The efactory and Missouri Small Business Development Center at MSU Mentorship Program gives startup founders and small business owners access to experienced owners and business leaders. These experts understand the risks and rewards of starting a business. Mentors provide honest and practical feedback based on personal experience, not just business theory.
Mentorship meetings are free and open to everyone.
Ed is a Partner at KCRise Fund, a venture capital firm with $60 million in assets under management and a focus on Seed and Series A technology investments in Missouri and Kansas. Prior to joining KCRise, Ed was Director of Finance at OCA Ventures in Chicago, where he was responsible for researching and analyzing investment valuations, conducting financial due diligence and assisting OCA’s portfolio companies in navigating operational processes.
Prior to joining OCA, Ed held progressive roles with Chicago Growth Partners, a private equity firm specializing in middle-market buyouts in the technology, education and healthcare sectors, helping build the firm’s finance and accounting functions following its spin-out from William Blair & Company. As Vice President, he oversaw financial operations for its $1.2 billion group of funds, managed investor reporting and designed the firm’s internal portfolio-company valuation process. Ed began his career in Ernst & Young’s PE and hedge fund advisory practice, and obtained his Series 7 and 63 licenses as a finance associate at Wachovia.
Ed holds an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and a BA in Accounting & Finance with High Honors from Loyola University Chicago. He is an Adjunct Professor at Rockhurst University, serves on the board of ACG Next Kansas City, and is an active mentor in the KC and Chicago startup communities. In his free time, Ed enjoys travel, trivia, and can’t get enough Cleveland sports or Loyola Ramblers basketball.