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Angel and VC Investment Groups

Angel funding and venture capital

Angels give wings to entrepreneurs. They provide seed money to business startups—to the tune of tens of thousands to a million dollars or more—in exchange for convertible debt or ownership equity. Some angel investors come together to form angel groups or angel networks to share research and pool investment dollars.

Venture capitalists (or VCs), on the other hand, usually make their capital investments later in the business cycle. They exchange their investment and their expertise for a significant portion of the company’s ownership and significant control over company decisions.

Before you approach an angel investor, angel network, or VC firm, ask yourself and your partners these questions:

  • Am I willing to give up some amount of ownership and control of my company?
  • Can I demonstrate that my company is likely to realize significant revenues and earnings in the next 3-7 years?
  • Can I demonstrate that my company will produce a significant return for investors?
  • Am I willing to take the advice from investors and accept board of director decisions I may not always agree with?
  • Do I have an exit plan for the company that may mean I’m not involved in 3-7 years?

You’ll need to follow those answers with a solid business plan and an executive summary that includes:

  • Financial overview for at least three years out
  • Sales and marketing plans
  • Three-to-five year goals and your action steps to get there
  • Exit strategy

 

Who can help? (Add equity packaging to RN and list here)

Enterprise Center of Johnson County

Entrepreneurs of innovative, early-stage, high-growth companies, preferably in Johnson County
ECJC manages the Mid-America Angel network and provides business consulting services to entrepreneurs to help them grow their business or approach angel investors

Kansas Bioscience Authority

KBA selectively partners with bioscience companies, research institutions, inventors, entrepreneurs, and investment professionals to advance Kansas’ bioscience industry. They provide grants or other financial assistance to accelerate research, help get products to market more quickly, and promote expansion of bioscience companies in Kansas.

Small Business Investment Company

SBIC works to stimulate the national economy and small businesses by supplementing the flow of private equity capital and long-term loan funds for the sound financing, growth, expansion, and modernization of small business operations while insuring the maximum participation of private financing sources.

Kansas City-Area Angel Networks (pull list from RN)

Mid-America Angels is a regional network of angel investors dedicated to identifying and funding the most promising start-up business opportunities in the Kansas-Missouri Region.

Show Me Angels is a membership organization of accredited private investors committed to investing in high-growth seed and early-stage companies in the Kansas City region.

Women’s Capital Connection is a regional network of accredited angel investors dedicated to identifying and funding the most promising start-up business opportunities in the Kansas-Missouri region. WCC has two primary objectives: 1) to present high return on investment funding opportunities to its members; 2) to facilitate access to early-stage financing for high-potential women-led businesses and entrepreneurs.

Other regional angel groups:

 

Angelsoft provides a listing of many angel groups across the country.  You can also use the Angelsoft site to submit your business plan for review by several of the Missouri angel groups.

Kansas City-Area VC Firms (pull list from RN)

Advantage Capital Partners provides equity and debt capital, along with value-added counsel and other support, to operating businesses that have the potential for excellent investor returns as well as significant community impact. 

Five Elms Capital is a venture capital and private equity firm that invests $1 – 10 million in high-growth businesses.  The Kansas City area office is located in Prairie Village.

Great Range Capital is focused on middle-market, control, private equity investing in the Midwest around these industries: business and industrial services, healthcare services/devices, retail and consumer, established media and niche manufacturing. 

Invest America Venture Group is headquartered in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, with a local office. Since 1985, funds managed by InvestAmerica have provided private equity financing of over $100,000,000 to more than 120 companies. 

 

Kansas Venture Capital is a licensed SBIC that provides private equity capital to lower middle market companies having potential for substantial growth and long-term equity appreciation. The market focus is companies with $10 million to $100 million in revenue and EBITDA margin of at least 10%. 

Midwest Venture Alliance (member of KTEC Network) is a membership organization of accredited private investors committed to investing in high-growth seed and early-stage technology companies in Kansas.

October Capital has provided seed money and expansion capital to more than 15 companies in diverse industry segment, seeking investment opportunities in companies that are bringing transformational change to existing markets or are creating new markets where none previously existed. 

Open Prairie Ventures provides early-stage venture capital to promising growth technology companies disciplined in efficient use of capital and pursuit of disruptive innovations.

Prolog is a venture capital firm specializing in life sciences that invests in traditional healthcare opportunities as well as emerging areas — such as nutrition, wellness, and green technology.

RiverVest is a venture capital firm focused on identifying and shaping early-stage life science companies to create significant shareholder value.

 

Other regional VC Firms

 

Kansas City- Area Venture Forums (pull list from RN)

BIO Mid-America Venture Forum is the Midwest's largest annual event showcasing bioscience, biofuel, and medical device product and platform companies nationwide.

Great Plains Capital Conference brings together the region’s technology leaders, entrepreneurs, and angel investors for presentations by emerging businesses seeking funding. Presenting companies are seeking venture capital from several hundred thousand to $5 million each.

InvestMidwest is annual conference that showcase companies in three industry tracks: life sciences, technology/general business and cleantech/alternative energy. Selected companies present before a prominent audience of venture capitalists, private investors and corporate investors.

Missouri Venture Forum provides a means for investors, entrepreneurs, and business advisors to make mutually beneficial relationships, designed to drive new business formation and growth through networking, education and information exchange.

Springboard Enterprise is the go-to organization for information and support for emerging growth ventures led by women. Springboard educates, showcases, and supports women entrepreneurs as they seek capital and build their businesses.

 

Pre-Seed and Seed Capital

The New Enterprise Creation Act helps generate investment for new businesses starting up in Missouri. Through legislative statute, the DED issued tax credits equal to 100 percent of the investment in a qualified fund to any accredited individual, corporation, partnership, or financial institution that makes a qualified investment. (ALSO KS TAX CREDITS?? DIGITAL SANDBOX PROOF OF CONCEPT???)

The Coalition for Plant and Life Sciences is establishing a $7.5 million Pre-seed Fund. The Fund will be used to invest in very early-stage companies, with an emphasis on newly created companies that have successfully emerged from the BioGenerator project.

 

Pre-Seed & Seed Capital Companies

  • Advancement, LLC
  • The St. Louis Capital Alliance

 

Small Business Investment Companies (SBIC) – do we need a list here?

Small Business Investment Companies (SBIC) are venture capital firms that receive loans from the Small Business Administration to make equity investments in small businesses. Venture capital firms do not have to be regulated, but must submit to regulation if they want to be an SBIC.