Dorsey is proud to sponsor The LifeScience Alley Small Business Leaders Forum, which aims to provide small scientific businesses with peer-to-peer networking that can help them grow.

This forum addresses the question of what younger companies - who have yet to complete their A Round of funding - can learn from more seasoned entrepreneurs about bridging the gap between angel investors and venture capital while keeping their businesses in Minnesota. The so-called Valley of Death is notorious for killing good ideas that weren't able to sustain themselves through the proof-of-concept stage that many VC's in this region require for funding. It's also been the culprit for companies moving to less risk-adverse states where earlier stage investors are keen - for a variety of reasons - to jump in earlier. In this session, you'll learn how other local bioscience leaders managed to make it to the other side with their companies - and shirts - intact.

For more information visit www.lifesciencealley.org.