Record number of worldwide connections made between startups and investors / global startup investment activity bounces back impressively from the pandemic.
Angel Investment Network (AIN), the world’s largest online angel investment platform, has announced significant annual growth, with annual revenues up 27% year on year. The figures underscore the extent to which global startup investment activity has bounced back impressively from the pandemic.
AIN connects startups with angel investors and now has more than 1.4 million users in total on the platform in 90 different countries. AIN has witnessed its fastest growth for five years as startups with previously stalled investment rounds made up for lost time. The past twelve months have seen a record number of investor registrations, while connections between investors and startups have grown by 14% year on year.
There has been particularly impressive growth across Europe, with the UK seeing revenues increase 55%, Germany seeing a 37% increase in revenues and Scandinavia up 34%. Meanwhile The USA has also seen a rise of 24%.
Alongside the online platform, AIN also runs a successful broking division, which has been involved in several significant raises in the past 12 months for a variety of businesses. This includes cleantech company eleXsys Energy, personal money app Ziglu, mountain bike company Atherton Bikes and ecommerce marketplace aisle 3.
Building out its proposition, AIN recently announced the launch of its Private Equity and Venture Capital division, AIV Capital. AIV Capital will invest between $10-$75Mn into established businesses ranging from Growth/Series B to pre-IPO. It recently invested in alternative food business Eat Just Inc.
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AIN founder Mike Lebus commented:
“2021 has been our most successful year ever as the global startup ecosystem emerges strongly from a really challenging time. Both startups and investors are keen to make up for lost time on the back of stalled investment journeys and we have seen an impressive rise in connections as startups find the right investors to propel their businesses forward. It is so encouraging to see the growth of passionate angel investors willing to support early-stage businesses and strengthen the ecosystem.”
“We’ve also been pleased to announce the next stage of our evolution with AIV Capital. We are now able to support businesses right through the fundraising cycle, from the initial idea to seed funding right through to pre-IPO.”