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Hop on the Money Line. Get a clear picture of all the funding resources in Kansas City for early-stage companies.

So you want to invest in early-stage companies in Kansas City?

Here are some resources that might help you along the way.

KCInvestED blog provides up-to-date information about early-stage investing in Kansas City, including our Show Me the Money list of recently funded companies.

KCInvestED events highlights upcoming activities of interest to early-stage investors and entrepreneurial companies.

The Angel Capital Association is one of the education leaders in the field of early-stage investing. They offer a number of educational webinars, workshops, blogs and reports each year.

Read more (blog posts):

How to Become an Angel Investor

What Every Angel Should Know Before Writing Their First Check

How Much Due Diligence Does an Angel Really Need to Do?

Learn more (webinars):

Beginner’s Guide to Term Sheets

The Basics of Cap Tables

Valuation of Early Stage Companies

For more in-depth information and education about angel investing, go to the Angel Capital Association.

Interested in joining an angel group?  

Mid-America Angels

Jeff Shackelford
jeff@midamericaangels.com

Women's Capital Conection

Kelly Sievers, 913.492.5922
ksievers@womenscapitalconnection.com 

Northland Angel Investor Network

Dave Palmstein, 816.468.4989
info@clayedc.com 

Why I Invest in KC: Lesa Mitchell, TechStars Kansas City

By Kate Hodel | Sep 15, 2017 |

Lesa Mitchell Techstars Kansas City
Every entrepreneur who is raising capital wants to know—what are investors really thinking? Wonder no more. In our "Why I Invest in KC" you will learn what investors expect from the business owners they invest in, what it really takes to get funded and what drives investors to put their time, energy, talent and resources into Kansas City startups. Today, we are excited to introduce you to our good friend, Lesa Mitchell: 


Lesa Mitchell has been called a “one-woman hub” and a “human LinkedIn.” She’s recently put her connections and expertise in service to Kansas City by stepping up as the new director of TechStars Kansas City.

Techstars is a worldwide network that helps entrepreneurs succeed. Techstars has been investing in Midwest based companies since 2007 and is one of the largest investors in what Steve Case refers to as the Rise of the Rest communities. 

“We care about investing in founders who we believe can scale great companies. We identify founders that have a unique ability to solve the problem that is the focus of their company. The founding team are the most critical variable to the success of a company.”

Part of Lesa’s mandate is encouraging and nurturing Kansas City-based entrepreneurs. Another part is bringing talent to the region. The first TechStars Kansas City class includes four native companies, but also six from all parts of the country.

Lesa’s travels have taken her around the world to work in a variety of startup hubs. Her goal prior to Techstars was to build a network of global experts and derive lessons from a variety of communities' successful growth models.

"There are great companies everywhere and if I could have taken more companies, I would have at least three more companies in my Techstars cohort from KC. Through the work of the Digital Sandbox KC, LaunchKC, Project UK, Lean Lab, Pipeline and the Sprint Accelerator, these KC-based organizations are doing an amazing job of nurturing local talent as well as bringing new talent into our community."

Thank you to Lesa Mitchell for sharing her story and passion. And congratulations to all of the businesses in Techstar Kansas City's inaugural class, including these Kansas City natives: 

  • CasaIQ (Kansas City, Mo.) – CasaIQ is a smart home solution for multi-family properties.
  • Hanzo (Kansas City, Mo.) – Hanzo created a platform that helps companies quickly scale and fund innovative products and businesses.
  • Planetarians  (Kansas City, Mo.) – Planetarians offers high fiber protein food from food waste at the price of food stamps.
  • Vector Legal Method (Kansas City, Mo.) – Vector Legal Method is building a comprehensive litigation case management, collaboration and analytics application.

If you're gearing up to pitch your business to investors, here are a few other blog posts you're going to want to read:  

How (& Why) to Pitch to Digital Sandbox Kansas City (in 10 Easy Slides)
Pitches Gone Wild: What NOT to Do When You Pitch Your Startup to Investors
How to Pitch Your Business for Money, Customers or Fun

Looking for funding opportunities?

If you’re looking for startup resources, give us some information in our CapitalMatch funnel and we will help you find your next step and maybe even your next investor.