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Application period for 20th InvestMidwest extends through year’s end

High-growth companies looking for the chance to present their cases to investors at the InvestMidwest Venture Capital Forum still have time to apply for the 2019 event.

investmidwestlogoChristine Walsh, InvestMidwest executive director, said the 2019 event will mark 20 years of InvestMidwest introducing venture and private capital to high-growth start-up companies. Applications from Midwest-area fast-growth companies that would like to present their cases to investors at the March 19-20 event at the Westin Kansas City at Crown Center will be accepted through the final deadline of Jan. 4.

“Applications should be from fast-track companies seeking substantial investment,” said Walsh. “We’re looking for applications from entrepreneurs seeking at least $1 million each to push their companies to the next level.”

InvestMidwest annually attracts some 300 attendees and showcases some of the best young, top-caliber, fast-growth businesses in the Midwest. The upcoming event at the Westin Kansas City at Crown Center will showcase three separate industry tracks presenting simultaneously: a life sciences track, an information technology track, and an agriculture/food/bioenergy track. Presentations from up to 45 emerging businesses will each top out at eight minutes in length.

In addition to industry track venues for formal presentations, the forum also provides opportunities for entrepreneurs to meet privately with venture capitalists, corporate investors, private investors, and business, financial and legal professionals.

A panel of private investors, venture capitalists, corporate and business executives and business advisors selects the companies that qualify and are invited to present at InvestMidwest from the pool of applications received.

Companies that presented at the previous 19 InvestMidwest events have raised funding of more than $1 billion in equity, corporate collaborations and exit proceeds. The forum has been held in alternate years in metropolitan Kansas City and St. Louis.

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