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Subject:Register by 10/1 for VC event focusing on women-led ventures
Date:Thu, 27 Sep 2001 14:06:17 -0700 (PDT)

**There is no charge to attend this event, but please register by noon on Monday, Oct 1 to guarantee your seat!

You are cordially invited to join us for an exciting VC event?

Who: Houston Technology Center and Forum for Women Entrepreneurs

What: The Houston Launch for Springboard: Southwest 2002,
a half-day entrepreneurial education event and evening reception

When: October 2, 2001, 2:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Where: The Houstonian, 111 North Post Oak Lane

Why: An opportunity for entrepreneurs, investors and professional service consultants
to network and learn about Springboard: Southwest 2002

To register: There is no charge to attend this event, but seating is limited. Please visit http://www.fwe.org/pages/calEvent.asp?CID=551&;isFwe=yes&mo=10&yr=2001&pageID or visit www.fwe.org/texas , click on "Springboard Southwest 2002," then click on "Houston Launch."

Houston Technology Center is pleased to announce our involvement with a venture capital forum that is taking proactive measures to narrow that gap-- Springboard: Southwest 2002. In the one-day forum produced by the Forum for Women Entrepreneurs-Texas and the Springboard Venture Forum Series, an audience of over 250 corporate, venture and angel investors will evaluate investment opportunities from 20 of the top women-led companies from Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana, Arizona and New Mexico.

To build awareness of and excitement for the Forum, which will be held in March 2002 in Dallas, HTC is hosting the Houston Launch Event on October 2, 2001 at The Houstonian. Registration will begin at 2:30 p.m., with the entrepreneurial educational program beginning at 3:00 p.m. and lasting until 6:30 p.m., including a reception for all stakeholders. Your key questions about accessing funding and the current landscape of venture capital will be answered by a first-class panel of investors and experienced entrepreneurs including:

Teresa Bosco
Partner, Houston Partners

Nancy Chang, Ph.D.
CEO, Tanox, Inc.

Marc Geller
Managing Director, Sternhill Partners

Paul Hobby
Chairman, Genesis Park LP

Billy Ladin
CEO, Houston Entrepreneurs Foundation
Founder, PDQ.net

Dennis Murphree
Managing Partner, Murphree Venture Partners

Barbara Paige
Vice President
Enron Principal Investments

Donna Romer
Entrepreneur-in-Residence, Eastwest Venture Group

Lloyd Bentsen, III
President, Triad Ventures
Chairman, Houston Technology Center

Paul Frison
President and CEO, Houston Technology Center

The Launch Event brings together the region's entrepreneurs, investors and professional service firms for the purpose of making connections. While the Forum is still several months away, now is the time for women-led ventures, investors and professional service firms to learn about the opportunities Springboard offers. Leading investors and professional service consultants are already enlisting to screen the 500 plus applications and to coach the entrepreneurs selected to present at the Forum.

To register for the Houston Launch event, click on this link to the FWE web site: http://www.fwe.org/pages/calEvent.asp?CID=551&;isFwe=yes&mo=10&yr=2001&pageID. If you have questions about the Houston Launch event, please contact Lou Moore at lmoore@houstontech.org. Please feel free to pass this information along to anyone you think will benefit from Springboard: Southwest 2002 and The Forum for Women Entrepreneurs-Texas.

We look forward to seeing you on October 2nd for this fine event!


About the Houston Technology Center
Houston Technology Center is a business accelerator for Houston-based emerging technology companies. A non-profit corporation, HTC seeks to enhance Houston's position as a leading city for starting and growing companies in our city's key technology sectors: energy, information technology, life sciences and NASA-originated technologies.

About Springboard Enterprises
Springboard Enterprises is a national, non-profit venture dedicated to increasing women's participation in the equity capital markets as both entrepreneurs and investors. Springboard Enterprises' unique programming includes targeted education and coaching programs, strategic connections with investors and business development professionals, community building efforts and venture capital forums that showcase women entrepreneurs. In addition to its successful venture capital forum series, Springboard Enterprises has expanded its scope to include an advanced business development program, on-line learning modules, introductory business development forums, and ongoing strategic networking, coaching and mentoring programs for Springboard presenters.

About the Forum for Women Entrepreneurs-Texas
Founded in 1993, the Forum for Women Entrepreneurs (FWE) is the premier entrepreneurial non-profit organization for women building and leading venture fundable high-growth technology and life science companies. FWE's mission is to accelerate women's opportunities to start, build, manage and invest in market-leading companies. FWE offers innovative programs, access to top-tier funding sources and a collaborative community that accelerates women entrepreneurs' ability to launch and build world-class companies. FWE has a Texas office headquartered in Dallas as well as offices in Seattle, Denver/Boulder and Los Angeles with corporate offices in San Francisco, and membership numbers over 1,300.

- SBSW2002 Houston Launch Invitation.pdf