ANN ARBOR, Mich., April 27, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Today, organizers of the Michigan Growth Capital Symposium (MGCS) and this year’s jointly hosted Coulter Investment Forum issued a final call for conference registration, as record attendance is anticipated at this year’s 36th annual event. More than 500 entrepreneurs, investors, researchers and business executives are expected to convene for the two-day conference, which will be held May 16-17 at the Marriott Resort in Ypsilanti, Mich.
As the region’s premier venture fair and first university-backed investment forum of its kind, MGCS will host investors from across the U.S. for two days of networking, company presentations and panel discussions. Earlier this week, the roster of 60 high-growth companies seeking institutional investment was unveiled. These companies from around the U.S. span a range of industries from life sciences to technology.
This year’s MGCS will feature keynote addresses from Clay Thorp, general partner of Hatteras Venture Partners, and Markus Lampinen, CEO of Crowd Valley, along with panel discussions covering topics and trends in entrepreneurship and venture capital led by industry experts and a Technology Transfer Pitch Track. An evening reception will be held at the U-M football stadium the first day of the conference where attendees will have the chance to network on and off the field. Post-symposium, the University of Michigan Medical School and Fast Forward Medical Innovation will host the Biomedical Innovation Cup, which will showcase five biomedical startups from the State of Michigan.
MGCS is hosted by the University of Michigan’s Center for Venture Capital & Private Equity Finance with support from the Michigan Venture Capital Association. The Coulter Investment Forum is hosted by the Wallace H. Coulter Foundation. For more information on this year’s event or to register to attend, please visit www.michigan-gcs.com or www.coulterinvestmentforum.com.
About the Michigan Growth Capital Symposium
The Michigan Growth Capital Symposium (MGCS) is the original university-based venture investment fair, which was first held in 1981. This decades-old nationally attended event is the largest Midwest fair of its kind that brings together venture capital investors, business angels, start-up companies, university tech transfer officers and research faculty. MGCS provides an opportunity for participants from the venture capital community to connect with Midwest start-ups seeking funding and to learn about emerging innovations that span tech and the life sciences. MGCS is presented by the Center for Venture Capital & Private Equity Finance and the Zell Lurie Institute at the University of Michigan Ross School of Business, with support from the Michigan Venture Capital Association.
About the Wallace H. Coulter Foundation
Wallace Coulter dedicated his wealth to continuing to improve health care through medical research and engineering, and established the Wallace H. Coulter Foundation to fund these areas. The Foundation provides leading scientific and medical societies the resources to develop distinctive educational programs designed to improve the quality of care in resource-limited areas. Its’ university-based translational research grant program funds projects at 16 Universities and establishes a business-like commercialization process to accelerate academic innovations to the marketplace. The national Coulter Investment Forum showcases life science companies seeking investment that have been vetted through the Translational Research Partnership Program of participating Universities. The Coulter Foundation also supports American Pacific Islander Association (AAPI) organizations.
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