A crowd estimated to be as large as 450 people is expected to turn out for the InnoVenture venture capital and innovation event today in Greenville.

Put on by entrepreneur and venture capitalist John Warner and his entrepreneurial organization, the event will include a series of speakers and panel discussions as well as presentations from companies across the region who are seeking investors.

SC Launch!, a state-funded group designed to help finance new ventures, and venture capital firm Noro-Moseley Partners are also helping put on the conference.

Presenting companies include:

• Anaxtal Silicon (Piedmont, S.C.) – has developed the “Witter Green Cycle” for manufacturing a grade of silicon specifically tailored for the solar photovoltaic (PV) wafer and module manufacturers at a significantly lower cost.

• Avancen (Mt. Pleasant, S.C. – www.avancen.com) markets MOD – Medication on Demand – which is the only oral Patient-Controlled Analgesia device of its kind and it’s changing the way oral pain medications are delivered on an as needed basis.

• Belief Networks (Charleston, S.C. – www.beliefnetworks.net) assists businesses and organizations to transform their real time, structured and unstructured data into actionable knowledge for improved customer experiences and business lift.

• BiblioLabs (Charleston, S.C.) – provides digital print-on-demand for Institutions to make public domain out-of-print content commercially viable, to allow retail customers: to find and purchase out-of-print books, and to allow content enhancers to mass customize old books.

• Blue Nano (Huntersville, N.C.) – provides high performance nano-materials targeted to OEM manufacturers for use in solar panels, batteries, and fuels cells to boost efficiency and reduce costs.

• Calyptix (Charlotte, N.C. – calyptix.com) manufactures an all-in-one network security appliance purpose built for small businesses that integrates multiple next generation security applications to simplify network security and control over users, groups and devices.

• Sabal Medical (Charleston S.C. – www.sabalmedical.com) aim is to bring nurses and pharmacists together, empowering them with the right tools to recapture wasted time, streamline key processes in hospital medication distribution, reduce medication errors, and improve patient safety.

• Green Wizard (Charleston, S.C. – greenwizard.com) is an online solution for the green construction industry that simplifies product research, product comparison, green specifications, quoting, purchase and documentation.

• Hoowaki (Greenville, S.C.) transforms surfaces to mimic the look, feel, and performance of natural surfaces, beginning by targeting large markets seeking hydrophobic surfaces that repel water and ice.

• InnerOptic (Hillsboro, N.C. – www.inneroptic.com) markets the InVision System, a "GPS" for minimally invasive surgery and biopsy, which through 3D stereoscopic guidance results in easier, faster and safer interventions.

• Invenca (Greenville, S.C. – www.invenca.com) is an emerging advanced-materials company focused on innovations in separation science beginning with a new type of HPLC column for use in liquid chromatography of proteins and other large molecules.

• Nexnet (Knoxville, Tenn. – thenexnet.com) is commercializing the revolutionary Pearl technology, which instantly connects TV and Internet video content/advertising with the viewer’s e-mail or SMS, focusing initially on cable television and Internet video distribution networks.

• SensorTech (Greenville, S.C. – www.sensortechllc.com) is an advanced-materials company developing conductive polymer sensors that are uniquely durable and formable for medical and industrial applications.

• TracLok (Knoxville, Tenn. – traklok.net) is deploying the GeoLok, a device that secures a container against unauthorized entry, by providing access to the location and condition information of a given container to improve the efficient management of these assets.

• X2Order (Waxhaw, N.C. – x2order.com) provides a unique software-as-a-service (SaaS) framework that enables manufacturers to grow their profits by automating, enforcing, and sustaining Lean Manufacturing practices.

Warner also is using the event as a springboard for the Warner recently merged his own company with the Jute founders.

“Jute has really come together, and we think it is a powerful and distinctive platform for growing business communities,” Warner told Local Tech Wire.

Jute is a Web-based platform designed to link members with a variety of collaborative tools, shared profiles and other information. Warner has used Jute to help build his own “Swamp Fox Community” of technology leaders in the Carolinas, Georgia and Tennessee that includes 3,000 users.

Warner also is targeting Jute at event managers who want to enable attendees to build relationships beyond the exchange of business cards, e-mail addresses and other contact information.

“When registering through Jute for a conference like InnoVenture, attendees can identify and contact others attending who are most likely to be valuable relationships,” Warner explains. “Jute allows a conversation that begins in person at the event to continue online afterwards and to grow into a small group project with an online space for shared files, bookmarks and a calendar.”

Jute has been under development for three years.