Angels are high net worth individuals who are passionate about supporting start-up businesses and participating in this investment sector. Angels invest in start-up companies in exchange for an equity share of the businesses. These investors are seeking a return on their capital and an opportunity to have impact on the companies and entrepreneurs they select. Equally important, angel investors often add substantial value to the companies by sharing their advice, skills and networks. Without access to funding from angels, many of these companies would be unable to prosper and grow.

Much angel investing is done through organized angel groups whose members work together to identify investment opportunities, conduct due diligence, monitor the companies’ progress and provide support in many other ways. Startup ShowCase is one of the largest and most active investment groups in the country.