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sparklabkc.com

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Investments

30

Portfolio Exits

1

About SparkLabKC

SparkLabKC is an early-stage Internet business accelerator based in Kanas City, Mo., created to help driven Midwestern entrepreneurs forge ideas into successful companies. SparkLabKC selects 10 startups each year for a 90-day intense, in-residence, mentor-driven program that provides up to $18,000 in seed capital, business advisory services, free workspace and a formal demonstration day with potential investors. This is a proven accelerator program adapted to the Kansas City region. The program builds on public-private partnerships and the strengths of the region's vast entrepreneurial community. Startups that have been through this kind of program have a superior track record of generating new companies, new jobs and achieving a significant impact in their communities.

SparkLabKC Headquarter Location

215 W Pershing Road

Kansas City, Missouri, 64108,

United States

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The Kansas City Star SparkLabKC announces its 2015 class of companies

Jan 5, 2016

The Kansas City-based business accelerator program has assembled 10 emerging companies from the region to boost their development ahead of a presentation to potential investors. It is the lab’s third class of companies. Jennifer Taylor of the Swapping Co. talks on her phone as teams from companies in this year’s SparkLabKC accelerator class gather.SparkLabKC Kevin Fryer, managing director of SparkLabKC, talks to team members of the companies participating in the business accelerator program on their first day.SparkLabKC Mike Foster of Lazser Down listens during the first day of this year’s three-month business accelerator program at SparkLabKC.SparkLabKC 1 of 3 Order Reprint of this Story The 2015 class of SparkLabKC has begun the three-month push that ends with April 10 presentations to potential investors, the business accelerator program said. Each of the 10 companies hails from the Kansas City region and will receive up to $18,000 in financing, free workspace, legal, accounting and financial advisory services, and help from mentors in various industries. Mentors for this year’s group, the third to enter the program, include members of companies who participated in the first two classes. SparkLabKC also has moved to 127 W. 10th St. in an area designated as Kansas City’s Downtown Innovation District. The companies are still in the early stages of development. They are: College Sports USA — a social network and recruiting site for college coaches and students. Kookiedoodle Crafts — an arts and crafts studio for children and families. Lazser Down — a digital alternative to traditional football down markers and chain systems. OliveMonday — sends monthly bundles of craft supplies and tools to create your own accessories and personalize wardrobes. PopBookings — an app to connect event staffing companies with personnel. Rock-it Launcher — a smartphone app for organizing and managing its contents. Royal Loyal — a customer loyalty app designed for smaller retailers. The Swapping Co. — an online market for consignment stores. Talk2Me — allows therapists to connect with those who need help through secure online sessions. VeriQuik — a fast way to verify someone’s identity, or “Carfax for people.” To reach Mark Davis, call 816-234-4372 or send email to mdavis@kcstar.com . Follow him on Facebook and Twitter at mdkcstar. Related content

SparkLabKC Investments

30 Investments

SparkLabKC has made 30 investments. Their latest investment was in COPR Security Innovations as part of their Seed on January 1, 2015.

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SparkLabKC Investments Activity

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Date

Round

Company

Amount

New?

Co-Investors

Sources

1/15/2015

Seed

COPR Security Innovations

$0.02M

Yes

1

1/15/2015

Seed

StartTalking

$0.02M

Yes

1

1/15/2015

Seed

PopBookings

$0.02M

Yes

2

1/15/2015

Seed

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$99M

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10

1/15/2015

Seed

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$99M

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10

Date

1/15/2015

1/15/2015

1/15/2015

1/15/2015

1/15/2015

Round

Seed

Seed

Seed

Seed

Seed

Company

COPR Security Innovations

StartTalking

PopBookings

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Amount

$0.02M

$0.02M

$0.02M

$99M

$99M

New?

Yes

Yes

Yes

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Co-Investors

Sources

1

1

2

10

10

SparkLabKC Portfolio Exits

1 Portfolio Exit

SparkLabKC has 1 portfolio exit. Their latest portfolio exit was Royal Loyal on December 06, 2016.

Date

Exit

Companies

Valuation
Valuations are submitted by companies, mined from state filings or news, provided by VentureSource, or based on a comparables valuation model.

Acquirer

Sources

12/6/2016

Acquired

1

Date

12/6/2016

Exit

Acquired

Companies

Valuation

Acquirer

Sources

1

SparkLabKC Team

5 Team Members

SparkLabKC has 5 team members, including current Managing Director, Kevin Fryer.

Name

Work History

Title

Status

Al Eidson

Founder

Current

Donald P Hutchison

Founder

Current

Mike Laddin

Founder

Current

Vincent Wagner

Founder

Current

Kevin Fryer

Managing Director

Current

Name

Al Eidson

Donald P Hutchison

Mike Laddin

Vincent Wagner

Kevin Fryer

Work History

Title

Founder

Founder

Founder

Founder

Managing Director

Status

Current

Current

Current

Current

Current

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