Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Monday, February 11, 2013

Venture capital event issues call for presenting companies

The Michigan Growth Capital Symposium has announced the call for presenting companies for the 32nd annual Midwest equity event May 21-22 at the Marriott Resort in Ypsilanti.

The symposium is the premier Midwest networking event for leaders in venture capital investment to connect with emerging growth companies actively searching for partners and funding. It also has played a key role in trumpeting spinoff companies from Midwest research universities, with significant participation by U-M spinoffs.


For more information or to submit an application, go to the Michigan Growth Capital Symposium website.

Early applications are due Feb. 26 and the final deadline is March 7.

The symposium is presented by the Zell Lurie Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies' Center for Venture Capital & Private Equity Finance at the Stephen M. Ross School of Business, with support from the Michigan Venture Capital Association and the Michigan Economic Development Corp.

More than 400 entrepreneurs, researchers, investment professionals and business executives are expected to attend and nearly 100 regional and top national venture capital firms will be represented.

The two-day event will host dozens of luminary speakers as well as showcase the most promising of early to later stage Midwest, high growth companies seeking institutional investment of $500,000 to tens of millions in funding within the next 12 months.

Since the Growth Capital Symposium's inception in 1980, the event has helped more than 800 companies raise funding and has forged countless valuable relationships that continue to foster growth in the region's startup community.

Dayton, Ohio-based Commuter Advertising presented at the 2012 symposium, and founder Katie Hill said she found it especially impactful for companies based in the Midwest.

"We don't have quite as large of a venture community as other areas across the United States," Hill said. "It's a great way to let the investors in the marketplace know what kind of opportunities are here in our region. If we want to keep innovation growing in the Midwest, these kinds of formats and opportunities are critical in keeping us competitive with other parts of the country."

Selected companies will be invited to deliver a 10-minute pitch on their companies at the symposium and will have the opportunity to participate in the company showcase with dedicated exhibit space throughout both days of the event. Selected companies will be notified by early April.

In addition, a dedicated team of coaches from the Michigan Small Business and Technology Development Center as well the greater Michigan community of venture capitalists and entrepreneurs will provide coaching and assist companies with their presentations.