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Invest Midwest
By Sarah Mote
February 05, 2015

InvestMidwest: An Opportunity for Entrepreneurs and Investors to Meet


Nearly 130 entrepreneurs who want to tell their companies’ stories to potential investors submitted applications in hopes of being selected to present at the 2015 InvestMidwest Venture Capital Forum

Held this year in Kansas City, InvestMidwest  still has a strong showing, but others states - and countries - apparently have discovered the credibility and value of InvestMidwest, the Midwest's premier venture capital forum.

Applications to present at the Midwest’s premier venture capital forum – to be held this year on April 1- 2 in Kansas City – were received from 21 states and Canada, representing a broadening geographic base of entrepreneurs seeking to present at this year’s event.

The applications are being screened by a panel of business leaders and other experts with experience in the capitalization field. The panel over the next few weeks will select up to 45 of the best companies from the applications to present at InvestMidwest.

With an annual attendance of about 300, InvestMidwest Venture Capital Forum’s upcoming spring event will provide a superior opportunity for entrepreneurs and investors to meet. The venture capital forum this year will include three separate industry tracks presenting simultaneously: a life sciences track, an information technology track, and an agriculture/bioenergy track. Presentations from each company will top out at 10 minutes in length.

In addition to industry track venues for formal presentations, the forum also provides opportunities for more private meetings between entrepreneurs and some of the attending venture capitalists, corporate investors, private investors, and business, financial and legal professionals. Companies that presented at InvestMidwest’s previous 15 events have raised more than $1 billion in equity investment.

InvestMidwest over the last 15 years has been held in alternative years in St. Louis, Mo., and the Kansas City metropolitan area. For more information or to make reservations to attend, please visit 

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