Monday, March 2, 2009

Southeast Venture Conference Bringing $70 Billion in Investment Capital to Atlanta

/PRNewswire/ -- The 2009 Southeast Venture Conference scheduled for March 11-12th, 2009, at the Intercontinental Buckhead is bringing the largest Venture Capital and Private Equity event in Georgia history to Atlanta.

Forty showcase companies representing a wide array of technologies from around the Southeast will present to a national and regional audience representing over $70 billion in investment capital. Presenting companies range from late stage pre-IPO firms to earlier stage high growth firms. Nine of those showcase companies are based in Georgia.

In addition to presenting companies, the conference will feature over 50 prominent speakers and panelists, including venture capitalist heavyweight Tim Draper, founder and managing director of Draper Fisher Jurvetson; Rich Karlgaard, publisher of Forbes Magazine; Chip Perry, president and CEO of AutoTrader.com; Governor Robert Ehrlich, Jr. of Maryland; and Robin Weiss, senior vice president of NYSE Euronext.

The nine companies representing Georgia at the Southeast Venture Conference are:

CRE Loaded - Atlanta, Georgia
EndoChoice - Atlanta, Georgia
Femasys - Suwanee, Georgia
FTRANS - Atlanta, Georgia
NanoLumens - Norcross, Georgia
Prenova - Marietta, Georgia
Purewire - Atlanta, Georgia
OpenSpan - Alpharetta, Georgia
TerraGo Technologies - Atlanta, Georgia


"Even more evident than in any time in modern history, our country and our region are depending on technology innovation to remain globally competitive," said Eric Gregg, executive director of the Southeast Venture Conference. "The SEVC showcase companies represent the drivers of the Southeast technology economy and are well on their way, having collectively already raised over half a billion in venture capital."

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