Strategic Capital Partners Offers Frederick’s Version of Shark Tank

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Initial Strategic Capital Partners efforts reveal urgent need for regional private equity investment

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People are increasingly familiar with the hit reality cable show Shark Tank, in which entrepreneurs pitch their businesses to a panel of five very wealthy investors in an often brutally dynamic format. Frederick’s own Strategic Capital Partners, LLC (SCP) has its own version of Shark Tank, having delivered investment events and professional advisory support over the past 18 months that have already resulted in more than a million dollars of investment for five companies.

Angel investors, pitches, capitalization, private equity, portfolios, business plans, convertible notes, valuation…these are all terms savvy entrepreneurs and wise investors quickly become familiar with. Initial SCP efforts revealed the urgent need for regional private equity investment and resulted in a group of SEC-accredited local investors coming together to establish the Mid-Atlantic Angels Corporation. SCP delivers the entrepreneurial companies and angel investment events for Mid-Atlantic Angels.

It is widely acknowledged that innovation drives productivity in America. SCP has taken that to heart, finding private investment capital for early-stage companies with the innovative solutions that contribute to our nation’s productivity and its global domination of patents. But innovation alone won’t get you very far. It’s what you do with it. It’s all about the nexus of passion, commitment, great products, and economic viability. It’s about traction.

SCP helps entrepreneurs and investors navigate the capitalization waters, connecting the need for capital with the desire for great return on investment. A little more than 2 years ago, Brett Hess, Warren Robold, Mark Greathouse, Phil “Flip” Lacy, and Phil Minni brought their own entrepreneurial passions together to found the SCP venture. Following a carefully crafted business plan and leveraging the expertise and experience of its partners and associates, SCP has already built a solid portfolio of clients and raised significant private investment capital. From its humble beginnings sharing office space near the Frederick Municipal Airport, SCP is determined to feed and cultivate a thriving economy in the Frederick region.

President and managing partner Greathouse noted, “I am excited to be part of this initiative to enable the most promising entrepreneurial enterprises in the Mid-Atlantic region to secure the capital needed for the growth that spurs innovation, builds value, creates jobs, and ensures a thriving economy.”

SCP events are modelled after successful angel investment events in which companies offer a 10-minute pitch to several investors followed by timed rounds of questions and answers. SCP partner and BMC Accounting President Hess adds, “While it can be every bit as exciting as Shark Tank, our interested investors negotiate privately with the entrepreneurs after the event. Resulting deals may involve several investors and pursuit of capital from multiple angel groups.”

Angel investors are defined as high net worth individuals that fill the capitalization space between a company’s start-up funding – usually referred to as “friends and family” – and the larger fund-based venture capital that serves companies much further along in maturity. As Robold describes them, “These angels are often successful entrepreneurs themselves. They share a passion for helping fellow entrepreneurs succeed. It’s about relationships.”

SCP delivers the increasingly popular Capital Cycle format of multiple screening events that enable entrepreneurs to perfect pitches that convince investors of the worthiness of their businesses and – importantly – how investors will reap a return on their investment. SCP believes in results, not catchy names like sharks, piranhas, speed-pitching, or the like. Mid-Atlantic Angels investors typically make investments of from $25,000 to a quarter million dollars or more, as entrepreneurs generally seek from $100,000 to $1,500,000 in capital.

SCP draws most candidate businesses from within a 100-mile radius, including the Frederick Innovative Technology Center (FITCI) and extending to universities, business incubators, corporations, and tech centers around the region. Brandon Mason, Counselor and Regional Technology Liaison with the Maryland Small Business Development Center as well as successful entrepreneur, expressed excitement at this new opportunity. “Strategic Capital Partners creates an excellent opportunity for entrepreneurs with high-growth businesses to take the next step toward commercialization and sustainable growth while simultaneously involving local investors. This combination is poised to enhance the growth, economic development, and job creation in the region.”

Lacy and Minni share the SCP position that we are entering an age of unprecedented transformation that is ripe for entrepreneurial spirit, risk taking, and charting of innovative new directions. This requires educated, passionate, business savvy entrepreneurs coupled with investors prepared to commit the capital and knowledge essential to their success.

Founded in 2013, SCP feeds the lifeblood of the Frederick region, helping to deliver the innovative ventures that ignite economic growth. SCP is actively accepting applications from qualified companies, and Mid-Atlantic Angels seeks to expand its network of angel investors. Businesses in need of private equity capital are invited to the Application page on, while investors may inquire on our Contact Us page.

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