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

February 10, 2005


Wilmington , Delaware - Early Stage East announces that FUBU CEO, Daymond John, will serve as keynote speaker for the 8th Annual Early Stage East Venture Capital Conference at the Hyatt Regency Philadelphia on Thursday, May 12!

From the basement of his home to the illustrious Empire State Building, the FUBU brand has taken the fashion industry by storm with its label, specializing in urban gear, defining the look of Young America. FUBU-"For Us, By Us"-is considered one of the hottest urban clothing lines to hit the fashion industry. Founded in 1992, Mr. John has growth FUBU to generate millions of dollars in revenue each year.

An entrepreneur in every sense of the word, Daymond John has come a long way from owning a commuter van service and working as a waiter in Red Lobster. Mr. John is the CEO and president of the much celebrated global lifestyle brand, FUBU. His company represents determination, excellence and boldness; characteristics that Mr. John himself embodies.

Early Stage East is honored that Mr. John will be providing the keynote address this year. He is a true entrepreneur that has achieved much success with determination and vigor. Attendees at the conference will be empowered by his inspiring story as a leader, and continued success in the industry.

In addition to Mr. John's keynote address, an entrepreneurial education session will be held on Wednesday, May 11 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, 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 New England to the Carolinas.

To attend this world class event, register online at www.earlystageeast.org. Sponsorships are still available, but selling out quickly. Learn more about sponsorship opportunities by contacting the Early Stage East office at 302-777-2460 or [email protected]

About FUBU, The Collection: The FUBU name is synonymous with the music and entertainment industry, as it is with the fashion world. FUBU's marketing strategy is focused on the wants of the consumer, an approach that has been the driving force behind the company's success. FUBU has approximately sixty international stores located in 26 countries. FUBU has 5,000 retail stores with 12 divisions, including Platinum FUBU, ladies fashion, footwear (men and women), loungewear, swimwear, suits, dress shirts, ties, tuxedos, fragrances, handbags, socks, girls and boys sportswear, children's outerwear, home goods (bedding and bath), and most recently eyewear. A privately held company, FUBU generates hundreds of millions in revenue annually. www.fubu.com

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. Blackboard is a leading enterprise software company for e-Education and was a presenter at the first Early Stage East Conference in 1998. www.earlystageeast.org Media Contacts: Julie Cropp Executive Director [email protected] 302-777-2460

"Aviom was founded by a seasoned team with strong operating experience and a successful track-record while working together. What we were missing, though, was direct experience working with equity investors and specialized early-stage service providers. ESE proved to be a great conduit into the area's venture community, helping Aviom to forge the strategic investor partnerships needed to successfully support the Company's robust growth."- Carl V. Bader, President & CEO, Aviom Inc.



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