William R. Hambrecht, president and co-chief executive officer of Hambrecht & Quist Group, will deliver the keynote address at the Jan. 26 Utah Venture Capital Conference in the University Park Hotel.

Hambrecht's investment banking firm specializes in emerging high-growth technology companies. He is "uniquely qualified" to address the conference, said Brad Bertoch, executive director of the Utah Innovation Foundation, which is sponsoring the conference."Hambrecht is the world's leading authority in all phases of venture capital investment and has a proven track record of funding promising high-growth businesses," Bertoch said.

The annual conference is designed to help small companies meet venture capitalists. Thursday's meeting culminates a process of presentations by several companies to a panel of venture capitalists. The panel has narrowed the field to 12-15 finalists to make presentations in conjunction with the conference.

Those wishing to attend the conference should contact the Utah Innovation Foundation. Registration is $125 per person for Utah-based firms or individuals, investors and organizations not submitting presentations; $250 per person for out-of-state companies; and $75 for each additional member of the firm. Registration at the door will cost an extra $25.