TechConnect Summit Announces Program for 2009

Leading F500 corporations, universities, and start-up companies to give exclusive presentations at the fastest growing marketplace for emerging technologies.

The annual TechConnect Summit will take place May 4-6, 2009 at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, Texas. Held in conjunction with the NSTI Nanotech and Clean Technology conferences, we are expecting thousands of business, academic, and investment attendees from more than 70 countries.

The 2009 TechConnect Summit will feature:

Corporate Partnering Presentations
One of the highlights of the Summit program are the exclusive presentations from Fortune 500 companies. Companies invited to present focus on their technology challenges and investment areas of interest in clean technology, nanotechnology, and life sciences. Each of the speakers is interested in either investment or collaboration opportunities with attendees. Confirmed speakers for Houston in May include:

IP and Venture Presentations
TechConnect’s IP and Venture Forums provide universities and early-stage companies a unique platform to present their technologies or business plans to large corporations and investors. These Sessions encourage academia-industry partnerships and provide access to exclusive funding opportunities.

Each IP and Venture presenter gives a 10 minute presentation and benefit from increased visibility, access to potential corporate partners, and a program that is dedicated to promoting emerging technologies to the global technology business community. Presenting institutions and early stage companies include: MIT, Univalor-Canada, ETH Zurich-CH, Danfoss Ventures-Denmark, NASA, ENEA-Italy, Brookhaven National Laboratory, Science & Technology Center-Ukraine, University of Minnesota, University of Geneva-CH, University of Texas at Arlington, DiscoveryBioMed, Bee Dance, Angstron Materials, and many others!

New For 2009: Technology Marketplace Expo
This year’s Summit will feature the TechConnect Marketplace Expo May 5 and 6—a unique exhibit and networking hall for universities, companies, and government agencies to showcase their patent portfolios, prototypes, and services to thousands from the global technology and business communities. More than 25 organizations are participating in the Expo, and we are pleased to announce the Italian Trade Commission is hosting networking breaks throughout the 2 days. The online exhibitor list can be viewed by clicking here.

Limited exhibitor and sponsorship opportunities are still available for community members looking to find buyers or investors for their technology & business solutions. To view the list of this year’s participating attendees, speakers, and exhibitors, please visit: http://www.techconnect.org/Summit2009/press/participants.html. Contact Jrocha@techconnect.org for more details.

How to Participate:
Attend: Registration is open for the TechConnect Summit 2009. Take advantage of the best available registration rates, which are valid through April 24th. Online registration can be found at: http://www.techconnect.org/Summit2009/register.html. Discounted hotels rates are also available for conference attendees. We encourage early booking due to high demand in Houston this time of year: http://www.techconnect.org/Summit2009/venue/hotels.html.

Exhibit or Sponsor: More than 95% of the available TechConnect booths have been reserved. Reserve your space today and reach thousands in the business, investment, and research communities. Several sponsor opportunities are also available, including lunch sponsor, cocktail reception sponsor, and afternoon break sponsor. Please contact Jennifer Rocha at jrocha@techconnect.org for more information on exhibiting or sponsoring the 2009 Summit.

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