Founder of holding company next up in speaker series

contact: Alyssa Gapske
| WMU News
Photo of Daniel Bowen.


KALAMAZOO, Mich.—The founder of Dempsey Ventures, an active holding company with a focus on medical products, will be the next speaker in the Entrepreneurship Forum speaker series at Western Michigan University’s Haworth College of Business.

Daniel Bowen, founder of Dempsey Ventures, will speak at 8 a.m. Friday, Jan. 16, in 2150 Schneider Hall. The event is free and open to the public and begins with breakfast at 7:30 a.m. Reservations are required and can be made by calling (269) 387-6059 or at Free parking is available in the Fetzer Center lot.  

Dempsey Ventures

Founded by Bowen in 2006, Dempsey Ventures is an active holding company with a focus on medical products. Utilizing extensive experience in the medical industry, the company makes controlling and minority investments, while maintaining a continuing relationship with the selling owner and management.

Prior to founding Dempsey Ventures, Bowen formed Aspen Surgical Products in 1999 and purchased a few single-use surgical product lines from a public company. He grew that business more than tenfold, selling the majority interest for $400 million.

Dempsey Ventures focuses on business with $2 to $15 million of cash flow and considers buyouts of private companies or non-core divisions of larger companies. The company also concentrates on growing mature companies in healthcare product manufacturing and/or distribution primarily based in the United States.

About the Entrepreneurship Forum

The Entrepreneurship Forum is a monthly series sponsored by Educational Community Credit Union and hosted by Western Michigan University's Haworth College of Business to bring stories of entrepreneurial success to the greater Kalamazoo community. This series is devoted to entrepreneurs and unique stories of start-up success. To learn more about the series, visit

Future Entrepreneurship Forum speakers

  • Feb. 13, Jim Lyon,  Separation Solutions
  • March 20, Daniel Jefferies, NewMind Group
  • April 10, Christy Malone, Smart Bottoms

For more information or to RSVP, contact Alyshia Norris at To suggest an entrepreneur who should be considered for the series, contact Stacey Markin at

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