On March 23 and 24, 2016, the InvestMidwest Venture Capital Forum was held in downtown St. Louis. The event featured dozens of early stage companies pitching to venture capital investors and was a great opportunity to showcase emerging companies in the life sciences, technology, and food/agriculture/bioenergy industries. The 2016 conference highlighted all of the startup and innovation activity occurring in St. Louis and throughout the Midwest. RubinBrown was proud to be a sponsor for the event and to participate in the forum.
Highlights from the event:
The Forum has a broad reach. Many companies and investors were from the greater St. Louis and Kansas City communities. However, overall representation spanned coast-to-coast, with a handful of international presenting companies.
Technology and digitalization is impacting all industries. While there was a separate presenting track for technology companies, it is clear that technology and digitalization is a key component for most of the companies presenting. Many of the companies in the life sciences and food/ag/bioenergy tracks have technology and digital applications integrated into the market solutions they are providing.
St. Louis and the Midwest is continuing to develop as a key hub of startup and innovation activity. From T-REX downtown to the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, BRDG Park and the Helix Center in West St. Louis County, St. Louis continues to develop the infrastructure enabling emerging and innovative companies to grow and thrive in the region. This was highlighted through an update on St. Louis’ CORTEX Innovation Community presented by Dennis Lower, President and CEO of the CORTEX community. Home to multiple innovation centers, the CORTEX community continues to add infrastructure and facilities to host startup companies, innovative mature companies, and other entities supporting entrepreneurial activity, collaboration and a “live-work-play-learn” community concept. We look forward to the opening of TechShop and more exciting announcements for St. Louis and the Midwest in the coming months.
These were but a few of the takeaways we had from the great two days at the InvestMidwest Venture Capital forum. It was a great program and RubinBrown is proud to have had a chance to sponsor and attend such an event that showcased the region and its leadership in innovation so well!
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