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Talking to Angels and Whales

How to win over the right kind of investors for your innovative startup.

I often hear people say that raising money is hard. Frankly, it is intended to be. However, the process is harder than necessary when entrepreneurs aren’t well-versed in the capital markets and the mindsets of those who typically invest in early-stage businesses.

In fact, seeking out investors is often easier for an early-stage venture than it is for an established company. The key is to understand the different kinds of investors and what they want to see.

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Mid-America Angels investment network sets record pace in 2015

LENEXA, Kan. – (April 1, 2015) – The Mid-America Angels investment network (MAA) deployed over $870,000 in commercialization funding in Q1 of 2015. This puts MAA on pace to exceed the $2.3 million members of the network invested in six deals last year. MAA’s Q1 activity included a $696,000 investment in Olathe, Kan.-based TVAX Animal Health and a $178,000 investment, led by the Women’s Capital Connection, in Kansas City, Mo.-based Rawxies, a raw, vegan food product company.

“We’re proud to welcome two additional companies to our MAA portfolio, and look forward to working with the management teams of TVAX Animal Health and Rawxies to ensure both their continued growth and job growth in our region,” said George Hansen, President and CEO of the Enterprise Center of Johnson County (ECJC). The ECJC manages the Mid-America Angels network.

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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

Mid-America Angels announces 57th investment

Lenexa, Kan. – (August 26, 2014) – The Mid-America Angels (MAA) recently closed a $360,000 investment in ClaimKit LLC, an Overland Park-based claim document management and review software company. The deal was syndicated, with an additional $200,000 investment coming from SeedStep Angels in Oklahoma and included participation from the Women’s Capital Connection. This puts ClaimKit within striking distance of meeting their $1 million objective. Read more

EyeVerify featured on FOXBusiness for its revolutionary biometric security technology

“With biometric security like EyeVerify’s Eyeprint scanner, you may never need to remember another password again. EyeVerify is a start-up company in the Kansas City Startup Village, working on innovative biometric security for smartphones and tablets. The software scans the eyes of the user in place of a password, and if it’s not the right person, the software won’t open. Biometric security means a physical characteristic is used to identify the right person. This could be something like a fingerprint, handprint, voice analysis, or eye scan.” Read the full story and watch the video at www.foxbusiness.com

 

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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