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Understanding Angel & VC Investor Operations - Local Investor Panel


Kelby Price
Kentucky Science and Technology Corporation, Executive Director, Venture Development

Louisville, KY native who has designed and developed information technology solutions for over two decades. Active across angel & venture capital investing, tech start-ups, education advocacy and community development.

Sue Baggot
Power Within Consulting, Founder

Sue is experienced in driving insight-inspired innovation and business strategy in organizations ranging from Fortune 100 corporations to emerging, high-growth startups.  She is passionate about creating positive, meaningful, impact in our world and empowering future leaders.

To give back as well as to grow, learn, and enhance her innovation experience, Sue participates extensively in the entrepreneurial ecosystem as a coach, mentor, adviser, angel investor, and board member.

Current investor groups: Next Wave Impact (www.nextwaveimpact.com); Queen City Angels (www.queencityangels.com); Kachuwa Impact Fund (kachuwaimpactfund.com)

Current Startup Boards: Include Health (www.includehealth.com) ; Cloverleaf (www.cloverleaf.me)

Current Non-profit Boards: Freestore Foodbank (www.freestorefoodbank.org); Next Wave Impact Foundation (www.nextwavefoundation.org)

Contact: [email protected]

Joe Noonan
Bluegrass Angels, Fund Manager

Joe is a successful entrepreneurial executive with roots in cable television and advertising.  He consults and advises, blending media, sales, operations with data to accelerate advertising focused companies.  He manage funds at Bluegrass Angels for Kentucky based start-up companies.  Joe is active in screening, due diligence, coaching, and consulting with entrepreneurs to optimize their opportunities.  BGA's Fund II & IV represent over $9.8MM of invested capital.

Katie Birge
M25, Associate, Head of Platform

Katie is a technology and economic development professional and tech/startup advocate interested in creative environments, workforce development, and how to bring tech jobs to the Midwest. Avid creator of programs and initiatives designed to grow the tech and startup sector. Currently growing the Midwest startup ecosystem with VC firm M25. Past: Executive Director at Launch Indy; Founder of Bloomington Code School, a workforce development program of the Bloomington Technology Partnership and co-founder of B-Start pre-accelerator.

Specialties: Social media campaigns, project management, program management, technology-related economic development, research, startups

Candice Rezvanian
KSTC, Venture Finance, VP of Ops

Candice Rezvanian is VP of Operations for Venture Finance at KSTC. Candice has been working in venture capital for nearly a decade investing in and supporting entrepreneurs from idea to growth stage. She was an early team member at Village Capital, worked for Endeavor Global, and managed one of the country’s most active impact investment funds, Radicle Capital. Before venture, Candice was a fourth-generation farmer and operator having launched four agribusinesses before starting college where she studied biology, communication, and impact investing.


Join us as we sit down with investors to learn how they operate, process investment decisions, and manage their portfolio. They’ll take us through their communication and referral preferences, what gets their attention, what they look for in an opportunity beyond thesis and criteria match, the intricacies of their evaluation process that aren’t obvious, and share insights on what they see for the future of getting funded.