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RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. – The software as a service, or SaaS, sector in tech continues to produce successful ventures even as most of the hype these days seems to be centered on virtualization and “cloud” computing. So entrepreneurial wannabes and startup execs interested in or already playing in the SaaS space should be interested in the next event in the “Entrepreneurs Series” being put on by Southern Capitol Ventures.

Four SaaS-focused firms in the Triangle along with venture capitalists who target the SaaS space highlight the program for the event. It takes place Monday, Sept. 19, starting at 1:30 p.m. at the Brier Creek Country Club.

“Building a SaaS Company from Funding through IPO” is the headline for the program. One Triangle firm that has walked that walk – SciQuest (NYSE: SQI) – will be participating. So will three other firms that could be headed to the Wall Street exit route if they so choose.

Steve Wiehe, chief executive officer at SciQuest, will be on hand. He took SciQuest private, rebuilt it, and then returned the Cary-based firm to the public markets while at the same time also heading up the board at the Council for Entrepreneurial Development.

Also on the panel are: Joe Colopy, CEO at Bronto; David Spitz, president of ChannelAdvisor, and Jesse Lipson, CEO at ShareFile.

VCs schedule to take part include: Jason Trevisan of Polaris Venture Partners (an investor in RTP success story along side Southern Capitol), Paul Grim of Sunbridge Partners, Michael Ramich of Frontier Capital in Charlotte, and Roger Krakoff of Cloud Capital Partners.

Laura Lederman, co-head of the technology practice at research and analysis firm William Blair & Co., will discuss trends in the SaaS sector.

David Jones and Jason Caplain of Southern Capitol will moderate the program.

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