The Halo Business Angel Network (HBAN) has completed its 271st deal - bringing the total amount it has raised to €50m. The body, which is a joint initiative of InterTrade Ireland and Enterprise Ireland, acts as a go-between for early stage start ups and investors in the country.
"Angel investment globally is recognised as a critical component of a start-up culture," said Michael Culligan, national director of HBAN. "The growth of angel investment in Ireland over the last number of years has been very significant."
Over the years HBAN has invested in a number of firms that have gone on to grow substantially - such as media company Storyful, which is now owned by Rupert Murdoch's NewsCorp, and Mick's Garage, which has expanded into an international business. Its latest deal includes funds of €1.15m for Connexicon Medical, a Dublin-based firm that specialises in tissue adhesives and sealants.
Since it was established around seven years ago, HBAN has seen the investment market change - with the approach taken by those with capital also maturing. "When we started on this journey in 2008-2009 we had individual business angels investing, it's matured now to a situation where we have business angel syndicates," said Mr Culligan. "Each of these may have 15 to 20 angels, some of them with more."
Today, the majority of HBAN's deals involve multiple angels - often as many as four or five. This system means that numerous investors can combine their expertise, while also spreading out their investments to more companies. "It allows a single angel to lead the deal," Mr Culligan said. "One of the key factors that research has shown in terms of success for the angels - and therefore for the companies - is the level of hands-on involvement. "So naturally if you're involved in a syndicate with multiple angels you can be involved in more deals," he added.
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