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MicroCap heats up

Monday, June 02, 2014

Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York:

MicroCap companies used to be the domain of a subset of investors and corporate advisors. Now, as IPOs reach record breaking levels and quality companies are harder for investors to find, MicroCap is heating up. Attendees at the Marcum MicroCap Conference held last week in New York ranged from hedge funds to private equity to family offices and even a few institutions all hunting for new opportunities. 120 MicroCap companies presented in a whirlwind of half-hour pitches sometimes resembling TV's Shark Tank, all while lawyers and other corporate advisors waited patiently outside pitch rooms hawking their services for CEO's and investors alike.

Now in its third-year, Marcum MicroCap has seen impressive growth year over year. Just over 2000 people attended the conference this year, with a walk-in line that extended well into the hallway. Unlike other financial conferences that rely on flashy speakers, MicroCap is principally focused on what the presenting companies can offer in their presentations. Expert panels dot the agenda throughout the day hitting on topics like fundraising, deal structure, and what not to say on Twitter.

Presenting companies are divided into tracks centered on broad industry groups including Life Sciences, TMT, Energy, and Industrials. The value proposition for the presenting companies is clear, they get 30 minutes and a room full of checkbooks. Presentation styles vary, the scientists in the Life ......................

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