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  • Here are the Investor speakers from our Sold-Out NYC Venture Capital and Angel Showcase, sponsored by Credit Suisse, Ameritech Media. This event was in New York on Thursday, February 3, 2011.

    ARC Angel Fund ARC Angel Fund

    ARC Angel Fund invests in seed and early-stage companies with high growth potential. We focus primarily on Software, IT, Internet, Tech-Enabled Services, Business Services, Digital Media, Mobile, Healthcare IT, among others. The Fund has a primary focus towards NYC and the surrounding North-East and Mid-Atlantic area companies. ARC Angel Fund invests in industries with which its members have experience, with investments averaging $100,000.

    i-Hatch Ventures i-Hatch Ventures

    i-Hatch Ventures was formed in February of 1999 to provide experienced capital to early-stage technology ventures, primarily in the mobile and broadband sectors. Our approach is to match experienced practitioners with the founding teams of technology ventures, inject capital, and provide hands-on support from the i-Hatch team. Our investment filters focus on early-stage technology ventures in the Northeastern U.S. doing business in key industry categories: mobile data services, communications, enabling technology and broadband.

    Security Growth Partners Security Growth Partners

    Security Growth Partners' (SGP) mission is to support companies that provide homeland security solutions for the critical infrastructure market. SGP is more than a fund or typical venture capital organization. Rather than simply invest, we capitalize on both our extensive expertise and experience in the security sector and our strong network of contacts in the critical infrastructure market. We identify desirable opportunities and become extensively involved in the strategy and operations of each company with which we work.

    Trident Capital Trident Capital

    Trident Capital is a venture capital and private equity firm founded in 1993 by industry veterans. Since then, the firm has grown to more than 20 investment professionals with $1.5 billion under management invested in more than 150 companies. The firm’s active investment approach has helped dozens of companies, such as MapQuest and iRobot, to realize successful exits. We specialize in business services, information services and software, including technology-leveraged outsourcing and processing for healthcare and insurance, marketing and sales, and enterprise software for security, communications and mobility.

    Our partners have over 100 years of collective operating experience, and bring extensive industry knowledge and contacts to entrepreneurs and their teams to help them achieve the level of success they deserve. Dedicated to building businesses with strong infrastructures and putting them on the path to profitability, we work with innovative businesses to help them maximize their growth potential.

    Jumpstart NJ Angel Network Jumpstart NJ Angel Network

    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.

    Launch Capital Launch Capital

    LaunchCapital is dedicated to seed stage funding for all types of businesses.

    We combine the dedication, direct experience and organization of a traditional venture capital firm with added flexibility, focus and speed to help portfolio companies achieve milestones and impact markets. LaunchCapital aims to quickly fund growth and help companies create long-term value for all stakeholders.

    LaunchCapital's industry agnostic investment approach includes two unique investment vehicles to address funding needs for a range of business models.

    LaunchCapital Ventures provides traditional venture funding for businesses that have exponential growth expectations with a national or international reach.

    LaunchCapital Small Business provides a blend of equity and debt financing for businesses that will generate near-term revenue, have linear growth expectations and have a local or regional reach.

    ff Asset Management ff Asset Management

    ff Asset Management is focused on companies that can be the low cost disruptive player in their industry. These companies, coupled with the right management team and adequate financing, have the chance to grow significantly and become tomorrow's leaders.

    We partner with such companies with an objective of generating significant returns on capital for the companies and investors alike.

    NYC Seed NYC Seed

    NYC Seed funds seed-stage technology entrepreneurs in New York City. We help driven, small teams move from an idea to a product. Through the combined efforts of New York City’s most innovative organizations, NYC Seed provides funding, mentoring and support to create the next generation of companies in New York City.

    NYC Seed is a partnership between ITAC (www.itac.org), New York City Investment Fund (www.nycif.org), The New York State Foundation for Science, Technology and Innovation (www.nystar.state.ny.us), New York City Economic Development Corporation (www.nycedc.com) and Polytechnic Institute of NYU (www.poly.edu), which allows it to provide more than just funding. Funded companies will join an extensive media and technology community. NYC Seed provides guidance from notable entrepreneurs, technologists and venture capitalists. We also connect companies to potential initial customers and when ready, we help companies move to their next stage of development.

    Tri-State Private Investors Network Tri-State Private Investors Network

    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.

    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.

    Osage Partners Osage Partners

    Osage Ventures seeks to invest in determined and creative entrepreneurs that have a unique concept or product. Osage works closely to mentor entrepreneurs, and assists them in building businesses from ideas. Building value is of primary importance to Osage, and we will invest the necessary time and capital to grow a business, irrespective of the future exit date. To date, Osage has seeded companies across a broad range of industries, many of which became publicly traded entities.

    Osage Ventures will often lead or co-lead investment syndicates. We favor investment opportunities primarily located in the Northeast corridor that are seeking their first round of institutional capital. We will invest between $1MM - $3MM in each company throughout its developmental life, although smaller investments may be made in special situations. Our early stage efforts are focused on information and enabling technology and the life sciences/healthcare industries.

    Golden Seeds Golden Seeds

    Golden Seeds is an angel investment firm that provides early stage and growth capital to businesses with women in leadership and ownership roles. Research demonstrates that companies make better decisions with women as part of the executive team, and therefore, generate superior returns. We play an instrumental role in bringing more women to the table, both as entrepreneurs and accredited investors, providing strategic business advice and access to funding and the tools to enable these companies to grow into multi-million dollar businesses.

    GSA Venture Partners (Greenhill SAVP) GSA Venture Partners (Greenhill SAVP)

    GFA Venture Partners (Greenhill SAVP) is an early-stage applied technology venture firm focused on investing in Business Information and Technology-enabled services companies primarily located in the Greater Tri-State Area from eastern Pennsylvania to northern Connecticut. Backed by the fund and its affiliates, SAVP: - Makes direct early-stage investments ranging from $250,000 to $1.5 Million - Syndicates early-stage investment opportunities to its network of institutional and accredited investors up to $10M following SAVP's investment or counseling.

    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.

    Vital Financial Vital Financial

    Vital Financial's mission is to use our talents, insights, knowledge and experience to find, analyze and structure private equity and venture capital investments in companies so as to provide significantly above-market returns on our own capital and on the funds that co-investors' entrust to our stewardship. Our hope is that a meaningful portion of this capital will be used to better the lives of others and improve our world.

    Vital Financial, LLC was formed in 2007 under a predecessor name to invest in Certicom, Inc., a publicly-traded encryption software company based in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada. Certicom possessed a unique market postion in elliptic curve encryption technology and had a highly valuable international portfolio of related patents. Vital Financial became one of the largest shareholders of Certicom and interacted with both Certicom management and other large shareholders. Vital Financial completed a successful exit of its Certicom investment in early 2009 through its sale to Research in Motion Limited.

    In early 2009 the firm adopted the name "Vital Financial" and formally began to seek additional venture capital investments. We now consist of five principal investors, with offices in: Simsbury, CT; Bethesda, MD; Newark, DE; Philadelphia, PA; Naples, FL; and Lincolnshire, IL. The Principals’ own funds constitute the majority of each Vital Financial investment. The firm also has a number of individual and institutional co-investors that join Vital Financial in its investments.

    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.

    Long Island Angel Network Long Island Angel Network

    The mission of Long Island Angel Network, Inc. and its programs is to provide its members with exposure to, and access to funding for, early-stage companies with a Long Island home, including those with a focus on software and information technology, biotechnology, nanotechnology, medicine, energy, environmental technology, a strong intellectual property position, or innovative concepts.

    The Long Island Angel Network fulfills its mission by providing a forum in which members can evaluate and exchange information about investment opportunities, primarily in technology- and innovation-focused early-stage and emerging growth companies in the $150,000-$2 million range. LIAN is a New York not-for-profit corporation consisting of individual angel investors interested in financing such privately held companies or ventures. LIAN screeners endeavor to select companies for presentation that they judge likely to be of the greatest interest to members, but the Network does not make investment recommendations; investors' decisions are made individually. LIAN's goal is to bring our region's most exciting, promising early stage growth companies together with its most savvy investors.

    Angel Investor Forum
    Firstmark Capital
    Angel Investor Forum<BR>Firstmark Capital

    The Angel Investor Forum (AIF) was founded in 2004 in response to the growing need for an organized angel effort in Connecticut. Due to the widening gap in the capital markets, there is a shortage of funding available at the seed stage ($250K-$5M). This funding gap represents a great opportunity for investment in companies with substantial growth potential but an inability to attract venture capital. AIF members invest their time, talent and money in supporting companies with solid business models and their efforts to grow successfully.

    Angel financing is the lifeblood of growing companies. Connecticut has more angels per capita than any other state. The Angel Investor Forum organizes the resources of the angels by streamlining the deal flow. We present monthly reviews of two targeted, pre-screened companies that are matched to investor's interests. Each month we target one of the four investment types: medical devices, financial services, software and consumer products. Materials are summarized and distributed prior to each meeting.

    FirstMark Capital
    Some invest in entrepreneurs. At FirstMark Capital, we invest in visionaries, those who not only envision the future but make it happen through high-growth businesses in key technology markets. You’ll find us at the forefront of the most complex and rapidly evolving industries, among them media, advertising, financial services and telecom. Why? In part because some of the biggest players reside here in New York City, our home, where we’re among the city’s most active investors. We work closely with entrepreneurial visionaries and their management teams. Daily collaboration is the key to building exceptional, sustainable and world-changing businesses.

    We constantly evaluate the market shifts that underlie the next wave of business opportunities and stay ahead of a constantly-changing marketplace. We also partner early in our companies' lifecycles, and frequently become the first institutional investor – to ensure we maximize the impact of our investments. Our team of investment and operations veterans has decades of real-world experience and leadership in core technology markets. That makes FirstMark uniquely qualified to offer what breakout companies need to succeed: industry insight, relationships and the operational expertise to build lasting businesses.

    NY Angels
    Guggenheim Venture Partners
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    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.


    Guggenheim Venture Partners
    Guggenheim Venture Partners early stage venture practice is staffed almost exclusively with former operators who have raised venture capital as entrepreneurs and had senior positions in multiple start-ups backed by traditional venture capitalists. Consequently, Guggenheim Venture Partners takes a very hands-on approach to partnering with management, becoming an extension of the team and helping management to develop product strategies, product marketing solutions, financing strategies, and recruiting. GVP focuses on start-ups that develop and deploy products and solutions for various technology industries including communications, components, software, digital media and the internet.

    Kestrel Asset Management
    Time Warner Investments
    Kestrel Asset Management<BR>Time Warner Investments

    Kestrel Asset Private Equity (KAPE) Fund is a venture capital partnership managed within a single family office. The Fund is not offered to outside investors.

    The Fund invests in early stage and recap companies throughout the Eastern US. Potential companies need to have compelling growth opportunities and need to offer a solution to an existing, real-world problem. The Fund typically co-invests alongside an established venture fund which leads in a Series A preferred offering. KAPE may also on occasional lead or syndicate a round and participate in later stage investments or special situations.

    The Fund is distinctive in its evergreen structure, which has advantages both to the limited partners of the Fund and to the entrepreneurs. The principal advantage is that all investment decisions are based solely on the prospects of the underlying company and not on the year of the Fund's life.


    Time Warner Investments
    The Time Warner Investments group focuses on investment opportunities that directly enhance Time Warner's ability to meet specific strategic goals. These strategic goals include the delivery of new services, enhancement of an existing product, entry or expansion into a key strategic market, completion of a strategic partnership, and critical research and development.

    Time Warner Investments works closely with management, other investors, and with the Time Warner operating companies to derive value and maximize the opportunities for mutually beneficial partnerships.

    Company’s operations must have a clear strategic fit with an existing Time Warner business.

    Companies should demonstrate near-term partnership potential (for example, the delivery of a unique product/service to at least one of Time Warner’s divisions).

    Companies should be at stage of development where they have demonstrated the feasibility of their business model and/or their technology. Will invest at an earlier stage if the opportunity has a greater potential for strategic value creation.

    Time Warner Investments seeks to acquire minority equity stakes in private companies, and targets an investment size of up to $25MM.

    NYC Investment Fund
    Centripetal Capital Partners
    NYC Investment Fund<BR>Centripetal Capital Partners

    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.

    Centripetal Capital Partners, LLC.
    is an innovative venture capital firm with a distinctive investing and membership structure that provides greater flexibility and opportunity for limited partners than a traditional fund. We have an opportunistic growth capital investment approach, and seek investments in revenue generating companies with proprietary advantages, proven business models, and relevantly experienced management teams. Centripetal generally commits $2-$7 million of equity or equity-related financing for growth capital.

    StarVest Partners
    Innovation Ventures
    StarVest Partners<BR>Innovation Ventures

    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.


    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.

    Metamorphic Ventures
    Liquidity Works
    Metamorphic Ventures<BR>Liquidity Works

    Metamorphic Ventures is a New York City based venture capital fund that invests in start-up and early stage businesses exclusively in digital media and transaction processing technology sectors.

    Metamorphic Ventures believes that vast new waves of innovation and business opportunity are on their way leveraging the build out of the fixed and mobile broadband network. In fact, many are already here. Metamorphic funds those early stage businesses in the digital media and transaction processing technology sectors. While it may appear that these are two distinct sectors, it is our view that they are in fact in the process of converging and that Metamorphic Ventures is one of a few venture firms with the expertise in both domains. The partners of Metamorphic Ventures seek to be great partners to those entrepreneurs pursuing the development of new and innovative businesses in these sectors.

    The partners of Metamorphic are experienced entrepreneurs and business builders and have all gone through the emotional ups and downs of building start -up companies while bringing deep understanding and contacts within our sectors of focus. We assist our entrepreneurs in many aspects of the venture needs from the founding stage onward, building their company to become profitable while realizing excellent growth potential.


    Liquidity Works
    Liquidity Works is a New York based investment and advisory group that specializes in helping companies with proprietary technologies achieve liquidity events.

    Vencon Management
    Zelkova Ventures
    Vencon Management<BR>Zelkova Ventures

    Vencon Management, Inc (VMI) is a venture capital firm which invests primarily in "new era" chemical and energy technology-based companies in the United States. Established in 1973, VMI is one of the oldest venture capital firms in the U.S. Located in New York City's mid-Manhattan, our deal flow averages about 1500 per year. Vencon's principal areas of interest regard dislocation of industries, undervalued companies and platforming fragmented industries. Technology areas are those in which we have substantial expertise: Alternative Energy, Nano-Technology, Medical Devices, Environmental Technologies, Biotechnology and Pharmaceuticals, and Chemical Manufacturing and Processes, especially Silicon and Gallium arsenide. Typical investments for Vencon will range from $500,000 to $ 3 Million per transaction. In most cases, the investment will be in the form of equity or a debt instrument that is convertible into equity. We will co-invest with other investment firms; however, in some special cases, Vencon may be the only investor. In many cases, the money will be staged into the business based upon the needs of the company and agreed upon milestones.


    Zelkova Ventures
    Zelkova Ventures is a venture capital firm committed to helping talented entrepreneurs build incredible companies. Primarily we look to invest in early stage companies, many times pre-revenue. In many instances we provide a company's first outside/institutional capital. As former entrepreneurs, we understand the highs and lows of launching a new company. We look to take an active role and partner with the companies we invest in. Along with our capital Zelkova brings expertise, insight and execution to all of our portfolio companies.

    Radius Ventures
    Edison Venture Fund
    Radius Ventures<BR>Edison Venture Fund

    Radius Ventures is a venture capital firm focused on leading-edge health and life sciences companies. Formed in 1997, Radius searches for the winners of tomorrow - entrepreneurs whose ideas and talents qualify them to pursue large market opportunities successfully. We seek opportunities across a broad spectrum including biotechnology and pharmaceuticals, medical devices, services and healthcare/life sciences information technology. Our goal is to identify companies on the cusp of major value creation where we can envision liquidity over a three to five year time frame.

    We invest much more than money in our companies. Our distinctive approach blends significant financial investment with unique access to world-class intellectual capital. Our goal is to fuel the rapid growth of our portfolio companies and drive substantial value creation. As collaborative partners, we pledge our full support throughout the ups and downs of a company's growth.

    Radius helps entrepreneurs accelerate their business development, compress timelines to critical milestones, build high-caliber management teams, and reach a higher valuation plateau for their next round of financing or exit. Because we invest early in a company's development, we can make a substantial difference in its trajectory of growth, risk profile and pace of value creation. At Radius, the most rewarding and satisfying part of our work is seeing each of our portfolio companies succeed to its fullest potential.

    Radius currently manages three funds with total committed capital of approximately $200 million. Generally, we invest up to $10 million over initial and subsequent financing rounds, as a lead or syndicate investor.


    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.

    Angel Investors