September 26, 2001

Contact: Jim Coonan, 503-725-5700
Source: Dan Loague, 405-848-8570

Oregon Hosts Seed and Venture Capital Conference Oct. 4-5

PORTLAND - Nearly 200 of the nation's top investment and development leaders will be in Portland next week to attend the 9th annual conference of the National Association of Seed and Venture Funds.

The two-day conference, which begins Thursday, Oct. 4 at the Portland Marriott Downtown, showcases where venture investors are focusing their attention and how public and private initiatives are transforming the economic futures of cities, states and regions.

Among featured conference speakers are Jim Johnson, recently retired Hillsboro site manager for Intel; and Denis Burger, chief executive officer, AVI-Biopharma, a Portland based gene technology company.

The program also features "The Oregon Story," a multi-media presentation that describes how an Oregon alliance of government, business and higher education leaders is contributing to the state's emerging new economy.

Other sessions include programs on angel investing, capitalizing a seed venture fund, and maximizing the value of intellectual property.

A pre-conference workshop on Wednesday, Oct. 3 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. provides a working session for private investors interested in entrepreneurial ventures. The workshop is titled "Seed Investing as a Team Sport."

Local hosts for the NASVF conference are the Oregon University System and the Oregon Economic and Community Development Department with sponsoring support from Intel, Wells Fargo, the Oregon Resource & Technology Development Account, AterWynne, Davis Wright Tremaine, Electro Scientific Industries, Oregon Center for Advanced Technology Education, Oregon Entrepreneurs Forum, Portland General Electric, Portland Development Commission, PacifiCorp, Price Waterhouse Coopers, Arthur Andersen, KPMG, Lane Powell Spears Lubersky and NW Natural.

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