For many reasons, there is a strong movement afoot to help turn the Midwest into a true tech heartland by supporting its startups and taking advantage of the talent emerging from Midwest colleges and universities.

There’s no better example of this than the 2021 Midwest Venture Showcase, a virtual event that allows companies in the heartland that are seeking venture capital investments to present their ideas in front of an online audience of top-tier investors, entrepreneurs, researchers, and business executives.

The 2021 Midwest Venture Showcase is developed from a partnership between the Midwest Growth Capital Symposium (MGCS) and InvestMidwest (a venture capital forum managed by the Cortex Innovation Community that brings together high-growth companies from across the Midwest that are seeking $1 million or more in equity investments in Life Science, Tech, and Ag/Food tracks).

Last year was the first that the event went virtual. It attracted 600 active attendees focused on meeting Midwest companies seeking seed stage, Series A and Series B funding. The 60 companies at the event made dozens of connections with investors across the country.

On the first day of the event there will be speakers and panel discussions on venture investment trends, followed by an afternoon of company pitches. On April 28 will showcase some Tech Transfer pitches as well as panels.

If you are a Midwest company seeking venture capital or if you’re an investor seeking to take advantage of the movement toward the Midwest, you can get more information by visiting www.InvestMidwestForum.com or emailing Phyllis Ellison. The deadline for applications for companies interested in presenting is February 2.