Success Stories From Past Early Stage East Events

Companies who have presented at our Host Sponsors' prior eight venture fairs have received investment financing from venture capital funds, private investors and corporate partnerships. Several companies have successfully raised equity capital through IPOs.


Success Stories from ESE '98 & '99 Include:

AnswerLogic (formerly nQuest, 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 in the 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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