Program Will Feature More Than 400 Venture Capitalists, Early-stage Investors, Successful Entrepreneurs, Academic and Business Leaders From Across the Country
HOUSTON, Dec. 9, 2010 – Onit Software, LLC, a leading provider of online project, process, and spend management tools for business and legal professionals, today announced that Onit CEO and co-founder Eric M. Elfman will present at the eight annual Information & Web 2.0 Venture Forum at Rice University on Thursday, Dec. 10 at 3:45 p.m. CST. His presentation will provide a strategic overview on Onit and highlight the market’s growing need for enterprise project, process and spend management technology.
The event is hosted by the Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship (Rice Alliance), a strategic coalition of Rice University schools (the Brown School of Engineering, the Jones Graduate School of Management and the Wiess School of Natural Science) and is the largest Information Technology and Web venture capital forum in the Southwest. Participants will hear from the most influential Internet and Web thought leaders from across the country and learn about the latest Web trends, including the latest role social networking will play at the enterprise level. A complete agenda is available online.
A serial entrepreneur and Rice MBA graduate, Elfman strongly believes in supporting future business owners. He has served as a volunteer judge for the Rice University Business Plan Competition, a global intercollegiate business plan competition, for eight years and has been invited multiple times to discuss his experiences at other Rice Alliance events. In the last 25 years, he has started four companies and has served as an entrepreneur in residence for the Houston Technology Center (HTC), a business accelerator for Houston-based emerging technology companies.
Under his 10+ years of leadership at DataCert as the CEO, president and chairman of the board, he founded grew the start-up to a mature legal spend management software company with more than $28 million in revenue and 25% of the Fortune 500 as customers. DataCert was also one of the fastest-growing technology companies in North America and had three consecutive listings on the Inc. 500.
The Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship
The Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship (Rice Alliance) is Rice University’s nationally-recognized initiative devoted to the support of technology commercialization, entrepreneurship education, and the launch of technology companies. It was formed as a strategic alliance of three schools: the George R. Brown School of Engineering, the Wiess School of Natural Sciences and the Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business. Its mission is to support the creation of technology-based companies and the commercialization of new technologies in the Houston community and Southwest. Since its inception in 2000, the Rice Alliance has assisted in the launch of more than 250 start-ups which have raised more than half a billion dollars in early-stage capital. More than 750 companies have presented at the 115+ programs hosted by the Rice Alliance. For more information about the Rice Alliance visit http://www.alliance.rice.edu/alliance/.
Onit was formed by legal software industry experts Eric M. Elfman and Eric Smith, co-founders of Datacert, a leading provider of enterprise spend management software. Launched in early 2010, Onit Project is a light-weight online project management and business collaboration tool for legal and business professionals. Onit Process, the company’s latest product release, is a game changer for all companies that need to be more efficient, productive and process-driven. Businesses have process for everything -- whether it’s hiring a vendor or law firm, terminating an employee, submitting a contract for review, requesting a trademark request, obtaining an NDA, etc. Most of these processes are manual, paper intensive and cumbersome. Onit Process simplifies data collection and makes is easy for all employees to request business and legal services. Processes are automated in a few clicks and the responsible party is notified immediately. Onit is a simple, easy-to-use tool that doesn’t require any software to download. For more information, visit www.onit.com or contact 1-800-281-1330.