New York — While high Wall Street valuations for hot start-ups make headlines, Bloomberg LINK will bring together entrepreneurs, investors and potential business partners at the Bloomberg Empowered Entrepreneur conference to discuss establishing, financing and growing a company, as well as what it takes to succeed as a tech-savvy start-up.

The conference, to be held on Tuesday, October 18th at Cedar Lake in New York City, will explore how founders can fast track ventures, attract and keep top talent, and deliver content in unique ways to gain awareness.

“Participants will meet potential investors, exchange ideas on what it takes to succeed in today’s environment, and find new partners to include in their business eco-system,” said Robert Bierman, head of Bloomberg LINK. “Bloomberg Television will also treat the audience to a live taping of the finale of the TechStars reality show.”

Key speakers include:

- Pete Cashmore, Founder and CEO, Mashable

- Jeff Clavier, Founder and Managing Partner, SoftTech VC

- Esther Dyson, Chairman, EDventure Holdings Inc.

- Joe Fernandez, CEO and Co-Founder, Klout

- Lynn Forester de Rothschild, Founder and Chief Executive, E.L. Rothschild LLC

- Eric Hippeau, Advisor, Lerer Ventures; Former CEO, The Huffington Post

- Jennifer Hyman, CEO and Co-Founder, Rent the Runway

- Mike Maples, Jr., Managing Partner, FLOODGATE

- Naveen Selvadurai, Co-Founder, foursquare

The conference is being sponsored by The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) and SAP.

For more information on the program and speakers, please visit: http://www.bloomberglink.com/empower.

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About Bloomberg LINK

Bringing the power of Bloomberg to the executive conference business, Bloomberg LINK produces invitation-only, in-person gatherings that combine world-class editorial programming with peer-to-peer networking amongst the who’s who in influential communities. In this environment, participants engage in open discussions that lead to learning from each other’s expertise and experience. For more information, please visit www.bloomberglink.com.

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