FreiGeist Web & StartUp Conference in Cologne

Bonn/ Cologne, (PresseBox) - FreiGeist award to be issued for the first time - On 6 May 2010, High-Tech Gründerfonds, Thierhoff Consulting and Censet GmbH are hosting the first FreiGeist Conference at Clublounge Nord of Cologne's RheinEnergieStadion football stadium. Founders, web entrepreneurs, business angels, students, consultants and all who are interested in startups, the internet and new media are invited to the Dome capital of Cologne.

The focus of the oneday conference is a framework programme which will feel the pulse of the web & IT scenes - presentations and workshops given by specialists. In addition, testimonials by successful founders and bestpractice examples will provide exciting insights. As at last year's successful "StartUp Camp 2009?, participants will include Microsoft, Google, Sun and others. Forwardlooking startups and entrepreneurs can request consideration for the FreiGeist award, which is to be given for the first time. Following the conference six young enterprises from North Rhine Westphalia (NRW), selected by the NRW media cluster beforehand, will have an opportunity to present themselves to potential investors at "NRW startups meet VCs".

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High-Tech Gründerfonds Management GmbH

The Bonn-based provider of seed finance now has around 180 technology ventures in its portfolio. High-Tech Gründerfonds invests in young, innovative technology firms based in Germany. The fund makes available the required startup capital and supports founders as they set the parameters for the structures of their business, in terms of both strategy and the direction to take. High-Tech Gründerfonds was established in 2005 upon the initiative of the German Federal Ministry for Business and Technology (BMWi). Alongside the BMWi and the KfW Banking Group, industrial companies BASF, Deutsche Telekom, Siemens as well as Daimler, Robert Bosch and Carl Zeiss have invested in the fund. The public/private partnership fund has a volume of EUR 272 million.

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