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In an hour, I (Eliane) will be a judge for the Annual Silicon Valley Summit organized by ANZA Technology Network held at the Plug and Play Center in Sunnyvale, California (Oct 6-7) . The two other judges are John Dyson from Starfish Ventures and Simon Anderson, CMO of Pictage.com. The innovative Australian tech companies presenting at the conference are part of a 2-month program (Gateway to the US) devoted to exploring US market expansion opportunities, starting in Silicon Valley.

Tickets are $55 and can be purchased at this link: http://www.anzatechnet.com/conference2009/reg/reg1_summit.jsp

The Australian-based companies include:

  • Earth Utility, a sustainable utility company that makes sustainability simple and affordable.
  • iPOWOW!, an integrated platform and tools for online video, which collects attitude and opinion from any video in real-time, and allows for sophisticated reporting on responses.
  • myCaRMS, enterprise software that addresses the dual requirements of regulatory compliance and risk assessment for financial institutions.
  • Myownpad, social networking and social gaming integration into a unique virtual world platform that provides an immersive, interactive and social 3D experience.
  • Software Shortlist, a proprietary method to help businesses identify software that is most appropriate for their business.
  • Spinergy, renewable “clean” energy generation technologies that provide in situ power to drive instrumentation and telemetry equipment. These technologies are cheaper, safer, easier to install, and more reliable and robust once in operation.
  • Tradeslot, combination optimization technology and auction technology that creates transparent and efficient primary markets for scarce resources such as carbon, timber, grain, iron ore, water and more.

In addition, this year ANZA has invited a small group of Australian companies already doing business in Silicon Valley to showcase alongside the Gateway companies. Three of the Australian-founded companies now doing business in the Bay Area are Aruspex, 5th Finger and Embedster.

This year’s Gateway to the US companies are participating in “Building Entrepreneurial Companies”, a workshop at Stanford University with Stanford Wattis Professor of Management, George Foster. They also will be participating in a series of Business Forums on Wednesday, October 7, at the Plug and Play Tech Center from 9 am until 5:30 pm. The business forums are open to international startups seeking valuable information on US market entry strategies and include sessions on funding opportunities, legal and taxation requirements, marketing and CEO leadership. Tickets are $55 and can be purchased at this link: http://www.anzatechnet.com/conference2009/reg/reg1_summit.jsp

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