Early Stage East 2005 Conference
Early Stage East 2005 Conference
For Immediate Release

February 10, 2005


Wilmington, Delaware - Early Stage East and Business Wire have partnered to provide even more benefits for our pr esenting companies and sponsors. As the official news distribution sponsor of the 2005 Early Stage East Venture Capital Conference, Business Wire will offer custom news release distribution to presenting companies of the conference.

Presenting companies can distribute conference related news and advisories to media, analysts and the investment community worldwide. Also, Business Wire will provide all presenting companies and sponsors distribution of a free 150-word profile to promote their involvement with the conference. These profiles will be distributed via Business Wire and posted on Business Wire's website in the event archive section.

Business Wire is the global leader in news distribution. With more than four decades of experience and leadership, Business Wire is a trusted source for journalists, investors, communications professionals, and regulatory agencies. Business Wire ensures that news is delivered to audiences in each market.

The conference will be held at the Hyatt Regency Philadelphia at Penn's Landing. On Wednesday, May 11, 2005 an entrepreneurial education session will be held where venture capitalists and experts in entrepreneurial development will present "Building a Great Business." Attendees will kick off the conference that evening at a lavish networking reception.  On Thursday, May 12, up to 25 companies will present their break-away businesses to an audience of investors.

Traditionally, the conference features start-up companies focused on information technology, enterprise software and internet technology. This year, companies specializing in chemicals and advanced materials, manufacturing technology, nanotechnology, medical instruments and devices, industrial biotechnology and electronic materials will also be presenting at the conference.

The conference, which is typically held in Delaware , has been moved to Philadelphia for 2005 in recognition of the expanded list of featured industries. These industries are dominant in the central region of Early Stage East's geographic footprint, which extends from the Carolinas to New England.

Apply to present a business plan at Early Stage East or register to attend at www.earlystageeast.org. The deadline to apply is March 17.
Sponsorships are still available, but selling out quickly. Learn more about sponsorship opportunities by contacting the Early Stage East office as soon as possible at 302-777-2460 or [email protected]

About Early Stage East

Early Stage East (ESE) is a non profit organization founded in 1998. ESE events showcase entrepreneurs in an effort to help them effectively obtain venture capital and successfully start break-away businesses. ESE events typically have an audience of investors representing over $10 billion of institutional venture capital. Companies that have participated in Early Stage East events have gone on to raise over $600 million in institutional funding. ESE presenter alumni include such companies as Blackboard (NASDAQ:BBBB) and Tarian Software. Blackboard is a leading enterprise software company for e-Education and was a presenter at the first Early Stage East Conference in 1998 . Tarian Software was recently sold to IBM and presented at the Early Stage East Conference in 2002.

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