Investor Readiness Workshop For A Premier Pacific Northwest Investment Conference- 3/10 -Bozeman

2004-03-10 12:00:00
TechRanch- Bozeman

TechRanch Teams Up with ESIF Conference to Give Montana Entrepreneurs an Edge

March 10, 2004 from 12-2 PM at TechRanch Offices in Bozeman
In an effort to broaden the funding resources available to Montana-based companies, TechRanch, a Bozeman-based entrepreneur resource center, has teamed with the Northwest Entrepreneur Network (NWEN) as a “Community Partner” to assist Montana entrepreneurs interested in participating in the NWEN Early Stage Investment Forum (April 29, 2004), a premier Pacific Northwest event focused on investment opportunities in early stage start-ups.

As part of the partnership, Montana entrepreneurs are afforded the opportunity to submit their executive summaries for review. If chosen, these entrepreneurs will have the opportunity to present at the Early Stage Investor Forum (ESIF), a one-day event that provides a chance for entrepreneurs to present their business plans and products to hundreds of accredited investors and venture capitalists from around the Northwest, will be held in Seattle on April 29, 2004. In 2003, nearly 98 companies, in 11 distinct market categories, competed for 15 highly coveted presentation slots.

“In 2003, nearly 120 accredited investors attended ESIF,” said John O’Donnell, executive director of TechRanch. “Our goal is to get a Montana entrepreneur presenting to this influential investment network in 2004.”

In an effort to prepare Montana entrepreneurs for this intense competition, “TechRanch has assembled a panel of experts for an two-hour readiness workshop to help as many Montana entrepreneurs as possible complete their ESIF applications and increase their chances of securing significant series A or B funding,” said O’Donnell. Connie Bousarra-Shaw, from ESIF, will join the workshop via conference call to provide insights and instruction for Montana entrepreneurs.

The Readiness Workshop

TechRanch invites early stage companies from around the state and from all industry sectors (technology, consumer, medical, professional services, government, industrial, etc.) to participate in a free, 2-hour workshop on Wednesday, March 10 at the TechRanch facilities from 12-2 PM. As a Community Partner for the ESIF event, TechRanch will assist with the application process, provide strategic input on business plans and financial projections, and give insights on winning strategies and analysis of ESIF’s past “Hall of Fame Companies.” Entrepreneur applications are due to ESIF by March 17th. TechRanch and its network of experts and mentors will provide coaching and assistance to any Montana company selected to present at this year’s Early Stage Investment Forum (ESIF).

In 2003, TechRanch helped 15 entrepreneurs fine-tune their business plans in preparation for this competition. Although no Montana companies were selected, TechRanch hopes to change that this year.

To register for the free workshop, please contact Meg Long at TechRanch by calling (406) 556-0272 or email . For more information about TechRanch and a flyer about ESIF visit For more information about ESIF, visit Montana investors are encouraged to attend this event and may contact TechRanch or the NWEN for more information.

About TechRanch

TechRanch, Montana’s premier entrepreneurial resource center, was created to combine technology and innovation with entrepreneurship to produce sustainable, profitable ventures. Based in Bozeman, Montana, TechRanch connects new business ventures and entrepreneurs with a comprehensive network of business advisors, public and private investment channels, Montana State Universities (MSU) entrepreneurial development programs, and technologies for commercialization from MSU, NASA, and the DoD.TechRanch’s support programs for technology ventures assist entrepreneurs in building successful organizations outside major financial markets, which in turn produce new businesses that further the development of Montana’s economy. More information on TechRanch, a tax-exempt corporation, and the opportunities for business development in the state of Montana can be found online at To learn more click the following link: click here.

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