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First Czech B2B E-Marketplace Launched

[Prague, CZECH REPUBLIC] Czech company B2B Centrum launched Intelligo.cz, the premier B2B e-marketplace for non-production MRO (maintenance, repair and operating) products in Central and Eastern Europe.

Intelligo.cz is the first complete business-to-business e-marketplace positioned to harness the 342 billion CZK (US $3 billion) Czech non-production MRO market. Intelligo.cz will work with local manufacturers and multinational distributors and serve Czech industry, services and government. The marketplace's product portfolio includes office supplies, stationery, furniture, computer equipment, cleaning agents, refreshments and work aids.

"The Czech non-production MRO market is highly fragmented and its ordering system is very time-consuming - two key factors that make this category of products most suitable for our e-marketplace solution," said B2B Centrum founder and CEO Dalibor Wijas. "We also believe that MRO products will be the first category that companies look to as they transform themselves to use e-procurement methods."

B2B Centrum was established in February 2000 with the aim of providing e-commerce services for medium and large-sized firms in Central and East Europe. The flagship product of the firm is B2B system - a software platform for B2B e-marketplaces. Intelligo.cz is the first deployment of this system. The company's technology partners include Oracle, Sun Microsystems and leading German systems integrator Debis Systemhaus. The company is headquartered in Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic. The R&D department is based in Brno, the second largest city in the Czech Republic.

B2B Centrum recently went through its first round of venture capital funding to develop and launch Intelligo.cz. The lead investor is American Internet visionary Esther Dyson, chairman of EDventure Holdings, who focuses on both emerging technologies and emerging markets. In addition to her, Roman Stanek is a key investor in B2B Centrum. Mr. Stanek was the founder and CEO of NetBeans, Inc., a software development company that was acquired by Sun Microsystems last year.

According to PriceWaterhouseCoopers, the volume of online transactions is expected to reach 8 billion CZK (US $205 million) in the Czech Republic by the end of 2003.



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