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Gulf Coast Venture Forum to Hold Investor & Entrepreneur Education Event to Kick-Off 2011/2012 Season

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This month will start the 2011/2012 season for the Gulf Coast Venture Forum with a informative presentation by Mark Hessen of the National Venture Capital Association.

The Gulf Coast Venture Forum, in conjunction with the Florida Venture Forum and the Tamiami Angel Fund, will hold its annual kick-off event for the 2011/12 season in Naples on October 25, 2011.

The Naples Grande Resort & Club will be the venue for the Naples and Sarasota joint chapter season kick-off event. Registration and reception will begin at 5:30 P.M. followed by the speaker presentation at 7:00. The meeting will conclude by 8:00 P.M.

Mark Heesen, President of the National Venture Capital Association, is scheduled to present, "The Outlook for Venture Capital Investing - Regionally and Locally.”

“During this challenging economic environment (both nationally and regionally), business leaders, private investors and entrepreneurs need economic advice,” says Tim Cartwright, president of the GCVF. “Heesen will provide valuable insights on the health of Venture Capital Industry, an important indicator of the overall health of the U.S. economy and take questions from the audience concerning the investment climate.”

Heesen has advocated for the venture capital industry, entrepreneurship and innovation for nearly two decades, first as NVCA's head of public policy and, since 1999 as the Association's president. As the primary spokesperson for the venture capital industry, Heesen is often called upon by the financial media, NVCA members, limited partners, and regional associations to offer insights and perspectives on trends and developments occurring within the asset class. He is a frequent presenter at industry conferences, a familiar and trusted source in news articles focusing on the venture industry, and a recurrent guest on CNBC and Bloomberg Television.

"The investment climate is critical to the U.S. economy because long term gains from economic stimulus come from investment not consumption and putting capital to work in innovative and entrepreneurial firms is the mission of the Gulf Coast Venture Forum,” said Timothy Cartwright, president of the GCVF.

Sponsorships are still available for these events at three different levels of support. Each sponsor will receive tickets to the event and their logo placed on all media and signage, with more benefits for higher levels of sponsorship, including introduction to the panelists and speakers. For more information on becoming a sponsor, contact Brooke Gabrielsen at 239-821-0250.

The kick-off event is open to the public. The price of admission is $65 if pre-registered and ¬¬¬¬$75 at the door. For more information or to pre-register, please visit www.floridaventureforum.org

The Gulf Coast Venture Forum meets monthly in Naples and Sarasota. To attend in Naples, the dates are: Nov. 11, 2011, Dec. 15, Jan. 12, Feb. 9, March 8, April 12, and May 10, 2012. The Sarasota meetings are scheduled for: Nov. 9, 2010, Dec. 14, Jan. 11, Feb. 8, March 7, and April 11, and May 10, 2012. Please visit www.gcvf.com for more information on how to become a member and register for events. And be sure to watch for more information on the 2012 Florida Venture Capital Conference which will be returning to Naples this year, the dates are set for Jan. 31 through Feb. 1, 2012.

About GCVF The purpose of the Gulf Coast Venture Forum is to promote the success of Southwest Florida's new and emerging businesses by bringing together the best entrepreneurs, early stage venture capital firms and Angel Investors. They promote the success of the region's new and emerging businesses by bringing together entrepreneurs, educational resources, capital providers, and service providers. The group also offers informative educational programs presented by seasoned, recognized professionals and business people, providing a place for the sharing and exchange of business and technical experience. Members of the GCVF meet monthly to hear about local investment opportunities, and they also offer informative educational programs presented by seasoned, recognized professionals and business people, providing a place for the sharing and exchange of business and technical experience. To encourage capital investments in Southwest Florida businesses, the GCVF seeks to identify sources of private equity investment and venture capital. Gulf Coast Venture Forum is always open to new members. Monthly meetings are scheduled October through June each year. GCVF is also available to provide speakers to local organizations who want to learn more about the purpose of the GCVF and local investment opportunities. Interested parties are encouraged to view www.gcvf.com or call 239-262-6300 for more information.

The Florida Venture Forum, Inc. is Florida’s premier statewide support group for venture capitalists and entrepreneurs. As an entrepreneurial networking group, the Florida Venture Forum educates entrepreneurs and assists them in identifying sources of venture capital. In the early part of each year, The Florida Venture Forum hosts the Venture Capital Conference. The 20th Annual Florida Venture Capital Conference will be held February 3rd and 4th, 2011 at the Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa in Hollywood, Florida. Throughout the year, the Forum also provides monthly programs on a statewide basis. For additional information, please visit the Forum’s web site at www.floridaventureforum.org or e-mail pat@floridaventureforum.org.

Since 1992, the Florida Venture Forum has hosted the annual Florida Venture Capital Conference. The purpose of the conference, held every year in January/February, is to showcase high growth companies looking for equity financing before a nationwide audience of venture capitalists and investment bankers. Over the past 20 years, former presenters of the Conference have been successful in raising over $2 billion.

The Tamiami Angel Fund I, LLC (”TAFI” or “the Fund”) is Southwest Florida’s first Angel Fund. TAFI is a formal fund of growth capital organized to invest in Florida-based early stage through expansion stage companies. It is a member-owned and member-managed for-profit limited liability company that seeks to provide its members an opportunity for active involvement in a diversified capital investment process and a portfolio of high quality, high growth companies located in the State of Florida.

The Fund’s strength is in its members - a group of mostly retired, highly successful men and women, who have migrated to the extremely popular Southwest Florida region, enjoy entrepreneurship and can afford to invest risk capital in start-up businesses.
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