Technology and Top-Tier Investors to Transform 2013 Michigan Growth Capital Symposium

 Technology and Top-Tier Investors to Transform 2013 Michigan Growth Capital
                                  Symposium

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ANN ARBOR, Mich., March 19, 2013

Nation's Oldest University-based Venture Fair Continues to Evolve after More
Than Three Decades

ANN ARBOR, Mich., March 19, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Even with the
distinction of being the longest-running university-based venture capital fair
in the nation, organizers of the Michigan Growth Capital Symposium (MGCS)
continually refine the format and program in order to attract the best and
brightest startups and investors from across country. To that end, event
organizers today announced that they have tapped Ann Arbor-based event tech
firm CrowdJuice to maximize networking opportunities among attendees and
extend the life of MGCS beyond the two-day symposium for the respected roster
of investors already registered to attend.

"We're going to see some bigger funds participating, more representation of
growth capital companies presenting, plus our usual array of startup and early
stage companies," said David J. Brophy, MGCS founder and director and
professor of finance at the University of Michigan Ross School of Business.
"With this in mind, we're crafting a program that, upon inspection, will look
very much like what's going on in the market - and leaning in the direction of
what we expect to be coming down the road. Providing insight into the latest
market trends and access to up-to-date technology to navigate networking
opportunities are the touches that make the Symposium a must-attend event each
year."

CrowdJuice Helps Attendees Maximize Value

Ann Arbor-based CrowdJuice provides an event app that brings powerful,
interactive features to conferences, trade shows, and corporate meetings. It
was first introduced at the 2011 Symposium, enabling attendees to connect
ahead of the event, engage during it, and maintain contact into the future.
Following positive feedback, organizers have opted to not only again offer the
CrowdJuice app to registered attendees, but also extend the service.

The Michigan Growth Capital Symposium will offer its own mobile app for the
32^nd annual event, powered by CrowdJuice. Available exclusively to registered
attendees, the app will enable users to network with other attendees, learn
about event sponsors and get details on presenting companies. It will also
feature trending tweets based on hot topics emerging from the event's program
and active dialogue. The mobile app will be available to registered attendees
in mid-April.

Symposium Continues to Attract Top Investors

More than 65 investment firms will be represented at this year's event,
including angel, seed and growth stage investors from across the U.S. In
addition to partaking in the many networking opportunities, investors will
hear presentations from up to 36 "Best of the Midwest" companies across
emerging growth sectors such as life sciences and technology, as well as
contribute their expertise to a number of panels set to take place during the
event.

Investment firms represented at the 2012 event included Landmark
Angels/Landmark Capital, Flagship Ventures, GM Ventures, BioStar Ventures,
Plymouth Management Company, Hopen Life Science Ventures, Illinois State
Treasurer's Office, Fletcher Spaght Ventures, Essex Woodlands, Lighthouse
Capital Partners, 5AM Ventures, Michigan Accelerator Fund, Bank of Ann Arbor,
Ann Arbor Angels, Apjohn Ventures, Arboretum Ventures, Open Prairie Ventures,
Allos Ventures, RPM Ventures, Triathlon Medical Ventures, TGap Ventures, Huron
River Ventures, Chrysalis Ventures, DFJ Mercury, Baird Venture Partners, Early
Stage Partners, Venture Investors, ARCH Venture Partners, SV Life Sciences,
Beringea, Credit Suisse, Arsenal Venture Partners, Amherst Fund, Rho Ventures,
Renaissance Venture Capital Fund, DTE Energy Ventures, Foundry Group, Quaker
Partners, Grand Angels, Resonant Venture Partners, Detroit Venture Partners,
Ascension Health Ventures, Lumira Capital, Dow Ventures, Morgenthaler
Ventures, Osage University Partners, Boston Financial & Equity Corp., SWMF
Life Science Fund, Converge Medical Technologies, Silicon Valley Bank,
Arctaris Income Fund LP, Capital Midwest, River Cities Capital Funds, MK
Capital and more, many of whom will again be represented in 2013.

The 32^nd annual Symposium is being held May 21-22, 2013 at the Marriott
Resort in Ypsilanti, Mich. More than 400 entrepreneurs, researchers,
investment professionals and business executives are expected to attend to
hear presentations and panels from luminary speakers, as well as a showcase of
the most promising of early to later stage Midwest, high-growth companies
seeking institutional investment within the next 12 months. To learn more or
register, visit www.MichiganGCS.com and follow conversations about the
Symposium by tracking #MGCS on Twitter.

About the Michigan Growth Capital Symposium (MGCS)

MGCS is the original university-based venture fair. This nationally attended
two-day event provides an opportunity for financiers to connect with
up-and-coming Midwest businesses and learn about emerging technologies. The
Symposium offers the opportunity to build relationships with an unparalleled
business network of distinguished private equity industry leaders, leading
university research faculty, and entrepreneurial business professionals.
Entering its 32^nd year, MGCS continues to draw top investors from coast to
coast. MGCS is presented by the Center for Venture Capital & Private Equity
Finance at the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan with
support from the Michigan Venture Capital Association and the Michigan
Economic Development Corporation.

SOURCE Michigan Growth Capital Symposium

Contact: Katelyn Holbrook, Version 2.0 Communications, +1-617-426-2222,
kholbrook@v2comms.com, or Mary Nickson, Samuel Zell and Robert H. Lurie
Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies, +1-734-615-4424, mnickson@umich.edu
 
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