SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Silicon Valley Bancshares is spearheading the creation of a global Internet portal to connect high-tech entrepreneurs with venture capitalists, service providers, and other third-party vendors.

According to chief executive John C. Dean, the $3.7 billion-asset banking company is testing the waters for the massive project by contacting other commercial and investment banks as well as legal and accounting firms in such far-flung locales as Israel, Germany, India, and Japan.

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