KC Animal Health Investment Forum Invites Early-Stage Companies to Present

The KC Animal Health Corridor 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 Investment 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 link here to apply:

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, technology 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.

Background – Kansas City’s Animal Health Industry

Known as the KC Animal Health Corridor, the Greater Kansas City area boasts the world’s largest concentration of animal health industry assets.  Kansas City area companies account for one third of total sales in the global animal health market, and universities in the region lead the nation in animal health and nutrition research and innovation.  KC companies include giants such as:  Hill’s Pet Nutrition Inc., Bayer Health Care’s Animal Health Division, Merck Animal Health, Zoetis, Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Ceva Animal Health, Merial, Nestle Purina PetCare and more listed here.