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Midwest Venture Summit 2008: Business Plan Submission Underway

Posted on January 24, 2008

I received a note from the IVCA today about the Midwest Venture Summit that is coming up and I wanted to make sure I got the info out to all of you.

The Midwest Venture Summit is a great way for entrepreneurs of Midwest based early stage* and series A+** companies looking for funding to get in front of the Midwest’s top VCs. In fact, you can get in front of over 100 of them by presenting at the summit. Not too shabby.

The Midwest, as defined by the IVCA, includes these states: IA, IL, IN, KY, MI, MN, MO, NB, ND, OH, Western PA, SD, WI. These are the areas from which the VCs and various service providers will be coming from and from which your company needs to be from in order to participate in the summit.

I would suggest submitting your business plan if you are looking for funding in the Midwest. Sure, it costs $175 but you will get far more value than that if you are selected to present.

Even if you do not end up raising any money via your presentation at the summit (although companies that presented at the past years summit have raised $222mm to date so chances are pretty good that you may land a deal) you will get great feedback from the top business and technology minds in the Midwest that will help to shape your business going forward.

The deadline for submitting plans to the Midwest Venture Summit is January 31, 2008 so make sure to submit your plan sooner rather than later.

Again, this is a great opportunity for Midwest startups and VCs alike. Events like this one will help to put the Midwest on the map as the technology hub that it is.

Disclaimer/clarification: I do not receive any money from promoting this event. I just wanted to help get the word out.

MVS Details:

Dates: March 17th & 18th, 2008

City: Chicago, IL


Day 1 will be located at the University of Chicago Gleacher Center, 450 North Cityfront Plaza Drive, Chicago

Day 2 will be located at the Sheraton Hotel & Towers, 301 East North Water Street, Chicago


IVCA Company Stage Definitions:

* Early stage companies typically have:

**Series A+ companies typically have:


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  1. Kin Lane January 24, 2008 6:55 pm

    Putting your plan and business up for review in front of a group of professionals can be such a healthy process regardless of whether you get funding or not.

    you can learn so much about your business from perspectives you never even thought of.

    Don’t hesitate.