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IT & Software


SFCED serves as a linking point for IT & Software business collaboration. In addition to providing comprehensive, confidential advice and information, we help businesses network and connect. If we can help put you in touch with someone, please contact us.


MIT-Stanford Venture LabThe MIT/Stanford Venture Lab (VLAB) is the San Francisco Bay Area chapter of the MIT Enterprise Forum, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the growth and success of high-tech entrepreneurial ventures by connecting ideas, technology and people. VLAB provides a forum for entrepreneurs, industry experts, venture capitalists, private investors and technologists to exchange insights about how to effectively grow high-tech ventures amidst dynamic market risks and challenges. vlab.org


LESEstablished in 1965, the Licensing Executives Society (U.S.A. and Canada), Inc. (LES) is a professional society comprised of over 6,000 members engaged in the transfer, use, development, manufacture and marketing of intellectual property.  It has a worldwide membership of over 12,000 members in 30 national societies, representing over 80 countries. lesusacanada.org


SVForumSVForum is the leading Silicon Valley not-for-profit organization providing an unbiased source of information and insight to the technology community for more than 20 years. SVForum provides a venue for engineers, executives, researchers, technology leaders, and venture capitalists to exchange information on emerging technologies and best practices. Each month SVForum connects 1200 software professionals through more than 20 events. Members benefit from programs focused on professional development, from making the right connections to value-added services. svforum.org


AAMA (Asia America Multitechnology Association) (Custom)Asian American MultiTechnology Association (AAMA) provides a forum in which members can network, exchange ideas and share resources to promote and build their companies and careers, ultimately benefiting the larger Pacific Rim technological community. The AAMA represents more than 1,100 members from about 800 companies. aamasv.com


ChurchillThe Churchill Club is Silicon Valley’s premier business and technology forum. The 5,000-member, nonprofit organization has built a reputation for dynamic, in-the-news programs featuring Silicon Valley CEOs, up-and-coming executives and national business leaders. The events regularly draw more than 400 attendees and give members the opportunity to network with the best of Silicon Valley. churchillclub.org


AstiaAstia, formerly the Women’s Technology Cluster, is the pre-eminent business incubator dedicated to women leaders building technology-driven businesses. Through their dedicated community of proven CEOs, investors, and industry experts, they provide extensive advisory services, coaching and access to business and capital networks. astia.org



The Software & Information Industry Association is the principal trade association for the software and digital content industry. SIIA provides global services in government relations, business development, corporate education and intellectual property protection to the leading companies that are setting the pace for the digital age. siia.net



esaThe Entertainment Software Association (ESA) is the U.S. association dedicated to serving the business and public affairs needs of companies that publish computer and video games for video game consoles, handheld devices, personal computers and the Internet. theesa.com and nitetounite.org