Season’s Greetings to you and your family. At HPA we have much to be grateful for this year. It has been a good year for us.
First, we’d like to thank all of our sponsors. Without your support, we couldn’t be growing this embryonic entrepreneurial community in the midwest. Your foresight has helped us tremendously. HPA urges anyone to patronize our sponsors. They run great businesses themselves, and understand what it takes to create a new, dynamic engine for growth. We hoist a glass of champagne to you all!
Our little band of angels has grown into a bigger force, and we will continue to try and grow. Please contact one of us if you are interested in being involved with one of the fastest growing angel groups in the US. In April of 2007, we started with 7. Now we number 75. Each of our angels is pretty unique and special to us. They bring some really great vision and a wide breadth of experience to the table. They put in a lot of hard work searching for, screening, and championing companies. Your company will benefit from being involved with us.
We also tip our hat to all of our associates. They do yeoman’s work and we would not be successful without them. Just to let you know, when our associates have graduated, many have gone to start up their own companies. Some go work for the top VC’s in the country. Some to the top consulting firms. Our associates are really outstanding and make up one of the strongest parts of our organization.
We would also like to thank the Polsky Center and University of Chicago professors that have worked with us this year. Your academic insight has been invaluable to us. Analyzing companies becomes a lot more efficient when you make yourselves available for a quick chat.
We also would like to pat the backs of the other angel groups, entrepreneurial academic centers, and start up funding organizations that worked with us this year. Together, we are developing something unique in Chicago. It’s pretty cool to build something from the ground up. We enjoy working with you, and look forward to doing a lot more in the future.
We have made several investments this year. Here is a link to our portfolio companies. If you can patronize them, please do. They are all incredible companies that are based here in the midwest. One of the best ways to stimulate a local entrepreneurial community is actually use the business services that come out of it. Take a look at HPA’s companies. We bet you can find a way to integrate one of them into your business. They will make you more productive.
We have other exciting news! This week, we just cemented deals with two new companies. Check out Noblivity.com and Tap Me Games. More on them to come later.
We wish the best to you and yours. Have a Happy New Year!