Voxello, the producer of the noddle, a medical device that helps impaired patients to communicate with nurses and caregivers, continued its efforts to promote the company's marquee product at a venture capital forum in St. Louis.

The company was among nearly four dozen startups that pitched their ideas at the InvestMidWest Venture Capital Forum, held late last month. According to the forum's organizers, InvestMidwest has helped generate more than $1 billion in investments and acquisitions for its companies since the first forum was held in 2000.

Chris Walsh, executive director of InvestMidwest, said says the group seeks to provide access to equity capital for emerging, privately held companies seeking venture funds from $1 million-$20 million. Interest from those companies was strong this year, he said.

"We received over 140 applications from companies that have developed products and services that address many of the global issues making recent headlines, so there was much excitement to hear from the selected presenters heading into this year's event," Mr. Walsh said in a news release.

Voxello also participated in December's InnovateHER Challenge event in Marion, which was part of the SBA's InnovateHER program,  created in 2014 to promote entrepreneurs that offer family-centered products and services.