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Hillary Tours Technology Incubator

March 30, 2000

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) _ First lady Hillary Rodham Clinton showed her show her support for female entrepreneurs Wednesday with a scheduled appearance at an incubator for Internet-related companies.

Clinton was expected to join San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown at the Women’s Technology Cluster and take part in a roundtable discussion with officials of several female-owned Internet companies on their role in the future of technology.

The roundtable was not billed as a fund-raising trip for the first lady’s U.S. Senate campaign in New York, but political candidates from across the spectrum have become frequent visitors to Northern California in hopes of tapping support from an industry flush with new wealth brought on by the rise of the Internet as a means of communication and commerce.

Recent polls have shown Clinton locked in a dead heat with Republican New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani to replace retiring Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan, D-N.Y.

Clinton has been heavily courting female voters and minorities in her Senate campaign. Tuesday night, she received an award for her work on behalf of breast cancer patients at a star-studded gala in Beverly Hills, Calif., and organizers of Wednesday’s event planned to broadcast the discussion over the Internet.

``We’re glad that she’s very interested in the issues of economic empowerment of women,″ said Margarita Quihuis, director of the Women’s Technology Cluster.

The group provides technical and financial advice for 20 female entrepreneurs at a time in exchange for a share of their future stock.

Women now receive less than 2 percent of venture capital funding, Quihuis said, ``so it’s great that she’s showing her support in terms of what we’re trying to do here.″

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On the Net: Women’s Technology Cluster site: http://www.womenstechcluster.org.

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