Event Information

InvestMidwest Agenda

The  2019 InvestMidwest  will be held on March 19-20 at the Westin Crown Center in Kansas City. Below is the agenda for the event.

Tuesday, March 19

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


Wednesday, March 20

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 2019 InvestMidwest will be held at the Westin Crown Center in Kansas City.  Information on hotel rates and booking will be available in December 2018.



2018 InvestMidwest Presenting Companies

The 2018 InvestMidwest showcased 43 companies representing 15 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.

2018 Speakers

Dedric A. Carter, PhD, MBA
Vice Chancellor for Operations and Technology Transfer
Professor of Engineering Practice
Faculty Fellow, Wayman Crow Residential College
Washington University in St. Louis

Dedric A. Carter, PhD, MBA serves as vice chancellor for operations and technology transfer and professor of engineering practice at Washington University in St. Louis. In this role, Carter serves as the senior executive officer for many key operations functions including dining and food services, campus card services, Whittemore House, parking and transportation, summer programs and conferences, procurement and resource management, and environmental health and safety. Carter is additionally responsible for the Office of Technology Management. Carter teaches courses in systems applications to technical, business, and policy issues with an emphasis on the entrepreneurial process and new venture creation.

Prior to his present role as vice chancellor, Carter was associate provost and associate vice chancellor for innovation and entrepreneurship at Washington University in St. Louis. In this role, Carter served as the senior executive officer for innovation and entrepreneurship has oversight for the Office of Technology Management, the Center for Research Innovation, and the Skandalaris Center for Entrepreneurial Studies in addition to responsibility for the campus interactions and programming with the Cortex innovation district.

Having started a venture-backed company, Carter enjoys working with students, researchers, and entrepreneurs on ideation and new venture creation. Prior to joining WUSTL in 2013, he served as the Senior Advisor for Strategic Initiatives in the Office of the Director at the US National Science Foundation in addition to serving as the executive secretary to the US National Science Board executive committee in Arlington, VA. Carter launched and oversaw the NSF Innovation Corps (I-Corps) program to impact the speed of basic research commercialization. He has been an Assistant Dean of Engineering at MIT and a senior principal consultant in IT strategy and management.

Dedric has an undergraduate and graduate degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT, an MBA from MIT Sloan School of Management, and a PhD in Information Systems from Nova Southeastern University. Additionally, he studied as a senior executive fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. He is a board member of the Midwest Research Universities Network, the Academy of Applied Sciences, Venture Café, Academy of Sciences St. Louis, MIT School of Engineering Dean’s Advisory Board. Carter serves as a board observer for the Cortex Innovation Community and is a member of the competitions committee for ArchGrants. Carter is a former trustee of MIT and the UVA School of Engineering and Applied Sciences where he served as vice-chair of the Academics Board. Dedric and his wife Ebony B. Carter, a physician and maternal fetal medicine fellow, live on campus at Washington University and have two daughters. He is currently a Faculty Fellow of Wayman Crow Residential College in the Washington University South 40.

Dan Katz
Director of Global Public Policy & North American Projects, Virgin Hyperloop One

Dan directs Hyperloop One’s public policy to enable the deployment of Hyperloop systems worldwide. 

Dan joined Hyperloop One after nearly two decades in government, most recently serving as the Chief of Staff of the U.S. Department of Transportation under former Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx.  Prior to his time in the executive branch of government, Dan worked in the U.S. Senate for 15 years in a variety of senior roles, and was involved in the crafting of several landmark transportation laws.

At USDOT, Dan helped write the federal government’s policy on self-driving cars and the rules for connected-vehicle communication. He also worked on megaprojects like the Hudson River rail tunnel between New Jersey and New York. 

Dan received both is bachelor’s and a law degree from the University of Florida.

2018 InvestMidwest Selection Committees

InvestMidwest is grateful to the InvestMidwest Selection Committees that devoted their time and expertise to screen and select the companies that will present at the 2018 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
  • Bryan Cave
  • CIBC
  • Capital Advisors
  • Cultivation Capital
  • Cultivian Ventures
  • Dupont Pioneer
  • Dundee Venture Capital
  • Enterprise Center of Johnson County
  • Exeteur Group
  • Finistere Ventures
  • Flyover Capital
  • GXP Investments
  • Husch Blackwell LLP
  • Hyde Park Ventures
  • Illinois VENTURES
  • iTen
  • Jump Capital
  • Kansas City Area Life Sciences Institute
  • KCRise Fund
  • Kutak Rock LLP
  • Larta Institute
  • LathropGage
  • Lewis & Clark Ventures
  • Mercury Fund
  • Missouri Technology Corporation
  • Monsanto
  • OpenAir Equity Partners
  • Open Prairie Ventures
  • Polsinelli
  • RiverVest Venture Partners
  • Square 1 Bank
  • TechAccel
  • Thompson Coburn LLP
  • UMKC Innovation Center
  • UNeMed Corporation
  • Yield Lab

For information regarding the 2019 InvestMidwest, please email your contact information to Christine Walsh, InvestMidwest Executive Director, at cwalsh@stlrcga.org