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Venture event seeks applicants

By Kevin Tampone

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The 2012 Venture Forum, a partnership between the Center for Economic Growth (CEG) SmartStart UNYTECH program and Western New York’s Bright Forum, is looking for companies to present to potential investors at an event in May.

The event is open to early-stage firms, ideally specializing in technology-related, high-growth areas, with a prototype or market-ready product or service, according to Albany–based CEG. The companies must also have no more than $10 million in trailing 12-month revenues.

Pre-revenue companies with substantial research and development milestones will also be considered.

“Finding companies that are in need of investment opportunities and connecting them with regional investors is the main goal for this forum,” F. Michael Tucker, president and CEO of CEG, said in a news release. “CEG strives to grow not only the local entrepreneur community, but to work with our partners across New York state to pursue ongoing collaborations to help grow startups.”

Presenting companies will pitch their business plans to more than 70 angel and venture-capital investors from the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic areas. Applications are available at www.smartstartvf.com.

The application deadline is April 2. The event will take place May 16 and 17 in Buffalo.

Contact Tampone at ktampone@cnybj.com

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