Let’s Hear it for the Women!

In an effort to highlight the achievement of female entrepreneurs in the hi-tech community, The Forum for Women Entrepreneurs and the National Women’s Business Council has invited four Seattle-based, women-led companies, to present at Springboard 2001: Silicon Valley Venture Forum.

Katarian Bonde, CEO of Glides, Inc., Rosemary O’Neill, CEO of InfoPop Corp., Suzan DelBene, CEO of Nimble Technology, and Christina Lamasney, CEO of iSoChip Networks were among two dozen women selected from over 335 to present their businesses to an audience of west coast corporate, venture and angel investors.

Part of a national initiative to increase investments in women-led firms and facilitate new deal flow to investors, Springboard 2001: Silicon Valley will take place on February 1, 2001 at the Oracle Conference Center in Redwood Shores, California.

“The Springboard 2000 series demonstrates that the face of entrepreneurship has changed for good,” says Denise Brosseau, CEO and co-founder of the Forum for Women Entrepreneurs and National Host of the Springboard 2000 Venture Series. “The women chosen to present at Springboard 2001 represent the next wave of highly successful entrepreneurs in this incredibly dynamic, high-tech rich region, and offer a tremendous investment opportunity for angel, corporate and venture investors.”

According to Suzan DelBene, CEO of Nimble Technology, there are a number of reasons that this event is important.

“Gaining access to investment capital is the top challenge for any entrepreneur,” says DelBene. “This event is important for two reasons: it provides an incredibly efficient way for the presenters to make their pitch to a lot of potential investors and it helps change the lingering perception that their is something unusual about a successful entrepreneur being a woman.”

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