The application process has begun for presenting companies for the 31st annual Michigan Growth Capital Symposium. MGCS is the Midwest’s leading event for attracting the best investors from across the U.S. and introducing them to high-quality, early stage and growth companies seeking funding. Presented by the University of Michigan Zell Lurie Institute‘s Center for Venture Capital & Private Equity Finance at the Ross School of Business with support from the Michigan Venture Capital Association, this year’s Symposium will be held May 15-16, 2012 at the Marriott Resort in Ypsilanti, Mich.
MGCS features programming and opportunities for startups and venture capitalists. Since 2000, more than three-hundred companies have presented at the Symposium and about 70% of those companies have gone on to raise capital totaling more than $1.7 billion in investments.
Applicants should be privately-held companies from a range of industries and seeking $500,000 to $20 million in funding. For any company that presents, there is a valuable opportunity to pitch their business to venture capitalists, angel investors and institutional investors. Another valuable tool is that presenting companies have access to expert coaching, preparation assistance, exhibit space, and investors all in one place.
The early application deadline is February 23 and the final deadline is March 6 at midnight. Presenting companies will be independently selected by a committee of qualified venture capitalists from across the U.S. The selected companies will be notified on April 5. The application, as well as registration and sponsorship information, can be found on the Symposium’s website, www.MichiganGCS.com.