International Entrepreneurs to Meet with Tech Industry Leaders at Silicon Valley Connect 2011, September 29-30

Sizhao "Zao" Yang, Founder of MyMiniLife (Sold to Zynga) and Creator of Farmville to Keynote

Santa Clara, CA, September 22, 2011 --( The Computer History Museum and Silicon Valley Bank will host Silicon Valley Connect 2011, September 29-30 in Mountain View and Santa Clara, CA. The conference, organized by the Chamber of Commerce International Consortium for Entrepreneurs (CCICE) and ANZA Technology Network welcomes technology entrepreneurs from around the world seeking to explore and gain access to business opportunities in the world’s epicenter for innovation – Silicon Valley.

The conference is designed to fully immerse entrepreneurs in the business culture and practices of Silicon Valley. Panel discussions on Thursday, September 29 at the Computer History Museum will feature representatives from IBM, Microsoft,, Oracle, Blaze Mobile and more. Topics will include corporate partnerships, channels and distributions, successful startups and localization issues.

A fireside chat with Sizhao “Zao” Yang, COO & Co-Founder of BetterWorks and Founder of MyMiniLife (sold to Zynga) and Creator of Farmville, conducted by Duncan Logan of Rocketspace will precede an evening cocktail event and networking.

“This conference provides companies from around the world the chance to experience Silicon Valley like a local,” said Sara Rauchwerger, the Founder and Director of CCICE. “Our goal is to have the companies make solid contacts, get new market ideas and develop customer leads.”

On Friday, September 30, companies that have been accepted to pitch will deliver 5-minute presentations to investors at Silicon Valley Bank. Garage Technology Ventures, Siemens Venture Capital, Southern Cross Venture Partners and ePlanetCapital are among the VC firms that will participate.

“Silicon Valley Connect 2011 offers a gateway to the US that has been successfully traveled by many Australian and New Zealand entrepreneurs over the years,” said Viki Forrest, CEO of ANZA Technology Network, an organization that works with companies moving between Australia, New Zealand the US and China. “By partnering with CCICE we are able to expand this gateway to entrepreneurs from around the world.”

To date, companies from Australia, China, Sweden, Canada, Germany and South Africa have applied to pitch. CCICE and ANZA expect around 20 international companies to take the stage before US investors.

The cost to attend Silicon Valley Connect for international entrepreneurs is $1,995 (USD). This covers all sessions and meals during the conference, three nights’ hotel accommodation (28-30 September) at the Santa Clara Hilton and ground transport during the conference and to and from San Francisco International Airport.

There is an additional $300 fee for those companies selected to pitch to investors. More information and registration are at:

Locals can attend the Thursday session of the conference at the Computer History Museum for $299 (USD). The Friday investor pitch session is by invitation only.

For more information:
Silicon Valley Connect:

Chamber of Commerce International Consortium for Entrepreneurs (CCICE):

ANZA Technology Network:

ANZA Technology Network
Kathy Drasky