Event Information

InvestMidwest Agenda

The  2018 InvestMidwest  will be held on March 28-29 at the Hilton St. Louis at the Ballpark. Below is the agenda for the event.

Wednesday, March 28

3:00 pm Registration begins
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm Opening Reception


Thursday, March 29

7:00 am -  8:00 am Registration and Forum breakfast
8:00 am -  8:45 am Breakfast program
8:45 am - 11:45 am Company Presentations

11:45 am--12:30 pm

12:30 pm - 2:00 pm


Luncheon and Luncheon Program

2:00 pm Adjourn


Hotel Reservations

The 2018 InvestMidwest will be held at the Hilton St. Louis at the Ballpark, 1 S. Broadway, St. Louis, MO 63102.  InvestMidwest has secured a reduced rate of $142 for rooms booked by March 9.

For more information about the hotel and to book a room, please click here.




2017 InvestMidwest Presenting Companies

The 2017 InvestMidwest  showcased 44 companies representing 11 states in the three industry tracks of life sciences, technology and food/ag/bioenergy.

Accredited investors are welcome to view information regarding these companies.  Please click here to request this information.

2017 Speakers


2017 Speakers

Michael Helmstetter, Ph.D.
Co-Founder, President and CEO, TechAccel

Dr. Michael Helmstetter serves as Co-Founder, President, and Chief Executive Officer of Technology Acceleration Partners (TechAccel LLC). 

TechAccel is a first-of-its-kind private capital development company that invests in, acquires, and accelerates early-stage discoveries and technologies in agriculture, animal health, and food ingredient sectors. TechAccel targets higher risk innovatons in need of advancement capital coupled to scientific expertise.  The innovations are advanced in collaboration with Global Strategics, Universities and/or emerging start-up companies.  

Before founding TechAccel, Michael served as the fifth President and Chief Executive Officer of MRIGlobal – one of the nation's most prominent research institutions. Over his 14 years with MRIGlobal (formerly Midwest Research Institute), he was critical to the growth of MRIGlobal from 2 locations to 17 locations in 9 states, as well as several international locations. He was integral to the spin-off of several companies and played a leadership role in the company’s win of a $1 billion Department of Energy contract.

Prior to joining MRIGlobal, he held a series of laboratory management positions at Applied Marine Research Laboratory in Norfolk, Virginia, before becoming the Program Manager for the Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution in Fort Pierce, Florida.  In 1993, Dr. Helmstetter served as President and Chairman of startup Brevard Teaching and Research Laboratories, a post he held until 1999 when MRIGlobal acquired BTR Labs and retained Dr. Helmstetter as Director of its Florida Division.

Michael has more than 30 years of experience working with both the private sector and government agencies. His start-up, spin-off and technology advancement expertise spans many sectors including agriculture, defense and biotechnology. His personal success in laboratory research and development covers biotechnology, toxicology, chemical instrumentation, sampling designs and complex data analysis. 

Michael received a Ph.D. in Chemical Toxicology/Oceanography from Old Dominion University and a B.S. in Biology from Allegheny College.  He has been a panelist, keynote speaker, lecturer, reviewer to several journals, and is the author of numerous publications, technical articles, book chapters, and technical reports. He has served on numerous boards and committees including: 

  • Labconco Corporation Board of Directors
  • Kansas City Area Life Sciences Institute Board of Directors
  • University of Missouri-Kansas City Board of Trustees
  • Animal Health Corridor Advisory Board
  • Kansas City Area Development Council Board of Directors 
  • Civic Council of Greater Kansas City Member
  • Greater Kansas City Chamber Board of Director, Executive Committee and Big 5 Committees for Animal Health and Entrepreneurship

Michael lives in suburban Kansas City. You can reach him via the TechAccel website, on Twitter (@Tech_Accel) and LinkedIn.


2017 Speakers

Toby Rush
Founder and CEO, EyeVerify

Toby Rush is the CEO of EyeVerify, an innovative mobile biometrics company that he founded in 2012 to provide a private, convenient and secure biometric alternative to passwords and PIN codes on mobile devices. Over four years, he built the team from six to more than fifty employees, and evolved EyeVerify’s patented technology, Eyeprint ID™, from concept to real-world implementation. In 2016, dozens of financial institutions, including Wells Fargo and Alipay, integrated Eyeprint ID into their mobile applications, and millions of users have enrolled in the service. In September 2016, Ant Financial, the parent of Alipay and financial services arm of Alibaba Group, acquired EyeVerify, which now operates as a wholly-owned subsidiary.

Toby also founded and led Rush Tracking Systems, an RFID solutions venture, to a successful exit. His deep expertise in imaging, sensors and mobility from both startups gives him early insight into the trends and technologies impacting consumers and the enterprise, which he continues to use to create opportunities for trusted identity in the digital world. Prior to EyeVerify and Rush Tracking Systems, Toby led the product development & QA for SAT Corp, a venture funded mobile software company out of Houston. Toby also started and led the MobilEdge practice group for BSI consulting. He started his career with Accenture deploying SAP enterprise systems. Toby has an BS in Engineering from Kansas State University.


2017 InvestMidwest Selection Committees

InvestMidwest is grateful to the InvestMidwest Selection Committees that devoted their time and expertise to screen and select the companies that presented at the 2017 InvestMidwest. Members of the firms listed below participated in the selection process.

  • 30Ventures
  • Ag Innovation Development Group
  • Ag Ventures Alliance
  • AgTech Advisors
  • Bioenterprise Corporation
  • BioGenerator
  • Black & Veatch
  • Capital Advisors
  • Cultivian Ventures
  • Dundee Ventures
  • Enterprise Center of Johnson County
  • Exeteur Group
  • Fulcrum Global Capital
  • Honeywell
  • Husch Blackwell LLP
  • i2E
  • Illinois VENTURES
  • Innovate Arkansas
  • iTen
  • Jump Capital
  • Kansas City Area Life Sciences Institute
  • Kutak Rock LLP
  • Larta Institute
  • Lewis & Clark Ventures
  • Linn Grove Venrures
  • Mercury Fund
  • Missouri Technology Corporation
  • OpenAir Equity Partners
  • Open Prairie Ventures
  • Pritzker Group
  • RiverVest Venture Partners
  • TechAccel
  • The Private Bank
  • Thompson Coburn LLP
  • UMKC Innovation Center
  • UNeMed Corporation
  • Yield Lab

For information regarding the 2018 InvestMidwest, please email your contact information to Christine Walsh, InvestMidwest Executive Director, at cwalsh@stlrcga.org