Meritus Ventures Sponsors Tennessee Valley Venture Forum and Innovation Imperative

Wednesday August 26, 2009
Meritus Ventures, L.P. is proud to sponsor the Tennessee Valley Venture Forum being held in conjunction with Innovation Imperative on October 22, 2009 at the Knoxville Convention Center in Knoxville, Tennessee. Innovation Imperative, hosted by Technology 2020, is the premier event celebrating entrepreneurship and innovation in East Tennessee and the surrounding region

Meritus Ventures, L.P. is proud to sponsor the Tennessee Valley Venture Forum being held in conjunction with Innovation Imperative on October 22, 2009 at the Knoxville Convention Center in Knoxville, Tennessee. Innovation Imperative, hosted by Technology 2020, is the premier event celebrating entrepreneurship and innovation in East Tennessee and the surrounding region.

The 12th Annual Tennessee Valley Venture Forum (tennvalleyventureforum.squarespace.com)

With a decade-long track record of connecting capital with regional entrepreneurs, the 12th annual Tennessee Valley Venture Forum will be held on October 22, 2009 at the Knoxville Conference Center in Knoxville, Tennessee.  This event will focus on growth-stage companies seeking an equity investment. For this event, growth-stage companies are defined as being revenue-generating, growing toward profitability, and preferably having previously raised a round of outside investment.
 
No more than six companies will be selected to make ten minute pitches to an audience of venture capitalists, angel investors, and service providers. The deadline for submissions is September 25th, and the application can be found on the Tennessee Valley Venture Forum website http://tennvalleyventureforum.squarespace.com. For more information on the event, please visit the Tennessee Valley Venture Forum website.

 ThrottleUp 2009 (throttleup2009.squarespace.com)

ThrottleUp 2009 is a pitch competition focused on seed-stage and early-stage companies from East Tennessee who have an innovative technology or business model with the opportunity to grow more than 20% a year and are likely to need other people's money to fund that growth.  The format for ThrottleUp will be an eight minute pitch followed by a round robin session with six judges who will provide feedback on the presentation and the business idea.  The winner will represent the East Tennessee Development District in a statewide competition in front of the newly formed TNInvestco's in January 2010.  For more information on how to apply for ThrottleUp 2009, please visit http://throttleup2009.squarespace.com.
 
About Innovation Imperative (www.tech2020.org/event_imperative.html)

Both events are being held in conjunction with Innovation Imperative 2009, a regional economic development conference focused on creating competitive advantage through innovation. For more information on Innovation Imperative 2009, please visit http://www.tech2020.org/event_imperative.html.

About Meritus Ventures (www.meritusventures.com)

Meritus Ventures, L.P. is currently the only Rural Business Investment Company (RBIC) in the United States.  The $36.5M venture capital fund invests to realize attractive returns for the fund's investors while creating wealth and jobs in rural areas of central and southern Appalachia and Arkansas.  In addition to providing equity investment, the fund may provide operational assistance to its portfolio companies. For information about Meritus Ventures, please visit www.meritusventures.com.

 

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