Minnesota Health IT startups wanted

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MidAmerica Healthcare Venture Forum

The MidAmerica Healthcare Venture Forum is coming to Minnesota for the second time in ten years this December 4th at the Hyatt Minneapolis.

Co-presented by MHIN, IBF and locally hosted by LifeScience Alley (LSA), the purpose is to “unite active investors with corporate business development executives to syndicate investment opportunities with promising Mid-America based start-ups.”

While the event is typically known for appealing to the med device/pharma crowd, LSA member services director Frank Jaskulke wants “more exposure for Minnesota’s health IT entrepreneurs pursuing innovative products and delivery models within the healthcare industry.”

As such, organizers are now accepting proposals for the ‘company showcase’ ($1,000), an opportunity for health IT/health 2.0 startups to pitch and demo in front of regional investors.

“We have great ties to the device and drug firms here, but nowhere near as strong with the growing health IT community,” says Jaskulke.   “Minnesota has a lot going on in this space and we want to see a flag planted here.  We’re already doing it, but don’t have the national profile yet.”

The deadline to apply for 1 of 30 spots is October 15th and companies must have completed at least one round of seed financing prior to the forum and be seeking additional rounds of capital within 6months of the conference.

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