07 Sep Summary of Animal Health Corridor Homecoming Dinner and Investment Forum
The Kansas City Animal Health Corridor, a Kansas and Missouri-based conglomeration of animal health companies, organized two widely-attended events in August that brought together some of the most prominent players in the animal health industry. Both events were attended and sponsored by Engage Mobile.
The KC Animal Health Corridor is a division of the KC Area Development Council, and is run by president Kimberly Young (watch Engage Mobile’s “6 Questions with Health Industry Leaders” interview with Young here). The Corridor represents the largest concentration of animal health companies in the world, with over 300 businesses situated between Columbia, Missouri and Manhattan, Kansas.
Homecoming Dinner Connects Global Animal Health Executives
On Monday, August 29, KC Animal Health Corridor hosted its annual Homecoming dinner, a gathering of CEOs, industry officials, and executives from both small and large animal health companies around the world. The event took place in Kansas City, a central hub of the Corridor’s operations.
“The animal health industry is an important part of Engage Mobile’s future and we are proud to join companies like Ceva, BIVI, Bayer, and Merck to support the animal health industry,” said Matthew Barksdale, president of Engage Mobile and presenting sponsor of the Homecoming dinner.
The event was well-attended, with more than 1000 industry players gathering in the KC Convention Center Grand Ballroom, including the night’s host, Dr. Albrecht Kissel. Kissel is the president and CEO of Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc, and has been a player in the animal health industry for over 20 years.
Investment Forum Gives Small Companies a Chance to Present Their Plans and Receive Funding
On August 30, just one day after the Homecoming dinner, the Kansas City Animal Health Corridor hosted the 2016 Investment Forum. At this annual event, more than 400 animal health executives and decision-makers heard presentations from early-to-mid-stage companies in order to potentially make investments in those companies.
This year, the eighth annual Investment Forum, 17 animal health companies from around the world were selected to give fifteen-minute, Shark-Tank-style presentations about their goals, visions, and ideas. These companies were seeking anywhere from $500,000 to $20 million in funding.
“The Investment Forum is a fantastic chance for animal health companies around the world to compare ideas and get a chance to turn those ideas into reality,” said Barksdale.
Both events are expected to take place again in the fall of 2017.