Great Expectations for our 2009 Gateway to the US Summit

by Viki Forrest, CEO ANZA Technology Network

It’s at this point in the lead-up to our annual Summit that I can relax. Our companies are prepared and on their way to Silicon Valley, ready to meet their coaches in person and put the finishing touches on their presentation. Our speakers and business panelists are confirmed and excited. Our judges are looking forward to their first look at some of Australia’s most innovative technologies. And – thanks to my operations manager, Jennifer everything from the registrations to the arrangements with our host, the Plug and Play Tech Center to the printing of our handbooks is under control. On top of that, there’s good news from our marketing manager Kathy – a buzz is building for this year’s show in the Valley.

And to add to that buzz, I’ve got some exciting late announcements to make. We’ve added another company to our presenting line-up – Spinergy. Spinergy is a clean tech company from Adelaide led by entrepreneur Luceille Outhred. You might recognize her name. She’s the CEO at Digislide, which also made its debut at the ANZA Gateway in 2005. Digislide was a Guy Manson Award Winner at that year’s show and went on to list on the ASX.

The Hon. Nigel Warren, Consul-General and Senior Trade Commissioner, Austrade will welcome our companies and audience on Tuesday morning.

Our Funding Your Business discussion, that starts the day on Wednesday at 9 am, has just taken on a brilliant dimension we have never tried before. Australian entrepreneur, Ben Keighran, who brought his company Bluepulse to Silicon Valley in 2006, and raised a cool $6.5M from VantagePoint will sit down with our panel of VCs, angels and bankers – Warren Hogarth (Sequoia), John Dyson (Starfish Ventures), Jean Kovacs (Harvard Angels), Ed Lambert (Bridge Bank) and Tom Cervantez (moderator) – to offer an entrepreneur’s view on what it takes to raise venture capital. Expect the unexpected from this discussion and be sure to stay afterward for some informal networking.

Do you need a ticket? They’re just $55, and you can get yours to the Wednesday Business Forum session (good for all sessions all day) right here.

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