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Venture Capital Investment

3-money-matters-bag-0Venture capitalists (or VCs) usually make their capital investments later in the business cycle (after another investment). 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 a 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

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

Kansas City Area and Regional VC Firms


C3 Capital

C3 Capital is a fund management company based in Kansas City.

Five Elms Capital

Five Elms is a value added provider of expansion capital and shareholder liquidity to private companies and their stakeholders.

InvestAmerica Venture Group

InvestAmerica is a nationally recognized private equity/venture capital investment management group headquartered in Cedar Rapids, Iowa with regional offices in Kansas City.

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, food/agriculture, and life sciences.

KCRise Fund

KCRise Fund is a venture capital co-investment fund designed to help bring more financing to early-stage businesses in the area.

Konza Valley Capital

Konza Valley Capital is a licensed Small Business Investment Company that provides private equity capital to lower middle market companies having potential for substantial growth and long-term equity appreciation.

Leawood Ventures

Leawood Ventures provides investors with unique and scalable access to diversified private venture equity and mezzanine debt opportunities identified, evaluated, and actively managed by an experienced team of entrepreneurs and investors who leverage technical and operational expertise to maximize returns.

Lewis and Clark Ventures

Lewis & Clark Ventures is a St. Louis-based multi-sector venture capital firm.

Open Prairie Ventures

Open Prairie is a Midwest-based, private equity fund manager providing fund deployment, advisory and strategic planning services.

OpenAir Equity Partners

OPENAIR Equity Partners is a private equity and venture capital firm specializing in early venture, mid venture, late venture and later stage investments.

Royal Street Ventures

Royal Street Ventures is a Utah-based venture capital firm that has expanded into the Kansas City region.

TGP Investments

TGP Capital Partners is a Kansas City based private equity investment fund formed to make middle-market investments in well-managed, profitable, and growing companies.

Kansas City- Area Venture Forums

Check the KCSourceLink Calendar for a complete list of upcoming events that will allow you to pitch your idea or company to potential investors.

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