Invest Midwest

Over 140 Companies Apply to Pitch at InvestMidwest

Still Time to Register for 2019's Venture Capital Forum in Kansas City.

Nearly 12 dozen, fast-growth companies spanning North America have applied to introduce their businesses to prospective investors at InvestMidwest Venture Capital Forum this coming March in Kansas City.

β€œWe received more than 140 applications from entrepreneurs in 19 states seeking to present their business cases to venture capitalists, private and corporate investors, and other business professionals,” said Christine Walsh, Executive Director of InvestMidwest Venture Capital Forum.

This year InvestMidwest, marks 20 years of introducing fast-growth businesses to prospective investors. Early registration rates are being offered through March 1.

InvestMidwest will be held March 19-20 at the Westin Kansas City at Crown Center. A selection committee comprised of venture capitalists, business leaders and executives from across the region will select up to 40 of the best applicants to present at InvestMidwest. Those selections are expected to be finalized by February 15.

β€œWhen the final selection process is complete, we anticipate there will be 36-40 dynamic, fast-growth companies presenting at this year’s InvestMidwest Venture Capital Forum,” she said.

20 Years of Invest Midwest

β€œWe saw about 350 people – including venture capitalists, angel investors and corporate investors – at the 2018 InvestMidwest in St. Louis, and we expect a similar turnout at this year’s InvestMidwest forum in Kansas City.”

Companies that presented at the previous 19 InvestMidwest events have raised funding in excess of $1 billion in equity, corporate collaborations and exit proceeds. Historically, the forum has been staged in alternate years in the Kansas City area, as it will be this year, and in St. Louis, as it was in 2018.

InvestMidwest 2019 will include three separate industry tracks presenting simultaneously: a life sciences track; an agriculture, food and bioenergy track; and a technology track. Presenters will have no more than eight minutes apiece to make a compelling case about their respective businesses to pique the interest of prospective funders.

In addition to industry track venues for presentations, InvestMidwest offers numerous opportunities for entrepreneurs to meet privately with venture capitalists, private and corporate investors, and business, legal and financial professionals.

For more information, to register, or to make hotel reservations, please visit

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