European angel investing has increased sharply in the first quarter of 2017, Dealroom data shows, in a 9-page report published jointly with Angel Academy. Funding rounds with at least one angel participating reached a value of €700 million, compared with €180 million in the first quarter of 2016. The number of such rounds quadrupled during the same period. Growth was strongest in the UK, France, Spain, and Sweden.
In the Netherlands however, angel investing has failed to catch up, according to Dealroom data (although limited disclosure of angel-backed rounds maybe partly to blame here). Given the importance of business angels in supporting new ventures in their earliest stages of development, it is important that the Netherlands develops and nurtures angel investing, by creating a favorable climate.
Jointly, Angel Academy (the Dutch Academy for private investors) and Dealroom published an initial 9-page overview of the Dutch angel investing landscape. Ohad Gilad from Angel Academy handed over the report personally to the Dutch minister of economic affairs Henk Kamp, who also announced a new €10 million government scheme to support angel investing.
As a next step, Dealroom and Angel Academy have begun development of an online overview of all active Angel Investors in the Netherlands. The objective is to provide startups with easier access to investors while at the same time providing better insights to business angels about attractive investment opportunities. A comprehensive ranking of Angel Investors will also be published to provide a clear overview of the most active and successful angel investors in the Netherlands.
About Angel Academy:
The Angel Academy was founded in 2016 and is an initiative of the Keadyn Angel VC team. The purpose of the academy is for to promote angel investing, to connect angels and to educate.
- Promote: Get more smart capital to angel rounds by making angel investing more popular
- Connect: Stimulate angels to share knowledge and opportunities through, for instance, joined
investment structures (syndicates)
- Educate: Enable angels to learn from experienced investors and experts in various topics by
organizing workshops and informal sessions
For more information about Angel Academy, please visit: www.angelacademy.nl or contact Martijn Don: [email protected]