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KC area angel investors had a busy year

The Mid-America Angels spread their wings six times in 2014.

The investor network, which focuses on regional companies with high-growth potential, funded four new companies last year and made additional investments in two other companies it had previously assisted.

Altogether, the network said in its 2014 review that it invested more than $2.3 million last year.

The new companies added to Mid-America’s portfolio:

▪ BuluBox, an Omaha-based company that runs a subscription service delivering vitamins and nutritional supplements.

▪ ClaimKit, an Overland Park software company that helps insurance firms, claims professionals and others in the industry collect and share documents.

▪ Hilary’s Eat Well, a Lawrence business that produces gluten-free, dairy-free, corn-free, egg-free, soy-free, yeast-free and nut-free food products.

▪ Core23 BioBank, a Springfield, Mo., firm that operates a cord blood bank to make this replacement for stem cell therapy available to families in this region.

Mid-America also provided additional funding to two companies:

▪ EyeVerify, an area software company that uses mobile phone cameras to match blood vessel patterns in the whites of users' eyes for identification.

▪ OsteoGeneX, a Kansas City, Kan.-based company developing a bone-building molecule.

Mid-America Angels is managed by the nonprofit Enterprise Center of Johnson County. Since its formation in 2006, the angel group has made 60 investments valued at more than $15 million.

The angel group also recently honored one of its longtime members, Kip Wiggins. He is a partner at the law firm of Stinson Leonard Street LLP, and is co-chairman of the firm’s venture capital and emerging companies practice.

To reach Steve Rosen, call 816-234-4879 or send email to srosen@kcstar.com.

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