TIMONIUM, Md., April 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Today the Mid-Atlantic Venture
Association (MAVA) announced that former CNN and CNBC host Stuart Varney will
deliver the keynote address at the organization's annual venture fair, Capital
Connection 2003: Where New Technology Meets Smart Money, being held May 27
and 28 at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront Hotel. During his address an
anticipated nearly 1,000 fair attendees, including local and national private
equity firms, entrepreneurs and professional service firms, Mr. Varney will
address the global economic climate facing investors today.
Mr. Varney is credited with changing the way that television reports on
financial and economic news worldwide. The former host of CNBC's weekly
broadcast of the Wall Street Journal Editorial Board with Stuart Varney, he
also served as co-host of CNN's MoneyLine News Hour from 1999-2001. Mr.
Varney is a founding member of CNN's award-winning business team, joining CNN
upon its founding in 1980. An economist educated at the London School of
Economics, Mr. Varney has also earned a Peabody Award for excellence in
"We are thrilled to have someone with Stuart Varney's economic insight and
credentials speak to the Capital Connection 2003 attendees," said Julia
Spicer, Executive Director of MAVA. "Every year we strive to present
extraordinary programming that directly benefits attending VCs, as well as
showcasing best-in-class presenting companies."
A panel of some of the industry's pioneers and most seasoned venture
capitalists will also address the audience at Capital Connection 2003.
Managing partners from New Enterprise Associates, Domain Associates, North
Bridge Venture Partners and Accel Partners will speak during the panel
session, "VC MASTERS: A Historical Perspective to the Future of the Venture
Industry," hosted by Venture Economics Vice President Jesse Reyes.
Capital Connection 2003 will showcase 50 technology and bio/life sciences
companies pre-screened by venture capitalists and coached through a formal
mentoring process. The selected companies represent the premier
entrepreneurial investment opportunities in the Mid-Atlantic region and
beyond. Since 1996, presenting companies at MAVA venture fairs have raised
more than $2.2 billion. In advance of the fair, a list of the final companies
selected to present at this year's Capital Connection will be announced.
MAVA represents the collective interests and leverages the success of
venture capitalists investing in DC, Maryland and Virginia. Founded in 1986,
MAVA provides a wide range of programs, information and forums designed to
facilitate quality deal flow, encourage collaboration, and foster solid
relationships with key service providers. Membership includes 375 venture
capital professionals at 126 firms with over $10 billion in capital under
management. In addition, over 265 key service providers from the legal,
financial, executive search and consulting fields are also MAVA members. For
more information on MAVA and Capital Connection 2003, please visit
SOURCE Mid-Atlantic Venture Association