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Bill Contente Named Chairman of the Board of Launchpad Venture Group

Launchpad Venture Group (launchpadventuregroup.com), a Boston-based angel investment group that provides funding to early-stage companies, today announced that its Board of Directors has elected Bill Contente ofGesmer Updegrove LLP to the newly-created position of Chairman of the Board.

“We are thrilled that Bill has accepted this position,” said Ham Lord, Launchpad’s Managing Director. “We have no doubt that Bill’s leadership, experience and keen insight into early-stage technology-driven companies will create real value for Launchpad’s investors and portfolio companies.”

“Innovation and technology are our region’s greatest assets,” Contente stated. “It’s an honor to lead an organization that continues to play such a vital role in nurturing and launching exciting young companies to new heights.”

About Launchpad
Launchpad Venture Group LLP is a Boston-based angel investment group that provides funding to innovative, technology-driven start-up companies that address significant market opportunities. Launchpad has over 60 members who come from a variety of backgrounds and professions, including technology, financial and service communities. Launchpad typically invests between $100,000 and $500,000 and helps portfolio companies grow by identifying additional management team members and strategic partners, refining product strategy and raising next venture-funding rounds.

About Gesmer Updegrove LLP
Gesmer Updegrove LLP is a Boston-based law firm that specializes in technology companies and emerging businesses. Gesmer Updegrove has built a stellar 20 plus year reputation for providing legal services, extraordinary business advice and value-added services that drive client growth. It meets the evolving needs of its clients by bringing its extensive experience in representing companies engaged in cutting-edge areas of business including software technologies, the Internet, electronic commerce, digital media and medical technologies.