• Why Michigan is the Midwest’s Most Improved Startup Community July 16, 2018 3:42 pm
    PitchBook’s recent report on the 3 critical factors for a strong venture ecosystem — density, resources, and talent — led me on a quest to find where, beyond the typical major cities discussed in the venture world, we see these factors crystallizing in emerging ecosystems. I didn’t have to go far; my research led me across Lake Michigan to the… The post Why Michigan is the Midwest’s Most Improved Startup Community appeared first on Hyde Park Angels.
    Pete Wilkins
  • How the Entrepreneurs Behind Chicago’s Top Exits are Fueling the Next Startup Wave June 28, 2018 9:13 pm
    In a Forbes article I wrote earlier this year, I analyzed why 2017 was a great year for Chicago exits and investments. Inspired by these recent successes, I traced the data back a bit farther and examined Chicago’s exits from 2012 to 2017. Using PitchBook data and SEC filings, I found that the following exits positioned… The post How the Entrepreneurs Behind Chicago’s Top Exits are Fueling the Next Startup Wave appeared first on Hyde Park Angels.
    Pete Wilkins
  • Why Top VCs from Outside the Midwest Want In June 4, 2018 8:16 pm
    As the Midwest startup ecosystem continues to grow, top investors from outside the region increasingly show that they are watching and want in — especially when a repeat entrepreneur is at the helm of a budding startup. To validate this assertion, my firm, Hyde Park Angels, decided to dig into the numbers. Between 2016 and today, coastal… The post Why Top VCs from Outside the Midwest Want In appeared first on Hyde Park Angels.
    Heidi Craun
  • My Journey Into Supporting Midwest Startups May 24, 2018 3:06 am
    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… The post My Journey Into Supporting Midwest Startups appeared first on Hyde Park Angels.
    Heidi Craun
  • How Chicago’s startup exits stack up against 4 other major cities May 15, 2018 6:10 pm
    While 2017 was a strong year for Midwestern startup exits in general, a deeper analysis demonstrates that Chicago in particular is among the nation’s leading cities for top exits and IPOs over the past five years. This indicates the city has evolved and is now presenting a recurring pattern of startup successes that drive attractive venture… The post How Chicago’s startup exits stack up against 4 other major cities appeared first on Hyde Park Angels.
    Pete Wilkins
  • Why Midwest Startups With Valley Connections Attract Funding April 30, 2018 6:14 pm
    A trend is emerging in venture capital that is good news for the Midwest startup ecosystem: Companies led by seasoned entrepreneurs who strategically opened major offices in both the Midwest and Silicon Valley attract funding from top-tier VC firms. While it is too early to determine whether this will be the next big wave in… The post Why Midwest Startups With Valley Connections Attract Funding appeared first on Hyde Park Angels.
    Pete Wilkins
  • Illinois nonprofits hope mentors and real-world projects will improve diversity in STEM classes April 5, 2018 9:25 pm
    Illinois has the unique distinction of producing more top STEM talent than almost any other state, and it continues to produce a record number of STEM degrees each year. But when it comes to the diversity of STEM talent, it’s a different story. A report from the Illinois Science and Technology Association found that in computer science, 16.7 percent… The post Illinois nonprofits hope mentors and real-world projects will improve diversity in STEM classes appeared first on Hyde Park Angels.
    Alida Miranda-Wolff
  • More Answers to Your Build the Perfect Pitch Questions March 20, 2018 7:56 pm
    The Hyde Park Angels Entrepreneurial Education Series takes you through the early stage investment process from start to finish – and the foundation of that process is pitching. Your pitch deck is the most important sales tool in your arsenal – and not just for investors, but also for finding customers and hiring top talent.… The post More Answers to Your Build the Perfect Pitch Questions appeared first on Hyde Park Angels.
    Tina Wink
  • Chicago’s strongest startup sector is online marketplaces March 8, 2018 2:55 pm
    As an investment leader in Chicago, I get asked about startup trends on a regular basis. Most often the question I’m asked is, “What is the strongest startup sector in Chicago?” It’s a hard question because one of Chicago’s core advantages nationally is that we are consistently strong everywhere (except when it comes to finding… The post Chicago’s strongest startup sector is online marketplaces appeared first on Hyde Park Angels.
    Tina Wink
  • How Illinois Universities Power the Chicago Startup Ecosystem February 20, 2018 9:31 pm
    Ten years ago, Chicago was not a major player in the startup ecosystem. Now, it’s one of the most important cities in tech. In fact, the overall Illinois rate of startup growth is 68.85%, and Chicago itself has been consistently ranked first for VC returns. It’s been named alongside Boston, Los Angeles, and Austin as one of… The post How Illinois Universities Power the Chicago Startup Ecosystem appeared first on Hyde Park Angels.
    Tina Wink
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