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DEMO Conference Announces New Scholarship Program; Opens Applications for DEMO Fall 2011

FRAMINGHAM, MA--(Marketwire - 04/04/11) - The DEMO Conference, the world-renowned launchpad for emerging technology, announces multiple scholarship opportunities enabling a select group of companies to launch at DEMO. The DEMO Scholarship Partner Program will feature a total of 20 full scholarships for bootstrapped companies, of which a minimum of four will be dedicated to women entrepreneurs; 10 partial scholarships for angel-funded companies and 10 full scholarships for the Alpha Pitch for college students. The conference, which has a 20-year heritage of introducing game-changing new technology products to the world, serves the entire ecosystem of technology innovation, from initial product concept to products ready for introduction into the market. During the two-day event, DEMO provides an environment for demonstrating companies to secure venture funding, establish critical business relationships, influence early adopters and meet with top tier press."We're extremely excited about the new scholarship program," said DEMO executive producer Matt Marshall. "Following Startup America's presence at DEMO Spring, it inspired us to do more. These scholarships will truly enable our team to discover and shine the light on deserving companies that are building technology to change the world."Scholarship opportunities that have been added under the new DEMO Scholarship Partner Program include:

  • Women Entrepreneurs - DEMO had the pleasure of introducing this scholarship dedicated to women in technology at DEMO Spring, hand-in-hand with the Startup America Partnership, IDG and the Kauffman Foundation to support a scholarship for four companies with female CEO's.

  • Bootstrapped Companies - DEMO will offer full scholarships for a limited number of companies ready to launch their product. These companies will have raised no more than $500,000 in funding.

  • Angel-Funded Companies - Partial scholarships will be provided to 10 companies that have received some angel funding but not in excess of $1.5M.

  • College Alpha Program - DEMO will also award innovation coming out of America's finest colleges and universities. Full scholarships will be provided to 10 deserving individuals or groups that have meaningful new technologies that are deserving of presentation to the worldwide, elite audience that DEMO brings.

All launch companies, including scholarship recipients, will benefit from the unrivaled services DEMO provides including presentation coaching, a dedicated DEMO public relations team, turn-key exhibitor station with signage, access to all international DEMO Conferences, and a profile page with a hosted DEMO launch video that receives massive exposure through VentureBeat and IDG properties, such as CIO, Network World, Computerworld and Macworld to drive exposure to your launch. The scholarships, which will be subsidized by corporate sponsorships, will help ensure that deserving entrepreneurs receive the opportunity to introduce cutting edge technology products that might have otherwise gone undiscovered.DEMO Fall 2011 will take place September 12-14, 2011 at the Hyatt Regency Santa Clara. DEMO is currently accepting applications for companies to launch products and apply for scholarships to DEMO Fall 2011. As part of the selection process all applicants will be contacted within two weeks. All interested parties should submit initial company information via the "Apply Now" button at www.demo.com. The deadline for applications is August 1, 2011.DEMO Executive Producer Matt Marshall and colleagues will soon begin traveling across the country, and the globe, in search of the class of DEMO Fall 2011. Visit www.demo.com to check dates for your city.Stay connected with DEMO through the communities on the following sites:

About DEMOProduced by IDG Enterprise in conjunction with VentureBeat, the DEMO conferences in the United States and China focus on emerging technologies and new product innovations, which are hand selected from across the spectrum of the technology marketplace. The DEMO conferences have earned their reputation for consistently identifying tomorrow's cutting-edge technologies, and have served as launchpad events for companies such as Palm, E*Trade, Salesforce, Webex, Tivo and VMware, helping them to secure venture funding, establish critical business relationships, and influence early adopters. For more information on the DEMO conferences, visit http://www.demo.com/.About IDG EnterpriseIDG Enterprise, an International Data Group (IDG) company, brings together unique editorial brands (CFOworld, CIO, CIO Executive Council, Computerworld, CSO, DEMO, InfoWorld, ITworld and Network World) to serve the information needs of our technology, security and financial-focused audiences. As a digital-centric media company we serve our reader and advertiser audiences with award-winning content and community, driving conversation and conversion, across our entire portfolio of awarding-winning, websites, events, magazines, products and services. In addition, the CIO Executive Council, a peer advisory service, brings together the nation's top CIOs, as well as provides community and leadership development tools for their staffs.Company information is available at www.idgenterprise.com.Additional information about IDG, a privately held company, is available at http://www.idg.com.About VentureBeatVentureBeat's mission is to provide news about innovation for forward-thinking executives. The New York Times called VentureBeat one of the "best blogs on the Web," and now syndicates VentureBeat's articles. Reuters and many other publishers also run VentureBeat articles.All product and company names are trademarks of their respective companies.