Promising IT companies welcome at IST 98 Investment Forum

Brussels 30 July 1998 Selected companies seeking investment or equity finance are invited to present their business cases and Information Technology related products to venture capitalists, and both institutional and industrial investors at the IST 98 Investment Forum. This initiative forms an integral part of the Information Society Technologies Conference and Exhibition 1998, which will take place in Vienna from November 30th to December 2nd. Organizers are the European Commission and a pan-European consortium of partners.

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Selected companies seeking investment or equity finance are invited to present their business cases and Information Technology related products to venture capitalists, and both institutional and industrial investors at the IST 98 Investment Forum. This initiative forms an integral part of the Information Society Technologies Conference and Exhibition 1998, which will take place in Vienna from November 30th to December 2nd. Organizers are the European Commission and a pan-European consortium of partners.

The IST 98 Investment Forum is embedded in an ongoing series of similar programmes, launched by the Infinite partners in Germany, France, Italy, Belgium and Finland. The event constitutes a unique occasion for 50 of the most outstanding information and communications technology companies within the European Union, as well as in Israel, Iceland, Norway, Liechtenstein and Switzerland to meet with interested investors and business advisors, during the two first days of December in Vienna.

Emerging technology companies still have a chance to be selected and give a presentation before an audience of top representatives of the financial and industrial world, who will attend the IST 98 Investment Forum. Among these experts are venture capital and private equity investors, business angels, commercial and investment banks, institutional and industrial investors, as well as qualified advisory and business development executives. Candidate companies for final selection can contact one of the following partners:

  • VDI/VDE-IT - Manfred Röger
    Rheinstrasse 10B, D-14513 Teltow, Germany
    Email: ist98if@vdivde-it.de
    Tel: +49-3328-435196 - Fax: +49-3328-435212

  • ANVAR - Françoise Lambert or Gérard Hontebeyrie
    43, Rue de Caurnartin, F-75436 Paris Cedix 09, France
    Email: dri@anvar.fr
    Tel: +33-1-4017-8545 - Fax: +33-1-4924-9621

  • ENEA - Gustavo Bovalini
    Via Don Fiammelli, 2, I-40129 Bologna BO, Italy
    Email: bovalini@bologna.enea.it
    Tel: +39-51-6098413 - Fax: +39-51-6098409

  • NHTMP - Pirjo Ekblom - Mentor Programme
    Tekniikantie 12, SF-02150 Espoo, Finland
    Email: pirjo.ekblom@innopoli.fi
    Tel: +358-9-4354-2551 - Fax: +358-9-4354-2200
The selection criteria relate to the quality of the company business plan, the management team and the degree of rewarding investment potential, offered by the business opportunity. The selected companies will get solid coaching on beforehand, in order to be able to perform their presentations under ideal circumstances. Thus, investors are offered an excellent and highly efficient platform to meet the type of investment prospects, which most probably will lead to success.

General information about the IST 98 Investment Forum can be acquired at the Secretariat:

  • c/o IPS - William Stevens, Roland Nobels or Wilfried Inghelram
    Chaussée de Tervueren 118, B-1410 Waterloo, Belgium
    Email: ist98if@ips.nirvanet.net
    Tel: +32-2-3575184 - Fax: +32-2-3510114
Within the IST 98 Conference, a one-day seminar will equally be dedicated to the theme of raising finance for emerging European IT companies. Further topics include the launch of the new IST programme as a major part of the Fifth Framework Programme, as well as a survey of the completed and ongoing work in the ACTS, Esprit and Telematics Applications programmes. The Exhibition will present a variety of both leading-edge technologies and products. Please, follow the links for more details on the IST 98 Investment Forum and on the IST 98 Conference and Exhibition. You can also consult the VMW calendar.


Leslie Versweyveld

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