2003 Michigan Growth Capital Symposium Announces Event ...
2003 Michigan Growth Capital Symposium Announces Event Keynote
Symposium Also Announces Open Registration, Ticket Price for Event
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – April 10, 2003 – The 2003 Michigan Growth Capital Symposium (MGCS)
today announced that Steve Lazarus, founder and a managing general partner of ARCH
Ventures, Chicago, Ill., Dixon Doll, managing general partner, DCM – Doll Capital Management,
Menlo Park, Calif., Jay Rising, treasurer for the State of Michigan as well as Dan Weinfurter,
former chief executive of Parson Consulting, Chicago, Ill., have been selected as keynote
speakers for the annual venture capital conference. Online registration for the event is currently
available at www.michigangcs.com and the ticket price is $395.
The Michigan Growth Capital Symposium, now in its 22nd year, is hosted by The University of
Michigan Business School and its Center for Venture Capital and Private Equity Finance. The
event will be held June 11 and 12 at The University of Michigan Business School in Ann Arbor,
“This symposium is notable because it attracts the attention of the venture community nation-wide
and has always received tremendous support from Michigan’s venture and technology
leadership,” said Dr. David J. Brophy, director of the Center for Venture Capital and Private
Equity Finance. “The event is a wonderful opportunity for financiers to meet a carefully selected
group of entrepreneurs.”
Major sponsors for the event include Transamerica Finance Corporation and The University of
Michigan’s Zell Lurie Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies, the Michigan Economic Development
Council and the Michigan Venture Capital Association. Additional information can be found on the
Web site, www.michigangcs.com.
About the Speakers
Steve Lazarus is the event’s keynote luncheon speaker on June 11. Mr. Lazarus is the founder
and a managing director of ARCH Ventures, a venture fund with $700 million under management
and presence in five locations in North America. Mr. Lazarus is a director of Amgen Corp.
(AMGN), Primark Corp. (PMK), First Consulting Group, Inc. (FCGI), and R2 Technology, Inc. He
is a director of the National Venture Capital Association and the National Association of
Dixon Doll presents his remarks at the event’s dinner on June 11. Mr. Doll is a managing general
partner of DCM – Doll Capital Management, and has been named by Forbes Magazine as one of
the top 50 venture investors. Mr. Doll, a pioneer in the telecom industry, has been instrumental in
the development of Network Equipment Technologies (NYSE:NWK), Centillion Networks (now
part of Nortel), Alantec (now part of Marconi), Bridge Communications (acquired by 3Com) and a
host of others.
Jay Rising, treasurer, State of Michigan, is slated to speak Thursday morning, June 12. Mr.
Rising was appointed to his post on January 6, 2003 by Governor Granholm. Formerly, Mr. Rising
practiced law with Miller, Canfield, Paddock and Stone, P.L.C. where his practice areas included
public law, state and municipal finance, public securities and development finance.
Dan Weinfurter, former chief executive of Parson Consulting LLC, presents on June 12 as the
luncheon keynote speaker. Mr. Weinfurter led Parson Consulting, an international firm focused on
providing consulting services to the finance, accounting and business systems areas for large
organizations, from its inception in 1995 through November 2002. The company grew to over $70
million in revenue when it was acquired in May 2002 by the Management Consulting Group, PLC,
a UK-based publicly traded company.
About the Michigan Growth Capital Symposium
The Michigan Growth Capital Symposium, now in its 22nd year, has earned a reputation as the
conference ‘where deals get done’ between aspiring entrepreneurs and noted venture capitalists.
The conference, hosted by The University of Michigan Business School and the Center for
Venture Capital and Private Equity, is one of a series of nationally recognized venture capital,
private equity finance seminars and investor events. Dr. David J. Brophy is the director of the
Center and conducts research on private equity markets. For more information, visit the Web site