KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Forty-five companies from 11 states and Canada will be in Kansas City this month to present their cases to prospective investors at InvestMidwest Venture Capital Forum, the Midwest’s premier venture capital conference.
“We have some strong start-ups that are looking for major funding to achieve fast-growth,” said Christine Walsh, Executive Director of InvestMidwest. “With the companies representing 11 states and Canada at InvestMidwest, this event will reflect a great geographic footprint.”
She noted that there still is time to register for the 18th annual InvestMidwest Venture Capital Forum, which will be at The Sheraton Kansas City at Crown Center on March 28-29. InvestMidwest, which regularly attracts more than 300 attendees, is considered a showcase for the best young, high-growth businesses in the Midwest. It includes three separate industry tracks presenting simultaneously: a life sciences track, an information technology track, and a food/agriculture/bioenergy track.
Presentations from the emerging businesses each will top out at eight minutes in length.
In addition to industry track venues for formal presentations, the conference provides opportunities for private meetings among entrepreneurs and venture capitalists, corporate investors, private investors, and business, financial and legal professionals.
InvestMidwest received a bumper crop of more than 140 completed applications from 21 states and Canada, said Walsh.
“We truly were impressed with the quality of all the applications,” she said. “Over the years, the companies that have applied have shown increased sophistication in approaching the venture capital environment. This process has reflected a substantive strengthening in the Midwest’s entrepreneurial environment.”
Over a four-week period, applications were screened by a panel of business leaders, venture capitalists and others with expertise in the fast-growth entrepreneurial arena.
In alphabetical order, the states and cities represented by the selected presenting companies are:
Illinois: Champaign and Chicago
Kansas: Kansas City, Olathe and Overland Park
Michigan: Ann Arbor
Minnesota: Faribault and Winnebago
Missouri: Booneville, Chesterfield, Ellisville, Kansas City, St. Charles, St. Joseph and St. Louis
Nebraska: Lincoln and Omaha
Ohio: Cincinnati and Hudson
Tennessee: Memphis and Nashville
Wisconsin: Madison and Wauwatosa
And from Ontario, Canada: Waterloo
Companies that presented at InvestMidwest’s previous 17 events have raised well over $1 billion in equity investment. The venture capital forum has been held in alternate years in metropolitan Kansas City, Mo., and in St. Louis, Mo.
“We consistently attract some of the Midwest region’s best fast-growth companies and a great group of investors,” said Walsh. “Our 2016 event in St. Louis attracted about 350 attendees.”
For more information or to make reservations to attend, visit www.investmidwestforum.com.
— From the Illinois Business Journal