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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 

‘We Still Have Work to Do’: Measuring Progress for Kansas City’s VC-Backed Startups

By David Cawthon | Sep 03, 2019 |


Startland News recently celebrated its latest list of VC-backed companies and the entrepreneurial ecosystem that supports them. First, congratulations to all the companies that have attained this honor, especially those that are repeat honorees.

Back in 2015, KCSourceLink took a deep dive into the state of capital for early stage companies, and it wasn’t very pretty. There were significant gaps in the capital continuum, and entrepreneurs were asking the wrong people for the wrong money at the wrong time.

Since then, the community has embraced the challenge of creating a stronger capital landscape in KC. About half of the latest Startland News top VC-backed companies received funding from the early-stage capital sources that have been put in place. That was true last year as well: Companies that get that early-stage help are more likely to survive and get early-stage funding.

But we still have work to do.

KCSourceLink tracks investments, investors and deals, all along the funding continuum.

A graph outlines the resources that help entrepreneurs at each stage of the funding continuum in Kansas City

Here’s what we know. Investments less than $100,000 are dropping. That’s a warning signal because we need to fund companies at the earliest stages so they can grow and position themselves for bigger investments and more growth. We need to fill the pipeline and support companies early in the continuum so they can survive the “valley of death” to gain traction and prove viability for later-stage investors.

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Programs like Digital Sandbox KC and LaunchKC play a key role in financing early-stage companies, but they need support and funding every year to help provide that critical funding entrepreneurs need to move their ideas forward.

We need to keep up the momentum. Kansas City can become the financial hub for early-stage funding in the Midwest. We just need to get a little better organized and continue connecting entrepreneurs to the funding they need.

How can you help? Support early-stage programs. Connect entrepreneurs. Shop local.

  • Be the last mile. Know Kansas City’s resources and be prepared to make a referral to KCSourceLink.
  • Keep your community’s startup process in your back pocket; give it to someone who needs it.
  • Improve someone’s social network; introduce them to a mentor, customer or investor.
  • Attend, sponsor or convene a meetup.
  • Celebrate an entrepreneur in your communications.
  • Invest in the ideas and early-stage programs that shape future innovations.
If you’re looking for other types of funding (like microloans) or any other type of help with your business, no matter if you’re testing the waters or looking to grow skyward, the folks at KCSourceLink can connect you to the right resources that’ll help you move forward. Just call 816-235-6500 or tell us a bit about what you need here, and we’ll whip up your (free) Personal Action Plan to help you you reach that next (or first) milestone.