FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – MAY 9, 2019 – Ann Arbor, Mich. — At its recent Michigan Celebrates Angels event, the Michigan Angel Community released its 2018 annual research report. The study aimed to capture data on meaningful metrics by surveying angel groups, individual angels, as well as angel-funded companies.

Key findings
  • There
    were 859 angels that invested in Michigan companies in 2018.
  • Angels
    invested $52 million in Michigan companies.
  • Eighty-four
    companies received angel funding.
  • Of the
    companies that received angel funding, 15 were women-owned and 13 were
  • The
    companies that received angel funding employed more than 640 people.

“While the
majority of companies that received angel funding were located in Ann Arbor,
companies were located across the state, proving that angels are excited about
the startups forming in Michigan, generally. This tells people looking to
establish a new business that there’s support and resources to do it
successfully here,” said Skip Simms, managing director of the Michigan Angel
Community. “Angels provide the early stage capital entrepreneurs need to turn
their fledgling businesses in to the companies that create the jobs and attract
the investment that keep our economy growing.”

technology (IT) companies received the majority of angel funding in 2018, with
software outperforming hardware. Life sciences companies received the second
most funding, with diagnostics outperforming medical devices and other
ventures. In total, 43 IT companies received funding, and 93 percent of those
were in software.

Of note, life
science surpasses IT in angel dollars invested, attracting $23.1 million
compared to IT’s $20.6 million. Life science also surpasses IT in total
investment raised in 2018, attracting $180 million compares to $38.7 million.

To view the full report, visit the Michigan Angel Community website:

The Michigan Angel Community is an initiative to accelerate the growth of angel activity in Michigan as well as investment into Michigan companies. The Michigan Angel Community educates and expands the base of angel investors in Michigan, holds statewide events and programs, and fosters greater collaboration, affiliation, and social engagement among angels. Its research report is designed to help guide and promote the growth of the market with policymakers, potential angels, and out-of-state investors.

The Michigan Angel
Community is supported by the Ralph C. Wilson Foundation.

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