The KC Animal Health Corridor announced this week that it is now accepting applications to present at the 2014 KC Animal Health Investment Forum on August 26 in Kansas City, Mo.
Now in its sixth year, the Forum is one of the only opportunities in the world for early-stage companies in the animal health sector to present their vision, business plan and technology to potential investors. Applications are due on April 18, and companies can apply on the forum website.
The selection committee will consider companies that meet the following criteria:
- Seeking $500,000 to $20 million in funding
- Revenue projections of $20 million within five to seven years
Attendees include venture capitalists, angel investors, tech transfer professionals, university researchers, incubators and more. Companies that presented at the first four Investment Forums have raised more than $120 million.
In 2013, thirteen early and mid-stage companies from 11 states, Belgium and Japan presented to a group that included 98 animal health companies and 33 funds from five different countries. More than 100 1:1 meetings were held that day, and one of the presenters, Belgian pet antiviral specialist Okapi Sciences, was purchased this month by Aratana Therapeutics (NASDAQ: PETX), a Kansas City-based pet drug developer. Another 2013 presenter, Once Innovations, received $5.3 million as part of a Series A equity funding round in late November.