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Angel Investing in Start-Ups: Putting Your Experience to Work

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Angel investors drive industry innovation and enjoy collaborating with start-up founders and fellow investors. Angel groups make it easy to get started and can increase financial returns while reducing risk.

Angel investors invest their own money in start-up companies in exchange for an equity stake in the company. Some 335,000 angel investors collectively invested $25.3 billion in early-stage companies (start-ups) in 2020 (1). Historically, angel investors were high-net-worth individuals who made their investment decisions alone. The recent emergence of angel investment groups that bring individuals together to collaborate on investing has made angel investing more accessible to a wider swath of people.

This article describes angel investing and explains why many experienced professionals enjoy it. The article also discusses potential financial returns, risks, and risk mitigation strategies used by angel investors, and identifies ways for interested individuals to get started as angel investors...

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