ANN ARBOR (WWJ) — Organizers of the Michigan Growth Capital Symposium are now accepting applications from companies interested in applying to present at the 33rd annual equity event, taking place June 17-18 at the Marriott Resort in Ypsilanti.

The two-day event will showcase about 40 Midwest-based companies actively seeking funding to grow. The audience: regional and national investors.

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Seed, early-stage, late-stage, and pre-IPO companies that are privately held are encouraged to apply.

MGCS is the original university-based venture fair. First held in 1979, MGCS is presented by the Center for Venture Capital & Private Equity Finance and the Zell Lurie Institute at the University of Michigan Ross School of Business, with support from the Michigan Venture Capital Association and the Michigan Economic Development Corp. More than 450 people are expected to attend.

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Companies that wish to submit an application should be seeking $500,000 to $20 million in funding within six months of the symposium. The application deadline is Tuesday, April 1 and selected companies will be notified on Thursday, April 24. Applications will be reviewed by a selection committee of qualified venture capitalists.

Selected companies will be invited to deliver a 10-minute pitch at the symposium and will receive dedicated exhibit space throughout both days of the event. Also, industry experts from the Michigan Small Business and Technology Development Center and the Ann Arbor New Enterprise Forum, as well the greater Michigan community of venture capitalists and entrepreneurs, will provide coaching.

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Sponsorship opportunities range from Bronze level at $1,000 to Diamond level at $10,000. For more information contact Mary Nickson at (734) 615-4424 or visit