SVForum Announces First-Ever Startup Expo Day

Tech Startups Have the Opportunity to Connect With Over Eighty Investors in Silicon Valley

SVForum, Silicon Valley’s leading non-profit organization devoted to innovation connection, technology, and entrepreneurship, announced their Startup Expo to be held on October 23rd, 2013, in Menlo Park, California. SVForum has long played a central role for entrepreneurs and investors seeking their next step; the Startup Expo, a first in the organization’s history, is poised to push that role in a dynamic new direction.

“Startup Expo is a unique venture for our organization—an open, interactive environment in which investors and startups can meet,” stated SVForum CEO Susan Lucas-Conwell. “We’re extremely proud to be at the forefront of an event like this.” Despite its relative newness, the Expo is a prime example of SVForum’s mission: guiding technology startups and entrepreneurs toward the help they need—both financially and philosophically—to get their companies off the ground.

“Being at the helm of a brand-new startup company is one of the most challenging experiences the business world has to offer,” Lucas-Conwell added. “Rewarding, yes, but trying as well. The entrepreneurs that sign up for SVForum’s Startup Expo are being offered a much-needed jump-start, a chance to cut down on the slack time between starting out and ‘making good.’”

Instead of formal pitches, the expo floor will be open for investors to visit demo tables freely, approaching startups at their own discretion. Throughout the day, they’ll be treated to a variety of demonstrations from an eclectic group of emerging technology companies–everything from cloud tech to education software to portfolio management will be represented on the Expo floor.

“We’re excited to be part of Startup Expo,” said Curtis Mo, a partner of Startup Expo sponsor DLA Piper. “There are a broad range of companies, from medicine to social media, and they each have unique visions. We all hope they represent the ‘next big thing’ in their fields and that the Expo will give them high profiles.

“This event highlights what SVForum does best,” Mo continued. “They continuously work to bridge the gap between fledgling businesses, and the investors who can help them fly.”

In addition to DLA Piper, other sponsors include FLG Partners, Square 1 Bank, SAP, and IBM.

The Expo will take place at Quadrus Conference Center on Sand Hill Road. Presentations will begin at 1:00 pm, and conclude at 5:00 pm. A reception with wine and hors d’oeuvres will follow (an occasion reserved for participants and investors only).

Startup Expo is open to accredited investors and emerging tech startups seeking Series A, B, and C rounds of funding, as well as seed funding. Pre-registration is required in order to participate.

About SVForum
For thirty years, SVForum has been the leading not-for-profit organization in the Bay Area, providing an unbiased source of information and insight to the technology community. SVForum programs create networks and relationships, providing education and access to resources both in person and digitally to a global audience. The organization reaches over 20,000 technology professionals annually, through more than 20 events each month. SVForum partners include global leaders Accenture, Deloitte, DLA Piper, IBM, Microsoft, and SAP, as well as leading venture capital firms, service providers, and the Sobrato Family Foundation.

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