Editor’s note: John Warner is President of Swamp Fox LLC, publisher of Swamp Fox: News of the Southeastern Innovation Corridor and manager of InnoVenture. He is a Principal in TiBA Solutions, LLC, an information technology solutions provider.

By JOHN WARNER, publisher, Swamp Fox

GREENVILLE, S.C. – Over 200 people who were recently asked what they are looking for from the annual InnoVenture conference gave a straight-forward answer. They are “seeking business opportunity.” You probably are too.

Now in our fourth year, InnoVenture 2007 will be held March 27 and 28 in Greenville, SC to introduce you to organizations with global resources and professionals on the cutting edge of their disciplines who can enhance the productivity and growth of your organization. We anticipate 600 to 700 people will attend from over 200 different organizations across the southeast. We hope you will register to attend and join us.

InnoVenture’s major corporate partners are Michelin, Milliken, and Blue Cross Blue Shield. Others committed to attend include BMW, Roche Carolina, Fuji Photo, Fluor, MeadWestvaco, KEMET, Zeus, St. Jude Medical, and AFL Telecommunications. These companies have significant local facilities as well as contacts into global resources that you may benefit from.

Anchor research partners include all three SC research universities, Clemson, USC, the Medical University of SC, and the SC Research Authority. Other academic and research representatives will be from Georgia Tech, UNC Charlotte, Furman, the SC Technical College System, as well as the Savannah River and Oak Ridge National Labs. They are sources of thought leaders, top students and specialized facilities.

Entrepreneurial companies at InnoVenture can bring creative ideas to your company. Private equity and venture capital firms have deep portfolios of entrepreneurial companies that you may be able to tap into, or you may be interested in meeting investors that can provide resources to accelerate your company. Experienced professional service providers at InnoVenture obviously want to do business with you, and in return they can provide access to others with the expertise or resources that you need.

InnoVenture has an innovative registration system that collects a brief profile of each attendee. Immediately upon registering you will be able to see the profiles of others attending in order be plan how to mine the expertise and resources at InnoVenture.

Both days the 50,000 square feet Innovation Hall will be filled with exhibits highlighting participants’ innovations. The keynote is the business case for the $215 million industry/academic partnership to create the globally distinctive Clemson International Center for Automotive Research. Community of Innovation presentations by anchor partners will describe what is strategic to them. CIO Roundtables will explore “Connectivity as a Strategic Asset to Drive Revenue and Reduce Cost.” A Capital Forum will target middle market companies. Universities will describe licensing opportunities, and entrepreneurs and inventors will make pitches seeking capital and business partners.

To see first hand the depth of experience and resources that are available, please consider attending InnoVenture. Let me know if you have questions.

See you in March. Sparks will fly!