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Applications open for industry's biggest investment forum, nominations for Iron Paw


Feb 09, 2018 - Animal Pharm
By Sian Lazell 
Animal Pharm
February 9, 2018


The Kansas City Animal Health Corridor (KCAHC) has opened applications for the 2018 KC Animal Health Investment Forum. 

Early- and mid-stage animal health and nutrition companies can now apply to present their technologies to investors and partners at the event, which will take place in Kansas City, Missouri, on August 21, 2018.

The selection committee will consider applicants that are seeking $500,000 to $20 million in funding and have revenue projections of $20m in the five to seven years.

The committee is comprised of national experts in agricultural and animal health investment opportunities. The forum will see representatives from venture capital funds, investment firms, corporate R&D and business development experts in attendance.

In total, firms that presented at the first nine investment forums have raised over $270m, with businesses additionally signing licensing or distribution agreements.

Kimberly Young, president of the KCAHC, said: "We're thrilled that the forum has provided a unique opportunity for venture capital and investment firms to hear from emerging animal health companies with the newest technologies.

"Companies with a strategic location in the KC Animal Health Corridor now represent 56% of total worldwide animal health, diagnostics and pet food sales."

Animal Pharm will be attending the investment forum. Applications to present can be submitted here.

Iron Paw award

Nominations are now also open for the KCAHC's Iron Paw award, which will be presented at the organization's homecoming dinner preceding the investment forum.

The award is given to an individual from research, academia, industry or government – regardless of title or years of service – who has significantly impacted or contributed to the global animal health industry. The winner must have contributed to the animal health industry by advancing innovation, education, public awareness, market expansion or career attractiveness.

Nominations can be made from anywhere in the global animal health industry. The KCAHC board or a subcommittee appointed by the board will decide the winner. Last year, the award went to Rich Shuler.

Nominations for this year's award are open until February 23, 2018, and can be submitted here

Reprinted with permission of Animal Pharm News

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