McKinstry Innovation Center


Tom Simpson

"Passion, creativity, tenacity, teamwork and research are the key characteristics of successful new ventures."

- Tom Simpson

KickStart is an angel investment firm founded by Tom Simpson, President of the Spokane Angel Alliance. With more than 25 years of experience as an investment banker, venture capitalist, angel investor and entrepreneur, Simpson is strongly focused on working closely with emerging companies in the Spokane region to achieve growth and profitability. Tom is a co-founder of GreenCupboards, an on-line retailer of environmentally friendly products for homes and businesses. Through the Spokane Angel Alliance:

  • $3.1 million has been invested in 12 Spokane area companies since 2010.
  • These companies have raised an additional $16.3 million from other investors and currently employ 325 people.

Previous ventures Simpson has managed include NWVA, which raised over $125 million in emerging companies throughout the Northwest; and Dain Bosworth, a Seattle-based investment banking group where he managed public offerings, private placements and mergers and acquisitions for multiple companies in the region.