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  • Here are the Investor speakers from our Sold-Out VC Event: NYC Venture Capital Showcase, sponsored by Credit Suisse, Shelowitz & Associates, Hub International, Geller & Company. This event was in New York on Wednesday, Feb 11, 2009.

    Stonehenge Growth Capital Stonehenge Growth Capital

    Stonehenge Growth Capital manages over $677 million across venture capital, private equity and debt funds, operating out of five regional offices across the United States.

    Stonehenge is a perfect match for companies with long-term vision focused on pursuing new, exciting and high growth opportunities, and for entrepreneurs with a passion for innovation and achievement.

    Our flexible and creative financing approach sets our investments apart. We seek to create customized financing solutions for each portfolio company based on its unique strategic and financial plan.

    SGC currently manages $80 million targeted to growth equity opportunities. SGCs equity investments focus predominantly on high potential technology and business services companies based in the Southeast (FL/LA/AL/GA/NC), Northeast (NY/NJ/PA/CT), and Texas, particularly in areas where an abundance of investment opportunities are underserved by a relatively small number of local growth equity investors.

    Tri-State Private Investors Tri-State Private Investors

    The Tri-State Private Investors Network is a private, angel investor membership network based in New York City, that serves the interests of both accredited investors who wish to augment their deal flow in a confidential manner, and early stage entrepreneurs who are too small, too early or inappropriate for venture capital financing. The purpose of the Tri-State PIN is to increase the efficiency of investor capital matching startup and early stage businesses in need of first round financing and business guidance. Entrepreneur qualifications: Entrepreneurs seeing 1st round capital of $250K to $2M are prepared prior to presenting. Investor profiles: Tri-State PIN investors are typically self-made individuals having developed successful businesses or successful executive careers.

    Global Media Fund Global Media Fund

    Global Media Fund invests in emerging growth companies both public and private. The fund is in its 6th year of investing in public companies trading on the OTC, mostly small cap and micro cap companies and privately held companies. Global Media Fund has invested over $300M in companies to date. The main investment focus has been helping companies grow through national media campaigns. The fund invests in their portfolio companies by using the investments to drive companies to promote their brand, create consumer awareness in driving revenues and create shareholder value. Global Media Fund has launched a new private company investment fund, Global Media TIGRcub Fund I of $50M, in 2008. Their investment range is from $1M to $25M in size.

    Genacast Ventures Genacast Ventures

    Genacast Ventures (GV) is a venture capital fund focusing on seed stage start-ups in the northeast looking to raise up to $500,000 in new media, digital marketing, consumer Internet, Saas, web 2.0 and e-commerce.

    GV was formed in partnership with Comcast Interactive Capital.

    Ben Franklin Technology Partners Ben Franklin Technology Partners

    The Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania is part of a state-funded economic development initiative created in 1983. We link Pennsylvania entrepreneurs and companies with funding, people, technology, universities and other resources to help them prosper -- and in the process, fuel economic growth for the Commonwealth. The program has been modeled nationally and internationally.

    Innovation Ventures Innovation Ventures

    Innovation Ventures, L.P., is an SBIC venture capital fund focused on growth and early-stage investments in the areas of chemicals and materials; electronic materials and devices; information technology; nanotechnology; software; biotechnology (excluding human therapeutics); and business information services related to the legal, financial services and manufacturing industries. IV invests in enterprises located primarily on the East Coast, with a particular emphasis on the Mid-Atlantic region, Pennsylvania, Delaware and New Jersey.

    ETF Venture Funds ETF Venture Funds

    ETF Venture Funds is one of the top performing venture capital funds in the United States in its class.

    ETF Venture Funds invests primarily in early stage, high growth technology-enabled companies in the financial services, healthcare services, business services, Internet and Media industries. For almost a decade, ETF Venture Funds has partnered with talented entrepreneurs and experienced managers to build market-leading enterprises.

    ETF targets experienced management teams using technology to make a traditional business process better or easier.

    Target portfolio companies will typically have some revenue and the potential to be a market leader. With strong financial support, ETF Venture Funds brings energy, insight and substantial sector expertise to create competitive, sustainable businesses and long-term value.

    Originate Ventures Originate Ventures

    Originate Ventures invests in companies located in Pennsylvania and the surrounding regions.

    A broad range of industries, with a concentration on medical devices, healthcare, consumer, information technology, web-based, and commercial products, and where the expertise of Originate's partners can meaningfully contribute to the success of the company.

    We focus on early stage and emerging growth product opportunities, but we will also consider building a management team around a great product idea, investing into certain distressed and turnaround situations and management buyouts if these product opportunities present superior return opportunities.

    We aim to invest between $500,000 and $4 million per company, usually over more than one round. We prefer to lead the investment, but will participate in larger deals when given the opportunity, as a result of our regional concentration and skill sets, to represent a larger group of investors. If the funding requirement is greater than our capital limits, then we may seek additional capital from angel investors, commercial banks, and other venture capital firms.

    Edison Venture Fund Edison Venture Fund

    Many entrepreneurial companies have partnered with Edison Venture Fund, and subsequently have experienced dramatic multiplication of their valuation. Edison specializes in information technology - we have invested in over 100 IT companies. Achieving 16 IPOs and over 75 company sales, we have helped many companies to exit with substantial proceeds that made their founders wealthy and achieved significant rewards for key employees.

    Edison is committed to the Mid-Atlantic region. We have made more investments in the New York to Washington DC corridor than any other private equity firm. Our investment professionals actively participate and take leadership roles in the technology, entrepreneurial and private equity communities both regionally and nationally.

    Rudyard Partners Rudyard Partners

    Rudyard Partners is a next generation technology venture capital firm. Our focus remains emerging technology that creates an unsurpassable user experience. Our advantage is our understanding of the media and communications marketplace, innovation generation, and market attack. We are advising and investing in new category killers and launching extraordinary companies. The more innovative the opportunity, the better we are at identifying the market proposition and positioning the technology for it.

    Rudyard Partners is only committed to the creation, development, and implementation of early stage technologies. We are committed to companies that have created the genesis of a new business, yet seek support in market development, product planning, and commercial launch. We are typically asked to advise such promising companies before institutional investors join.

    The team at Rudyard Partners has invested in over seventy early stage companies since the late nineties.

    Connecticut Innovations Connecticut Innovations

    The Connecticut Legislature created Connecticut Innovations (CI) in 1989 and charged it with growing Connecticut's entrepreneurial, technology economy by making venture and other investments. By building a vibrant technology community in the state, Connecticut Innovations creates substantial, long-term economic opportunity for Connecticut citizens. Since 1995, CI has become the state's leading investor in high technology, investing more than $133 million in Connecticut companies. CI's investments benefit all Connecticut residents by attracting and retaining innovative companies; creating high-paying jobs; and positioning the state to excel in the global, knowledge-driven economy.

    DFJ Gotham Ventures DFJ Gotham Ventures

    Draper Fisher Jurvetson Gotham invests in early-stage technology companies located in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Eastern Pennsylvania and the surrounding regions. We also invest in Israeli companies when their plans involve the development of a U.S. presence. We focus on companies in the following sectors: New Media, E-commerce, Software, Communications, Wireless, Nanotechnology, Clean Energy and Homeland Security. It is our strong belief that the characteristics of the entrepreneurs are every bit as important as those of the business. Our ideal investments are in companies run by proven managers with a can't lose attitude. We seek talented, passionate and high-integrity entrepreneurs with both the vision and judgment to turn a good idea into a thriving business. We typically invest $1-2 million in a company initially and reserve sufficient capital for larger follow-on investments. We seek huge markets or markets entering a hyper-growth phase, and look for future market leaders with breakthrough solutions and solid approaches to meeting fundamental market needs.

    The Verticom Group The Verticom Group

    The Verticom Group is a Corporate Development & Venture Capital firm which specializes in building Scaleable Platform Companies positioned to become Market Leaders through Strategic Use of Enabling Technologies, Aggressive Market Entry & Growth Strategies, Agile Stage-Appropriate Management Teams, Aggressive Revenue Growth Engines, and Target Market Momentum.

    Industry Strengths include Healthcare Services, Medical Technology, Medical Devices, BioTech, Pharmaceuticals, e-Health Information Technology, Business Services, Network Services, Communications, Broadband Services and New Media.

    NYC Investment Fund NYC Investment Fund

    The New York City Investment Fund is a private fund with a civic mission. The Fund has built a network of top experts from the investment and corporate communities who help identify and support New York City's most promising entrepreneurs in both the for-profit and not-for-profit sectors.

    The Fund was established in late 1996, under the auspices of the nonprofit The Partnership for New York City. It was initially capitalized by contributions of $1 million each from sixty-seven individual and corporate investors, who invested for the good of the city and without expectation of financial returns. This is an evergreen fund, in which realized gains are reinvested in other worthwhile projects.

    The Fund has raised in excess of $100 million. Its investments typically range in size from $1 million to $3 million. The Fund provides equity or debt, structured to meet the needs of the project. It will invest at any stage of business development, but is seeking to exit in about five years. To date, the Fund has invested in over seventy projects. The Fund also established the Financial Recovery Fund (PDF 361K) and raised over $12 million (including a $1 million contribution from the Civic Capital Corporation) to provide recoverable grants to small businesses impacted by the events of September 11.

    WFD Ventures WFD Ventures

    WFD Ventures LLC provides equity financing and industry expertise to medical device and healthcare technology companies. The principals of WFD have extensive experience commercializing medical technologies and seek partnerships with entrepreneurs, doctors and scientists to improve medical outcomes and maximize the financial potentials of their innovations.

    WFD typically invests between $2 million and $15 million in therapeutic, diagnostic or drug delivery technologies with strong intellectual property rights and exceptional market potentials. WFD invests in ventures at any stage, and will assist with prototype development, intellectual property and licensing strategies, clinical trials (US and OUS), regulatory filings (510(k), PMA and drug/device combinations), system and physician economics, reimbursement, distribution strategies and sales management.

    Milestone Venture Partners Milestone Venture Partners

    Milestone is an early stage venture capital fund with $42 million under management. Milestone focuses on Technology-enhanced service businesses, especially those that offer software-as-a-service, content with web services and/or businesses process outsourcing solutions, with emphasis on Media and Marketing Services, Healthcare IT and Financial Services IT. Companies that we find attractive possess the nucleus of an exceptional management team, an attractive business model, and a compelling market opportunity. Milestone invests approximately $2 million over the life of each investment, and invests in companies primarily in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Eastern Pennsylvania, and, to lesser extent, the Northeast and Mid Atlantic as a whole.

    Intel Capital Intel Capital

    Intel Capital, Intel's strategic investment program, is one of the largest worldwide corporate venture programs investing in the technology segment. With an overall strategy to stimulate advances in computing and communications, the Intel Capital team seeks out and invests in promising companies worldwide.

    New York Angels New York Angels

    New York Angels is an independent consortium of individual accredited angel investors. New York Angels' mission is to provide opportunities for its members to obtain outstanding financial returns by investing in early-stage technology and new media companies in the New York City area and accelerating them to market leadership. We provide seed and early-stage capital in the range of $250K-$750K, an investment range not generally served by venture capital funds. Since 1997, members of NYA and the NYNMA Angel Investors Program have invested over $19 million in over 60 ventures in local technology and new media companies. Our members are entrepreneurs, CEO's, venture capitalists and business leaders who have funded and built world-class companies. We mentor and coach the entrepreneurs in whom we invest, serve on their boards, provide contacts and assist with team building, strategic planning and fundraising.

    Golden Seeds Golden Seeds

    Golden Seeds plays an instrumental role in supporting women to utilize both their intrinsic and financial capital to its full potential. We identify and invest in women-led ventures with the potential to grow into multi-million dollar business while enabling accredited investors to invest alongside us. We provide entrepreneurs with strategic business advice as well as access to funding and the tools to enable them to grow into multi-million dollar businesses.

    OmniCapital Group OmniCapital Group

    OmniCapital Group is a venture capital firm dedicated to helping entrepreneurs and management teams build the best next-generation communication and information technologies for rapidly growing markets. We invest in early-growth stage companies and, because of our corporate venturing experience, have a special interest in working with corporate partners to create new companies. Omni brings together a combination of operating and investing experience, industry knowledge, and an extensive network of contacts with industry executives. Our goal and passion is to help build the next generation technology companies that will become leaders in their respective industries

    Argentum Group Argentum Group

    We are a New York based private equity firm that provides expansion capital to rapidly growing small and mid-sized businesses with market leading potential. We target those industries experiencing rapid growth or undergoing fundamental change in the areas of outsourced services, healthcare, and technology.

    We emphasize the concept of partnership investing; developing strong partnerships with outstanding entrepreneurs and assuming equal responsibility for building value. Our investment funds primarily invest in later stage growth companies (with sales in excess of $5 million), management buyouts, platform acquisition strategies, and recapitalizations.

    We serve as general partner of investment partnerships with over $400 million of capital under management. We are currently investing from two funds with total capital of approximately $200 million. Since our founding in 1988, we have invested in over 100 companies in our targeted areas of focus. We take an active role in assisting our portfolio companies and have helped them achieve over 60 successful exits including IPO’s, public offerings, strategic sales and recaps.

    iNovia Capital iNovia Capital

    Novia Capital is one of Canada’s premier managers of seed and early-stage venture capital funds, with operations in both Eastern and Western Canada. We combine access to innovative technologies, deal-structuring experience and a rigorous investment philosophy to build successful companies that deliver returns.

    Whether in information technology, life sciences or cleantech, we seek out companies that have global ambitions and proven management teams, along with products that have a quick path to market. We aim to ensure that the key elements are in place early on, so that each successive round of financing can quickly build tangible value.

    Part of what differentiates iNovia Capital is our privileged access to breakthrough innovations through our close relationships with some of North America’s leading academic institutions, research bodies and technology transfer offices. We work closely with these organizations, in some cases since 2001, to identify technologies that can be successfully commercialized.

    First Round Capital First Round Capital

    First Round Capital is a venture capital firm dedicated to helping talented entrepreneurs build remarkable companies. We are not afraid of investing in pre-revenue companies - and often provide a company's first outside capital. As former entrepreneurs, we understand the challenges of launching a new enterprise. We look to take an active role in most of the companies we invest in. We believe our insight and expertise are far more valuable than our capital -- and we look for entrepreneurs who feel the same. First Round Capital invests nationally and has offices in Philadelphia, New York City and San Francisco.

    Greenhill SAVP
    StarVest Partners
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    Greenhill SAVP, an early-stage venture capital fund, backs seasoned entrepreneurs focused on the next generation of innovation: Technology Enabled Services and Business Information Services. GSAVP typically invests from $1 million to $8 million in companies primarily located in the Greater Tri-State Area from eastern Pennsylvania to northern Connecticut. Greenhill SAVP is an entrepreneur-centric fund. We believe great entrepreneurs and talented managers make for extraordinary success. We have a strong track record in identifying, recruiting, assessing and coaching talented entrepreneurs and managers, particularly in the TES/BIS sector. For more than a decade, our investment team has been investing and operating almost exclusively in these types of companies.

    StarVest Partners
    StarVest Partners is a New York-based venture capital firm with $300 million under management that is funding technology-enabled business services companies throughout the U.S. StarVest gained national recognition in 2007 as the only outside venture capital firm in NetSuite, whose December 2007 initial public offering opened with a $1.6 billion market capitalization, the second highest market capitalization of any venture capital–backed technology IPO since Google. StarVest was also one of the first institutional investors in MessageOne (acquired by Dell Computer in April 2008).

    The firm’s value-added partnership maintains a laser focus on five key emerging technology and services sectors: Software as a Service (SaaS), Internet Marketing Services, eCommerce Services, Data Aggregation Services and Identity and Security Management. StarVest combines a sophisticated investment background with the experience to foresee opportunities for both its portfolio companies and funding partners.

    Focus on 1st & 2nd Institutional Rounds. Average investments $3 - $7 million.

    Jumpstart NJ Angel Network
    Connecticut Angel Guild
    Jumpstart NJ Angel Network<BR>Connecticut Angel Guild

    Jumpstart is a private, member-lead, angel group that invests in early-stage technology companies in the Mid-Atlantic region. As the leading angel group in New Jersey, Jumpstart members include many successful entrepreneurs, business executives and venture capitalists in the region.

    Jumpstart was formed in November of 2002 with the active support of New Jersey Technology Council (NJTC) and New Jersey Economic Development Authority (EDA). Jumpstart normally invests amount $200,000 up to $1,000,000. If you need more, Jumpstart may syndicate the deal with other angel groups to raise up to $2 million.

    The Connecticut Angel Guild
    The Connecticut Angel Guild is a group of high net-worth investors who invest in New England and New York. CAG focuses on early-stage companies seeking $250,000 to $1,000,000 with a valuation of $3 million or less. We prefer established companies or concepts close to commercialization. Individual members are prepared to help entrepreneurs in the areas of business strategy, marketing, and finance. We receive 10 applications each month from which we select two companies to present to our investors members.

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