Company Selection & Criteria

Pitch at the MGCS/InvestMidwest's 2020 Midwest Venture Showcase

Thank you for considering the opportunity to submit an application for the 2020 Midwest Venture Showcase. Applications are currently under review. Companies selected to participate in the online venture forum will be notified, Tuesday, March 24. Invited companies are required to participate in a virtual coaching session and to register for the conference. Presenting companies may register at the per person rate of $85 (The $15 application fee is being applied to the standard registration rate of $100).

MGCS 2019 Companies

Presenting Company Selection

Companies selected to participate in the online Midwest Venture Showcase will be privately-held companies from a range of industries and stages of funding. Companies encouraged to apply include seed, early-stage, late-stage, and pre-IPO. Presenting company applications will be reviewed by a team of Midwest qualified venture capitalists that comprise our selection committee.


For companies to be considered, a Midwest connection is preferred. In addition, companies should meet the following criteria:

  • currently or seeking financing within six months of the symposium
  • seeking investment capital over $1M
  • projecting meaningful revenues and traction in the next three to five years

Each application submission will be reviewed based on the company’s: market opportunity, product, market potential / competitors, management team and investors, financial projections, capital needs.

The application consists of your contact information and the submission of an executive summary (four page maximum). The executive summary should include a company description, target markets, competition, milestones, management team, current investors, funding to date, financing sought, use of proceeds, five year financial projection and the reason an investor should invest in the company at this time.

Presenter Benefits

  • Four-page executive summary in the conference binder
  • Listing of company name and link at the online Midwest Venture Showcase
  • Investor pitch and presentation coaching
  • Profile with your executive summary and video link, will showcase your business to a regsitered audience of venture capitalists and institutional investors
  • Access to all registrants and their contact information.

Coaching/ Training Session

Selected companies are expected to participate in a Presentation Review Session that will be scheduled in early April. The 75 minute session is designed to help presenters refine and hone their formal presentation. There is no cost for presenters to participate in the review session, which will be done virtually. Follow up sessions are also available. Information about the review dates and the schedule will be sent to selected companies in March.

Registration Fees

The format of the online Midwest Venture Showcase provides numerous networking opportunities for participating companies. The discounted registration fee of $85 per person, provides access to all registrants as well as a dedicated company profile with the executive summary and video link.