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Applications Accepted from Companies Seeking to Present at 2020 Event in St. Louis.


High-growth companies seeking to present their cases to prospective investors at 2020’s InvestMidwest Venture Capital Forum can take advantage of the early application period that starts this week.


Applications from Midwest-area fast-growth companies that would like to present their cases to investors at the April 22-23, 2020 event in St. Louis are accepted starting immediately, according to Phyllis Ellison, InvestMidwest Executive Director. The early application deadline is January 6.


“Entrepreneurs who apply should represent fast-track companies seeking a substantial investment of at least $1 million to power their companies to the next level,” said Ms. Ellison.


InvestMidwest annually attracts over 300 attendees and showcases some of the best early-stage, top-caliber, fast-growth businesses in the Midwest. The upcoming 21st annual event will showcase three separate industry tracks: a life sciences track, an information technology track, and an agriculture/food/bioenergy track. Presentations from up to 45 emerging businesses will run eight minutes each. 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.


The April 2020 event marks the transition from founder Christine Walsh to new Executive Director Phyllis Ellison and the launch into the third decade of introducing venture and private capital to high-growth startup companies with big ideas. “I’m excited to be following in Chris’ footsteps, as well as introducing new aspects to the event, ” said Ellison. “This year, we return to St. Louis. Our companies and investors will meet in the Cortex Innovation Community, giving them both the opportunity for a closer interaction with the St. Louis startup community. From our opening cocktail party to the closing event at Venture Café’s Thursday Gathering, our attendees will have more opportunities to connect with each other and with the St. Louis startup community.”



Companies applying to present at InvestMidwest by the early deadline consistently realize solid benefits. “Over the past ten years, it has become apparent that an early application often receives deeper consideration,” Ellison reported. “If the Selection Committee members have questions, early applicants have time to clarify and strengthen their cases. That can make the difference in the committee’s decision regarding a company being invited to present at InvestMidwest.”


Businesses that are not able to meet the early application deadline still have time to apply by the final deadline without penalty. The final deadline this season is January 31st.


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


“For two decades, we have attracted some of the Midwest region’s best fast-growth companies and a great group of investors,” said Ellison. “The venture capital community and investors recognize the quality of the companies they see at this venture capital forum each year, and that shows through attracting a very consistent group of investors each year.”


Companies that presented at the previous InvestMidwest events have raised well over $1 billion in equity investment. To offer the opportunity for high-growth companies from Kansas City and St. Louis, both cities alternate to host the forum every year.


Entrepreneurs wanting to apply and for more information, visit www.investmidwestforum.com.