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

“A Day of Foster.ly” 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.

04/04/2012 – ABB invests in water network monitoring company

ABB, the leading power and automation technology group, announced its decision to invest in TaKaDu, a provider of advanced monitoring solutions for water distribution networks. The investment was led by ABB Technology Ventures, ABB’s venture capital arm in a $6 million funding round that also included existing TaKaDu investors Emerald Technology Ventures, Gemini Israel Funds and Giza Venture Capital.

04/04/2012 – New Enterprise Associates Leads $33M Financing of SugarCRM

SugarCRM, a customer relationship management (CRM) company, has completed a $33 million equity and debt financing round. The investment round was led by New Enterprise Associates (NEA) and includes participation from new investors Silicon Valley Bank and Gold Hill Capital. All of SugarCRM's current investors including Draper Fisher Jurvetson and Walden International also participated.

04/04/2012 – CIT Invests in VanGogh Imaging, Inc.

The Center for Innovative Technology (CIT) announced today a $100,000 investment in McLean, Va.-based VanGogh Imaging, Inc. VanGogh is a software company that offers inexpensive, easy-to-use 3-D computer vision technology for high volume mobile applications. VanGogh’s software allows mobile devices to scan real-world objects and scenes in order to render 3-D models for Augmented Reality (AR) applications.

04/03/2012 – Millennial Media Announces Closing of Initial Public Offering and Exercise of Underwriters' Option to Purchase Additional Shares

Millennial Media, Inc. (NYSE: MM) announced today it has closed its previously announced initial public offering of 10,200,000 shares of common stock at a public offering price of $13.00 per share. Of these shares, 9,200,000 shares were sold by the company and 1,000,000 shares were sold by selling stockholders. In connection with the initial public offering, the underwriters exercised in full their option to purchase an additional 873,270 shares from the company and 656,730 shares from the selling stockholders. As a result, the total initial public offering size was 11,730,000 shares.

03/28/2012 – Capital Connection Unveils Inaugural Entrepreneur Advisory Council

The Mid-Atlantic Venture Association today announced the formation of a newly created Entrepreneurial Advisory Council with the naming of two CEOs and visionaries as inaugural members – Wayne Jackson, CEO of Sonatype and David Steinberg, CEO of SnappCloud. As accomplished entrepreneurs and business leaders, the new council will help spearhead programs to meet the unique needs of high-growth companies, benefitting the upcoming Capital Connection 2012 conference and TechBUZZ with valuable advice from “shining stars” of past Capital Connections conferences.

03/28/2012 – Millennial Media Prices Initial Public Offering

Millennial Media, Inc. (NYSE: MM) announced today the pricing of its initial public offering of 10.2 million shares of common stock at a price to the public of $13 per share. The shares are expected to begin trading on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol "MM" on Thursday, March 29, 2012. A total of 9.2 million shares are being offered by Millennial, and a total of 1 million shares are being offered by selling stockholders. In addition, Millennial and the selling stockholders have granted the underwriters a 30-day option to purchase an aggregate of up to an additional 1.53 million shares. Millennial will not receive any proceeds from the sale of shares by the selling stockholders.

03/28/2012 – New Enterprise Associates Leads $30M Series D in Relievant Medsystems

New Enterprise Associates led a $30 million Series D equity round in Relievant Medsystems, Inc., a specialist in the therapeutic use of basivertebral nerve ablation for the treatment of chronic axial low back pain.

03/15/2012 – Maryland raises $84 million to invest in tech startups

Maryland succeeded in raising $84 million to invest in promising technology companies across the state via a novel online auction of tax credits, officials announced Thursday. The InvestMaryland plan, a cornerstone of Gov. Martin O'Malley's legislative platform last year, completed a key milestone with the online auction, in which 24 insurance companies bid up the price of tax credits they wanted to receive in the future. In the end, 11 companies won the credits and the state surpassed the minimum of $70 million that it expected to receive.

03/15/2012 – New Enterprise Associates Joins $35M Round for BOKU

BOKU, a specialist in online mobile payments, has secured $35 Million in funding. Investors include New Enterprise Associates (NEA), Telefónica Digital, the growth arm of the global telecoms leader, as well as previous investors. Additional participants in the round include Andreessen Horowitz, Benchmark Capital, DAG Ventures, Index Ventures and Khosla Ventures. The funding will be used to expand the team, broaden infrastructure and continue BOKU's global expansion that started in 2009.

03/15/2012 – Carlyle Returns $19B to Investors, Boasts 150% Earnings Jump in New IPO Filing

The Carlyle Group returned $19 billion to investors last year and reported a 152 percent year-on-year leap earnings, according to Reuters.

03/09/2012 – “Year of the Entrepreneur” Theme of Capital Connection ’12 and TechBUZZ ‘12

Capital Connection’12 and TechBUZZ ’12 will bring together entrepreneurs across all stages of company growth and investors from the full spectrum of financing capital for a 1 1/2 day program filled with industry innovators, headlining entrepreneurs and sector-focused programming emphasizing trends in all of the hottest technology sectors. Capital ConnectionTM, one of the nation’s most respected industry conferences, will be held this year on May 23-24 at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C.

03/08/2012 – North Carolina Joins Mid-Atlantic Bio as Strategic Partner

The Mid-Atlantic Bio conference announced today that the North Carolina Biotechnology Center (NCBiotech) has joined the Virginia Biotechnology Association (VABIO), Tech Council of Maryland (TCM), and Mid-Atlantic Venture Association (MAVA) as a 2012 strategic partner. The addition of North Carolina to the Mid-Atlantic Bio geography solidifies the conference's position as the leading regional life-sciences event.

03/06/2012 – TEDCO and The Abell Foundation Announce New Propel Baltimore Fund

The Propel Baltimore Fund (the “Fund”) was created through a partnership between the Maryland Technology Development Corporation (TEDCO) and the Abell Foundation. The Fund, which has capital commitments of $3.3 million, will provide up to $220,000 as an angel investment in early stage, technology companies located in Baltimore City.

03/05/2012 – JMI Equity Gains 13% Stake in Vocus after Beltsville Company’s Merger with iContact

JMI Equity has reported $41.54 million stake in Vocus Inc. (NASDAQ: VOCS), a Beltsville, Md.-based provider of cloud-based marketing and PR software.

03/04/2012 – Columbia Capital Raises $28.75M for GlobalOne Investment

Columbia Capital has raised $28.75 million of a $33.75 million offering for "Declarative Holdings Inc.," taking in the amount from six investors, according to an SEC filing.

03/02/2012 – Signal Hill Announces Launch of India Initiative

Signal Hill Holdings LLC (“Signal Hill”), the parent of Baltimore-based Signal Hill Capital Group LLC, a leading investment bank with a focus on growth companies, is pleased to announce the launch of Signal Hill Capital Advisory India Pvt. Ltd (“Signal Hill India”), a newly-created investment banking business based in Bangalore, India.

03/01/2012 – Proskauer Expands Litigation Practice, Private Investment Funds Capabilities with Addition of Partner Timothy Mungovan in Boston

Proskauer announced that Timothy W. Mungovan has joined the firm as a Partner in the Boston office. Mr. Mungovan was the founder and leader of the Private Fund Disputes team and was formerly the Practice Group Leader of the Commercial Litigation and Financial Services and Securities Litigation Practice Groups at Nixon Peabody.

03/01/2012 – CIT GAP Funds Invests in Brazen Careerist

The Center for Innovative Technology (CIT) announced today a $100,000 investment in McLean, Va.-based Brazen Careerist. Brazen Careerist is an online career resource that combines virtual recruiting events with online education and training to help young professionals discover their strengths, refine their skills and find their ideal job.

02/29/2012 – CIT GAP Funds Invests in Villagize

The Center for Innovative Technology (CIT) announced today an investment in Oakton, Va.-based Villagize, a social networking website that connects people in their local residential community.

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