NVCA Welcomes Entrepreneurs to “The World's Largest Office Hours” at VentureScape

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First ever event offers mentoring from top venture firms for hundreds of company founders

For the first time in its 40 year history, the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA) will welcome entrepreneurs to participate in the “World’s Largest Office Hours” at VentureScape, the association’s annual meeting. On May 14, 2013, hundreds of entrepreneurs and venture capitalists will gather in San Francisco to discuss innovations, ideas, and business strategies for the next generation of venture-backed companies. More than 50 venture capital firms – all NVCA members -- will participate in the event.

“History shows that when entrepreneurs and venture capitalists work together, great things happen,” said Venky Ganesan, NVCA Board Director and Chair of Office Hours. “As VCs, we celebrate the ingenuity and passion of innovators each and every day. This is our chance to give back to the startup community in a high energy, high value manner. I am certain that meaningful connections will be made on this day.”

The World’s Largest Office Hours will take place May 14, 2013 from 3:00-5:30 p.m.at the Westin San Francisco Market Street Hotel. During that time, those entrepreneurs accepted into the event will be guaranteed at least two formal meetings with venture investors. In addition to the pre-scheduled meetings, entrepreneurs will be able to gather with VCs in a more casual networking lounge for informal conversation.

Admission is by invitation and entrepreneurs from all industries and stages of development are encouraged to apply at the VentureScape website (http://venturescape.nvca.org/officehours). Registration for Office Hours runs through March 1, 2013, although candidates are encouraged to submit applications early, as admission is on a rolling basis and will close once capacity is reached. For those entrepreneurs accepted, there is no cost to attend.

Questions about VentureScape and Office Hours can be directed to venturescape(at)nvca(dot)org.

VentureScape is on twitter (@venturescapenow); on facebook (NVCA venturescape); and online (venturescape.nvca.org).

About National Venture Capital Association

Venture capitalists are committed to funding America’s most innovative entrepreneurs, working closely with them to transform breakthrough ideas into emerging growth companies that drive U.S. job creation and economic growth. According to a 2011 Global Insight study, venture-backed companies accounted for 12 million jobs and $3.1 trillion in revenue in the United States in 2010. As the voice of the U.S. venture capital community, the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA) empowers its members and the entrepreneurs they fund by advocating for policies that encourage innovation and reward long-term investment. As the venture community’s preeminent trade association, NVCA serves as the definitive resource for venture capital data and unites more than 400 members through a full range of professional services. For more information about the NVCA, please visit http://www.nvca.org.

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