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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). At that time, the CEO's of the NJTC and the EDA met with successful entrepreneurs and professional investors to encourage the formation an angel investor network to help early-stage companies. Shortly after this meeting, Jumpstart was born.
Since its formation, Jumpstart has developed a strong relationship with the venture capital community. This relationship along with ties to the EDA and the NJTC allows Jumpstart to take full advantage of local resources to help early-stage companies.
Jumpstart focuses on seed/early stage companies with core technology needing both funding and seasoned management assistance to move forward. Jumpstart actively looks for investments in the $200k-$1 Million range, and sometimes co-invests in larger investments with other angel groups or venture capital firms. Since 2004, Jumpstart has invested over $30 Million in over 45 companies in the Mid-Atlantic region
JumpStart New Jersey Angel Network
Katherine O’Neill is the Executive Director for JumpStart New Jersey Angel Network, a member led angel investor group that invests in early stage high growth companies in Mid-Atlantic region, and an investor in technology businesses. She currently serves on the Board of the Angel Capital Association ACA the national organization representing angel investor groups in North America. She recently was the Program Chair of the ACA National Leadership Conference held in 2010. Katherine represents the ACA at both national and international events.
Katherine is a member of the NJ Economic Development Authority Edison Fund Advisory Board, Ben Franklin Technology Partners of SEPA Advisory Board, NJ Technology CFO Advisory Board, Princeton University MIRTHE Investment Focus Group and Rutgers Innovation Park Advisory Board. In recent years she has spoken at and judged business plan competitions both regionally and nationally at events such as IMPACT, Astia, Microsoft BizSpark NYC competition, Tri State Donald W. Reynolds Cup, Princeton University Jumpstart Innovation Forum and Start Up Weekend Princeton.
Katherine is a seasoned financial executive and investor in early stage enterprises with extensive experience in start up and entrepreneurial operations as well as operational experiences in a diverse range of businesses. She has particular expertise developing technology-based business as well as strategic business plans. She has extensive multinational experience and financial operation management and knowledge of healthcare pharmaceuticals, information systems, e-commerce and social media. She is the president of O’Neill Associates and consults with technology companies and acts as interim CFO.
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