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Thirty Companies Seek $200 Million at Great Midwest Venture Capital Conference.

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 13, 2000

Thirty high-growth, entrepreneurial companies from ten states will seek funding from investors attending the Great Midwest Venture Capital Conference (GMVCC) October 30-31 in Knoxville, Tennessee.

The 30 companies include software designers, manufacturers and dot com companies. They will showcase their products, services and business plans at the conference in hopes of attracting investment capital. The companies have said they will seek a total of $200 to help grow their businesses.

Nine of the companies are from Tennessee, which is hosting the GMVCC for the first time. Six Michigan firms are also presenting.

Potential investors may register by logging on to the GMVCC website at Telephone registration is available by calling Bill Glennon at (800) 877-5182, ext. 230.

Before Oct. 27, a pre-conference registration rate applies. The fee is $350 for the first person and $250 for each additional person from the same company.

On-site registration is $450 for the first person and $350 for each additional attendee from the same firm.

This is the tenth GMVCC, which is again being managed by Indiana Business Modernization and Technology Corporation (BMT) and its Corporate Investment Services.

Technology 2020, located in Oak Ridge, TN, is BMT's partner in bringing the Great Midwest Venture Capital Conference to the Southeast for the first time.

"We have an impressive roster of high-growth companies who desire to tell investors their stories in the hopes of securing equity capital to support their growth strategies," said Lee Tapscott, director of Corporate Investment Services for BMT.

"The GMVCC has historically been a good venue to create matches between investors and companies seeking funding. We expect this trend to continue," added Tapscott.

Technology 2020 President and CEO Tom Rogers said, "We are thrilled to offer this array of diverse companies. There are many different kinds of products and services represented by these companies. They share a common desire to grow."

BMT, a private, not-for-profit corporation created by the Indiana General Assembly, provides manufacturing, technology, and business assistance to small-and medium-sized companies.

BMT's Corporate Investment Services is Indiana's most active investor in emerging, technology-driven high-growth companies with $75 million committed.

Technology 2020 leverages the unique technology resources in Tennessee to incubate new businesses and create private sector jobs. In pursuit of this mission, one of Technology 2020's priorities is to help new technology companies find the financial resources they need to grow.

Conference information and enrollment forms are available on the GMVCC website,

Bill Glennon
Indiana Business Modernization and Technology Corporation
One North Capitol Avenue, Suite 925
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204

Phone (800) 877-5182 ext. 230
Fax (317) 231-7177
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