Friday, February 25, 2011

Think Globally, Act Locally: Entrepreneurs & Investors Celebrate the Launch of the Think Big Partners & Angel Capital Group Partnership

In January, Think Big Partners and the Angel Capital Group partnered to create a nationwide entrepreneur network.  But what does this mean for entrepreneurs, investors, and the startup community, exactly?
It means big things.
The Angel Capital Group, an angel network of investors with five locations nationwide, links together its many networks so that entrepreneurial resources such as startup and seed capital can be effectively utilized to best aid entrepreneurs.  The company’s collaboration with Think Big Partners means that entrepreneurs now have better access to pertinent resources like startup and seed capital, while investors have the ability to see more opportunities and ideas. 
In other words, it’s every startup’s dream come true.  
The partnership between Think Big Partners and the Angel Capital Group was launched on Tuesday as the two companies, as well 42 leaders and professionals within the Kansas City community came together for an informative luncheon about what the partnership can do for entrepreneurs, investors and the community. 
With the launch of the TBP-ACG partnership, entrepreneurs now have the opportunity to be funded by investors across the nation.  Investors can now fund any idea from anywhere in the country.  The nation now has a stronger entrepreneurial and startup base, generating a more small businesses and improving the U.S. economy, one idea at a time.  It’s all part of the “think globally, act locally” approach.
According to Rachael Qualls, founder of the Angel Capital Group, the partnership between ACG and TBP is off to an incredible start.  Between answering investors’ questions and socializing with attendees at the luncheon on Tuesday, Qualls took time to sit with me to talk about what the partnership.
“The partnership is going very well,” she said.  “This is every entrepreneur’s opportunity to get startup help from Think Big Partners and prepare for Angel Capital Group.”  And with handfuls of people already interested in getting involved in investing or starting a business under the guidance of ACG and TBP, it’s not hard to see that the partnership will provide much-needed opportunities. 
During her presentation, Qualls noted that “just because a company has money, does not mean that it will absolutely be successful.”  She later commented that this is the main reason why the Angel Capital Group needs groups like Think Big Partners—to ensure that the entrepreneurs that are being invested in become a success.  Now, because of the partnership, entrepreneurs can obtain startup advice, networking opportunities, and vital connections all while being funded on a nationwide basis from anywhere in the country. 
One thing is for sure: the partnership between TBP and ACG has people talking.  Upon the luncheon’s conclusion, many attendees of the event were curious to learn more about how to get involved in investing or starting a business under the guidance of Think Big Partners and the Angel Capital Group.  With the buzz spreading from Kansas City to Nashville, from Memphis to Jackson, Mississippi (and soon to New Orleans!), the TBP-ACG partnership is growing—all in the name of thinking globally and acting locally.  
The Angel Capital Group, with five locations nationwide and growing, is an angel network of investors that links together its networks so that entrepreneurial resources, such as startup and seed capital, can be efficiently utilized to best aid entrepreneurs.  In addition, ACG provides education and support to various communities in order to aid in establishing more angel investor networks. 
Written by Allison Way.  Allison is a writer for Think Big Partners, Kansas City's mentorship-based startup accelerator and business incubator.  To read more of Allison's work, check out the Kansas City Entrepreneurship Examier as well as her articles on Helium, eZine and BrooWaha.  Follow Allison! @AllisonThinkBig

1 comment:

  1. This is the shot in the arm KC needs. Our crew at KC Hub is really excited about this partnership and what it will bring to the region.