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Hyde Park Angels

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Rated 3.5 / 5.0 by 9
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FIRM OVERVIEW: Small Angels based out of Chicago, USA (US Central)

TEAM MEMBERS: Donna Zarcone, Ellen Rudnick, Ira S. Weiss, Jeffrey Carter, Michelle L. Collins, Steven Lazarus, Vishal Verma,

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Hpa Part of Round

Fund: Hyde Park Angels

Posted by Anonymous on 2011-08-16

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Our dealings with HPA have all been very positive. They were one of the early commits to our syndicate round. They were the first of the investors to have their documents in order and funding pre-requisites finished well before closing. For the terms they were low maintenance and flexible, allowing us to get the deal done as fast as possible.

The HPA process has been known to be longer than some other investors, however that wasn't the case for us. It was around a month turn around from pitching to closing. So I believe they are actively trying to move faster with their investments.

The associates were hard working and acted as champions for us to pitch for the larger group sooner than later.

The HPA group itself and especially Ira Weiss, the Managing Director, are entrepreneur friendly and value add. They have a large network of smart people who are genuinely looking to help any way they can.

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Hpa Funded, Finally

Fund: Hyde Park Angels

Posted by Anonymous on 2010-09-06

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In the current capital formation environment, HPA and groups like them are essential and extrememly valuable. The HPA group is as good as any the Company dealt with in this funding round, and better in many respects. So even though the process took longer than it should have, and even though the diligence process was not particularly polished, overall I would highly recommend an approach to Hyde Park Angles. These folks are smart investors and a big enough group to have expertise and connections in just about any field you pitch. Just be prepared to be patient.

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Best Seed Stage Option in the Midwest.

Fund: Hyde Park Angels

Posted by brewers on 2010-07-25

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HPA led our seed round. The diligence process is different than the diligence process of a fund. They are more into the details of the business model and less into social proof.

In the midwest they are by far the smartest and most active seed-stage investor.

Only a few members of the group are typical internet entrepreneurs. However, many are successful entrepreneurs from other contexts (particularly financial services) or otherwise impressive and well-connected folks.

They really like to help. It can seem a little overwhelming at first, but ultimately is useful.

They like to see traction, either some customers or visitors to the website. I don't think you would have any luck pitching them on an idea and a business plan.

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Hpa Led Round

Fund: Hyde Park Angels

Posted by sccarp on 2010-03-29

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We had a great experience working with the HPA team. HPA was helpful and fair in evaluating our company.

Our round included four investment groups with HPA as the lead investor. The entire process took about 5 months. We had an initial meeting with 10+ HPA members and then presented at the quarterly meeting to the larger group. After this, there was interest on both sides so we proceeded to due diligence and closing. The HPA due diligence process is solid with a very smart team of MBAs doing the heavy lifting.

The group is definitely gaining momentum. We plan to leverage them heavily as we scale our business. I expect HPA to be a major contributor to launching early stage ventures in the midwest and would highly recommend talking with the team.

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Funded by Hpa

Fund: Hyde Park Angels

Posted by gaspland on 2010-03-22

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Hyde Park Angels(HPA) invested in us, and we're really glad to have them involved. Each angel is a leader in his or her field, and they all want to help. In addition, the HPA team manages the communication between the angels and the company really well, so you’re not answering to multiple investors, but you still get to draw on the expertise of the entire network. They’re a great group to have at your back.

Ira Weiss the Faculty Director sits on our board. He's an experienced VC and brings a lot of value to the table. He takes his role seriously and constantly asks how he and HPA can help. Not to mention, he’s a fun guy to grab a beer with.

When you first approach HPA, you’ll deal with their associates, which are all current MBAs. They’re a hard working group and will take you and your pitch seriously. They managed us through the application process, which is thorough, and asked sharp, reasonable questions.

I would definitely recommend pitching to HPA. They’ve been a tremendous asset to our company.

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Welcome to MBA School

Fund: Hyde Park Angels

Posted by Anonymous on 2010-02-10

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Well like many funds, this one uses associates to vet out potential deals. The additional part is that they are all MBA students at The Booth School of Business at the Univeristy of Chicago. It can take 4-6 months to get conference call with the screening committee, and even then you feel like your more the topic of a classroom discussion than that your are talking with investors.

Can't say what they are like if they fund you, or their terms, on paper they look quite impressive with their membership and expertise, but it did feel unprofessional dealing with MBA students that couldn't keep appointments, or keep us abreast of where we stood.

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Worth Pitching...If You Can Get In

Fund: Hyde Park Angels

Posted by Anonymous on 2009-10-30

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Hyde Park Angels is one of the better angel groups in the Midwest. It is difficult to get past their screening process, and once you do, investment is not guaranteed.

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