Mark Your Calendar for Nov. 8 and Help Get the Word Out

by francine Hardaway on June 20, 2007


There will be plenty of renewed hope for Arizona entrepreneurs at the Second Annual Arizona Entrepreneurship Conference, to be held at the Phoenix Airport Marriott Hotel, 1101 N. 44th Street, on November 8th from 7:30 AM to 6:00 PM. At least two Arizona tech companies have reached Nirvana (a “liquidity event”) during the year since the First Annual Arizona Entrepreneurship Conference. Limelight Networks , one of the presenters at the conference, completed its Initial Public Offering in June 2007 and in the same month Zenter, an online presentation software tool, was acquired by Google.

The conference will feature these two companies as well as Pat Sullivan’s new venture, Jigsaw Health, a social venture devoted to helping people figure out how to handle their chronic health problems.

The day-long series of panels, workshops, speakers, and networking opportunities will highlight new national trends that impact Arizona, such as environmental technology and Real Estate 2.0 (the use of social media in real estate) as well as funding sources, new marketing strategies, and human resource issues. By popular demand, there will also be more women entrepreneurs ☺

A preliminary list of confirmed participants is here. The registration website will be live here as of July 15th. The cost of the conference is $125, which includes lunch and a continental breakfast. Early-bird registration is $99.

The Second Annual Arizona Entrepreneurship Conference will be limited to 500 attendees, including panelists, media and speakers.

“We would rather have a smaller audience that can really make connections and benefit from what we do than a room full of people who are merely curious,” says Francine Hardaway, CEO of Stealthmode Partners and primary conference organizer. “We are trying to create a more efficient ecosystem for Arizona entrepreneurs, and we will make sure the people who come receive the value they deserve for giving us their time.”

The Second Annual Arizona Entrepreneurship Conference benefits the Opportunity Through Entrepreneurship Foundation, which trains underserved and at-risk populations in entrepreneurship skills for self-sufficiency.

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