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Michigan Angel Community Releases Annual Report: Angels Invested $52 Million in Michigan Companies in 2018

May 13, 2019 Press Releases
2018 Michigan Angel Activity

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – MAY 9, 2019 – Ann Arbor, Mich. — At its recent Michigan Celebrates Angels event, the Michigan Angel Community released its 2018 annual research report. The study aimed to capture data on meaningful metrics by surveying angel groups, individual angels, as well as angel-funded companies.

Key findings include:
  • There were 859 angels that invested in Michigan companies in 2018.
  • Angels invested $52 million in Michigan companies.
  • Eighty-four companies received angel funding.
  • Of the companies that received angel funding, 15 were women-owned and 13 were minority-owned.
  • The companies that received angel funding employed more than 640 people.

“While the majority of companies that received angel funding were located in Ann Arbor, companies were located across the state, proving that angels are excited about the startups forming in Michigan, generally. This tells people looking to establish a new business that there’s support and resources to do it successfully here,” said Skip Simms, managing director of the Michigan Angel Community. “Angels provide the early stage capital entrepreneurs need to turn their fledgling businesses in to the companies that create the jobs and attract the investment that keep our economy growing.”

Information technology (IT) companies received the majority of angel funding in 2018, with software outperforming hardware. Life sciences companies received the second most funding, with diagnostics outperforming medical devices and other ventures. In total, 43 IT companies received funding, and 93 percent of those were in software.

Of note, life science surpasses IT in angel dollars invested, attracting $23.1 million compared to IT’s $20.6 million. Life science also surpasses IT in total investment raised in 2018, attracting $180 million compares to $38.7 million.

To view the full report, visit the Michigan Angel Community website:

The Michigan Angel Community is an initiative to accelerate the growth of angel activity in Michigan as well as investment into Michigan companies. The Michigan Angel Community educates and expands the base of angel investors in Michigan, holds statewide events and programs, and fosters greater collaboration, affiliation, and social engagement among angels. Its research report is designed to help guide and promote the growth of the market with policymakers, potential angels, and out-of-state investors.

The Michigan Angel Community is supported by the Ralph C. Wilson Foundation.

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