Calling entrepreneurs seeking venture capital -- and what tech savvy wizard isn't these days?
The early application deadline is Nov. 18 for entering the 13th Annual InvestMidwest Venture Capital Forum.
The event, slated for April 4-5 in St. Louis, showcases 45 high-growth companies from throughout the Midwest in three categories: Technology, life sciences, and clean energy/sustainability.
The application form can be completed online at InvestMidwestForum.com.
The 43 companies that pitched their business plans last year have secured more than $850 million, collectively, in investments.
"Those investments come not only through the relationships sparked at the forum, but also through the experience that the companies get that helps them to better sell their stories long after the event," said Chris Walsh, InvestMidwest's executive director.
Chicago startups are also winning recognition on the world stage. Three are among 50 companies vying to go to the Global Entrepreneurship Congress in Liverpool, England, in March. Details about the competition can be found at Startup Open (StartupOpen.com).
The three finalists are:
** Pocket Literacy Coach (PocketLiteracy.com), a Chicago text message and content service that delivers content to parents' mobile phones five times a week so they can share activities with their children.
** HireBrite (Hirebrite.com), a Chicago resource aimed at helping students find jobs. It is currently limited to three schools -- Harvard University, the University of Chicago and the Illinois Institute of Technology.
** Pervasive Healthcare Solutions, a Naperville startup that lets clinicians and health-care administrators access performance facts and other best practices information.
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