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KCRise Fund

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 Kansas City region’s potential. KCRise Fund is a traditional venture capital fund which invests side-by-side with other institutional venture capital investors in early-stage companies based in Kansas and western half of Missouri. KCRise Fund’s investors include corporations, foundations, universities, family offices, and prominent business leaders with roots in the Kansas City region. KCRise Fund is currently investing out of its third fund and manages over $90 million in investor capital. Applicants must have a significant presence in the western half of Missouri or the entire state of Kansas and be raising an equity round of at least $1 million.

Stage of capital: Pre-Seed, Seed, Series A, Series B

Location: Kansas City, MO

Fund manager diversity: Woman-led

Industry focus: Environmental Sustainability, General Tech- and Tech-Enabled, Fintech and Payments, Healthcare and Wellness (incl. FemTech), Future of Work and Living (incl. Education/EdTech), Food and Agriculture


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Darcy Howe
General Partner

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Ed Frindt
General Partner