From Awards and Recognitions

Mid-America Angels nominated for Silicon Prairie “Investor of the Year” Award

It’s that time of year–the time when entrepreneurs and supporters from across the Silicon Prairie gather to crown our greatest innovators and brightest stars.

This year, the Mid-America Angels investment network is honored to be one of five groups nominated for the Silicon Prairie News “Investor of the Year” award. We’ve been a mainstay capital provider and leader of many Silicon Prairie seed and Series A rounds since 2006. In less than ten years, MAA members have invested over $15 million in regional startups including EyeVerify, Aratana Therapeutics, Bulu Box, Rawxies and Zave and Rhythm Engineering. Read more

Mid-America Angels investment network recaps 2014 success

LENEXA, Kan. – (January 26, 2015) – The Mid-America Angels (MAA) marked a successful year in 2014, closing a total of six investments. Since the beginning of last year, the MAA network has provided over $2.3 million in commercialization funding to area startups and high-growth businesses.
“We’re consistently thrilled to welcome companies to the MAA portfolio. We look forward to working with our newest additions, ClaimKit and Core23 BioBank, to continue growing revenue and creating quality jobs in the region,” said George Hansen, President and CEO of the Enterprise Center of Johnson County (ECJC). The ECJC manages the Mid-America Angels network. Read more

Angel Investor Capital Investment Portfolio Company Award

Mid-America Angels portfolio company EyeVerify selected as a winner of the 2014 Angel Capital Association Luis Villalobos Award

Lenexa, KS and Washington, D.C. – (March 28, 2014) – Mid-America Angels (MAA) is pleased to announce EyeVerify, a portfolio company since 2012, has received the 2014 Luis Villalobos Award, presented by the Angel Capital Association (ACA). The winner was announced at an awards dinner during the national ACA Summit in Washington, DC on Thursday, March 27th. Read more

ECJC client ImmunoGenetix announces Richard Ogden, PhD, as new head of Scientific Advisory Board

Lenexa Kan. Dr. Ogden joined Agouron Pharmaceuticals, Inc. as a founding scientist at its inception in 1984, where he held positions of Group Leader of Medicinal Chemistry, Principal Scientist, and Senior Director of Scientific Development. He was a team member in the HIV project which led to the discovery and development of Nelfinavir (Viracept®).

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ECJC announces George Hansen as new President & CEO

LENEXA, Kan. – (June 17, 2013) – The Enterprise Center of Johnson County (ECJC), a venture development organization and early stage company incubator in the Kansas City Metro, today announced the appointment of George Hansen as President & CEO. Mr. Hansen joins ECJC as a next step in his distinguished career of building and financing companies across multiple industries in Kansas City and throughout the world.

In his new role, Mr. Hansen will lead ECJC’s efforts to fuel new venture development and facilitate the associated rapid growth in employment opportunities in Johnson County and the surrounding metropolitan region. George replaces Joel Wiggins, who recently accepted the position as President of his alma mater, Crown College in Minnesota.

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ECJC’s Joel Wiggins Wins International Award

ATHENS, Ohio – The National Business Incubation Association awarded Joel Wiggins with the 2013 President’s Award during NBIA’s International Conference on Business Incubation in Boston. This award recognizes a longtime NBIA member for lifetime achievement in support of business incubation.

A 16-year veteran incubation professional, frequent presenter at NBIA conferences, and former NBIA board member and chairman, Wiggins is leaving his post as president & CEO of the Enterprise Center of Johnson County in Lenexa, Kan., to become president of Crown College in St. Bonifacius, Minn., in June. Wiggins studied history at Crown, a Christian school where all students have a dual major: their chosen discipline and Christian Studies.

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Women’s Business Center announces Brande Stitt as new Program Director

The Women’s Business Center (WBC) has been fortunate over the past one and a half years to have Dorothy Browning as Program Director. In addition to working with our WBC clients, Dorothy has been instrumental in creating a foundation for our microenterprise clients in our community. This includes the FirstStep FastTrac classes for start-ups and raising a loan loss fund to leverage $2 million in micro-financing with our partner organization, Justine Petersen. Dorothy has a new adventure in relocating to the Cape Coral, Florida area with her family. She is now working with Goodwill Industries in sharing her microenterprise expertise with Floridians.

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Demand for Electric Vehicle Charging Stations Fuels LilyPad EV’s Growth

LENEXA, Kan.  –LilyPad EV, a provider of electric vehicle charging station products and services, has recently increased its geographic reach to serve customers across the U.S. LilyPad EV’s recent growth stems from a robust electric vehicle market and the need for reliable and convenient charging options.

Currently there are over 5,000 electric car charging stations across the U.S. But with sales of plug-in vehicles up almost 200% over the last year, additional charging stations in more locations are required to keep up with the demands of EV drivers. Drivers of plug-in cars want to be able to charge their vehicles at home, at work, and in their communities as they go about their daily lives. This has created opportunities for communities, businesses, educational institutions, and utility companies to deploy charging infrastructure to meet the needs of drivers and enjoy increased patronage and, in some cases, additional revenue.

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