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The Top 2018 VC Investment Trends in the Midwest

Last week, Chicago-based startup Tempus announced that it raised a $110 million Series E round led by Baillie Gifford. This is the biggest VC round the Midwest has seen so far in 2018, and it prompted me to take a closer look at the other large Midwest VC deals this year and which industries received the most dollars.…

3 Unexpected Outcomes of Having All Women Speakers at a Tech Conference

In addition to my role as the Director of Platform at Hyde Park Angels, I’m also the Co-founder and President  of Intermitten, a conference that highlights and nurtures Midwest entrepreneurship through diversity & inclusion, conscious community engagement, and creative collaboration. The following article was originally featured on Intermitten.org. A few weeks ago, Intermitten hosted our…

Why Midwest Capital is Fueling Rockets, Electric Cars, and the Heartland

I’ve talked about how Midwest startups with coastal connections attract capital and why investors outside the Midwest want in. In fact, a recent analysis of PitchBook data shows that Chicago startups alone received $1.7 billion in venture capital funding last year through deals with at least one non-Illinois investor. While this is certainly noteworthy, what is perhaps more…

Why Michigan is the Midwest’s Most Improved Startup Community

PitchBook’s recent report on the 3 critical factors for a strong venture ecosystem — density, resources, and talent — led me on a quest to find where, beyond the typical major cities discussed in the venture world, we see these factors crystallizing in emerging ecosystems. I didn’t have to go far; my research led me across Lake Michigan to the…

Why Top VCs from Outside the Midwest Want In

As the Midwest startup ecosystem continues to grow, top investors from outside the region increasingly show that they are watching and want in — especially when a repeat entrepreneur is at the helm of a budding startup. To validate this assertion, my firm, Hyde Park Angels, decided to dig into the numbers. Between 2016 and today, coastal…

My Journey Into Supporting Midwest Startups

I’m a few weeks into my role as Hyde Park Angels’ new Director of Platform, and yet I didn’t plan to be here. In fact, my start in tech was unintentional—avoided even. My master’s thesis chair convinced me to consider a contract tech writing role at a former student’s startup, Arbor Networks. Although I was…