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Early $tage East - The Initial Venture Capital Showcase for Promising Young Companies
The ESE 2002 Conference
was held June 17th & 18th in Wilmington,DE

2002 Conference Info
Press Articles
2001 Presenters & Exhibitors
2001 Webcast (Archived)
2001 Award Recipients
News & Noteworthy
2002 Award Winners
2002 Sponsors Update
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Companies who have presented at our prior venture fairs have received investment financing in excess of $350 million from venture capital funds, private investors and corporate partnerships. Several companies have successfully raised equity capital through IPOs.

Be sure to read about us in the Press Articles section and take look at last years Presentors and Exhibitors.

Success Stories from Past Early Stage East Events

DataFlux". . . [we] raised a Series A round from The Aurora Ventures Fund in early 1999 and was acquired in an all-cash deal by SAS Institute in June 2000. Our presence at Early Stage East contributed a great deal to our success." — Bob Brauer

Internet Publishing Group, Inc. "We closed $3 million in funding after the conference." — Craig O. Allsopp

ExpertCall.com "It does work. We got two serious offers after the 'adventure' at the Early Stage East event." — Boaz Bilberman

TenderySys.com Inc. "After our Early Stage East presentation, three VCs have asked for our business plan." — Prabhat Garg

AnswerLogic, Inc. ". . . the term sheet was signed the first week of August, less than 3 months after ESE. We got our first choice VC, who decided to invest after seeing us in action at Early Stage East . . . a great opportunity to generate a lot of buzz in a short time . . . ESE organizers do a great job of coaching presenters." —Jamie Hamilton

Aatlas Commerce "ESE was a great platform to develop contacts for when we were ready to release the plan." —Dan Tiernan

Smart Button Associates "We were extremely pleased with the publicity we received as part of Early Stage East. Not only did we speak with most of the top venture capitalists inthe area, but we also received national TV exposure after being chosen to appear on the PBS show Money Hunt. It is the only show I know of that focuses on the early stage segment.
I have been involved in technology startups for the last ten years and have not been to a better venture fair." —Phil Sugar

Blackboard Inc. "Early Stage East was monumental to Blackboard’s success in getting Blackboard before a first-tier community and in raising our first formal round of financing. We met two of our three current venture partners at Early Stage East, all who provide unprecedented value over and above the financial support and vote of confidence." —Andrew H. Rosen

Customer Insites, Inc. "We just closed our seed funding round with principals that we met at Early Stage East . . . and we have been in discussions since. Early Stage East was instrumental in launching our funding campaign." —Leslie A. Williams

PurePower Company, Inc. ". . . we did exhibit and received interest from Venture Capital and investment firms. Beyond our wildest expectations. . . . we mailed out updated business plans to 11 firms . . . a VC firm in Princeton agreed to take a secondary position for 25% of the $1.6 million we seek." —Robert R. Radcliffe

Step 9 Software Corporation "This was an excellent overall VC marketing tool." —Mark R. Merrick

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