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qca.com

Investments

121

Portfolio Exits

10

Funds

7

About Queen City Angels

The Queen City Angels (QCA) invests in early-stage businesses in the Cincinnati area and the surrounding region. The group specifically looks for (1) Potential to become a high-growth enterprise with annual revenues of $10 million or more within a reasonable timeframe, (2) Location within a 150-mile radius of Cincinnati, (3) An entrepreneur who is open to mentoring and coaching, (4) A strong, if not complete, management team to execute the business plan, (5) A reasonable valuation that reflects the risk/reward expectations of Angel investors, (6) A credible exit strategy for investors, (7) A need for capital in the range of $200,000-$1,000,000, and (8) Proprietary technology, early market lead, or other strong barriers to competition. The firm does not invest in deals whose capital requirements are below $200,000. Those deals are directed to Queen City Angels First Fund.

Headquarters Location

11427 Reed Hartman Highway

Cincinnati, Ohio, 45241,

United States

513.477.0809

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Investor Spotlight | Meet Tony Shipley

Nov 27, 2023

Like this story? Please share! Investor Spotlight | Meet Tony Shipley Tony Shipley is a long-time investor with the Queen City Angels and has recently been nationally recognized for his investment in entrepreneurs. In the world of angel investing, where opportunity meets ambition, few names shine as brightly as Tony Shipley’s. With a career spanning decades, Shipley has not only carved a path for his success but has also helped transform the entrepreneurial community. His remarkable journey, from a farm boy to a celebrated entrepreneur and angel investor, has been nothing short of fascinating. Tony Shipley Shipley graduated from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UTK), and went to work at a Fortune 500 company. After learning the ropes, he made the pivotal decision to become an entrepreneur himself. It was this leap that would shape the course of his career and eventually lead him to become an advocate for the entrepreneurial community. “I became an entrepreneur, starting companies and walking in their footsteps, experiencing the trials and tribulations of entrepreneurship. I understand it from their point of view,” Shipley shared, highlighting his empathy for founders embarking on the entrepreneurial journey. His journey was not without its challenges. He recalled the early days when resources for entrepreneurs were limited, and even access to knowledge was a struggle. “When I started, you had to go to the library or buy books to learn about new company start and related topics. It wasn’t like today, where you can just search the internet or meet folks in the community that have embarked on their own entrepreneurial journey,” Shipley reminisced. This scarcity of resources instilled in him a sense of responsibility to make the path easier for others. The Creation of Queen City Angels A defining moment in Shipley’s career was the creation of the Queen City Angels (QCA), an investment group focused on early-stage technology companies. He recognized the need for a support system that could nurture start-ups and provide them with the resources to succeed. “I looked around at what was needed in our community, and we didn’t have an active investor group in the area that would invest in early-stage businesses,” Shipley said. Under his leadership, QCA flourished, becoming recognized not only on a local scale but also on a national basis. The group’s success serves as a testament to Shipley’s commitment to fostering entrepreneurship in the community. “The excitement of engaging with these people and then seeing them get success is what keeps us charged,” he said. Hans Severiens Lifetime Achievement Award QCA Bootcamp Panel Throughout his career, Shipley founded or directly invested in over 50 start-ups. Recently, he was awarded the Hans Severiens Lifetime Achievement Award given by the Angel Capital Association. Named after the founder of the Band of Angels in California, Hans Severiens played a pivotal role in shaping angel investing as we know it. Each year, the award is given to an investor who has had a significant impact on the community. “Receiving this award is not just about me but about recognizing the impact of our entire team and our collective efforts to promote early-stage startups,” Shipley emphasized. Shipley’s Tips for Entrepreneurs Preparation is Key: Young entrepreneurs need to invest time and effort in researching and understanding their field, their market, and their competition. Preparedness increases the likelihood of success. Seize Opportunities: Shipley underscores the significance of capitalizing on opportunities that come one’s way. While luck may play a role in entrepreneurial success, being prepared to take advantage of unexpected events or lucky breaks is crucial. Adaptability: Shipley’s career path demonstrates the importance of being open to change. He encourages young entrepreneurs not to feel constrained by their initial choices. Instead, they should be willing to explore new paths and pivot their business if necessary. Learn from Others: Shipley advises entrepreneurs to learn from those who have walked the path before them. Teamwork: Shipley emphasizes the significance of teamwork in entrepreneurship. He believes that almost everything in life is team-oriented, even endeavors that may appear individual. Collaborative efforts can lead to greater success in business. Subscribe to our newsletter

Queen City Angels Investments

121 Investments

Queen City Angels has made 121 investments. Their latest investment was in SureImpact as part of their Seed VC - II on May 23, 2023.

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Queen City Angels Investments Activity

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Date

Round

Company

Amount

New?

Co-Investors

Sources

5/23/2023

Seed VC - II

SureImpact

$2M

No

3

12/8/2022

Angel

Nano Catalytics

$1.86M

Yes

1

10/11/2022

Angel

C360

Yes

3

9/15/2022

Series A

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$99M

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10

8/26/2022

Unattributed VC

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$99M

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10

Date

5/23/2023

12/8/2022

10/11/2022

9/15/2022

8/26/2022

Round

Seed VC - II

Angel

Angel

Series A

Unattributed VC

Company

SureImpact

Nano Catalytics

C360

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Amount

$2M

$1.86M

$99M

$99M

New?

No

Yes

Yes

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Co-Investors

Sources

3

1

3

10

10

Queen City Angels Portfolio Exits

10 Portfolio Exits

Queen City Angels has 10 portfolio exits. Their latest portfolio exit was C360 on January 11, 2023.

Date

Exit

Companies

Valuation
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Acquirer

Sources

1/11/2023

Acquired

$99M

3

8/30/2022

Acquired

$99M

7

8/22/2022

Acquired

$99M

16

7/9/2020

Acquired

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$99M

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10

11/13/2019

Acquired

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$99M

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10

Date

1/11/2023

8/30/2022

8/22/2022

7/9/2020

11/13/2019

Exit

Acquired

Acquired

Acquired

Acquired

Acquired

Companies

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Valuation

$99M

$99M

$99M

$99M

$99M

Acquirer

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Sources

3

7

16

10

10

Queen City Angels Fund History

7 Fund Histories

Queen City Angels has 7 funds, including QCA First Fund V.

Closing Date

Fund

Fund Type

Status

Amount

Sources

3/31/2016

QCA First Fund V

Early-Stage Venture Capital

Closed

$4.33M

1

12/31/2013

QCA First Fund IV

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$99M

10

7/31/2009

QCA First Fund III

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$99M

10

6/1/2005

QCA First Fund II

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$99M

10

9/4/2003

QCA First Fund

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$99M

10

Closing Date

3/31/2016

12/31/2013

7/31/2009

6/1/2005

9/4/2003

Fund

QCA First Fund V

QCA First Fund IV

QCA First Fund III

QCA First Fund II

QCA First Fund

Fund Type

Early-Stage Venture Capital

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Status

Closed

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Amount

$4.33M

$99M

$99M

$99M

$99M

Sources

1

10

10

10

10

Queen City Angels Team

1 Team Member

Queen City Angels has 1 team member, including current Founder, Tony Shipley.

Name

Work History

Title

Status

Tony Shipley

Founder

Current

Name

Tony Shipley

Work History

Title

Founder

Status

Current

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