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…

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…

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…

Podcast: Creating a Goal-Driven Culture with Eddie Leshin

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 extraordinary…

HPA’s 5 Biggest Lessons from 2016

2016 was an incredible year for entrepreneurship and innovation in Chicago and the Midwest, in large part due to our ecosystem’s willingness to share resources and provide the tools necessary for success. In that spirit, we looked back on all of our blogs from 2016 and hand-picked the top 5 most read and shared to…

Hyde Park Angels Strengthens People-First Approach to Investing with New Director of Platform

Chicago, IL – December 7, 2016 – Alida Miranda-Wolff has taken on the role of Director of Platform at Hyde Park Angels. As the early-stage investment group’s first-ever Director of Platform, Alida will drive and strengthen the HPA brand across all channels through a variety of unique strategies and initiatives directed towards key stakeholders in…

How to Manage World-Class Advisors, Investors, and Board Members

If you missed the event or just want a quick recap, read on for highlights from the discussion. The event brought together world-class entrepreneurs and investors Jim Gray (CEO, G-Bar Limited Partnership; Co-Founder, OptionsXpress), Amanda Lannert (CEO, Jellyvision), Badal Shah (Co-Founder and CEO, TurboAppeal), Michael Small (CEO, gogo), and Kevin Willer (Partner, Chicago Ventures) to…