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Angel Investment 

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Angels give wings to entrepreneurs. They provide seed money to high-potential businesses — 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.

Before you approach an angel investor or angel network, 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

You may also find Funding Stage Definitions helpful in determining what types of investors to approach.

Who can help?

 

Bioscience & Technology Business Center - KUMC

The BTBC located at the KU Medical Center in Kansas City, KS, is the largest incubator system in the state, comprised of three separate facilities which provide wet lab and office space.

Bioscience & Technology Business Center - Lawrence

The BTBC, located at the University of Kansas (KU), Lawrence Campus, and Kansas University Medical Center (KUMC), in Kansas City, Kansas, is the largest incubator system in the state. It is comprised of three separate facilities which total approximately 90,000 square feet of wet lab and office space.

Enterprise Center in Johnson County

The Enterprise Center of Johnson County (ECJC) is a venture development organization providing resources and connections to accelerate the success of early-stage companies.

Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Greater Kansas City

The Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Greater Kansas City is dedicated to the creation, advancement, promotion and development of economic opportunities within the Hispanic market and business community.

Innovation Stockyard

The Innovation Stockyard operates the Kit Bond Science and Technology Incubator on the campus of Missouri Western State University with a focus on economic and workforce development, and animal health and nutrition.

InvestMidwest Venture Capital Forum

InvestMidwest provides access to capital for emerging, privately held companies to promote entrepreneurship, business growth and expansion in the Midwest, with a focus on technology and life sciences.

Small Business & Technology Development Center - Clay County Extension

Missouri's Extension Centers are part of the MO SBTDC network that provides expert business counseling, training and online resources to help existing businesses grow and prosper and new businesses get started successfully at little or no cost to the business.

Small Business & Technology Development Center - Jackson County Extension

Missouri's Extension Centers are part of the MO SBTDC network that provides expert business counseling, training and online resources to help existing businesses grow and prosper and new businesses get started successfully at little or no cost to the business.

Small Business & Technology Development Center - Northwest Missouri State University, St. Joseph Satellite

The SBTDC offers confidential, one-on-one counseling, coaching and training to business owners and emerging business owners.

Small Business & Technology Development Center - University of Missouri Kansas City

The UMKC Small Business & Technology Development Centers offer one-on-one counseling and training to business owners and emerging business owners.

Think Big Partners

Think Big Partners is an early-stage startup accelerator & mentorship-based collaborative network. Includes our coworking space (Think Big Coworking), entrepreneurial conferences & events, essential services, startup resources & funding (Think Big Ventures).

Women's Capital Connection

Women's Capital Connection (WCC) is a regional network of accredited angel investors dedicated to identifying and funding the most promising start-up business opportunities in the region.

Kansas City Area Angel Networks

 

Angel Capital Group

The Angel Capital Group is a national Angel investing organization specializing in funding companies with unique products or services in large opportunity markets typically needing $300,000 - $1,000,000 in capitalization.

Digital Sandbox KC

Digital Sandbox KC provides proof-of-concept resources including market validation, prototyping and beta testing support for development of digital technologies within new and existing businesses.

Mid-America Angels

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

Northland Angel Investor Network (NAIN)

The Northland Angel Investor Network seeks to match financial capital and assistance with qualified start-up and emerging-growth companies of Clay County, Missouri, which is part of Kansas City’s Northland area.

Women's Capital Connection

Women's Capital Connection (WCC) is a regional network of accredited angel investors dedicated to identifying and funding the most promising start-up business opportunities in the region.

Kansas Angel Tax Credit

For questions, contact the Kansas Department of Commerce at (785) 296-3481.

The Kansas Angel Investor Tax Credit Program is an initiative developed under the Kansas Economic Growth Act. The program is designed to bring together Kansas-based accredited angel investors with Kansas-based, Kansas Department of Commerce-certified companies seeking seed and early stage investment.

This program enables accredited angel investors to qualify for the Kansas Angel Investor Tax Credit, and allows companies to become certified under the guidelines of the program.

Other Angel Groups

Gust provides a listing of many angel groups.

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