HBAN business angels have invested median of £167K each in start-ups

  • HBAN (Halo Business Angel Network), has released its latest survey results which found that HBAN business angels have invested a median of £167K each in start-ups on the island of Ireland.

    HBAN is an all-island organisation responsible for the promotion of business angel investment, and a joint initiative of Enterprise Ireland, InterTradeIreland and Invest Northern Ireland.

    HBAN surveyed 114 business angel investors across the island of Ireland about their portfolios, expectations and plans for the future. It found that the average angel has invested in 6.3 companies. The majority (66%) of angels prefer to invest as part of a syndicate, rather than alone.

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    HBAN data shows that the industries that attracted the largest number of angel investors in the last 12 months were ICT and FinTech; MedTech; and Life sciences. The survey showed that in the next 12 months, angels will continue their interest in these sectors, while also considering sectors including engineering, manufacturing and electronics (40%); food, beverages and agriculture (31%); and business services (29%). Survey respondents said that they expect to hold shares in investee companies for an average of 5.5 years.

    In addition to this, of those surveyed, 32% of investors report to have achieved at least one exit. 22%, meanwhile, are currently planning their first angel investment.

    Speaking about the findings, John Phelan, all-island director, HBAN, said: “Angel investing is high risk, but it can be extremely rewarding and that is why we see business angels investing in multiple start-ups. Internationally, best practice would suggest a minimum of 10 investments in a personal portfolio and our survey shows that while many have already exceeded that, others are well on their way."

    Mr. Phelan also added :“The survey results also show a strong appetite among investors to back companies operating in high performing sectors. Our MedTech syndicate, based in Galway, has been particularly active recently and we expect this level of activity to increase in the next 12 months.”

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    HBAN will encourage more people to get involved in angel investing at its all-island conference next month, with a focus on impact investing and demystifying the angel investment process. 

    The event will be streamed on Wednesday, 2nd February 2022. Speakers will discuss how impact investing is transforming investor portfolios and the start-up ecosystem, while a series of workshops and talks will help attendees to understand the many rewards of being an angel investor. 

    More information can be found at www.hban.org/conference.

    Source: Written from press release.

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