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Featured Investment Groups

Representatives of the investment groups listed below have agreed to support this event by participating in our investment panel or serving as judges for our elevator pitch competition. We thank these investment groups for their participation.

The Incubation Factory logo

The Incubation Factory (TIF) is unique to the technology transfer industry, in that we serve as a Commercialization Agent for leading Technology Transfer organizations. The Incubation Factory is actively acting in this capacity for National Laboratories, Universities and Research Institutions, worldwide. Our Technology Transfer clients leverage us to remove the art of the start by utilizing structured, proven processes that result in faster time to market, lower commercialization risk and high returns to technology partners. We are a go to market accelerator composed of experienced professionals who have hands-on technology and product development experience and a track record of creating successful technology-based companies.
DFJ Mercury logo

DFJ Mercury is a seed and startup venture capital firm. Headquartered in Houston, Texas, DFJ Mercury invests in compelling and novel information technology and science-based startup opportunities. DFJ Mercury seeks to partner with extraordinary entrepreneurs to build globally competitive businesses, focusing on technology innovation in the U.S. Midcontinent. Our team has broad experience and relationships with tech transfer offices and regional technology incubators, and appreciates hard science with solid intellectual property. Our firm has a particular focus on university spin-outs and incubation, often investing prior to a business plan or management team being formed.

Since inception in 2005, DFJ Mercury has become one of the most active seed funds in the Midcontinent, becoming a go-to venture firm for entrepreneurs at the earliest stages of idea generation, company formation, and market execution. DFJ Mercury is a partner in the DFJ Global Network of venture funds.

Allied Minds logo

Allied Minds is a private equity-funded innovation company with offices in Boston and Los Angeles. The Company creates startup businesses based on early-stage technology developed at renowned U.S. universities and national labs, and serves as a holding company that supports these businesses with capital, management and shared services. Allied Minds is the premier firm to utilize this novel and fully-integrated approach to technology investing. The Company’s subsidiary investments span multiple business sectors and offer an attractive risk-return profile, a deliverable timeline and potential products that will be groundbreaking in their respective fields. These subsidiaries include BA Logix, Biotectix, Cephalogics, CryoXtract, Illumasonix, ProGDerm, Precision Biopsy, Purtein, RF Biocidics, SaltCheck, SciFluor Life Sciences, SiEnergy Systems, SoundCure and Spin Transfer Technologies. www.alliedminds.com

Nidus Partners logo

Nidus Partners LP is a unique collaboration between proven entrepreneurs and strategic corporations who, together, are commercializing renewable, sustainable and transformative energy technologies. By identifying and commercializing early-stage energy innovations, Nidus creates sustainable businesses that provide a competitive advantage to its select partners. For more information, please visit http://www.niduspartners.com or follow our business on www.twitter.com/NidusPartners.

Advantage Capital Partners logo

Advantage Capital Partners is an innovative group of venture capital partnerships that has raised more than $1.6 billion in capital. Founded in 1992, the firm has grown to include offices in Missouri, Louisiana, New York, Texas, California, Illinois, Florida, Mississippi and Washington, D.C., with affiliated offices in Alabama, Colorado and Wisconsin. From the start, Advantage Capital has raised private funds to invest in states and communities that are underserved by traditional sources of risk capital. The firm has built a strong and successful track record of public-private partnerships with state and federal economic development organizations, facilitating the flow of billions of dollars of investment capital into these communities. Advantage Capital provides equity and debt capital, along with value-added counsel and other support, to operating businesses that have the potential for excellent investor returns as well as significant community impact. The firm uses this dual bottom line to measure its success.

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Centennial Investors is a network of mid-Missouri angel investors who provide funding for start-up and early-stage companies for both University and private sector entrepreneurs. Centennial Investors' members meet those capital needs to 1.) Generate a return on members' investment and 2.) Stimulate the creation of jobs. Besides investing money is new companies, CI members commit time to entrepreneurs and their companies through mentoring and coaching as well as serving on boards of advisors or directors. Now five years old, Centennial Investors has over 50 accredited investors as members who, so far, have invested in ten companies.

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