ATTRACTING VENTURE CAPITAL THROUGH NETWORKING

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Contact: Gina Betti,
WPI Venture Forum 
508.831.5075,

Plus Case Presentation:KO Instruments, short-circuit response tester

Tuesday, December 11, 2007, 5:30-9pm
Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Campus Center, Odeum Room, Worcester

Worcester, MA - November 29, 2007 - Does networking really work? What role in strategic marketing should it play? Do entrepreneurs ever get funded through networking? On Tuesday, December 11, Laura Ring of Castile Ventures will answer these any many other questions about marketing plans that attract venture capitalists, how to market business plan to VCs, and how to network to reach the right VC.

Laura Ring is the Vice President of Strategic Relations for Castile Ventures, a company that provides both capital and strategic direction to its entrepreneurial portfolio companies. She primarily focuses on the entrepreneurial business and investment community, managing public relations initiatives and assisting portfolio companies with marketing and outreach.

Before joining Castile Ventures, she co-founded the first online broker of services to growing companies. She also launched and served as Director of the High Tech Services Group of Coopers & Lybrand.

The evening's case presentation will be by Paul Keleher, Founder and engineer, KO Instruments, Inc. While 15- and 20-amp circuit breakers have been installed in homes and buildings for the past 50 years, more than 40,000 fires each year are caused by a circuit breaker that failed to do its job. KO Instruments has developed the world's first plug-in short-circuit response tester to address this problem.

The WPI Venture Forum meeting will be held on Tuesday, December 11, 2007, at the Campus Center - Odeum Room, on the WPI campus in Worcester, MA.
Registration and networking begin at 5:30 p.m. and the meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. Registration cost is $15 individual, annual, and lifetime members; and $25 nonmembers. Pre-registration is available online at Program Registration Form

About the WPI Venture Forum

The WPI Venture Forum , part of the Collaborative for Entrepreneurship & Innovation in the Department of Management at WPI, was created in 1990 to promote the entrepreneurial spirit and to serve those who engage in technology-based entrepreneurial enterprises. The group provides advice, support, and education tailored to meet the needs of entrepreneurs through such activities as monthly programs, a business plan contest, a weekly radio show on News Radio 580 WTAG (Saturdays, 5-7 pm, 580am), networking events, and a monthly newsletter.

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508.831.5075
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About the WPI Venture Forum

The WPI Venture Forum was created in 1990 to promote the entrepreneurial spirit and to serve those who engage in technology- based entrepreneurial enterprises by providing advice, support and education tailored to meet their needs. The forum fosters entrepreneurship through such activities as monthly programs, a business plan contest, a weekly radio show on News Radio WTAG (Saturdays, 5-7 pm, 580am), and a monthly newsletter.

The Venture Forum, as part of the Collaborative for Entrepreneurship & Innovation in the Department of Management at WPI, serves individuals who are seeking to begin their own technology-based businesses; founders, presidents, and senior managers of start-up or early-stage companies; senior managers of companies that are restarting or making a transition for one mode of operation to another; and employees leaving large companies due to a reduction in force or to start businesses.