Conference to explore issues in early-stage venture investing

February 20, 2009

University Park, Pa. -- Leading angel investors, venture capitalists and entrepreneurs from across the country will convene on Penn State's University Park campus on March 20 for the Nittany Lion Early-Stage Venture Capital Conference, hosted by the Farrell Center for Corporate Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the Smeal College of Business.

The conference will feature four panel discussions and two keynote speakers discussing current trends and transformations taking place in early-stage investing. Entrepreneurs along with representatives from angel groups, venture capital firms, and economic development organizations are encouraged to attend.

The daylong event begins at 8 a.m. with a reception at The Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel.

Between the panel discussions, Keynotes David S. Rose, chairman of New York Angels, and Patricia G. Greene, professor of entrepreneurship at Babson College, will share their unique views on entrepreneurship and early-stage investment.

Rose has founded half a dozen companies, raised tens of millions of dollars of venture, strategic and institutional capital, and personally invested in more than 60 early-stage companies. In 2004, he launched Angelsoft, an online network of entrepreneurs, angel groups, venture capital firms and more than 15,000 individual investors.

Greene, a Penn State alumna, previously served Babson as provost, and before that as the dean of the Undergraduate School and the President's Endowed Chair in Entrepreneurship. Her research focuses on the identification, acquisition, and combination of entrepreneurial resources, particularly by women and minority entrepreneurs.

Each panel discussion will feature notable experts from institutional and corporate venture capital outfits, independent angel groups, technology incubators, and academia. The panel titles are:

-- The Current State of Early-Stage Venture Capital: Investing in Technology of the Future

-- Angel Investors and Venture Capitalists: How to Make the Relationship Work

-- New Models for Early-Stage Venture Funding

-- A Resource-Based View of How Academia Can Add Value in the Venture Capital Arena

A complete list of participants, the conference agenda, and registration information are available at http://www.smeal.psu.edu/ventureconference online.

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