ATLANTA – Twenty-one companies, including four from North Carolina, have been selected to make presentations at the annual AEA Venture Forum & Golf Event.

The conference is set for March 13-14 in Greensboro, Ga.

The four N.C. firms are: Broadwick, Inlet Technologies, Overture Networks and Centice Corporation.

Eight Georgia-based firms were also picked.

The AeA, a trade association representing the high-tech and electronics industries, has put on the venture event each of the past eight years. Investors representing more than $11 billion in venture capital are already scheduled to attend.

Presenting companies were picked by a committee of venture capitalists. Evaluation factors included business strategy, market opportunity and technological innovation.

The selected companies (including industry, home state) are:

• Alloptic, Inc.; telecom; California

• Applied Data Communications; software; Florida

• Broadwick Corporation, Internet marketing; North Carolina

• Centice Corporation; pharmacy; medical; analytical devices; North Carolina

• Cernium Corporation; software; Virginia

• EGT, Inc.; telecom; Georgia

• ehealthxchange; Internet software and consumer services; Florida

• Inlet Technologies; new media tech; North Carolina

• JackBe; software; Maryland

• LaborLogix, Inc; software; Virginia

• NexxLinx; e-commerce; Georgia

• Overture Networks; networking equipment; North Carolina

• PharmaCentra; tech-driven marketing services; Georgia

• Preparis, Inc.; Internet; Georgia

• Qcept Technologies; semiconductor; Georgia

• Quantum Aviation Solutions; software; Georgia

• SmartSignal Corporation; software; Illinois

• ThePort Network; Internet; Georgia

• Trust Digital, Inc.; mobile security; Virginia

• Vocalocity; Internet; Georgia

• Xytrans; electronics; Florida

"These presenting companies promise to showcase some of the most exciting investment opportunities in the southeast,” said Steve G. Nussrallah, general partner of Noro-Moseley Partners and co-chair of the AeA Venture Forum Selection Committee. “Those investment opportunities, combined with the tremendous amount of capital represented at the conference, should make this year’s conference the best yet.”