Early Stage East 2004 Conference
May 10 & 11, 2004 Wilmington, DE
Early Stage East's seventh annual venture conference will feature over thirty companies seeking their initial rounds of institutional venture capital. Early Stage East showcases companies from the Carolinas through New England to present and exhibit their unique, break-away businesses to investors who specialize in early-stage financing. .
This event always sells out early so register today!
Developed by venture capitalists for venture capitalists, Early Stage East is the only regional venture capital conference on the East Coast developed specifically for high-tech, high-growth early stage entrepreneurs and investors.
Carefully selected from a pool of approximately 200 applicants, the companies that present their investment opportunities at Early Stage East are carefully pre-scrubbed at our coaching session before the Conference and represent the early stage investment opportunities with the greatest potential for future success.
Early Stage East also offers an ideal setting to meet prospective financial partners among the 500 attendees, including venture capitalists and investors, entrepreneurs, and professional service providers that specialize in the financing industry. Early Stage East is your best way to build deal flow and find new investment partners.
Monday evening, we open the Conference with our VIP Opening Reception, THE premier opportunity to meet with the leaders in venture capital, entrepreneurial development and emerging businesses on the East Coast.
Conveniently located just down the Riverfront from the Wilmington Train Station and only moments off of I-95, Early Stage East is easily accessible and conveniently located in the heart of the Mid-Atlantic in Wilmington, Delaware. Complimentary shuttle service and abundant free parking make the event even easier to attend. Join us for the Conference and enjoy the beauty and bargains along Wilmington's Riverfront.
Walter S. Mossberg
Wall Street Journal Columnist
Walter S. Mossberg is the author and creator of the weekly Personal Technology column in The Wall Street Journal, which has appeared every Thursday since 1991.
Newsweek magazine calls Mr. Mossberg "the most powerful arbiter of consumer tastes in the computer world today." Time magazine calls him "the most influential computer journalist." The Washington Post declared Mr. Mossberg "one of the most powerful men in the high-tech world" and "a one-man media empire whose prose can launch a new product." And the New York Times calls him a "protean critic of the new economy's tools and toys."
Mr. Mossberg was awarded the 1999 Loeb award for Commentary, the only technology writer to be so honored. For seven years in a row, 1995-2001, he was named as the most influential journalist writing about computers, in the annual ranking published by Technology Marketing magazine.
In May of 2001, he received an honorary Doctorate of Laws from the University of Rhode Island. That same month, he was awarded a 2001 National Headliner Award. In 2002, he won the World Technology Award for Media and Journalism and was inducted into the ranks of the Business News Luminaries, the hall of fame for business journalists.
He is also a contributing editor of Smart Money, the Journal's monthly magazine, where he writes a column called The Mossberg Report.
On television, Mr. Mossberg is a regular technology commentator for the CNBC network. Mr. Mossberg, 55, has been a reporter and editor at the Journal since 1970. He is based in the Journal's Washington, D.C., office, where he spent 18 years covering national and international affairs before turning his attention to technology. A native of Warwick, Rhode Island, he graduated from Brandeis University and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.
Welcome Address Speaker
Mark G. Heesen
President, National Venture Capital Association
As President of the National Venture Capital Association, Mark G. Heesen is responsible for all Association activities, including leading its professional staff, working closely with the NVCA Board of Directors and venture capital community, developing Association policies and strategies, and directing the Association's national legislative and regulatory efforts. In addition, Mr. Heesen oversees the management of NVCA's affiliate organization, the American Entrepreneurs for Economic Growth, which now represents 14,000 emerging growth companies.
Since 1991, Mr. Heesen has worked on behalf of the venture capital community to enact a wide range of policies that benefit the venture capital and entrepreneurial communities, including a significant capital gains differential, securities litigation reform, accounting treatment of stock options and merger accounting, reform of the FDA pre-market approval process, among others.
Prior to coming to the NVCA, Mr. Heesen was an aide to a former Governor of Pennsylvania and was Deputy Director for Federal Funds reporting to the Texas Legislature. Mr. Heesen received a law degree with an emphasis in taxation from the Dickinson School of Law in 1984.
Venture Capital Conference
Bank One Center on the Riverfront
7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. - Tuesday, May 11, 2004
The Conference on Tuesday will once again be held at the Bank One Center on the Riverfront, the heart of the scenic Wilmington Riverfront.
Early Stage East 2004 showcases the collaborative elements of the Mid-Atlantic Region's unique business environment that fuel high-growth company success.
The Bank One Center on the Riverfront is the cornerstone of Wilmington's revitalized Christina River waterfront. Originally a World War II ship assembly building, the expansive 125,000 square foot space of the Bank One Center on the Riverfront is a starting point for visitors to the area.
Bank One Center on the Riverfront
10:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. - Monday, May 10, 2004
Early Stage East's renound Entrepreneurial Education returns again this year with a completely redesigned interactive educational workshop.
Ask the Experts and get all the information you need to build and maintain a great business! Our educational instructors are experts in the fields of law, marketing, management and accounting. The Early Stage East Opening Reception is the ideal setting for new business development, exchange of ideas, creation of deal flow, location of capital sources and ultra high-end networking. Join over 500 investors, venture capitalists, state dignitaries, entrepreneurs and professional service providers at one of the top networking events on the East Coast. Always on the move, our Receptions always start Early Stage East off in grand style at some of the most innovative and interesting venues in the Mid-Atlantic.
Opening VIP Reception
Hotel duPont, Gold Ballroom, Wilmington, Delaware
6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. - Monday, May 10, 2004
The Early Stage East Opening Reception is the ideal setting for new business development, exchange of ideas, creation of deal flow, location of capital sources and ultra high-end networking. Join over 500 investors, venture capitalists, state dignitaries, entrepreneurs and professional service providers at one of the top networking events on the East Coast. Always on the move, our Receptions always start Early Stage East off in grand style at some of the most innovative and interesting venues in the Mid-Atlantic.
Luxury is a word they take seriously at the Hotel duPont. Located in the heart of historic downtown Wilmington, Delaware and just minutes from the illustrious Brandywine Valley, their internationally renowned Four-Star, Four-Diamond property will cater to your sophisticated style and your demand for exceptional quality.
The Gold Ballroom, a glorious French Neoclassic ballroom, with its gilded rosettes, glittering chandeliers and bas-reliefs of famous women including Helen of Troy and Cleopatra, could not be more festive or extravagant.
Post Reception Gathering
Deep Blue Bar and Grill, Wilmington, Delaware
9:00 p.m. - Monday, May 10, 2004
The networking continues at Early Stage East's Post Reception Gathering at Deep Blue. Just across the street from the Hotel duPont, the party will keep rolling until you say so!
Deep Blue Bar and Grill features the riches of the Seven Seas and the finest global cuisine. It evokes a mysterious scape of sea and sky, a world of undulating waters, where touch, sound, smell and taste come alive as the treasures below are revealed.
Be ready for a journey in remote and exotic flavors. Come to Deep Blue and dive into a world apart.
Register today, as this is always a sell-out event!
The use of the Hotel duPont by ESE does not imply endorsement of any ESE event nor ESE sponoring organizations by the Hotel duPont.