Event Information

InvestMidwest Agenda

The  2019 InvestMidwest  will be held on March 19-20 at the Westin Kansas City at Crown Center. 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
9:00 am - 11:30 am Company Presentations

11:30 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 Kansas City at Crown Center.  The Westin has a special rate of $179 per night for the InvestMidwest conference.  This rate is available until March 1  and will be honored on a space available basis after this date.

To book a room, please click on this link:

Book your group rate for InvestMidwest March 2019


2019 InvestMidwest Presenting Companies

The 2019 InvestMidwest showcased 36 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.

2019 Speakers

Tim Barton

Tim Barton founded Freightquote in 1998, leveraging technology to create a better way for carriers and shippers to work together. As Chairman and CEO, Tim grew Freightquote to be the largest online freight brokerage, handling over one million shipments each year. Freightquote was acquired by a Fortune 200 company in 2015.

Tim’s innovation and leadership has been acknowledged by Ernst and Young who awarded him Entrepreneur of the Year and also by Entrepreneur Magazine with a top five spot on their Hot 100 list. His vision and success is evident in the recognition Freightquote received over the years, including Forbes Magazine’s Best of the Web and Kansas City Business Journal’s Top 150 Private Companies.

Prior to Freightquote, Tim was the Co-founder and President of UWI Association Programs. UWI grew organically and through acquisitions into publicly-traded Network Long Distance before selling to IXC Communications/Broadwing in 1998.

Tim holds an MA in Finance from Louisiana State University and a BA in Business from the University of Kansas. He is a recipient of the KU School of Business Distinguished Alumni Award and is a member of their Board of Advisors.

Today Tim mentors and advises startups and established companies looking to transform their businesses through technology. He is the founder of Edison Factory, an investment and consulting firm based in Austin and Kansas City.

Steven St. Peter
Managing Director, Vie Ventures

Steven St. Peter, MD is the Founder and Managing Director of Vie Ventures, a life sciences venture capital company. From 2012 until 2019, Dr. St. Peter was the Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer of Aratana Therapeutics, Inc. (Nasdaq: PETX) an animal health company headquartered in Leawood, Kansas focused on the licensing, development and commercialization of innovative pet therapeutics.

Dr. St. Peter was previously a Managing Director at MPM Capital where he led the investment in and served as Chairman of Aratana Therapeutics. While at MPM, his investment scope included both venture and buyout transactions across the pharmaceutical and medical technology industries. His investment experience includes positions at Apax Partners and The Carlyle Group. Over the past decades, Dr. St. Peter has founded, invested in and/or been involved with several life sciences companies including Align Technologies, Medpointe, ESP Pharma, SkinMedica, Omrix, Pharmathene, Xanodyne, Syndax, EKR Therapeutics, Proteon, Rhythm and many others.

Previously, Dr. St. Peter was Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at Columbia University. He received a Doctor of Medicine degree from Washington University and completed his residency and fellowship at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. He also holds an MBA in Finance from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a BA in Chemistry from the University of Kansas.

2019 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 2019 InvestMidwest. Members of the firms listed below participated in the selection process.

  • 30Ventures
  • Ag Innovation Development Group
  • Ag Ventures Alliance
  • AgTech Advisors
  • Bayer
  • Bioenterprise Corporation
  • BioGenerator
  • BioNexus KC
  • Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner
  • Capital Advisors
  • CIBC
  • Cultivation Capital
  • Cultivian Ventures
  • Dupont Pioneer
  • Dundee Venture Capital
  • Exeteur Group
  • Finistere Ventures
  • Flyover Capital
  • Fulcrum Global Capital
  • GXP Investments
  • Husch Blackwell LLP
  • Hyde Park Ventures
  • i2E
  • Illinois VENTURES
  • Innova Memphis
  • J.P. Morgan Chase & Co
  • Jump Capital
  • KansasBio
  • KCRise Fund
  • Kutak Rock LLP
  • Lathrop Gage
  • Lewis & Clark Ventures
  • M25
  • Missouri Technology Corporation
  • Mucker Capital
  • OpenAir Equity Partners
  • Open Prairie Ventures
  • 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 Phyllis Ellison at pellison@cortexstl.com