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 Kansas City at Crown Center.  The Westin has a special rate of $179 per night for the InvestMidwest conference.  

To book a room, please click on this link:

Book your group rate for InvestMidwest March 2019


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.

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
M.D. President and Chief Executive Officer of Aratana Therapeutics

Steven St. Peter, M.D. is a founder of Aratana Therapeutics and has served as the President and Chief Executive Officer since September 2012. Dr. St. Peter was a Managing Director of MPM Asset Management LLC from January 2004 to May 2012, where he focused his investments on both venture and buyout transactions across the pharmaceuticals and medical technology industries. He has previous investment experience from Apax Partners and The Carlyle Group, two private equity firms. Dr. St. Peter was previously an Assistant Clinical Professor of medicine at Columbia University. He received his M.D. from Washington University and completed his residency and fellowship at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to his medical training, he was an investment banker at Merrill Lynch. Dr. St. Peter also holds an M.B.A. from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania and a B.A. in Chemistry from the University of Kansas. Dr. St. Peter has served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Kansas City Area Life Sciences Institute since March 2014 and as a member of the Board of Directors of the Greater Kansas City Foundation since November 2015.

2019 InvestMidwest Selection Committees

InvestMidwest is grateful to the InvestMidwest Selection Committees that devote their time and expertise to screen and select the companies that will present at the 2019 InvestMidwest. Members of the firms listed below participate 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 Christine Walsh, InvestMidwest Executive Director, at cwalsh@stlrcga.org