Just which companies will be able to make pitches for money at the Venture 2002 conference this spring will be determined next week.

The annual Council for Entrepreneurial Development event, which is scheduled April 30-May 1, provides a forum for startup and early-stage companies to make presentations in hopes of lining up cash. The CED is currently reviewing applications, according to a CED spokesperson, and the list will be out Feb. 14.

Among those listening to the presenters and also talking about the state of the venture market will be Steve Jurvetson, managing director, Draper Fisher Jurvetson. Upside Magazine and Forbes recently recognized Jurveston as a leader in the high-tech industry and venture industry.

“Steve is undoubtedly one of the world’s best technology investors,” said Ken Carroll, Venture 2002 chair and partner at Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, PLLC. “He has built an amazing and enviable track record at Draper Fisher Jurvetson, and we’re delighted to have him be a part of Venture 2002.”

Before becoming a venture capitalist, Jurvetson was a research and design engineer at Hewlett-Packard.

Jurvetson was the founding VC investor in Kana Software (NASDAQ: KANA), Hotmail (MSFT), Interwoven (IWOV) and Lightwave Microsystems

For more information on Venture 2002, visit www.cednc.org/venture/2002