Entrepreneurs have big dreams and sometimes a mountain of challenges in the way. We should know — First Business was founded in 1990 by Jerry Smith and his partners, who raised capital from 167 local investors. Since that time, we’ve been involved with startups and emerging technology companies of all sorts, helping them become established, connecting them to sources of capital, and providing a specialized suite of banking services. We’re just what entrepreneurs need — a full-service financial partner who genuinely cares.
Our inaugural TECH FIRST event provided Kansas City tech companies an opportunity to pitch to like-minded, tech-focused investors. First Business Bank’s Emerging Tech Industry Practice Group brought investors representing more than 10 funds from outside KC to hear about opportunities in the local market. Twelve companies presented investment opportunities. To stay updated on the next TECH FIRST event, please sign up here.
Through our years of working with early stage companies, we’ve developed a reputation for dedication to entrepreneurship and the unique challenges in the business climate. Our dedication shows through our membership in and support of:
• Wisconsin Technology Council
• Vision Summit
• Early Stage Symposium
• Wisconsin SBIR Conference
• Wisconsin Entrepreneur’s Conference
• Forward Festival
• Wisconsin Innovation Awards
• Angels on the Water
• Venture Debt Program
• Kansas City Startup Foundation
• Enterprise Center in Johnson County
First Business offers specific expertise, resources, and financial services as your company grows. Our emerging tech suite of services includes:
• Operating checking account
• High-yield money market account
• Online banking package that includes bill pay
• Mobile app and mobile check deposit
• Equipment finance loans
• Private banking
• Capital-raising resources
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