I'm part of an early stage start-up and looking to get in touch with angel investors. I know how much I need to raise within a defined time-frame. I want to start talking to angel investors. How do I seek them out?
Your best way to get in touch with angel investors is through a connection. See if there's anyone you know or someone in your network who can make an introduction to prospective angels. You can also post your company on AngelList - https://angel.co/ - but getting in front of angel investors requires a very active approach. So, don't expect to post your company and then have investors find you and contact you.
If there's an incubator in your area, then that's another route to angel investors. Most incubators are connected with early-stage investors and can likely get you introduced to those investors once you successfully complete their incubation program.
You should also check out any startup-related events in your area. These can be good opportunities to meet potential investors.
You can also try raising funds from friends and family. Not everyone is comfortable with this though.
Finally, depending on your current financial situation, there are many grants available for small businesses and startups. These don't require equity but receiving funds can take quite some time. It's typically best to pursue grants in parallel with other funding opportunities.
There's a bit of a slump with Angel Investors. Most VC's are currently waiting for returns in startups they supported in 2015. I'm going through the same issue. Try Crowdfunding instead. Crowdfunding is currently providing Investors with reduced risk investments. Depending on your location & startup focus check out
Green Technlogy: https://www.bettervest.com/en/
Sidd, if you're a startup, you are definitely looking for angels, because other funding sources besides friends/family typically don't deal with startups. You're already on CFL, which happens to have a funding platform 1000 Angels. CFL does a terrible job letting people know about their funding arm, but check it out. http://www.1000angels.com
You're probably not ready to talk to angels until you're ready for some serious scrutiny. Are you ready? Read Jakub's post on what goes into due diligence. https://cofounderslab.com/discuss/as-an-angel-how-do-i-check-a-startups-finances
To be honest with you finding investors as a start up is difficult, but it is achievable, you need to draw up a plan, list out possible investors, try and reach out with your samples to them, and see how you can convince them on the needs you would be meeting with your products or services. They would in turn run analysis on the possible markets, their returns on investment. The truth is the investor that would want to invest where they are not sure of the returns on investments
I would add to Raymond Williams great list an important "word of mouth" network sources: your professional service provides such as attorney or accountant. This is one of the reasons, in the Silicon Valley at least, for using a top tier legal firm for formation work. It can provide strong introductions.
Angel investors would seek you out!
Firstly if only there is enough(viable) content in the product or service being offered.
It is best appreciated or more profitable when they seek you out. And that is secondly when your content has stood out.
Lastly if you go all out without building content and you eventually find Angel Investors, at their appraisal stage they would quickly vanish! In other words no rush, let them seek you...