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  • Here are the Investor speakers from our Sold-Out Miami VC & Angel Event, sponsored by Greenberg Traurig. This event was in South Florida on Thursday, February 28, 2013.

    Photo of Franc Nemanic, Angel Investor, New World Angels Franc Nemanic
    Angel Investor
    New World Angels
    Read the full profile for Franc here!
    New World Angels
    Franc is the founder and former President of Hostopia, a Deloitte & Touche “Fast 500” and “INC 500” software as a service (SAS) company specializing in high‐volume/high‐availability web services and solutions. The company successfully went public in 2006 and was later acquired for $122 million. Prior to founding Hostopia in 1999, Nemanic had a successful sales career spanning 10 years in a variety of different companies and industries including Parametric Technology Corp., Tandberg Inc., ADP Claims Solutions Group, and others. In addition, he won many sales awards including President's Club with ADP.

    Nemanic is a Member-Investor with the New World Angels, a Strategic Board Mentor with Incubate Miami, and volunteers his time as a member of the Executive Board of MIT Enterprise Forum for South Florida. As a consultant, he has advised numerous startups on how to raise capital and better structure their Marketing and Sales efforts.

    Photo of David Freschman, Managing Partner, Innovation Venture Fund David J. Freschman
    Managing Principal
    Innovation Ventures
    Read the full profile for David J. here!
    Innovation Ventures
    Mr. Freschman is a Managing Principal of Innovation Capital Advisors, LLC (ICA). ICA serves as the management company of Innovation Ventures, L.P. (IV), and the Delaware Innovation Fund (DIF). He has served as the President and CEO of the DIF since its establishment in 1995. The DIF is a seed- and early-stage venture capital fund that focuses on entrepreneurial ventures in the Mid-Atlantic region. Mr. Freschman has been responsible for all aspects of IV’s and the DIF’s management since its inception, including the business strategy, fiscal and operational management, raising investment capital, and evaluating all investment opportunities and portfolio company management.

    Mr. Freschman is active in the venture and entrepreneurial communities. He is one of the organizers and initial investors in the Mid-Atlantic Angel Group, where he served on the angel fund's Executive and Investment Committees. He sits on a number of Boards, and has been a lecturer on venture capital, entrepreneurship and angel investing at The White House Conference on Small Business, The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, Temple University, the University of Delaware, Goldey-Beacom College, and Loyola College in Baltimore. He is the creator and founder of Early Stage East – the premier early-stage venture capital event on the East Coast. In 2001, Mr. Freschman was appointed by Gov. Ruth Ann Minner to chair the venture capital study of Delaware’s Strategic Economic Council. Mr. Freschman was appointed and served a three-year term representing New Castle County, Delaware, on the Small Business Advisory Council of the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia through 2002.

    Prior to establishing the DIF, Mr. Freschman was responsible for the formation of the corporate finance advisory division of McBride Shopa & Company, one of the largest certified public accounting and consulting firms in Delaware. Mr. Freschman began his career with the Enterprise Group of the Philadelphia office of Arthur Andersen, LLP, from 1984 through 1989. He graduated with honors with an MBA from Loyola College of Maryland and cum laude from the University of Delaware with a B.S. in accounting, where he was a John B. Lynch Scholar. He is also a member of Beta Gamma Sigma – the National Honor Society.

    Photo of Steve Repetti, Angel Investor, Miami Innovation Fund Steve Repetti
    Angel Investor
    Miami Innovation Fund
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    Miami Innovation Fund
    Mr. Repetti has more than 20 years experience as a software developer, technology executive, inventor, and investor. He is currently the CEO of RadWeb Technologies, Managing Partner of the RadWeb Technology Partners startup fund, Chairman of the Board of Silcon Valley-based non-profit Data Portability, as well as a member of the OpenAjax Alliance and Open Web Foundation.

    Steve is the author of the highly acclaimed social aggregator Scrapplet, social network site Zude, Web 2.0 browser library xWinLib, and co-wrote the open5G/FGL open source programming language/web server/object database. His efforts have received numerous awards and recognition, and he has been featured in PC Magazine, PC World, eWeek, Information Week, CNET, ZDNET, TechCrunch, ReadWriteWeb, Mashable, and more.

    Photo of Gregory Borchardt, Managing Director, Caerus Ventures Gregory Borchardt
    Managing Director
    Caerus Ventures
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    Caerus Ventures
    Gregory Borchardt is a Managing Director at Caerus Ventures LLC, a venture capital and early stage business advisory firm located in West Palm Beach, Florida.

    Greg brings more than twelve years of experience running early stage consumer technology companies and a broad knowledge of launching new consumer product lines into mass market retailers in the U.S, and internationally. He was the Founder and Managing Partner of Oxygen Audio North America, a consumer electronics manufacturing company of high-end car audio products including the “O Car,” the first car stereo that fully integrated the iPhone into a car’s entertainment system. Launched at the 2011 International CES Show, the O Car was both an i-Stage Technology Competition finalist and a 2011 CES Innovations in Design and Engineering Award winner. Prior to founding Oxygen Audio North America, Mr. Borchardt was the Founder and President of Adrenaline Technologies, which developed Turbo Charge™, the world’s first line of portable, battery-operated chargers for cell phones and other portable electronics devices. In 2008, Mr. Borchardt was named to the “40 Under 40” list of top young executives in the consumer technology industry by Dealerscope Magazine, the consumer technology retailers’ trade magazine. Originally from New York, New York, Mr. Borchardt earned a B.A. in both economics and organizational behavior and management from Brown University in 1999, and an MBA in private equity from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania, in 2003.

    Photo of Marc S Billings, Founder, Incubate Miami Marc Billings
    Founder
    Incubate Miami
    Read the full profile for Marc here!
    Incubate Miami
    Marc is an entrepreneur with domain expertise in software development, data center development, technology acceleration. Work history includes ownership of an ISP, Data Center, Incubate Miami Technology Accelerator, Coopers and Lybrand (as CPA) and Real Estate Development. Marc holds a BA from the University of Pennsylvania in Economics. He has recently launched and funded two startups companies Itopia.us and Boatsetter.com

    Photo of Gerard Roy, Angel Investor, AGP Gerard Roy
    Angel Investor
    Accelerated Growth Partners
    Read the full profile for Gerard here!
    Accelerated Growth Partners
    Gerard is passionate about startups and entrepreneurship. He understands the needs of young technology companies. Gerard has worked for, founded, and funded startups. Previously working with startups in California for the past 4 years in various roles including Product Management, Business Development, Founder, and Investor. Gerard recently finished working with Incubate Miami in running their 2013 program, its best class yet. He now manages Accelerated Growth Partners, the most active Angel Group in Miami and consults with local companies.

    Gerard has an MBA from the University of Southern California with a focus on Marketing and Entrepreneurship and a BS from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute majoring in Electrical Engineering.

    Maurice Lopes, Founder, EarlyShares.com Maurice Lopes, Founder, EarlyShares.com



    Moderator: Stash Jacobs, Shareholder, Greenberg Traurig
    Stanley "Stash" Jacobs, Jr. is a corporate and securities attorney based in the Fort Lauderdale office of the international law firm Greenberg Traurig, P.A. Stash works with investors and entrepreneurs in a wide variety of transactional matters, including venture capital and private equity transactions, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and general business law. Stash regularly counsels established and emerging companies, entrepreneurs and investors in a variety of different industries, including technology, healthcare, alternative energy & clean-tech, financial services, telecommunications, consumer products, education and transportation. Stash serves on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of the Florida Venture Forum and is a frequent author and lecturer on venture capital and other corporate transactions.

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