Venture Atlanta seeks innovators for event

Venture Atlanta, Georgia's technology innovation event, said that it is seeking presenters for its annual investor showcase this fall. Up to 20 tech firms will be selected to speak at Venture Atlanta 2009, scheduled for Oct. 13-14 at the W Hotel in Midtown Atlanta. Presenters will have the opportunity to pitch their companies to more than 100 private-equity investors from Atlanta and other areas of the country, including Silicon Valley and the Northeast.

"Venture Atlanta has earned a reputation as one of the best events in the Southeast for developing relationships between entrepreneurs, investors and service providers," said John Glushik of Intersouth Partners (Durham, North Carolina), a VC firm that has invested in Purewire, a company who secures business and social interactions on the web, and several other Atlanta area companies. "In spite of the current economy, I'll make the trip again this year because we are still looking for quality deals. Venture Atlanta has a proven track record of providing those opportunities."

Georgia-based entrepreneurs interested in presenting at Venture Atlanta 2009 should submit two-page executive summaries and applications to by Aug. 31.