Alessandro Piol —  March 7, 2013 — Leave a comment

There are a variety of investors in New York, from angel investors to early-stage and later-stage venture capitalists. You can also apply to and be funded by one of the accelerator programs in NY.


Angel Investors

Angels are typically individual investors who invest on their own or as a group. The typical investment size is $25k-100k per individual. They typically invest in the seed round and sometimes participate in follow-on rounds of financing. When acting as a group, you can expect investments of $200K and up.

The New York Angels is the largest angel organization in New York, comprising over 100 active individual investors. There are other organized groups, such asGolden Seeds, focused on women entrepreneurs, and there are many individual investors as well.

The largest directory of organized angel investors (and seed funding groups) is maintained by Gust.


Seed/Early Stage Investors

Seed and early stage investors are groups investing funds in the early stages of a company’s life. They might invest in seed rounds (like the angels and often together with angels) and they invest in “Series A” rounds. They typically keep investing in follow-on rounds. While amounts may vary greatly, typical investment size is between $250K-1M for a seed round and $1-3M for a Series A round.

Advancit Capital


Bold Start


Brooklyn Bridge Ventures

Contour Venture Partners

DFJ Gotham Ventures

Eniac Ventures

ff Venture Capital

Firstmark Capital

First Round Capital


IA Ventures

Lerer Ventures

Founder Collective

Great Oaks

High Peaks Venture Partners

Metamorphic Ventures

NYC Seed

Quotidian Ventures

RTP Ventures

Tribeca Venture Partners

Vaizra Seed Fund


Early Stage to Later Stage Investors

This group of investors typically does not invest in seed deals, but they may invest from early to later stage. Initial investments may vary, but over time they might invest between $5 and $15M over the life of a company.

Accel Partners

Bain Capital Ventures

Bessemer Venture Partners

Canaan Partners

Flybridge Capital Partners

Insight Venture Partners

Oak Investment Partners

Polaris Venture Partners

Raptor Ventures

RRE Ventures

Softbank Capital

Spark Capital

Starvest Partners

Union Square Ventures

Vedanta Capital




Corporate investors are venture capital arms of large corporations looking to invest in companies that can bring strategic value to their businesses.

Aol Ventures


Bloomberg Ventures

BMW i Ventures

Citi Ventures

Time Warner Investments

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Alessandro Piol is a New York-based venture capitalist and angel investor with over 30 years of experience in the technology industry. Alessandro is a Partner and co-founder of Vedanta Capital. Previously he was a General Partner of Invesco Private Capital where he headed the technology practice. Prior to joining Invesco, Alessandro spent 10 years with AT&T where he co-founded AT&T Ventures, the venture capital arm of AT&T where he focused on early-stage new media investments, as well as Pixel Machines, an AT&T-backed startup in the graphics super-computing business. Alessandro is President of the New York chapter of TiE, a global organization fostering entrepreneurship; he serves on the Entrepreneurial Advisory Board and the Board of Visitors of the Fu Foundation School of Engineering at Columbia University; and he is a mentor, advisor or board member of various private companies. He received an BS and MS in Computer Science from Columbia University and an MBA from the Harvard Business School. Twitter: @ilmago