Bridging the gap between minority entrepreneurs and investment resources.
The non-profit organization Emerging Venture Network (EVN) opened for business in April with informative programs created to stimulate the growth of companies led by minority entrepreneurs. The mission of the Washington, DC-based organization is to provide access to education, training, and venture resources to emerging companies.
EVN offers a series of educational, training, and evaluative services that are geared towards entrepreneurs trying to expand their businesses by obtaining equity capital.
The programs give entrepreneurs access to investors and venture resources and simultaneously provide investors with the opportunity to learn about the potential of minority firms.
Director of program development tot EVN. Melissa L. Bradley, said, "The equity gap for high-growth businesses signals a tremendous opportunity for savvy investors. We created EVN to help close this gap and provide entrepreneurs with a single point of access for advice, resources, and expertise as they grow."
EVN's commitment to educating investors and entrepreneurs--for the potential of emerging firms to be fully realized--is manifest in the EVN i-DealFlow Forum Series scheduled to kick-off with the EVN i-DealFlow Forum Northeast on September 5, 2002, at Columbia University. The forum is a one-day venture capital session showcasing 15 to 20 emerging companies. Presenters will each be given ten minutes to pitch their businesses to forum attendees.
Deadline for applications is June 7, 2002, and exclusively through www.evn.org