From the blog of John McIntyre:
Investments by VC’s picked up last year as evidenced by the lastest PWC Money Tree report. Also note one of the first comprehensive angel group investment reports put together by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and Angel Capital Association.
The PwC/National Venture Capital Association report for 2010 came in reporting that software industry investments rose 20 percent over 2009 to $4.0 billion in 2010, which was invested into 835 deals, a 21 percent rise over the prior year. In the fourth quarter of 2010 investments rose to the highest quarterly dollar level since Q3 2007 with $1.1 billion going into 218 deals.
The specific companies invested in can be found on their site PwC Money Tree site here.
The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and Angel Capital Association recently published the report, “Returns to Angel Investors in Groups”. This is the largest data set of accredited angel investors collected to date, with information on exits from 539 angels that have experienced 1,137 “exits”. They found that the average return of angel investments is 2.6 times the investment in 3.5 years—approximately 27 percent Internal Rate of Return (IRR). There’s lot’s of other good data so see the full report here.
The Angel Capital Education Foundation (ACEF) will also be publishing regular reports on angel investing trends with data from its members and other participating investors: ACEF announces Halo Report on angel investing statistics and trends with Silicon Valley Bank and CB Insights. This will fill a large hole with information on what’s happening in the early stage investment market.