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Release: Jan. 11, 2000

SportVu to present at Venture Network of Iowa

CORALVILLE, Iowa — SportVu, Inc., a tenant of the University of Iowa Technology Innovation Center, will give a presentation about its company for potential investors at the Venture Network of Iowa (VNI) Thursday, Jan. 13 from 7:15 to 9 a.m. via the Iowa Communications Network (ICN).

In all, five companies will give presentations at the Forum, which will be seen locally at the ICN classroom in the Iowa City Community School District Central Administration Office at
509 S. Dubuque St. Eastern Iowa media and other interested parties are welcome to attend.

The VNI, supported locally by the UI Small Business Development Center, facilitates

bi-monthly networking meetings for Iowa entrepreneurs, investors and business advisors. The January VNI session will originate from the Iowa Department of Economic Development (IDED) offices in Des Moines and be simultaneously broadcast via the Iowa Communications Network (ICN) to 18 remote site locations at universities and community colleges statewide.

SportVu, Inc. is an Internet communications company that provides video and audio communications and broadcasts over the World Wide Web. SportVu aims to become a provider and producer of Internet broadcasts that are currently cost-prohibitive for regular television or radio broadcast. In essence, SportVu will be a broadcast network that will make it possible for small to medium, or nontraditional events and competitions, to be viewed or heard over the Internet on a local, regional, national, or international basis. Incorporated in Iowa just two months ago, their web site has already received more than 30,000 hits from six different countries.

In addition to the entrepreneurial presentations, John Parks will deliver the keynote address at the January VNI session. Parks is president and CEO of the Iowa State University Research Park Corporation and director of the Iowa State Innovation System (ISIS) technology incubator.

For more information on attending the VNI session, contact the IDED Small Business Resource Office at (515) 242-4750 or (800)-532-1216, or e-mail: For additional information about other small business programs, go online at The UI Small Business Development Center can also be reached for more information at (319) 335-3762.