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2019 Event to Focus on the Tech Transfer Successes out of the Region’s Big 10 Research Universities

The Midwest Growth Capital Symposium (MGCS), the premier platform for Midwest emerging growth companies seeking funding to connect with investors, announced that its 2019 event will take place May 14-15 at the Marriott Resort in Ypsilanti, Mich. More than 400 attendees are expected, including leading venture capitalists, angel investors and technology transfer professionals from across the U.S., as well as founders and CEOs of Midwest-based early stage and emerging, high-growth companies.

This year’s program will feature an expanded focus on the entire tech ecosystem in the Midwest, signaled by its name change from the Michigan Growth Capital Symposium. As in years past, the Midwest Growth Capital Symposium will choose approximately 40 companies to pitch their businesses to potential investors and stakeholders in attendance, in addition to hosting its successful University Research track to showcase the commercialization landscape and emerging startups coming out of Midwest-based schools. Application forms for presenting companies are available online until Thursday, March 12 at

The program will also include guest speakers and panel presentations hosted by some of the nation’s leading investors and entrepreneurs. Previous speakers have included Wendell Brooks of Intel Corporation and Intel Capital, Clay B. Thorp of Hatteras Venture Partners, Jim Flynn of Deerfield Capital Management and Adam Lilling of Plus Capital.

David Brophy, Ph.D., Professor, University of Michigan

“Investors and entrepreneurs have begun to give the Midwest and its startups, talent and research institutions the credit they deserve,” said David Brophy, professor of finance and founding director of MGCS. “After nearly four decades, MGCS has attracted an audience that extends beyond Michigan’s borders, and by shining a spotlight on the incredible talent not just in Michigan, but across America’s Heartland, we aim to connect more entrepreneurs with the funding and resources they need to succeed.”

The Midwest Growth Capital Symposium is hosted by the University of Michigan’s Center for Venture Capital & Private Equity Finance at the Ross School of Business, with support from the Michigan Venture Capital Association. Organizers are currently enlisting sponsors for the 2019 event with packages ranging from $1,000-$10,000. For more information, please visit or email Mary Nickson at [email protected].

About the Midwest Growth Capital Symposium
The Midwest Growth Capital Symposium (MGCS) is the original university-based venture investment fair. First held in 1981 as the Michigan Growth Capital Symposium, this decades-old nationally attended event is the largest Midwest venture fair of its kind that brings together venture capital investors, angel investors, high-growth companies, university tech transfer officers and research faculty. MGCS is presented by the Center for Venture Capital & Private Equity Finance and the Zell Lurie Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies at the University of Michigan Ross School of Business, with support from the Michigan Venture Capital Association.

About Michigan Ross
The Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan is a vibrant and distinctive learning community grounded in the principle that business can be an extraordinary vehicle for positive change in today’s dynamic global economy. The Ross mission is to develop leaders who make a positive difference in the world. Through thought and action, members of the Ross community drive change and innovation that improves business and society. Ross is consistently ranked among the world’s leading business schools. Academic degree programs include the BBA, MBA, Part-time MBA (Evening and Weekend formats), Executive MBA, Global MBA, Master of Accounting, Master of Supply Chain Management, Master of Management, and PhD. In addition, the school delivers open-enrollment and custom executive education programs targeting general management, leadership development, and strategic human resource management.