HPA Member Kayne Grau appointed as CEO at Uptake

Congrats to HPA Member Kayne Gau for being appointed as the CEO at Uptake! Since he joined Uptake as President last year, the company has experienced significant customer growth. Grau’s expanded leadership role will focus on fortifying Uptake’s unique industrial intelligence while enhancing the ease of deployment and speed to value of Uptake’s products. Read…

HPA Member Amanda Lannert Inducted into Chicago Innovation Hall of Fame

Congratulations to HPA Member Amanda Lannert for being inducted into the Chicago Innovation Hall of Fame! As the CEO of Jellyvision, Amanda has been a key figure in driving the company since its founding in 2001. Under her leadership, Jellyvision has become one of Chicago’s fastest growing tech companies. Additionally, Amanda continues to provide thoughtful…

HPA Member Jason VandeBoom Recognized as the EY 2021 Entrepreneur of the Year

Congratulations to HPA Member Jason VandeBoom for being recognized as the EY 2021 Entrepreneur of the Year! As the Founder & CEO of ActiveCampaign, Jason embodies EY’s “human spirit of unstoppable ambition”. This award highlights ActiveCampaign, a leader in customer experience automation, and the accomplishments made in the past year toward transforming the way businesses…

HPA Member Dr. Cheryl Rucker-Whitaker New Board Role

Congrats to HPA Member Dr. Cheryl Rucker-Whitaker for being added to the Board of Directors at Equality Health! “Dr. Rucker-Whitaker has spent the past two decades working to eliminate health disparities by creating and implementing solutions that help close the health disparities gap. In 2013, she was a co-founder of Chicago-based NextLevel Health, an African…

HPA’s People First Approach Stands with Black Lives Matter

First and foremost, as an organization, HPA stands with the Black community and supports the pursuit of justice and equality for all. We speak out against the racism and social injustices in our society, and show our support that #BlackLivesMatter. Our nation has watched the recent acts of racism unfold with the murders of George…

HPA MD Transition Indefinitely Postponed

When the Hyde Park Angels Board of Directors and Pete Wilkins made the decision to start a Managing Director transition plan, we certainly did not anticipate a global pandemic. HPA, and the portfolio, were both in a great position, especially as we were coming off an incredible year. In 2019, we invested a record $17.4…

HPA Welcomes New Marketing & Community Manager

HPA, the most active early-stage investor in the Midwest, is excited to announce its continued growth with a new addition to the team. The firm welcomes Cate LeSourd as HPA’s new Marketing & Community Manager to focus on driving and strengthening the HPA brand. In this role, Cate will invest in HPA’s internal and external…

Principal Promotional Announcement

HPA believes world-class organizations are built by giving people the resources and opportunities to be successful. Whether it’s our members, our partners, or our portfolio companies, HPA is committed to helping build a stronger Midwest entrepreneurial ecosystem by supporting people. In that same vein, we’re excited to announce the promotion of our two Associates, Bess…