup a boost when the need arises.

But which angel investing groups are the “best of the best”? You know, the ones that have a track record of successful investments, and the ones who are “all in” when it comes to committing your business?

Here’s a helpful tip. The ACA has a “Top Ten” list that should be required reading for entrepreneurs. The list includes the largest and most successful angel investment groups in the U.S. Let’s take a look at some of the names on the ACA’s list that can really help business owners:

Ohio TechAngel Funds

With 282 members, OTAF is a big player in the regional technology field. The organization supports mainly early-stage companies.

Golden Seeds, LLC

With over 170 accredited investors, Golden Seeds seeks out companies run by women. Technology and life sciences companies are at the top of Golden Seeds’ list.

Hyde Park Angels

Founded by a group of University of Chicago students in 2006, HPA reaches out to healthcare product and services firms in the Midwest. Many of its investors have already run successful companies of their own and are now looking to help startups have the same experience.

Alliance of Angels

The Alliance had over $10 million in deals in 2010, and has connected over 160 investors with new startups in the Northwest since it launched in 1997. It also favors early-stage companies.

Both the ACA and the ARI have more extensive lists of angel groups, spread all over the U.S. Start with the list above, and then review the ones that best fit your company’s needs. It could be the first step on the most important journey – business-wise, at least – that you’ll ever make.

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