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Connect, a technology and business accelerator dedicated to the success and growth of San Diego-based technology and life science companies, announced the launch of the Venture Roundtable.

A synthesis of the RTA Venture Roundtable and Connect Life Sciences & High-tech Financial Forum, the Venture Roundtable will showcase promising early stage technologies being developed by local technology and life science companies and research institutions.

Through the Venture Roundtable, the investment community will be able to keep abreast of San Diego's new crop of innovations. The first of the Roundtable Venture series is scheduled for June 8.

"By focusing on early stage technologies and leveraging the RTA's and Connect's reputation of connecting entrepreneurs with capital providers, we're better able to serve the needs of our local investment and entrepreneur communities," said Duane Roth, Connect's CEO. "When Connect's Financial Forum program was launched 22 years ago, the investor community needed a venue to meet venture-ready companies. Today, the San Diego tech and life science communities thrive in a collaborative atmosphere where venture capitalists and entrepreneurs are commonly acquainted. Our new Venture Roundtable will focus on engaging the venture community earlier in technology development, and consequently help them build their investment pipelines."

Connect is accepting applications from organizations and technologists who are interested n presenting their innovations to an elite group of capital providers at the first Venture Roundtable, which will feature high-tech presenters.

To be eligible to present, applicants must represent a non-publicly traded company, research organization or academic institution with a high-tech focus. The final five presenters selected to participate might represent information technology, communications, hardware, electronics, security, wireless or other high-tech specialties.

Eligible applicants must be San Diego-based with an early or concept stage technology or product with potential for commercialization. Online applications will be accepted through April 21. Organizations interested in participating in the upcoming technology roundtable should apply online at www.connect.org.

Applicants must pass a rigorous screening process to be invited to present. Those who pass the initial screening, conducted by a committee of professional service providers, technology experts and investment professionals, will be invited to give a dry-run presentation. Five selected participants will present to an exclusive audience of 35 individuals at the June 8 Venture Roundtable. Presenting technologists and attending capital providers participate at no cost.

Connect will host three Venture Roundtables each year. The 2006-2007 series, hosted by lead sponsor Heller Ehrman, will include a life science roundtable, scheduled for September 2006 and a clean tech roundtable, scheduled for February 2007. Connect will open a formal call for applications prior to each roundtable, however, applications from interested organizations will be accepted year round.

Connect is a technology business accelerator, founded in 1985 by the University of California, San Diego, dedicated to the creation and sustained growth of innovative, science-based companies whose growth will contribute to the prosperity and global position of the San Diego region.

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