Springboard: Southwest 2002 Venture Capital Forum to Host Virtual Entrepreneur Symposium

    DALLAS, Nov. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- A six-state, virtual venture capital
 symposium aimed at connecting women entrepreneurs with venture capitalists
 across the Southwest will take place online Nov. 16, 2001 from 10 a.m. to
 11:30 a.m. CST.  The Springboard: Southwest 2002 Venture Capital Forum will
 host the Web-based Virtual Entrepreneur Symposium to provide a real-time
 connection between venture capitalists and entrepreneurs throughout Arizona,
 Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Texas and New Mexico.  To register for the
 symposium, go to www.springboard2000.org .
     The virtual symposium is the final stepping-stone in the education and
 recruiting process leading up to the Springboard: Southwest 2002 Venture
 Capital Forum to be held in Dallas on March 21, 2002.  Women entrepreneurs
 building high growth companies are encouraged to apply online at
 www.springboard2000.org by Dec. 3, 2001.  Previous launch events in Dallas,
 Austin and Houston have connected more than 650 entrepreneurs, investors and
 business leaders.
     The virtual symposium will feature a panel discussion with leading
 investors from each state.  Women entrepreneurs participating in the event
 will have the opportunity to ask investors questions and gain new insights.
     "Our goal for this symposium is to not only bridge the geographic
 boundaries, which separate the investors and entrepreneurs, but also to bridge
 or connect their diverse networks," said Jamie Wyrick, president of the Forum
 for Women Entrepreneurs - Texas and co-producer of the Springboard: Southwest
 2002 Venture Capital Forum.
     Springboard: Southwest 2002 is the eighth Forum to be held under the
 Springboard banner.  The Forums have attracted more than 2,000 applicants and
 featured 176 women entrepreneurs presenting their companies to investors.
 Springboard presenters have raised nearly $600 million in equity capital and
 80 percent of the presenters continue to grow their businesses despite the
 recent economic slow-down.
     Companies selected to present at Springboard: Southwest 2002 will
 represent emerging technology companies and traditional companies, which
 leverage technology to enhance their product or service.  Presenters must be
 women with a significant equity position and a key management role (CEO,
 President, Founder or Co-Founder, CFO, COO, CIO or CTO).  Companies
 headquartered in the southwest regional states are given priority
 consideration, but the application process is open to entrepreneurs across the
 country.
     To register for the event or to obtain more information visit
 www.springboard2000.org or contact Sandra Nelson by e-mail at sandra@fwe.org .
 
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