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darcy howe

Darcy mission as Kansas City’s venture capital evangelist continues. As head of the KC Rise Fund, she is working to change local attitudes about investing in homegrown enterprises — an effort that will take time to mature.

Howe’s time is divided among convincing area investors to look at promising local startups, playing scout for venture capital funds nationwide and arranging sidecar investments from the fund.

The fund’s portfolio is growing, with a mix of companies that are making a name locally — Blooom, ShotTracker and Bardavon Health Innovations — and risers like Pepper and Zego.