Deadline Looms for Catalyst Venture Partners' Zero-to-Hero VC Challenge

1/24/2006 - The entry deadline of 6th March 2006 is drawing rapidly nearer for Catalyst Venture Partners' Zero-to-Hero 2006, the unique competition for ambitious and innovative companies. Twenty (20) places are up for grabs on the Zero-to-Hero 2006 one-day, fast track to fast growth work camp and entries are arriving thick and fast from companies hoping for the opportunity to take part.

Catalyst Venture Partners, the venture capital boutique specialising in advising revenue generating, early-stage companies on fast-track growth and investment, are urging companies to submit their entries and compete for the exceptional opportunity to informally discuss their businesses with key Venture Capitalists in the early-stage sector and learn what it takes to attract funding to achieve fast track growth and a high value exit. Closing date for receipt of entries for Zero-to-Hero 2006 is 6th March. The competition is open to companies for whom technological application and innovation provides the underlying rationale for their business.

The event will be held on Wednesday 29th March 2006 at the RBS Williams Formula 1 Conference Centre in Oxfordshire.

Entering Zero-to-Hero 2006 is simple. All companies have to do is email an Executive Summary of their business plan (maximum 6 pages).

Following the event itself, the participating companies will be given additional time to reappraise their business plans and submit a revised Executive Summary, if they wish, after which an overall competition winner will be chosen. The Executive Summaries will be re-evaluated on the basis of key criteria relating to the participants overall business plans, fast track growth prospects and potential appeal to investors.

Entries for the inaugural event in 2005 came from a diverse range of industry sectors including: environmental technology, biotechnology, computing software and hardware, new media, retail technology, materials technology and the application of electronics technology.

Zero-to-Hero 2006 is being staged in association with several sponsors and partners active in the early-stage business development and investment market. They include The Royal Bank of Scotland Group (RBS and NatWest), Eden Ventures, the SETsquared Partnership, TLT Solicitors, BusinessXL magazine and NESTA (the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts).

"Zero-to-Hero is a unique competition designed to help the 20 "winning" companies determine whether they have what it takes to make the grade on the fast track to fast growth," said Richard Turner, a Partner in Catalyst Venture Partners. "On the Zero-to-Hero work camp the participating companies will be able to evaluate their business propositions against key, fast growth criteria and better understand the funding processes needed to make it happen. The winning companies will also be able to develop a critical appreciation of the nature of the financing offers they are likely to receive and how to evaluate them as well as meet with key investors in the early-stage sector."

Further details about Zero-to-Hero 2006 can be found at: online.

About Catalyst Venture Partners
Catalyst Venture Partners was founded in 1999 when a group of technology entrepreneurs got together to create a networked accelerator and specialist corporate finance boutique. The genesis of the company lay in the partners' experience as private investors who regularly came across technology companies, frequently with great intellectual property, who were seeking funds but who were lacking the necessary commercial expertise and management firepower to be credible to potential sources of finance. Catalyst is based in Bath and works with companies across the South of England and Wales. The Catalyst team bring personal experience from the worlds of running fast growth technology companies, strategy consulting, and venture capital.

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