Our DNA

History of Heartland Angels

Heartland Angels was founded in 2003 by Ronald Kirschner, M.D. with DePaul University hosting the first meeting in 2004. During that meeting, the now critically acclaimed and financially successful Word World company was presented to the group. Over the years, many other companies got their start or a helping hand from Heartland Angels.

With initial support from its Charter Sponsors, RR Donnelly, and Freeborn & Peters, Heartland has been able to expand its mission over the years to include internship programs and educational seminars.

Now, with a new Executive Board and Advisory Committee, Heartland has begun a new journey. One that emphasizes deal diversity, in-depth analysis, investment flexibility, and timely deal closures. And we are now part of several corporate alliances, financial strategic partnerships and angel networks, which lead to more secure financing for its portfolio companies.

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