Investing in Kansas City’s Future
Founded in 2006, Mid-America Angels (“MAA”) is a regional network of accredited investors dedicated to identifying and funding the most promising early stage companies in the Kansas-Missouri region.
The MAA network funds deals in the investment range of $250,000 to $1,500,000. MAA typically participates in seed, Series A and Series B rounds. Depending on the size of the capital raise, MAA can either lead the round or be part of the investment syndicate.
The MAA network provides the structure to aggregate the knowledge, experience, and investment capital of its membership. This approach provides an effective and efficient process both for investors to evaluate opportunities and for entrepreneurs who are seeking funding.
The Enterprise Center in Johnson County (“ECJC”) provides professional administrative and management services for MAA. ECJC specializes in providing business development services to early stage technology companies and entrepreneurs.
Why Kansas City?
Today, Kansas City is in the middle of a high-tech and startup business renaissance. Google chose to launch its gigabit fiber project in Kansas City; Techstars chose to locate its mobile health accelerator here in cooperation with Sprint. Ask any entrepreneur, and you’ll find that Kansas City’s global ambitions coupled with our Midwestern hospitality make it easy to find open doors and forge strategic partnerships. But don’t take our word for it—listen to Tech.Co’s claim that Kansas City is the best city for women in tech or the Huffington Post’s ranking of our hometown as the coolest city in the U.S. If you’d like to learn more about investing in Kansas City businesses or simply visit, please get in touch.
George Hansen joined the ECJC team in June 2013. Most recently, George was CEO of Zave Network, an online commerce company where he led the company through an acquisition by Google. He has also worked as a director of TGP Investments, CEO-level leadership roles at Midwest-based Corporate Lodging and CARSTAR. George has also held senior positions at Thorn EMI, PLC, Denny's Inc. and Wendy's International
Mr. Hansen has more than 30 years experience managing businesses in multiple industries in both North America and Europe. In addition to managing for exceptional growth he has also been principally involved in a variety of transaction types, including acquisitions, de-mergers and exits in both the public and private markets.
A graduate of the University of Maine, George also holds a certificate in Management from Columbia University.
Rick is a founding organizer of Mid-America Angels and serves as its Managing Director.
As Managing Director, he is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the angel network including managing deal flow, application screening and presentations, due diligence, deal structure negotiation, investment coordination, securities and tax filings and post-investment management and reporting.
Melissa Roberts is the Marketing Director at the Enterprise Center of Johnson County and the President of Free State Strategy Group LLC. She has worked at the nexus of politics, marketing and community organizing for a decade.