A chance for Midwest healthcare startups to pitch active investors

We’re taking applications for the company showcase at the MidAmerica Healthcare Venture Forum on April 22-23 in Chicago. Life science, health IT and digital health companies that qualify will present to a gathering of venture capitalists and other firms. At the last event, attendees included the likes of Abbott Biotech Ventures, Arboretum Ventures, BlueCross BlueShield Venture Partners, Essex Woodlands Health Ventures, Fletcher Spaght, GE Healthymagination Fund, Lemhi Ventures, Mayo Clinic Ventures and Thomas, McNerney & Partners, among many others.

There are already a lot of grim predictions about healthcare fund-raising in 2014. But at least 30 early-stage companies – from life science to health IT to digital health – will get a chance to pitch active, eager investors.

We’re taking applications for the company showcase at the MidAmerica Healthcare Venture Forum on April 22-23 in Chicago. Companies that qualify will get a chance to present in front of the conference’s gathering of healthcare venture capitalists and other firms.

If you fit the criteria you should apply now. The deadline to apply is Jan. 30.

MedCity News has partnered with MidAmerica Healthcare Investors Network (MHIN) to produce the event, where the best of the Midwest’s healthcare investor community join with early-stage innovators and other thought leaders to facilitate investment opportunities and understand the trends in emerging innovations and up-and-coming startups.

More than 300 business development executives, venture capitalists, angel investors and C-level executives from Midwest healthcare industry and beyond attended the last event, including the likes of Abbott Biotech Ventures, Arboretum Ventures, BlueCross BlueShield Venture Partners, Essex Woodlands Health Ventures, Fletcher Spaght, GE Healthymagination Fund, Lemhi Ventures, Mayo Clinic Ventures and Thomas, McNerney & Partners, among many others.

Make sure your startup is showcased and your product presented to the elite audience in attendance. There are 30 slots available for privately held companies to present their product, business model and investment opportunities.

To qualify, your company must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a MidAmerica-based company – a swath of the United States that covers the Midwest plus Tennessee, northern Texas and Alabama (see image at right) – with a product/innovation in medical devices, diagnostics, health IT, regenerative medicine or biopharmaceuticals.
  • Have completed at least one round of seed financing prior to the forum and be seeking additional rounds of capital either currently or within 6 to 9 months of the conference.

Companies accepted into the showcase are required to pay a one-time nominal fee of $1,000 which includes: one (1) guaranteed presentation slot, as well as a company profile and speaker bio in conference workbook; one (1) complimentary registration ($1,095 value); discounted registration rate of $695 for colleagues; and discounted rate of $1,500 for an exhibit table (regularly $3,500).

Companies interested in presenting can apply here. Please contact MedCity’s events team if you have any questions.

As many of you know, MedCity itself was launched and largely funded in the Midwest, so we’re doubly excited to offer opportunities to fund health IT, medical device, biotech and pharma in the region. Please apply. I look forward to seeing you all in April.

The event already has sponsors including the likes of GE Capital Healthcare Financial Services, Armentum Partners, Capital Royalty and StoneArch. Find out more about MidAmerica Healthcare Venture Forum and how you can get involved in the event.

[Photo courtesy of Flickr user james_in_to]