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Michigan Growth Capital Symposium Unveils 25th Anniversary Plans

1/12/2006 --

The MGCS is the longest-running event of its kind.

ANN ARBOR, Mich.—The Michigan Growth Capital Symposium (MGCS)—the premier event where financiers meet the "best of the Midwest" in new businesses and emerging technologies—has unveiled preliminary details for its 25th anniversary event.

Hosted by the University of Michigan Stephen M. Ross School of Business and its Center for Venture Capital and Private Equity Finance (CVP), which recently merged with the school's Samuel Zell & Robert H. Lurie Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies, the event will be held May 16-17, 2006, at the Eagle Crest Conference Center in Ypsilanti.

First held in 1979, the MGCS is the original university-based venture fair, says CVP Director David Brophy, an associate professor of finance at the Ross School. This nationally attended two-day event provides an opportunity for financiers to connect with up-and-coming Midwest businesses and learn about emerging technologies. Last year's event attracted more than 550 attendees, including more than 200 investors. The 25th anniversary event will feature national keynote presenters, top-tier panelists and numerous networking sessions.

Keynote speakers and panelists for the May event will be announced in the first quarter of this year. Panel discussions will explore trends in the Midwest life sciences industry, emerging technologies, trends in coastal venture-capital investment and advances in the alternative energy industry. The conference also will showcase 45 select companies in areas including information technology, life sciences and alternative energy in three investment tracks for venture capitalists, angel investors and institutional investors. More information can also be found on the MGCS Web site at

For more information, contact:
Bernie DeGroat
Phone: (734) 936-1015 or 647-1847