Thursday, December 5, 2019
Mick McMahan of Gaston Capital addressing healthcare innovation entrepreneurs during symposium at TechWorks of Gaston County in Belmont.
Potential investors and local leaders learn about new businesses
Chamber member Gaston Capital of Belmont brought local, regional, national and international entrepreneurs in health-related businesses to TechWorks of Gaston County in Belmont for a half-day Healthcare Innovations Symposium on Dec. 5, 2019.
Gaston Capital Founder Michael K. (Mick) McMahan organized the symposium with the assistance of Chamber member the Sumner Group of Gastonia.
Seven speakers representing nine companies, all associated with Gaston Capital, spoke to an audience of invited prospective investors and local business and community leaders.
The keynote luncheon speaker was Charles W. Schellhorn, president of The Aberdeen Financial Group and retired president, CEO and chairman of Argus Health Systems, Inc. He spoke on “Overcoming Challenges in Funding Healthcare Innovations.”
TechWorks Executive Director Terry Cox spoke about the new TechWorks innovation center and the entrepreneur support community developing around it. Belmont Mayor Pro Tem Jim Hefferan welcomed the group to Belmont. And Montcross Area Chamber President Ted Hall spoke about recent major economic development news in Gaston County, including the Chronicle Mill redevelopment in Belmont, the new hospital planned in a partnership between CaroMont Health and Belmont Abbey College, new hotels under construction in Mount Holly and Belmont, future light rail service for Gaston County, Sonic Automotive in Lowell and the start of construction on the FUSE sports and entertainment project in Gastonia.
Interested investors spent time after the close of the program meeting with representatives of the presenting companies.