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36 companies from 15 states to present at 20th annual InvestMidwest

Entrepreneurs representing 36 companies from 15 states, including Illinois and Missouri, will present their business cases to prospective investors at next month’s InvestMidwest Venture Capital Forum in Kansas City.

investmidwestlogoInvestMidwest also announced that two successful Kansas City-area businessmen will be featured speakers for the venture capital forum’s breakfast and luncheon programs. Tim Barton, Freightquote founder, chairman and chief executive officer, and Steven St. Peter, MD, founder and managing director of Vie Ventures, a life sciences venture capital company, will speak during the 20th annual InvestMidwest breakfast and luncheon programs respectively.

Founded in 1998, Barton’s Freightquote leveraged technology to create a better way for carriers and shippers to work together. Barton grew Freightquote into the largest online freight brokerage, handling more than one million shipments each year. The company was acquired by a Fortune 200 company in 2015.

From 2012 until this year, St. Peter founded and served as President and CEO of Aratana Therapeutics, Inc. (Nasdaq: PETX), an animal health company headquartered in suburban Leawood, Kansas. The company focuses on licensing, developing and commercializing innovative pet therapeutics.

“The Midwest has a wealth of talent, and we are fortunate to have two terrific businessmen to speak at our 20th InvestMidwest Venture Capital Forum,” said Christine Walsh, InvestMidwest executive eirector, “In addition, our selection team has identified 36 high-caliber, fast-growth companies to present to venture capitalists, corporate investors, private investors and other key business professionals who attend InvestMidwest.”

InvestMidwest’s selection panel, comprised of venture capitalists, business leaders and executives from across the region’s entrepreneurial ecosystem, selected the 36 companies from among more than 140 applications received from entrepreneurs seeking to present their business cases at the March 19-20 venture capital conference at the Westin Kansas City at Crown Center.

“These young companies represent some pretty spectacular high-growth businesses seeking to power their businesses to a new level,” said Ms. Walsh. “We received some great applications from all over the country. It’s fortunate that we have such a strong panel to handle the selection process. Their insights consistently result in some dynamic businesses representing a well curated group of investment prospects for venture capitalists and other investors.”

Described by many venture capitalists as the Midwest’s premier venture capital conference, InvestMidwest will have entrepreneurs representing three separate business tracks presenting simultaneously: Life Sciences; Technology/General Business, and Food/Agriculture/BioEnergy.

The cities, states, and tracks that the selected companies represent are:

Atlanta: 1; Life Sciences

Champaign: 1 Food/Ag/BIoEnergy
Chicago: 1 Food/Ag/BioEnergy; 2 Life Sciences
Woodridge: 1 Food/Ag/BioEnergy

Indianapolis: 1 Technology

Cedar Rapids: 1 Food/Ag/BioEnergy
Des Moines: 1 Technology
Grimes: 1 Food/Ag/BioEnergy
Waukee: 1 Food/Ag/BioEnergy

Newton: 1 Food/Ag/BioEnergy
Olathe: 1 Life Sciences
Overland Park: 2 Technology
Wichita: 1 Technology

Baltimore: 1 Food/Ag/BioEnergy

Ann Arbor: 2 Life Sciences

Oak Park Heights: 1 Life Sciences
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Chesterfield: 1 Food/Ag/BioEnergy
Columbia: 1 Life Sciences; 1 Technology
Kansas City: 1 Life Sciences; 1 Technology
Maryland Heights: 1 Food/Ag/BioEnergy
St. Louis: 1 Food/Ag/BioEnergy

Lincoln: 1 Technology
Omaha: 1 Life Sciences

Cleveland: 1 Life Sciences
Columbus: 1 Technology

Tulsa: 1 Technology

Pittsburgh: 1 Life Sciences

Austin: 1 Technology
Dallas: 1 Technology

Milwaukee: 1 Life Sciences

Presenters will have up to eight minutes each to make a compelling case for their respective businesses to prospective funders. In addition to industry track venues for presentations, InvestMidwest offers several opportunities for entrepreneurs to meet privately with attending venture capitalists, angel and corporate investors, and business, legal and financial professionals.

“In addition to showcasing some of the Midwest region’s best high-growth companies, we consistently attract a great group of investors,” said Ms. Walsh, InvestMidwest’s Executive Director. “We saw about 350 people – including venture capitalists, angel investors and corporate investors – at the 2018 InvestMidwest in St. Louis; we expect a similar turnout at this year’s InvestMidwest forum in Kansas City.”

She noted that Early Bird registration rates would remain available until March 1.

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