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06/19/2012 – NEA Joins $47 Million Round in SmartDrive Systems

SmartDrive Systems has raised $ 47 million in additional venture funding led by Oak Investment Partners and New Enterprise Associates.

06/12/2012 – Hercules Technology Growth Capital Announces Quarter-to-Date Q2 2012 Portfolio Update with New Originations Totaling over $100.0 Million

Hercules Technology Growth Capital, Inc. (NYSE: HTGC), a leader in customized debt financing for entrepreneurial venture capital and private equity-backed companies in technology-related markets including cleantech and life science, today announced its quarter-to-date Q2 2012 portfolio update.

06/11/2012 – CIT GAP Funds Makes Second Investment in OhMyGov Inc.

The Center for Innovative Technology announced today a second round of investment to OhMyGov Inc., a technology firm based in Alexandria, Va., that provides software to help government agencies, associations, elected officials and political organizations monitor public dialogue and measure the influence of their strategic marketing and communications strategies.

06/08/2012 – Fashion Web Start-Up Raises $36 Million

Everyone loves a bargain, but some shoppers just want access. At least that’s the thesis behind Moda Operandi, a New York-based start-up that has raised $36 million from venture capital firm RRE Ventures, and several strategic investors, including IMG and LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton.

06/07/2012 – Deal Alert: J. Moore Partners Advises Manticore Technology on its Merger with Sales Engine International

We are pleased to announce the successful merger of Manticore Technology, a leading SaaS marketing automation software platform with Sales Engine International, a top B2B integrated marketing and sales acceleration company under the Sales Engine International name.

05/24/2012 – Scoutmob Attracts Investors and Partners by Saying It’s Not a Daily Deals Company

Scoutmob was able to attract $3.25 million in new funding and a major new payments partner by pitching itself as a mobile company and not as a fledgling competitor in the daily deals space.

05/24/2012 – Record Attendance, Powerful Agenda makes 25th Capital Connection a Big Hit

Capital Connection’12 and its TechBUZZ program, a nationally recognized technology industry conference, featured a day filled with powerful speakers, compelling company presentations and dynamic networking that captivated a capacity crowd of nearly 1100 attending both events. From an investor panel discussing the health of the marketplace and 26 game-changing company presentations to a glimpse into the life of the ultimate entrepreneur, Steve Case and culminating in the TechBUZZ Showdown competition between the three “Best of the BUZZ” companies, the 25th Anniversary of Capital Connection’12 is one for the record books.

05/23/2012 – TechBUZZ Audience Votes 3 Companies as “Best of the BUZZ”

Capital Connection’12, a nationally recognized technology industry conference, debuted 28 emerging technology start-ups on the TechBUZZ stage and three earned the title of “Best of the BUZZ” and head to the Main Stage Thursday afternoon to compete in the TechBUZZ Showdown. Real-time audience feedback through a mobile application made possible the immediate selection of the “Best of the BUZZ” companies that will introduce their breakthrough companies to a powerful and influential audience at the Capital Connection’12 finale.

05/22/2012 – 24 Sterling Companies Share Spotlight Celebrating 25 years of Capital Connection

Capital Connection’12, a nationally recognized technology industry conference, will pay tribute to 24 successful businesses singled out as market maker companies with a special “Sterling Company” award. The companies were selected unanimously by some of the country’s top private investors for stellar performance and will join in the 25th Anniversary celebration of the Capital Connection conference.

05/22/2012 – Reznick Group, J.H. Cohn LLP Announce Merger

Reznick Group, P.C., and J.H. Cohn LLP, two of the top-20 ranked accounting, tax and consulting firms in the United States, today announced plans to merge and become the 11th largest firm in the country with more than 2,000 employees, 25 offices and combined revenues of more than $450M.

05/21/2012 – Capital Connection & Startup America Team Up for Mid-Atlantic Challenge Contest

Capital Connection’12, a nationally recognized technology industry conference, joined forces with the Startup America Partnership to offer a coveted spot as the 28th seed stage company to compete in TechBUZZ on May 23. The Startup America TechBUZZ Challenge Contest was held last week and the finalist was named at an event held Saturday afternoon, May 19.

05/18/2012 – Capital Connection Hosts CXO Roundtables Featuring Top Industry Leaders

Capital Connection’12, a nationally recognized technology industry conference, will present one of its main attractions of the Capital Connection program with its Peer-to-Peer Sessions. The CXO Roundtables are one of the highlights of Capital Connection each year and are made available to pre-registered attendees.

05/17/2012 – Celebrating 25 Years, Capital Connection to Honor Sterling Companies’ Success

Capital Connection’12, a nationally recognized technology industry conference, will pay tribute to a select group of successful businesses singled out for achieving significant accomplishments with a special “Sterling Company” award. The companies were selected unanimously by some of the country’s top private investors as “market maker” companies to share the spotlight as the Capital Connection conference celebrates its 25th anniversary.

05/17/2012 – Annual McGladrey Survey Shows Private Equity Firms Focused On Spurring Growth, Creating Value at Portfolio Companies

McGladrey LLP, the nation's fifth largest provider of assurance, tax and consulting services, has released its fourth annual survey of private equity (PE) executives, which shows that amid difficult economic conditions, firms have become increasingly focused on improving strategy and operations at their portfolio companies as a means of creating value.

05/15/2012 – TechBUZZ Lineup Showcases 28 Emerging Technology Start-ups

Capital Connection’12, a nationally recognized technology industry conference, will premiere 28 entrepreneurial ventures debuting innovative solutions at the 2012 TechBUZZ on May 23. These seed stage companies will compete for the title of “Best of the BUZZ” and earn the chance to introduce their breakthrough companies to a powerful and influential audience at the Capital Connection’12 finale.

05/14/2012 – Paladin Capital Group and Abu Dhabi's Invest A.D. to launch MENA private equity joint venture

U.S. private investment company Paladin Capital Group and Abu Dhabi-based investment company Invest A.D. have established a private equity joint venture that will channel investments into the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region and Turkey.

05/14/2012 – New Enterprise Associates Joins $35M Series For Aquantia

Aquantia, a developer of High Speed Ethernet connectivity solutions for cloud computing and large scale data center deployments, has completed a Series F financing of $35 million, with new investor RUSNANO leading the round, joined by current investors. RUSNANO will invest $25 million, and current and new investors will contribute $10 million to the financing round.

05/10/2012 – Game-Changing Technology Companies to Take Main Stage at Capital Connection

Capital Connection’12, a nationally recognized technology industry conference, commends the 26 early, expansion and growth stage companies that have been competitively selected to present on the Main Stage on May 24 in Washington, D.C. These technology companies emerged following a comprehensive screening process of hundreds of applications with an invitation to present their business model and growth strategy to an audience of business and industry leaders and investors.

05/10/2012 – Chevy Chase-Based NEA Raises $2.08 Billion For Newest Fund

Chevy Chase-based New Enterprise Associates has raised over $2.08 billion for its newest venture fund, according to regulatory filings.

05/02/2012 – “Day of” adds Aneesh Chopra, MAVA and Fortify

“A Day of” is getting a deeper bench. The marathon entrepreneurial meet-up will be keynoted by President Barack Obama’s former Chief Technology Officer Aneesh Chopra. And today, it will add Fortify Ventures LLC founding partner Jonathon Perrelli and Mid-Atlantic Venture Association

04/25/2012 – Steve Case to Give Capstone Keynote for 25th Anniversary Capital Connection

Capital Connection’12, a nationally recognized technology industry conference, will hear from the ultimate entrepreneur, Steve Case, who will speak on national entrepreneurial trends, new investment initiatives and real-time public policy that impacts businesses today. As the plenary speaker for the 25th Anniversary Capital Connection on May 24, Mr. Case will highlight significant milestones along his journey as part of the closing session wrapping up a 1½ day conference showcasing the best and brightest entrepreneurs at all stages of growth.

04/20/2012 – Baltimore-Based Signal Hill Opens Web and Digital Media Practice

Signal Hill Capital Group, a Baltimore-based investment banking firm focused on growth companies, said on Friday it has launched a new Boston-based Internet and Digital Media practice.

04/20/2012 – Venture capitalists give Baltimore education tech startups passing grade

As the economy turns around, venture capitalists are going back to school — putting more cash into education technology startups. And some of those companies in this region are benefiting.

04/18/2012 – Bethesda-Based Novak Biddle Leads $5 Million Round for Copiun

Novak Biddle Venture Partners, a Bethesda-based venture capital firm focused on the information technology sector, has led a new $5 million round of funding for Massachusetts-based Copiun, a developer of mobile collaboration software. RRE Ventures and several angel investors also participated in the company's first round.

04/17/2012 – Disruptathon to Enable Feedback on Presentations at Capital Connection

Capital Connection’12, a nationally recognized technology industry conference, is putting advanced mobile technology into the hands of event attendees to share instant feedback on company presentations. Disruptathon will customize its mobile application and Innovation Discovery Platform to enable real-time audience feedback of companies presenting at TechBUZZ and on the Main Stage at Capital Connection’12.

04/16/2012 – DC-Based Carlyle Sets IPO Range, Plans to Raise Up to $762.5M

The Carlyle Group, the large, DC-based private equity firm, plans to sell shares for between $23-$25 each when it goes pubic in the next few weeks, the company revealed Monday in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

04/16/2012 – Tatum Hires Sonya Stone as Associate Managing Partner, Mid-Atlantic Market

Tatum, a national professional services firm, recently announced that it has added Sonya Stone as Associate Managing Partner along with 4 new Partners to the Mid-Atlantic market. Sonya Stone re-joins Tatum as Associate Managing Partner working with Bob Hostetler. Bruce Jolly re-joins Tatum as a CFO Partner in Tatum's Central Virginia market. Sam Ulan rejoins Tatum along with Ross Fuller and David Asai as CFO Partners in the Mid-Atlantic market.

04/10/2012 – Gilt Groupe CEO Headlines Capital Connection’12 as Keynote Speaker on May 23

Capital Connection 2012 kicks off on May 23 with the opening keynote from trailblazing serial entrepreneur, Kevin P. Ryan. Sharing his experience and insights from the launch of five companies in four years, the former CEO of DoubleClick will offer his views on game-changing technologies that are reshaping multiple industries. Ryan, Founder and CEO of Gilt Groupe, will keynote the opening session of Capital Connection’12 on Wednesday, May 23 at 5:00 p.m.

04/10/2012 – H.I.G. BioVentures Closes $268 Million Life Sciences Fund

H.I.G. Capital, LLC announced today the successful closing of H.I.G. BioVentures II, L.P. (the “Fund”). The Fund held its final closing on March 28, 2012, and was oversubscribed with total aggregate commitments of $268 million, exceeding its $250 million target. The funds were raised entirely from limited partners specific to H.I.G. BioVentures II, including a diverse group of top-tier global investors, including public and private pension funds, foundations, funds of funds, and large private family wealth managers.

04/04/2012 – Columbia Capital Converts Preferred Shares, Reports $286.5 Million Stake in Millennial Media

Columbia Capital and Charles River have reported stakes worth $286.47 million and $218.38 million, respectively, in Millennial Media Inc. (NYSE: MM) subsequent to the company's initial public offering.

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