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KCRise Fund

Investor type Micro VC
Founders Darcy Howe


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Total investments 53
Average round size
The average size of a deal this fund participated in
Portfolio companies 40
Rounds per year 7.57
Lead investments 2
Follow on index
How often the fund supports its portfolio startups at next rounds
Exits 3
Key employees 3
Stages of investment
Early Stage Venture
Late Stage Venture

Areas of investment

  • Software
  • Health Care
  • Information Technology
  • Automotive
  • Artificial Intelligence

KCRise Fund is the famous VC, which was founded in 2016. The main department of described VC is located in the Kansas City. The venture was found in North America in United States.

The standard case for the fund is to invest in rounds with 3-4 partakers. Despite the KCRise Fund, startups are often financed by OCA Ventures, Woodside O'Brien, Wintrust Ventures. The meaningful sponsors for the fund in investment in the same round are Royal Street Ventures, Woodside O'Brien, OCA Ventures. In the next rounds fund is usually obtained by Woodside O'Brien, Royal Street Ventures, OCA Ventures.

Among the most popular portfolio startups of the fund, we may highlight AstrumU, Inc., SpiderOak, Pepper. Among the most successful fund investment fields, there are Automotive, Artificial Intelligence. The fund has specific favorite in a number of founders of portfolio startups. If startup sums 5+ of the founder, the chance for it to be financed is low. Besides, a startup needs to be aged 4-5 years to get the investment from the fund. For fund there is a match between the country of its foundation and the country of its the most frequent investments - United States.

The fund was created by Darcy Howe. Besides them, we counted 2 critical employees of this fund in our database.

The fund is constantly included in 2-6 investment rounds annually. Deals in the range of 5 - 10 millions dollars are the general things for fund. The typical startup value when the investment from KCRise Fund is 10-50 millions dollars. Comparing to the other companies, this KCRise Fund performs on 23 percentage points less the average number of lead investments. The important activity for fund was in 2017.

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Notable deals

CompanyIndustryRound SizeDateInvestorsLocation


$2M01 Mar 2023 -

Healium dba StoryUp Studios

Augmented Reality
Digital Media
Health Care
Human Computer Interaction
Video Games
$3M20 Feb 2023 Columbia, Missouri, United States

Free From Market

Health Care
$2M26 Jan 2023 Kansas City, Missouri, United States


Artificial Intelligence
Machine Learning
$1M22 Nov 2022 -


Human Resources
$2M07 Nov 2022 Wichita, Kansas, United States


$3M23 Sep 2022 Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States


Machinery Manufacturing
$1M28 Jul 2022 Mound City, Kansas, United States


$1M11 Jul 2022 Fayetteville, Arkansas, United States


Financial Exchanges
Financial Services
Information Technology
Trading Platform
$4M05 May 2022 Overland Park, Kansas, United States
TripleBlind secures $24M for a new approach to enterprise-level, privacy-preserving data sharing

– TripleBlind, a startup that has devised a way to encrypt data so that it can be shared without ever being decrypted or even leaving the data owner’s firewall, and keeping the whole process compliant with data protection regulations, raised $24m in Series A funding.
– The round was co-led by General Catalyst and the Mayo Clinic, with AVG Basecamp Fund, Accenture Ventures, Clocktower Technology Ventures, Dolby Family Ventures, Flyover Capital, KCRise Fund, NextGen Venture Partners and Wavemaker Three-Sixty Health also participating.
– The company estimates there are some 43 zetabytes of data stored by enterprises today globally that is not being used as it could be because of the limitations imposed both by these and other data protection rules, as well as general hesitancy over sharing IP and other issues around sharing data.

Daupler Raises $4M in Funding

– Daupler, a Kansas City-based provider of a software platform for cities, utilities, and other service providers to manage their operations, raised $4M in funding.
– The round was led by Burnt Island Ventures with participation from Revolution Fund, Runway Venture Partners, Knoll Ventures and KCRise Fund.
– The new investment will be used to further strengthen the company’s technical and commercial offering, and continue to expand operations and its business reach.


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