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Billiken Angels Network Made Nine Investments in 2014 Setting a New Record for the Saint Louis University-Based Angel Group

billiken-angelsST. LOUIS – January 21, 2015 – The Billiken Angels Network (BAN) made nine investments in 2014, setting a new record for the Saint Louis University-based angel group. The investments included five new investments and four follow-on investments in firms already in BAN’s portfolio.  

For the most part, these follow-on investments reflected not only the Billiken Angels investing, but also other St. Louis area angels and angel groups, and reflects the maturing not only of our startups, but also the angel financing community,” reports BAN Director, Jerome Katz.

BAN made five new investments in Helper Helper, Generico, Bonfyre, Coolfire and Immunophotonics, and made four follow-on investments in BusyEvent, MaterialMix, Kogent and Bonfyre. 

BAN was the lead investor for Helper Helper, an app and backend system for tracking student athlete volunteering. The app, started by Teach For America and SLU MBA alumna, Krista Clement, will be at the center of the NCAA’s Team Works® Award. The upcoming national competition will pit participating colleges against one another to see who can perform the most community service from January to April 2015.

Commenting on BAN’s role in the development of her company, Helper Helper founder Clement said, “I couldn’t ask for a more knowledgeable group of investors.  BAN made it possible for us to build a platform that connects student-athletes to meaningful community service experiences in their area.  I’m extremely grateful to have the opportunity to work with this supportive group of investors.”

In addition to the investments made, BAN offered two free public workshops in 2014 to help St. Louis entrepreneurs improve their chances of receiving financing. The next free public workshop, Funding Your St. Louis Startup, will be offered Wednesday, January 28 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. in the Anheuser-Busch Auditorium at Saint Louis University’s John Cook School of Business, 3674 Lindell Blvd., 63108. To obtain tickets, visit Eventbrite at http://bit.ly/14BwCqg

About the Billiken Angels Network

The Billiken Angels Network is part of the Entrepreneurship Program of the John Cook School of Business at Saint Louis University. Its goal is to identify and invest funds and expertise in businesses that can make a difference in the economy of the St. Louis region, and in the lives of the people living in the region and elsewhere. All members have a strong commitment to help develop entrepreneurship through education and investment. For more information on becoming a Billiken Angel investor or presenting your business to the group, visit www.billikenangels.com or contact Laura Burkemper at 314.570.1031.

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