A  Billiken Angels Network


     Office Locations:

John Cook School of Business, Saint Louis University
3674 Lindell Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63108
Phone: 314-977-3864



  • Early
  • Growth
  • Seed



  • Business Services
  • Financial Services
  • Information Technology
  • Manufacturing & Industrial
  • Software & Internet



    The Billiken Angels Network (BAN) is part of the Entrepreneurship Program of the John Cook School of Business at Saint Louis University. Announced in 2007, it started operating in September 2008 with twenty angels ready to fund suitable opportunities, and a $1,000,000 sidecar co-investment fund made available by the University from its endowment. The Billiken Angel Network is an offshoot of the John Cook School of Business' nationally-ranked Entrepreneurship Program. The BAN is composed of 29 angels and a $1 million co-investment fund from the Saint Louis University endowment. The Billiken Angels' goal is to identify and invest funds and expertise in those 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. The BAN will consider businesses at any stage (seed, start-up, existing, growing, etc.) and in any industry (retail, wholesale, manufacturing, service, financial, internet, high-tech, etc.). BAN focuses on growing businesses with SLU DNA: firms owned by current or former SLU students, current or retired SLU faculty and staff, or firms using intellectual property licensed from SLU.

    Investment Firm Key

       VC = Venture Capital
       PE = Private Equity
       A = Angel
       I = Incubator
       MB = Merchant Bank
       VD = Venture Debt
       FI = Family Investment Office
       FOF = Fund of Funds
       ED = Economic Development Office   
       TT = Technology Transfer Office
       CVC = Corporate Venture Capital
       SEC = Secondary Purchaser
       HF = Hedge Fund/Mutual Fund
    Venture Capital
    Seed Stage
    (includes "pre-seed," or
    concept stage)
    No Revenue
    Early StageMinimal
    Growth Stage
    (also called Mid-stage)
    Expansion Stage
    (also called Late-stage)
    $7M and greater
    Private Equity
    Lower Middle Market$10M-$249M
    Middle Market$250M-$499M
    Upper Middle Market$500M-$1B
    Large Cap>$1B

    Investment Team:

    Name   Title
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    Jeanne Rhodes Administrative Assistant
    Jerome Katz BAN Director
    Joshua Martsolf Senior Fellow
    Laura Burkemper Member Development


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