SANTA CLARA, Calif., April 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Registration opens this week for TiEcon 2005, the world's largest and most successful conference for entrepreneurs. Held May 13 and 14, 2005 at The Westin Hotel and Conference Center in the heart of Silicon Valley, this year's event will bring entrepreneurs and experienced professionals -- including venture capitalists and some of the world's most well regarded successful entrepreneurs -- together under one roof. "A wave of opportunities are being created worldwide as consumers exercise their newfound financial strength," said Prem Uppaluru, convener for TiEcon 2005 and president and chief executive officer for Transera Communications. "Rapid adoption of consumer products are fueling innovation and enterprises that are successfully leveraging these global trends will be the ones to watch over the next few years. TiEcon 2005 is designed to help these companies shape their strategies and make the connections they need as they grow and flourish." Anchored by the theme, "Energizing the Global Entrepreneurial Spirit," TiEcon 2005 is designed to encourage learning, discussion, and networking among entrepreneurs, thought leaders, corporate executives, and successful veteran entrepreneurs. It will detail the framework of today's business environment and discuss the big issues facing industry and entrepreneurs. In addition, plenary sessions and panel discussions will focus on business ecosystems in networking, semiconductors, software, storage, consumer Internet, wireless and emerging technologies. Attendees will have the opportunity to: -- Hear compelling keynotes from luminaries and benefit from their insights -- Learn from world leaders in technology and business -- Interact with panel panelists and presenters in candid discussions -- Understand how global consumerism is driving innovation and impacting business and socio-economics -- Gain a deeper understanding of how venture financing really works -- Discover the latest developments and hottest opportunities in technology -- Learn innovative sales skills and networking techniques. Highlights of this year's event include an unprecedented line-up of keynote speakers. Sharing their insights and expertise will be: -- Steve Ballmer, chief executive officer, Microsoft -- Marc Benioff, chairman and chief executive officer, salesforce.com -- Bruce Chizen, chief executive officer, Adobe Systems -- Thomas L. Friedman, columnist, The New York Times -- Vinod Khosla, general partner, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers -- Daniel Rosensweig, chief operating officer, Yahoo! -- Dr. Eric Schmidt, chief executive officer, Google Best and Brightest "Emerging Stars" To Share Insights Showcasing the best and brightest start-ups in technology, life sciences and nano-technology, TiEcon's "Emerging Stars" program will feature panel discussions by some of the nation's most promising start-up organizations. Top executives from these companies -- identified by their strong go-forward strategies, solid management teams, and technologies that make customers sit up and take notice -- will have the opportunity to share their insights and expertise. Is there a "VC in the House?" For most start-ups, getting in front of prominent venture capitalists can be a challenge. TiEcon 2005 aims to change that. This year, TiEcon 2005 will feature a unique "VC in the House" program designed to connect senior members of the nation's top venture capitalist firms with first-time entrepreneurs. Entrepreneurs will have the opportunity to sit down with a senior-level venture capitalist "doctor" for 5-10 minute sessions, where these "patients" will make their pitch and receive a "diagnosis" of their idea or plan. The diagnosis might require a follow-up private meeting at a later date, referral to a specialist, a quick prescription to re-think their approach, or in some cases, letting them know their plan has a short time to live. "Savvy investors typically know within the first five minutes of idea pitch whether it is fundable or not, and what was both right and wrong with the idea," said Bob Williams, general partner at Bay Partners. "Now VC's have the chance to use that skill in diagnosing opportunity and give back to the community at the same time. This new program at TiEcon is a great way for VCs to connect with new entrepreneurs and in a comfortable setting provide them valuable, real-time feedback on their venture idea." Register Today To attend TiEcon 2005, register today at http://www.tiecon.org . Passes are available for select days, conference dinners, or the entire conference. Early registrants qualify for early-bird discount. A limited number of sponsorships and exhibit opportunities also are available. Please see website for additional details or call TiEcon 2005 at 408-567-0700 for more details. About TiEcon 2005 TiEcon, TiE Silicon Valley's flagship annual event, is an opportunity for entrepreneurs to gain knowledge, inspiration and an invaluable network of contacts. Participants at the conference include successful venture capitalists, investment bankers, and policy makers, leading law firms, entrepreneurs and industry professionals from the information technology, software and communications industries across the U.S., South Asia and Europe. Last year, TiEcon attracted more than 100 expert speakers and panelists, 3000 delegates and 100 exhibiting companies. About TiE A non-profit organization with 42 chapters in nine countries and a membership base in excess of 10,000, TiE fosters entrepreneurship through mentoring, networking and education. At the heart of TiE is its strong ecosystem -- which has enabled members to facilitate and create a cohesive network of strong viable and sustainable chapters worldwide. The TiE brand is synonymous with entrepreneurship and wealth creation globally.
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