Washington University in St. Louis Vice Chancellor Dedric Carter will be one of two keynote speakers at the 2018 InvestMidwest Venture Capital Forum on March 28-29 in St. Louis.

Carter is deeply entrenched in innovation and entrepreneurship at WashU. Prior to his current role as vice chancellor, he was associate provost and associate vice chancellor for innovation and entrepreneurship. In that role, Carter served as the university’s senior executive officer for innovation and entrepreneurship with oversight for the Office of Technology Management, the Center for Research Innovation, and the Skandalaris Center for Interdisciplinary Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

The InvestMidwest forum will showcase 45 companies representing 15 states in three industry tracks of life sciences, technology and food/ag/bioenergy. The companies will pitch to a panel of prospective funders made up of venture capitalists, business leaders and executives from across the region’s entrepreneurial ecosystem.

The event not only showcases some of the Midwest region’s best fast-growth companies, but also is attended by an impressive group of investors, including venture capitalists, angel investors and corporate investors. In addition to pitching to the panel, the forum will offer a number of opportunities for entrepreneurs to meet privately with these investors, as well as with business, legal and financial professionals.

Carter’s presentation will take place at the event’s March 29 breakfast. 

InvestMidwest is a not-for-profit program sponsored by a diverse group of private, public and corporate entities that support entrepreneurship in the Midwest.

Washington University is one of the event sponsors.