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Wed, May 08



Midwest Showcase | Chicago

Showing off the Midwest's Regional Medtech Ecosystem.

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Midwest Showcase | Chicago
Midwest Showcase | Chicago

Time & Location

May 08, 2024, 9:00 AM – 6:30 PM

Chicago, 1623 W Fulton St, Chicago, IL 60612, USA

About the Event

Panel Discussions:

  • Venture Capital: How venture capitalists seek startups with key qualities, assess market potential and scalability, watch for red flags that deter investment, and consider the evolving landscape's implications for startups.
  • Confirmed Speakers: Alan Davis at BioStar Capital; Josh Nickols at Boomerang Ventures; Liz Todia at Mutual Capital Partners; Jeremy Langsam at Portal Innovations
  • Diversified Funding: Explore diverse funding sources, starting by assessing your needs and researching available options in your industry or region. Where do you start and where to you turn?
  • Confirmed Speakers: Jessica Sublett at Bounce Innovation Hub; Melissa Lederer at mHUB; Annette Gilchrist at NINDS Small Business Program; Elyse Kemmerer White at Blueprint MedTech, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
  • Where Does Innovation Happen: Innovation arises from various sectors, with organizations actively fostering and championing new technologies to enhance patient well-being.
  • Confirmed Speakers: Dan Rodawig at University of Illinois, Carle Illinois College of Medicine; Justin Renfrow at Purdue University, Incubator; Jon Darsee at University of Iowa; Cory Criss at Nationwide Children's Hospital and Midwest Pediatric Device Consortium 
  • Other Dilutive Capital: If you're not prepared to pursue venture capital funding, there exist alternative fundraising avenues to secure initial capital. Discover the types of investments available, optimal timing for investment, and effective methods for obtaining funding.
  • Confirmed Speakers: Carl Stamp at Gopher Angels; Ben Pidgeon at VisionTech Angels; Doron York at City Side Ventures;
  • Strategics: Strategic organizations assess new medical technologies for potential acquisition in their portfolios to advance their growth strategies. Discover how they evaluate medical technology, as well as their preferences regarding timing and communication.
  • Confirmed Speakers: Michael Gietl at JP Morgan Chase;

Fast Rounds:

  • Aaron DeGagne at Pitchbook
  • Eddie Pauline at Ohio Life Sciences
  • Katrina Holland at MedTech Color
  • Jeff Brooks at Apple Growth Partners
  • Dave Kall at McDonald Hopkins
  • Tom Denison at Smart Health Catalyzer
  • Jennifer Palinchik at Jalex Medical
  • John Conrad at iBio
  • Kevin Saem at Zapyrus 

The Format: Panel discussions from thought leaders in the Midwest, Networking, Pitch Competition, On-site Happy Hour

Target Market: Medical Device, Diagnostic, Wearables, Digital Health, Health IT, Software as a Medical Device

Who Attends: Emerging and Growth Stage Companies, Service Providers, Investors, Innovation Groups, Incubators/Accelerators

Event Value: Connecting with the Regional and Global Ecosystem

Pitch Deck Submission Deadline: April 1, 2024

Startups: please send your pitchdeck to to be given a table in our showcase.  It comes complementary with the purchase of a ticket.

Block of Rooms at Talbott Hotel



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