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Dive off Springboard into the pool of venture capital.

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It all began when she received e-mail encouraging her to apply for Springboard. "I [did], and, in April, they notified me I had made the first cut," recalls C.J. Scarlet, founder and president of Insentric Systems in Raleigh, North Carolina. The company acts as an intermediary to link insurance companies that need to purchase products and services for their customers with local companies that supply them.

Springboard is a series of nationwide forums that showcase venture-capital-ready companies led by women. The first forum was held in March 2000 in Silicon Valley. At last count, 22 of the 26 companies that presented there had secured investments, raising a total of $210 million.

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