The world is full of angels – impressive rise in startup investment activity

There has been a significant rise in the numbers of angel investors looking to back startups across the globe. Technology is the most popular sector and food and beverage seeing the fastest year on year growth. These are some of the key findings from Angel Investment Network’s annual analysis of the global state of angel investment funding based on data from their platform. 

AIN has 40 networks extending to over 90 different countries; and now with more than 1.75 million users it is the largest angel investment community in the world. The results are a real barometer of global startup investment activity in 2022.

The data reveals there has been a significant rise in interest from investors looking to back businesses solving problems in a range of industries. There was a 6% increase in searches from angel investors looking for potential startup investments. Over the same period, the number of pitches fell by 7.5%, which highlights an increasingly positive ratio of investors to startups.

Technology remains the most popular sector for investors, with searches up 23% year-on-year. Software remains second, up 7%. Food and beverage is third with the fastest growth of all sectors, up 35% with a range of innovative ideas coming to market.

The finance sector becomes the fourth most popular sector, up 24% YoY, with huge interest in the FinTech space. However, there is a mismatch with it being only the 11th most popular sector for startup ideas. Meanwhile, interest in property has soared since the start of the pandemic, up more than 100%.

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AgTech businesses remain in high demand and since the start of the pandemic have been one of the fastest risers. 

Top 10 sectors for startups
1. Food and beverage
2. Property
3. Technology
4. Entertainment and leisure
5. Fashion & Beauty
6. Retail
7. Software
8. Agriculture
9. Manufacturing & Engineering
10. Hospitality, Restaurants & Bars

Top 10 sectors for investors
1. Technology
2. Software
3. Food & Beverage
4. Finance
5. Agriculture
6. Property
7. Medical & Sciences
8. Entertainment & Leisure
9. Energy & Natural Resources
10. Retail 

According to Mike Lebus, founder of Angel Investment Network: “The results show the global startup ecosystem in good health. We are seeing a lot of pent-up demand from angel investors, who have held back during the pandemic and have accrued more capital that they are now looking to invest. Meanwhile entrepreneurs are now working harder at ensuring the proposals they are bringing forward are more fleshed out so we are seeing more quality over quantity in terms of nascent startup proposals. During a challenging period many have taken the sensible decision to bootstrap their businesses further and go for funding at a slightly later stage.”

If you’re looking for an angel investor to help fund your business, then the Angel Investment Network can help. Sign-up to pitch your business to investors located all over the world.

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