A Springboard For Female Entrepreneurs

Mary Naylor paced rapidly back and forth, wringing her hands just moments before stepping in front of 225 venture capitalists to ask for $20 million. The scene: the America Online Conference Center in Dulles, Va., in mid-July. "This will be fun," she said in an effort to psyche herself. Naylor, 37, was one of 40 women chief executives who pitched for funding at Springboard 2000, the only venture-capital forum to focus on female entrepreneurs.

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