An angel investor is someone that invests their own money into a startup. They offer their funding in return for debt or equity in the business. They may also be called private investors or seed investors.
Not everyone can give their pitch on Shark Tank. Never fear, though; there are other ways to find angel investors. You may be able to find local angels by networking in your Chamber of Commerce or by visiting your local Small Business Development Center. Online resources include sites like Angel Investment Network, AngelList, and MicroVentures.