KCRise Fund is a Kansas City-based venture capital firm which

invests in Seed and Series A stage technology companies.

Check out this video to see what our portfolio company founders like Justin Davis (BacklotCars), Bek Abdullayev (SuperDispatch) and Matt Moody (Bellwethr) say about their relationship with KCRise Fund.

 
PORTFOLIO

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INTRODUCTION
FORM
INITIAL SCREENING
SYNDICATION PARTNERS
BOARD OF DIRECTORS VOTE

This is our first chance to meet your company. Before filling out the Introduction Form, ensure your company:

  • Has a significant presence in the western half of Missouri or the entire state of Kansas

  • Is raising an equity round of at least $1 million

Timeline: Response within 2-3 days

Once you fill out the Introduction Form, your application will be reviewed by our team. If you fit our investment criteria, we will start with an introductory phone call to learn more about your company. 

Timeline: 1-2 weeks after completion of the form 

As a co-investment fund, we partner with other institutional investors. During this phase, if you already have an institutional investor committed to your round, we would like to connect. If you don't, we explore the interest of our network.

Timeline: 2-4 weeks

After progression through previous stages, the final investment decisions are made by the KCRise Fund Board of Directors.

Timeline: 1 week 

 
INVESTMENT PROCESS
 
PARTNERS

We match local early-stage companies with seasoned venture capital investors. Click the button below to view a full list of our approved venture capital partners.  

WHO WE ARE

Founded by Darcy Howe, KCRise Fund launched in 2016 as an initiative of KCRising, a long term vision for the greater Kansas City region to build capacity, bring existing businesses to scale, and fully realize the KC region’s potential. Decidedly for-profit, KCRise Fund is a traditional venture capital fund which invests side-by-side with other institutional VC investors in early stage companies based in Kansas and western half of Missouri. Our investors include corporations, university endowments, family offices and prominent business leaders in the region. In 2019, KCRise Fund II was launched, bringing total committed capital to over $60 million under management. 

Founder, Managing Director, KCRise Fund

Partner, KCRise Fund

Board Member, KCRise Fund

Board Member, KCRise Fund

Board Member, KCRise Fund

 
 
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