Venture Capital vs. Angel Investing: What’s the Difference?

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What does it mean to receive venture capital versus angel investment? Entrepreneurs who do not know these financial conditions sometimes confuse these two types of financing. Both provide small businesses with much-needed capital, but the difference lies in the types of startups they support financially and the amount of each investment.

Here’s what you need to know about the difference to ensure you receive the right funding for your startup.

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What is venture capital?

Venture capital (VC) is a type of funding that is invested by an individual or a group in early stage startups that have high risk and high potential.

Venture capital funds in the United States totaled a record $128.3 billion in 2021, up 47.5% from 2020, according to JD Supra statistics. The annual average increased from $156.9 million to $188.1 million.

Take a look at these keywords: high risk. Why invest a large amount of capital in a startup if they knew they might fail? The answer is in those same words. Venture capital invested in a startup, especially a fledgling startup, has the potential to generate a huge return on investment. In turn, the investment offsets the risk and allows venture capitalists greater potential to receive more control over the startup and its decisions.

What about startups that are no longer at an early stage? Depending on their growth potential, developed companies may also be considered by venture capitalists and venture capitalists.

How can I get venture capital?

Whether a startup would be a recipient of venture capital largely depends on what the company does and what it offers. Funding from a venture capitalist or venture capitalist is often invested in companies that have new components. This includes, but is not limited to, technology or a business model in growing technology industries, biotechnology, IT or software.

Other attractive factors for venture capital include the aforementioned high potential, a large market and a competitive advantage. Venture capitalists and venture capitalists are also working hard to find and invest in private startups valued at over $1 billion – otherwise known as unicorns.

If you find that your company does not meet these criteria, it is unlikely to receive venture capital. However, startups that are new or in unicorn status can start pitching venture capitalists for funding.

Venture capital does not need to be repaid since it is not considered a loan. However, the startup must provide investors with a stake in the property before receiving funding. Usually this is done in the form of shares.

A startup ripe for venture capital investment will often receive investment after its seed funding round. The stock price will then start to rise, if the startup is doing well, and venture capitalists or venture capitalists will sell their shares once a bigger company comes in and offers to buy the startup.

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Securing venture capital requires careful planning and preparation on the part of the startup. A startup should prepare for a pitch meeting with a business plan, a pitch deck with a four-year projection of the startup’s revenue and expenses, and answers to any anticipated questions that the venture capitalist or business can ask as part of due diligence.

What is an angel investment?

An angel investment is money invested in a startup by an individual investor. An angel investment is also significantly less than what a venture capitalist can invest in a startup.

An angel investor is defined as a wealthy private investor. They come from a wide variety of industries and many have held former leadership positions. A useful resource for finding and connecting with angels is the Angel Capital Association (ACA).

The amount of capital invested can vary from $25,000 to over $100,000. The average angel investment in 2020 was $392,025, an increase of 4.8% from 2019, according to the University of New Hampshire.

However, unlike venture capitalists or venture capitalists, angel investors are not equipped to invest millions in startups.

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How can I get an angel investment?

If an angel investor expresses interest in investing in your business, the investor will also need a stake, just like a VC. This participation can be made up of shares in the company or a participation in the capital. However, angel investors are generally more laid back in how they work with the company after they fund it. They perform much less due diligence and may or may not be involved in the start-up, depending on the owner’s wishes.

Which financing is best for my business?

Ultimately, the decision of whether your startup will explore venture capital or angel investing as part of its funding will depend on how new the business is, its start-up stage, risk potential, and amount. of capital needed.

If you find that neither type of financing is best for your business, consider meeting with a financial advisor to discuss other financing options available to you and your startup. Likewise, if you find that a type of financing may be a match, it is wise to meet with a financial advisor and discuss the advisability of obtaining capital from that resource.

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About the Author

Heather Taylor is Senior Financial Writer for GOBankingRates. She is also the editor and brand mascot enthusiast for PopIcon, Advertising Week’s blog dedicated to brand mascots. She has been featured on HelloGiggles, Business Insider, The Story Exchange, Brit + Co, Thrive Global and other outlets.

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