Events > Lecture Series > 11 7 2006

Andrew Beverley of Centennial Investors,
Using Angel Investors to Fund a Start-up Company

Tuesday, November 7th at 6:30 p.m. in Engineering Building West (EBW) Auditorium


Speaker Biography

Andrew Beverley has been instrumental in founding Centennial Investors, a Columbia-based angel network of 37 accredited investors. In his "day job" as a banker, Andrew leads the asset management, brokerage and trust functions of First National Bank & Trust and its holding company, The Landrum Company. He has over 20 years of experience in investment management and banking. Prior to joining the Landrum Company, Andrew held a number of leadership positions in investment management and trust, private banking and lending.

Centennial Investors Background

Centennial Investors was created to meet the early capital needs of university and private sector entrepreneurs. It was created to help bring to market exciting ideas generated in university labs and private businesses. These companies have the potential to grow and take root right here in mid-Missouri.

"The group is now up and running, currently has 37 members, and recently started evaluating investment opportunities," said Andrew Beverley, chair of the task force that implemented Centennial Investors.

Angel investors fill an important gap in equity financing of start-up and early-stage businesses-between "informal investors" (primarily friends and family) and formal venture capitalists. Organized angel groups can invest considerably more money than most informal investors and provide money at a much earlier stage of development than do venture capitalists.

Angels make equity investments of their own money in early-stage businesses with the hope of making money when the entrepreneurial companies are sold. In the past several years, there has been a nationwide trend toward angels banding together to form angel networks to pool resources and investment expertise. Members make their own individual investment decisions and are often active coaches of ventures in which they invest.

If you or someone you know has an interesting business idea or would like to learn about becoming an investor, call Centennial Investors at 884-0467 or visit

Additional Information

11-7-2006 Lecture Flyer

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