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SVASE Slates June 5 for 2007 Edition of Launch Venue for Emerging Companies

Mountain View, CA – March 15, 2007—Launch: Silicon Valley 2007 will return on June 5, 2007 as a venue for emerging technology companies to tout their vision of the next big thing, while networking with an audience of Silicon Valley’s top movers and shakers. The event, presented by the Silicon Valley Association of Startup Entrepreneurs (SVASE), is designed to uncover and showcase products and services from 30 of the most exciting new startups in information technology, mobility, security, digital media, next generation internet, life sciences and clean energy. Culminating the event will be the award for the “most promising new company” in each of the six presenting categories.

The event, to be hosted at the Microsoft Campus here, and co-hosted by Garage Technology Ventures, has attracted many high profile sponsors, including the National Venture Capital Association; Bridge Bank; Cooley Godward Kronish; Draper Fisher Jurvetson; the Band of Angels; Sand Hill Angels; The Angels’ Forum, and Townsend and Townsend and Crew.

“Launch: Silicon Valley offers a unique platform and value for introducing new products and companies to people that can make a difference,” said Chris Gill, President and CEO of SVASE. “It’s a great opportunity to do real business in addition to creating buzz in Silicon Valley.”

The first edition of Launch: Silicon Valley, held in November 2006, featured 29 top startups that were selected from over 150 companies vying for presenting spots. Participating companies were able to present their products and services to an audience of over 180 investors, corporate business development executives, prospective customers and partners, bloggers and media.

“Last fall’s event was very valuable for the companies that presented, generating deals, recruits and funding. cFares, CellFire and PixSense, among other companies at the event, accelerated their momentum because of Launch: Silicon Valley,” said Bill Reichert, Managing Director of Garage Technology Ventures. “We are pleased to support the 2007 edition.”

Selection Process

Companies interested in presenting their products at Launch Silicon Valley 2007 should send an executive summary of no more than 2 pages to Every Executive Summary submitted to Launch: Silicon Valley 2007 will be evaluated by at least two members of the Launch: Silicon Valley Advisory Board. The advisory board is composed of leading members of the Silicon Valley investment community, including John Occhipinti, Managing Director of Woodside Fund; Allan May, Chairman of Life Science Angels; Warren Packard, Managing Director of Draper Fisher Jurvetson; Ian Sobieski, Founder and Managing Director of the Band of Angels, and Nancy Pfund, Managing Director of the Bay Area Equity Fund at JPMorgan.

Selected companies will be invited to present on stage for 10-minutes during Launch: Silicon Valley 2007. In addition, entrepreneurs will have the opportunity to meet with members of the audience one-on-one between general sessions. The registration fee for presenting companies will be $625 for SVASE Members, and $750 for non-Members. (Note: SVASE annual individual membership is $99.)

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Founded in 1995 by entrepreneurs, for entrepreneurs, The Silicon Valley Association of Startup Entrepreneurs (SVASE) is the largest and fastest growing nonprofit in Northern California dedicated exclusively to helping technology and life science entrepreneurs start and grow successful businesses.

SVASE provides support and resources for entrepreneurs, from the idea through initial rounds of funding to product launch, delivered at 12 monthly events and a continually evolving web site. For more information about SVASE, please visit

About Garage Technology Ventures

Garage Technology Ventures is a seed-stage and early-stage venture capital fund headquartered in Palo Alto, California, with investors that include Thomas Weisel Partners and CalPERS, the California Public Employees Retirement System. Garage is focused on investing in information technology and materials science startups in the Western U.S. Garage is also the creator of the “Art of the Start,” a renowned conference series for entrepreneur education. For more information about Garage, visit

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