UNMET is geared toward attracting and coalescing venture capital to invest in companies located in the middle of the country as there is a dire need for Series A/B Capital in this region. This event will enable each company to meet one-one with 6-8 investors each. UNMET will be structured to enable networking with not just investors but also with peers in order to foster development and collaboration between companies.
UNMET allows early-stage VCs operating in the middle of the country to showcase their portfolio companies that are poised to raise Series A and B financing. The core focus of this event is collaboration and exposure to startups located in the middle of the United States.
Arizona Commerce Authority
The Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA) is the state’s leading economic development organization with a streamlined mission to grow and strengthen Arizona’s economy. The ACA uses a three-pronged approach to advance the overall economy: attract, expand, create – attract out-of-state companies to establish operations in Arizona; work with existing companies to expand their business in Arizona and beyond; and help entrepreneurs create new Arizona businesses in targeted industries.
Stout Street Capital
Stout Street Capital is a seed-stage fund that invests in underserved markets in the middle of the country and sees an average of 5,000 deals per year and co-invests with over 200 VCs around the country. Stout Street Capital seeks to invest in early-stage companies focused on improving efficiency and generating bottom-line value in large, established sectors in the market. Stout Street Capital is focused on improving the Series A/B-funding eco-system in the middle of the country. UNMET is one of its primary instruments, which will help companies located in the middle of the country to meet investors and attract capital.
Based in St. Louis, MO, Thumbraise is a venture networking platform that allows founders to pitch investors using a video-friendly experience (similar to Instagram Stories). The company was founded by media, fundraising and venture capital veterans Rich Dredge (IHG, Multiply, Answers), Jonathan Cohen (Indiegogo, Idealab NY, Idealabx, Trillions), and Allen Morgan (WSGR, Mayfield Fund, Idealab NY, Idealabx.)