From Claire Cain Miller at Bits:
Entrepreneurs had a harder time getting angel funding to get their start-up idea off the ground last year, according to a new report from the Center for Venture Research at the University of New Hampshire. In 2008, angel investors funded young companies at the same pace as they did the year before, but they invested significantly less in each start-up.
Angels invested $19.2 billion in start-ups in 2008, a decrease of 26 percent from $26 billion in 2007. Still, they financed 55,480 ideas, only a slight decrease of 3 percent from 57,120 the year before. As a result, the average deal size for 2008 fell 24 percent from 2007. MORE »