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Center Hosting Technology Entrepreneurship Boot Camp Feb. 20
February 10, 2009

The University of Texas at San Antonio's Center for Innovation and Technology Entrepreneurship (CITE) will host the Jackson Walker Technology Entrepreneurship Boot Camp from 8:30 a.m. to
5 p.m. on Friday, February 20 in the University Room of the Business Building (2.06.04) at the UTSA 1604 Campus.

Paul Castella, MBA'05, co-founder of Xenotope Diagnostics, CardioSpectra, Aeon Bioscience and ViroXis Corporation, will present the keynote address at 9:15 a.m. As president and CFO of CardioSpectra, his company was among the first group of recipients of funding from the State of Texas Emerging Technology Fund. The company was acquired by Volcano Corporation in December 2007 for approximately $63 million.

The daylong boot camp will feature expert presentations on fundamental entrepreneurship skills including opportunity identification, business plan basics, introduction to business law and funding a technology start-up.

Scheduled speakers include Stephanie Chandler, Jackson Walker; Sean Crandell, Jackson Walker; Jill Dickman, SBDC Technology Center; Dr. Cory Hallam, director of CITE and assistant vice president for commercialization alliances and innovation; Dr. Anita Leffel, UTSA College of Business faculty member, Mark Miller, Jackson Walker; Lisa Owen, Regnier Valdez; Jim Poage, San Antonio Technology Accelerator Initiative; and Cat Wilson, Regnier Valdez.

CITE is an interdisciplinary center in the UTSA College of Business and the College of Engineering. The center focuses on fostering the growth of entrepreneurs and new technology-based ventures through a process of education, experiences, resources and support.

The Entrepreneurship Boot Camp is co-sponsored by the UTSA Colleges of Business and Engineering, the UTSA Institute for Economic Development, the San Antonio Technology Accelerator Initiative and the UTSA Vice President for Research.

Registration is free for UTSA faculty, students and staff as well as faculty and students from others institutions. The bootcamp is $95 for the general public. Payment can be made by cash or check the day of the event. For more information, call (210) 458-5782 or register online. For more details on the boot camp visit the CITE Web site.

Wendy Frost—

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