November 30, 1999 in Uncategorized

CapVenture Companies Impress Investors

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CapVenture, a 5-part financing bootcamp developed by ATDC and presented in partnership with TAG, recently celebrated its program conclusion with a Celebration & Forum.  The auditorium was full of participants, coaches, angel and venture investors, eager to see this select group of early stage tech companies pitch their businesses.

The companies did an outstanding job, leading to requests for 56 meetings with angels and VCs.  Todd Merrill of Global Crypto won a premium bottle of wine from sponsor Silicon Valley Bank as the company receiving the most requests for investor meetings.  Global Crypto has developed a strong authentication technology that will help prevent the many billions lost by financial institutions from fraud.  Bart Foster of SoloHealth also received a strong response from investors.  He delivered a compelling presentation on how his self-screening vision kiosk can help grow the market for eye care by making eye exams become more regular and frequent, just as dental exams are today.

But most impressive was the commitment of the 7 CapVenture coaches that spent countless hours coaching the 15 participating companies over the previous month and a half.  Truly their dedication sets an example for the many other successful entrepreneurs who have not yet fully given back to their community. Thanks a million CapVenture coaches!


From left to right are CapVenture Coaches and ATDC program staff:  Cindy Cheatham (ATDC), Joan Herbig, Michael Reene, Glenn McGonnigle, Allen Graber, Mike Eckert, Steve Bachman, Jim Morgan, Charles Ross (ATDC)

For more information on CapVenture, which will be presented again next Fall with early summer applications, go to

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