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Welcome to the Venture Lounge!

In an effort to bring more value to Venture Friday members and add a missing piece, connecting ideas with money, Red Nova Labs has asked the Enterprise Center of Johnson County (ECJC) to take over management and hosting Venture Fridays. Everyone at ECJC is thrilled for the opportunity to engage with this Meetup group and are working on ways to expand networking opportunities for entrepreneurs.

Who are we?
The ECJC is a venture development organization based in Lenexa, Kansas and has been a catalyst for connecting entrepreneurs to capital funding in the region. Since 2006, the Mid-America Angels investor group (managed by ECJC) has invested nearly $12 million, and our portfolio and client companies have leveraged an additional $285 million in capital. We syndicate many deals with other investor groups in the silicon prairie region and introduce entrepreneurs to resources such as the Kansas Angel Investor Tax Credit program, the Kansas Capital Multiplier Funds and other research grant opportunities.

Our goal is to grow Kansas City’s Entrepreneur Happy Hour with new connections and more opportunities for entrepreneurs to introduce their ideas to the community.

A few changes:

1.  We are expanding this event to include early stage capital influencers
Outside of annual capital conferences, there is no locally organized event for entrepreneurs to mingle with key leaders in the early stage capital markets. We plan to invite capital influencers on both the private equity (investors, fund managers, etc.) and debt side (SBA lenders and bankers) as well as the people who ensure you are raising & managing capital legally (attorneys) and managing your capital wisely (accountants, tax advisers).

2. The event will move to Thursday evenings and occur quarterly (for now).
In order to attract more attendees, the event is moving to Thursday evenings but will remain a happy hour (4:00 – 6:00 p.m.) format.

Entrepreneurs. Capital. Cocktails.
The event will keep key elements from Venture Friday: lots of entrepreneurs, cocktails and conversations.

There will be no Venture Friday on September 13
We are still coordinating a venue for the re-launch of this event and need to push the date back a couple of weeks. This is a strong group of entrepreneurs, and we want to keep this a great event. Updates will be posted on this site as they become available.


- The Enterprise Center of Johnson County

If you have further questions, you can email us at sarah@ecjc.com

Want to present your idea, get feedback, or find testers? Have an idea for an awesome entrepreneurial jam? We invite startup stimulation. Contact us to discuss.


Entrepreneurs are driven by a need to create something new or build something tangible under conditions of extreme uncertainty. They’re spontaneously creative, able and willing to make decisions from the gut, and generally risk-takers. Entrepreneurship is also largely about helping others achieve the goals they care about. Is that you? Are you a driven outsider, possessed of a unique genius, ready to take outrageous risks and work incomprehensible hours to beat the odds? Well then, we like you already. Welcome to the group!

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