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Michigan Growth Capital Symposium Will Celebrate 25 Years May 16-17

3/31/2006 --

Panelists announced for event that brings together emerging companies, executives, researchers and venture capitalists.

ANN ARBOR, Mich.—The 2006 Michigan Growth Capital Symposium, which will hold its 25th anniversary event May 16-17 at the Eagle Crest Conference Center in Ypsilanti, has announced its lineup of panelists.

This year's panels will address advances in the life sciences, emerging technologies, alternative energy, trends in spinouts and early-stage investing, intellectual property, negotiating exits, building a company with angel investing, and perspective from 'fund of fund' investors.

Information about the panelists can be found at:

Hosted by the Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan and its Center for Venture Capital and Private Equity Finance of the Samuel Zell & Robert H. Lurie Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies, the symposium is a premier fund-raising platform for Midwest companies seeking to develop and commercialize cutting-edge technologies and attract the attention of national investors.

The event offers attendees the opportunity to build relationships with an unparalleled business network of distinguished venture capitalists, private and corporate investors from the Midwest and both coasts, as well as leading university research faculty and entrepreneurial business professionals. Last year's event attracted more than 550 attendees, including more than 200 investors.

A carefully screened group of 45 companies, representing industries ranging from information technology, life sciences and alternative energy, will present to an audience of venture capitalists, angel investors and institutional investors. Selected presenting companies represent high-potential deals in the Midwest and will be divided among three investment-stage tracks: initial investment, first institutional investment and expansion financing.

For more information or to register, visit or contact Mary Nickson at (734) 615-4424 or

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