Michigan Growth Capital Symposium sets 37th annual VC fest

ANN ARBOR — The Michigan Growth Capital Symposium will bring together more than 400 venture capitalists with dozens of emerging growth companies for its 37th annual session, May 15 and 16 at the Marriott Eagle Crest Resort in Ypsilanti.

Thirty-six companies will be chosen to present and have the opportunity to pitch their businesses to potential investors and stakeholders in attendance.

The MGCS will also feature a dedicated University Research track to showcase emerging companies coming out of the Midwest’s top-ranked universities.

Several informative panel presentations comprised of some of the country’s top investors and entrepreneurs will also be featured, as well as several keynote speakers.

“Venture capitalists and entrepreneurial leaders across the country are beginning to give the Midwest and its top-notch startups and talent the attention they deserve,” said David Brophy, professor of finance at the University of Michigan and founding director of MGCS. “For almost four decades, MGCS has been proud to give the high-growth startups here in the Midwest a forum to make the connections and find the resources they need to bring their businesses to a national level.”

MGCS is hosted each year by the UM’s Center for Venture Capital & Private Equity Finance at the Ross School of Business, with support from the Michigan Venture Capital Association.

Application forms for companies to present that are seeking seed, A and B rounds of funding will be available online from Jan. 16 through March 6 at www.Michigan-GCS.com.

Organizers are also seeking sponsors for the 2018 event with packages ranging from $1,000 from $10,000. For more information, contact Mary Nickson at (734) 615-4424 or mnickson@umich.edu.

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