Thursday, May 19, 2011

Angel Capital Group in Full Swing after Kansas City Launch

Since its launch in Kansas City in late January of this year, Angel Capital Group, a network of investors and entrepreneurs, has been expanding its reach and has branched out to a number of investors within the Midwest. Because of its nationwide expansion, Angel Capital Group has partnered with Think Big Partners, a mentorship-based startup accelerator and business incubator and has added a new face to its team.
The Angel Capital Group offers a variety of services both to the angel investor and the entrepreneur. Most importantly, Angel Capital Group has established a network where entrepreneurs can reach out to angel investors to find the seed capital they need in order to grow their businesses. Simultaneously, Angel Capital Group helps investors build diverse portfolios of meaningful private investments. The biggest benefit of utilizing the Angel Capital Group is its initiative to allow accredited investors to join its network for free for one year or until that investor makes his or her first investment.
With the launch of its Kansas City chapter, Angel Capital Group partnered with Think Big Partners, a collaborative network and workspace for entrepreneurs, investors, founders and visionaries. By combining Angel Capital Group’s funding platform with TBP’s national conference for entrepreneurs, investors and startups (Think Big Kansas City on May 24, 2011), this partnership effectively helps entrepreneurs locate capital, assists investors with finding more businesses worth funding, and places more ideas in the right home anywhere in the country.
“We have learned that once you fund a company, that company needs help,” said Rachael Qualls, founder of Angel Capital Group. “They need to be connected with other entrepreneurs; they need resources. That’s why we’re so excited to work with Think Big Partners, because they provide all of the services that we don’t, which makes for a great partnership.”
Since its launch in Kansas City, Angel Capital’s growth has been tremendous. In order to assist those interested in getting involved in the Angel Capital Group network in Kansas City, the organization has added Ryan Weber to its team as a Director for Angel Capital Group. Weber’s extensive consulting and fundraising backgrounds make him a perfect addition for the Angel Capital Group. As an entrepreneur at heart, co-founding KC Hub, a nonprofit organization created to enhance Kansas City’s ecosystem of innovation, Weber hopes to connect entrepreneurs to the funding that they desperately need in Kansas City.
“My goal is to collaborate with organizations and individuals in Kansas City that provide resources for startups so that the ecosystem is vibrant,” said Weber. “I want to look back in a few years and be proud of the opportunities we have created for both entrepreneurs and angel investors in Kansas City.”
Weber’s first initiative to jumpstart the Angel Capital Group Kansas City branch is to host its first investor meeting. This meeting, which invites angel investors from in and around the Kansas City metro area to take a look at worthwhile entrepreneurial ventures, is set for June 2, 2011 in the downtown Kansas City area. During this investor meeting, angel investors are invited to come and learn more about the Angel Capital Group’s mission and to see two opportunities that they may be interested in funding.
“We are excited to increase the level of angel investing in Kansas City by bringing the best deals from the region and the country to potential angels,” said Weber.
Angel Capital Group’s first investor meeting in Kansas City will take place on June 2, 2011 from 5:30-7:30 PM at bizperc (1800 Baltimore, Kansas City, MO). To register for the event, please sign up for a membership on the Angel Capital Group site. To learn more about Angel Capital Group and its Kansas City mission, please visit or call Ryan Weber at 816-804-3461.

Written by Allison Way.

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