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Speakers Announced For Michigan Growth Capital Symposium

ANN ARBOR — The Michigan Growth Capital Symposium has announced speakers for the event, to be held May 16-17 at the Ann Arbor Marriott Ypsilanti at Eagle Crest.

The 36th annual MGCS, the Midwest’s largest venture capital and startup showcase, will feature nearly 60 high-growth companies  presenting from around the United States that span the life sciences and technology industries.

There will also be two keynote presentations and four panel discussions by industry leaders. More than 500 entrepreneurs, researchers, investment professionals and business executives are expected to attend.

Check out the agenda at http://www.MichiganGCS.com. Those attending from outside the Detroit area may reserve a room at the Marriott before 3 p.m. Friday, April 21 to receive a discounted rate of $154 a night.

Clay Thorp of Hatteras Ventures and Markus Limpinen of Crowd Valley headline an impressive roster of respected industry speakers.

Other speakers include Jim Adox, Venture Investors; Sundu Brahmasandra, NeuMoDx Molecular; Mike Blue, Histosonics; Markus Limpenen, Crowd Valley; Clay Thorp, Hatteras Ventures; Larry Berlin, First Analysis Corp.; Don Layden, Baird Capital; Jonathan Murray, Draper Triangle Ventures; Steve Robert, Autobooks; Joan Susie, Bank Director; Justin Field, National Venture Capital Association; Anna Haghgooie, Sandbox Industries; David Kereiakes, River Cities Capital Funds; Dan Kidle, Arboretum Ventures; Ibraheem Badejo, J&J Innovation Center; Sandra Cochrane, Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine; Bill Mayer, Ann Arbor Spark;   Karen Spilizewski, RiverVest Venture Partners and BioEnterprise Corp.

The full list of selected presenting companies will be announced a few weeks prior to the event. Here’s a look at a partial list:

  • Clicktivated – An “amplified video engagement” system for brands looking to create an enhanced interactive user experience
  • TAI Diagnostics – A biotechnology company focused on providing a non-invasive and highly sensitive diagnostic test to monitor the health of transplanted organs in patients who have received solid organ transplants
  • TibaRay, Inc. – A medical device company inventing the next generation of radiation therapy systems, particle accelerators, radio frequency sources and components
  • Neurotherapia – A medical therapeutics company focused on discovering and developing new chemicals for the treatment of neuroinflammatory disease
  • Carrot Wellness – A mobile app designed to encourage users to lead healthier, more active lives
  • WayMark – A Detroit-based mobile and online service that allows local businesses to create and manage digital advertising
  • Histosonics – A medical device company focused on developing Robotically Assisted Sonic Therapy (RAST), a completely non-invasive, focused ultrasound treatment
  • Opticyte – A University of Washington spinout formed to commercialize a next-generation oximeter that will allow clinicians real-time monitoring of cellular oxygenation and perfusion.
  • Atlas Space Operations – A provider of cloud based space access in the rapidly growing global space market

To register for the event or for more information, visit www.michigangcs.org.

Michigan VC Symposium Issues Call For Presenting Companies

ANN ARBOR — The Michigan Growth Capital Symposium will return for its 36th annual celebration of entrepreneurship and business growth May 16-17 at the Marriott Resort in Ypsilanti.

Organizers have issued their call for presenting companies, who want to offer their visions for innovative products and services to an audience of more than 600 investors, founders, and tech transfer professionals.

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UM VC Event Announces Presenting Companies

ANN ARBOR — Organizers of the 25th annual Michigan Growth Capital Symposium have announced the 36 companies that will be presenting at the event.

The companies are early stage and growth companies seeking funding in life sciences, IT and technology.

Hosted by the University of Michigan’s Zell Lurie Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies, with support from the Michigan Venture Capital Association, this year’s symposium will be held May 17-18 at the Marriott Eagle Crest Resort in Ypsilanti.

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Michigan VC Conference Sets Keynote Speakers

ANN ARBOR — The 35th annual Michigan Growth Capital Symposium, Michigan’s largest venture capital event, has unveiled its speaker lineup for the May 17-18 event.

The 2016 program will feature keynote addresses from James Flynn, managing director of New York City-based Deerfield Capital Management, and Adam Lilling, founder and managing partner of Los Angeles-based Plus Capital.

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Last Call For Companies In UM VC Event

ANN ARBOR — The deadline is Thursday, March 10 for companies to apply to present at the Michigan Growth Capital Symposium, to be held May 17 and 18 at the Marriott Resort at Eagle Crest in Ypsilanti.

The event showcases 35 to 40 high growth potential companies in emerging technologies. The event also features keynote speakers, panel discussions, a technology transfer pitch session and ample networking opportunities.

More than 450 attendees are expected with nearly 75 investment firms represented.

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Michigan Growth Capital Event Returning For 35th Year

ANN ARBOR — Organizers of the Michigan Growth Capital Symposium Thursday unveiled initial plans for the 2016 conference, to be held May 17-18 at the Marriott Resort in Ypsilanti.

More than 450 attendees from throughout the Midwest are expected to attend the symposium, now in its 35th year, including leading venture capitalists and the best of the Midwest early stage and emerging, high-growth companies in the region that are seeking institutional investment.

As in past years, about 40 companies will be chosen to present to potential investors, and for the third year, the symposium will feature its successful University Research track to showcase the technology and emerging startups coming out of Midwest-based schools.

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Ford Innovation Boss Meets With VC’s, Startups At U-M Event

YPSILANTI — The door is open for tech startups to talk to Ford Motor Co. about advances in mobility.

That’s the word from Ford Motor Co.’s innovation guru, delivered at the Midwest’s largest venture capital conference, where dozens of young, innovative companies meet with the people who control institutional investment.

“I’m an angel investor in Ford Motor Co.,” said Bill Coughlin, president and CEO of the automaker’s Ford Global Technologies LLC. “I invest in the creation of intellectual property … The door is open to talk to us.”

The leader of the automaker’s skunk works spoke Wednesday at the Michigan Growth Capital Symposium, the annual matchmaking event for startups and venture capital firms, hosted by the University of Michigan and held in Ypsilanti.

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Michigan Growth Capital Symposium Announces Presenting Companies

ANN ARBOR — Organizers of the Michigan Growth Capital Symposium have announced the 32 companies that will be presenting at the 34th annual event that matches emerging companies with venture capital.

The companies represent each of this year’s tracks, including medical devices, diagnostics, therapeutics, healthcare IT, business IT and technology. Additionally, now in its second year, the University Research “Pitch” Track session will feature five technology transfer units of Midwest research universities, which will profile several of their emerging companies.

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Michigan Growth Capital Symposium Adds Focus On University Tech Transfer

ANN ARBOR — Potential investors will have the chance to learn more about university tech transfer and the emerging companies it creates under a new track at this year’s Michigan Growth Capital Symposium.

The annual venture capital conference, organized by the University of Michigan Ross School of Business, announced the new track Thursday in partnership with the Midwest Research University Network.

Six universities will present at this year’s MGCS. Each will provide an overview of the technology transfer program and startup landscape at their institutions, followed by snapshots of several new and interesting ventures emerging from these programs. Investors in attendance will then have access to company executive summaries and contact information for follow up. The new relationship will supplement the MGCS university track, which debuted at last year’s MGCS.

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Michigan Growth Capital Symposium Issues Call For Presenting Companies

ANN ARBOR — Organizers of the Michigan Growth Capital Symposium Thursday opened the application process for companies interested in presenting their businesses to investors.

The 34th annual MGCS, the Midwest’s largest venture capital event, will be held May 19 and 20 at the Marriott Resort at Eagle Crest in Ypsilanti.

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