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How female founders are faring in the Midwest

Women remain underrepresented in tech, even as the industry tries to address jaw-dropping statistics about their absence in tech’s upper echelon. Less than 3 percent of female founders raised venture capital in 2017, even though in the first quarter of 2017, 17 percent of startups reported having a female founder. On the venture capital side, less than…

Why Ohio health care startups saw a 206% funding increase

While there are a number of Midwestern cities that are home to promising health care startups, including Minneapolis and Chicago, Ohio is quickly positioning itself as a major player. The state has seen an influx of funding to health care and life sciences startups, and it produced one of the biggest Midwest startup exits of…

Illinois tech organizations are working to close the diversity gap

Diversity is a major topic of conversation in tech, but so far, that conversation hasn’t significantly improved representation of women and minorities in the industry. In a recent survey conducted by First Round Capital, nearly 68 percent of founders across the country believe that the tech industry will not become representative of the general population in terms…

How SkinnyPop Led the Better-for-You Trend

People First is the Hyde Park Angels podcast dedicated to deconstructing entrepreneurial success into actionable takeaways you can use today. Hyde Park Angels is the most active early-stage investor in Chicago with a commitment to taking a “people-first approach” to investing. By matching our members’ expertise with entrepreneurs’ needs, we help develop top-performing companies that are delivering…

The Best of the Rest: More Answers to Your Term Sheet Questions

Hyde Park Angels recently hosted The Ultimate Entrepreneur’s Guide to Term Sheets, led by our Principal, Michael Sachaj. In the webinar, Michael broke down and demystified term sheets. The full recording is now available, but we wanted to share an added bonus. During the webinar, Michael answered several questions from the audience, but missed out…

This is How You Win the Term Sheet Negotiation Game

As an entrepreneur you might not even think about a term sheet until you are late into the fundraising process. However, understanding term sheets is essential to coming from a position of strength in the negotiations process and ensuring you make the right decisions for your business. We sat down with Michael Sachaj, Principal at…

Build the Right Media Relations Strategy for Your Startup

PR – nearly every startup wants it. But getting good PR in a competitive market where the gatekeepers are understaffed and pressed for resources is a tough proposition. In today’s climate, the winners focus time and attention on developing real strategies and architecting robust PR programs. At HPA Corporate Sponsor 3Points Communications, Principal Drew Mauck…

How to Build, Scale and Exit a Cloud Company in Today’s Market

People First is the Hyde Park Angels podcast dedicated to deconstructing entrepreneurial success into actionable takeaways you can use today. Hyde Park Angels is the most active early-stage investor in Chicago with a commitment to taking a “people-first approach” to investing. By matching our members’ expertise with entrepreneurs’ needs, we help develop top-performing companies that are delivering…

Disrupt an Established Market with the Right Blend of People, Process, and Tech

 The Hyde Park Angels “New Investment Series” profiles our most recent investments by examining the portfolio company and its future trajectory from two perspectives: the portfolio company founders and the HPA leaders who made the deal happen. This edition focuses on Truss.  Truss is a commercial real estate technology platform that allows tenants looking for…

How Branch Messenger Raised $10M to Offer Employee Self-Service for Shift Workers Everywhere

The Hyde Park Angels “New Investment Series” profiles our most recent investments by examining the portfolio company and its future trajectory from two perspectives: the portfolio company’s CEO and the HPA leader who made the deal happen. This edition focuses on Branch Messenger.  Branch Messenger is an employee self-service platform that allows hourly shifts workers…