Angel Investment Network’s Weekly Funding Roundup

A roundup of some of the recent seed-stage and angel deals from around the world: 

  • NoiseToys, a developer of social media applications that include Hitmaker and Apptitude, has raised $1.2 million in seed funding
  • COLOURlovers (www.colourlovers.com), a startup whose products let you easily express yourself using shapes and colors, has raised $1 million
  • Gigwalk (www.gigwalk.com), who turn the world’s iPhones into an instant mobile workforce, has raised $1.7m in seed funding
  • graFighters, an online fighting game that allows users to create a character by uploading a hand drawn image, closes $200k seed funding
  • Mobile photo-sharing startup TuiTu wins angel funding from Wang Feng – former senior VP of Kingsoft and founder of game maker Linekong
  • SwaddleKeeper, whose Baby Sleep System offers a swaddling blanket system and infant blanket sleeper, has won $135,000 in angel funding
  • Group buying navigation website 1000tuan.com recently won investment of nearly CNY 10 million from well-known angel investor Xu Xiaoping.
  • Trustnode, whose interactive education platform eliminates the complexity of insurance education, has won funding from The Band of Angels
  • Innovatient Solutions raises $1m from the state and investors for its system to improve communications between care providers & patients.
  • Newtopia Inc has received seed funding from the Business Development Bank of Canada, which made the investment through its VC division
  • Mumbai Angels, a group of 120 investors, has invested in MVS Efarm, which provides logistic & consulting services to the agriculture sector
  • Discovery Bay Games has raised $12 million from angel investors to create a new class of iPad accessories
  • Semasio, a Hamburg, Germany-based online advertising technology company, has received €500K seed funding from High-Tech Gruenderfonds
  • Clipta Inc. (www.clipta.com), a Web video search start-up, has secured a $500,000 angel investment
  • Grubwithus, a startup aiming to bring strangers together for meals, has secured $1.6 million in funding
  • musiXmatch, the leading digital lyrics API, has raised $3.7m in Series A funding from leading investor Francesco Micheli Associati
  • Nevolution (www.nevolution.com), the developer of an app store for Windows mobile device users, has raised $450,000 in angel funding
  • Energy management and storage startup VCharge has won $150,000 in seed-stage funding from the Slater Technology Fund, an early-stage fund

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Angel Investment Network’s Weekly Twitter Roundup

Angel Investment News

  • Irish Dragons Den star launches Angel Network initiative: https://bit.ly/jqC1wX
  • Illinois state investment tax credit garners interest, but no takers so far: https://bit.ly/k3XgRF
  • Startup America panel: Firms need capital, smarter regulations: https://bit.ly/liQ130
  • Why immigrant entrepreneurs are leaving the U.S. https://bit.ly/jaizvq
  • India Makes Exits Easier for Foreign Investors: https://bit.ly/jkwHMm

Business Plans & Pitching

  • Ten Ways to Optimize Your Investor Pitch Time: https://bit.ly/m1EF6q
  • 10 Business Plan Dos and Don’ts: https://bit.ly/kK3wzh
  • How to Perfect Your Venture Capital “Elevator Pitch”:https://bit.ly/mF3fF9
  • What Lenders and Angel Investors Look for in a Business Plan: https://bit.ly/iOvI97
  • How to refine your elevator pitch: https://bit.ly/iJPBN3
  • Creating an Early Stage Pitch Deck: https://bit.ly/i8waKS

Fund Raising

  • Business Angels – An Ingenious Way to Boost a Business Idea: https://bit.ly/kN508M
  • Have Insufficient Funds To Start Business? Acquire Them From Angel Investors: https://bit.ly/krrQCW
  • Five Things Every Entrepreneur Should Know About Angel Investors: https://bit.ly/lH2h08
  • Pursuing Angel Investors: What You Need to Know: https://bit.ly/mjyPo0
  • Six Tips on Taking Outside Investors: https://bit.ly/jMae2a

Marketing & Social Media

  • 10 Tips To Get Repeat Web Traffic: https://bit.ly/fSqM1f
  • Five Keys to Success in Social Media: https://bit.ly/kVZhtw
  • Four Ways Leading Companies Are Using Social Media: Lessons For Us All: https://bit.ly/lvrPTS
  • 5 Important SEO Tactics To Help You Build Ranking: https://bit.ly/kfDZfW
  • 6 steps to creating a social media strategy: https://bit.ly/lU8F4d
  • PR for a Startup Should Not Start With an Agency: https://bit.ly/kouuXi

Start-Up & Entrepreneurship

  • How to Be the Next Google: Keys to Start-Up Success: https://bit.ly/jg3Y3F
  • Successful Business Exit Strategies Important From The Very Start: https://bit.ly/l6cuZH
  • 5 key ingredients for startup success: https://bit.ly/kNwL5L
  • It’s So Hard To Say Goodbye: The Exit Strategy: https://bit.ly/mIfVX7
  • 10 Brilliant Startups That Failed Because They Were Ahead Of Their Time: https://bit.ly/ivBdME

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VCs invest 20% more funds into fewer deals

Investments are up while deals are down, according to a report from Dow Jones VentureSource, which found that venture capitalists invested $9.8 billion into 967 deals for companies around the world during the first quarter of 2011, representing a 20% increase in investment but a 7% decline in the number of deals from the same period in 2010. By comparison, in Q1 2010, companies around the world received $8.2 billion in venture capital across 1,038 deals.

Image source: DowJones.com

Creating an Early Stage Pitch Deck

A picture from the white board at Ryan Spoon’s presentation on creating early stage pitch decks (primarily focused on the seed round).

Please take this for what it’s worth: just one investor’s opinion. As is true with everything – the best answer is “it depends”. It depends on your background, your company, your raise, and your audience.