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.
Angels are 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 as Golden Seeds, focused on women entrepreneurs, and there are many individual investors as well.
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.
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.
Corporate investors are venture capital arms of large corporations looking to invest in companies that can bring strategic value to their businesses.