|Venture Fund Member Profile
The DreamIt Managing Partners designed DreamIt to be the startup accelerator program they wish existed when they started and sold their first companies. New startups today need only a little funding, but they need more help and support than ever before. They need a community of fellow entrepreneurs to share ideas and inspiration, technologists to join their team, mentors and coaches who have struggled on their way to a big success, legal and accounting services that don't cost precious cash, and opportunities to meet and pitch angel investors and venture capitalists.
The DreamIt team knows how hard it is because they launched their own startups alongside the DreamIt companies: David Bookspan started Monetate, Mike Levinson started WizeHive, Steve Welch started his political campaign for US Congress, Steve Barsh started PackLate and Kerry Rupp started Holiday Golightly.
So how does DreamIt work? It all starts with bright, energetic people with great ideas. People like you. Then DreamIt adds all the help and support you need to build the next great company. Specifically, we give you:
* Seed Funding
* A collaborative work space
* Mentors and advisors who have "been there and done that"
* Donated legal, accounting and administrative help to form your company properly
* Introductions to funding sources including angel investors, venture capitalists, private investors and public sources of funding
The proof is in our companies. DreamIt '08 company SCVNGR just raised $4 million from Google Ventures and is already cash-flow positive, with over $1 million in revenue. DreamIt '09 company NoteHall was featured on ABC's Shark Tank, where they earned an investment in front of millions of primetime TV viewers. Another DreamIt '09 company SeatGeek closed an angel round and was a finalist in the TechCrunch 50.
||Karen Griffith Gryga|
Karen Griffith Gryga is an experienced venture capitalist and investor with over 15 years of transaction experience. Karen is the Executive Director of MAG, The Mid-Atlantic Angel Group, which has two angel funds under management. The Mid-Atlantic Angel Group Funds I & II, LP (MAG I & II) were created to bridge the gap between angel funding and institutional venture capital funding serving the Mid-Atlantic region. Karen is also Co-Founder and CEO of FashInvest, an initiative focused on emerging growth entrepreneurs within Branded Goods, Fashion and Retail and Technologies that intersect Branded Goods, Fashion and Retail. The goal of FashInvest is to create a business platform focused on bringing together entrepreneurs, investors and industry executives to foster the growth and development of emerging growth enterprises within Branded Goods, Fashion and Retail. Previously, Karen was a Founder and Partner of Liberty Venture Partners, a Philadelphia based venture fund established in 1997. Karen holds a MBA in decision analysis from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania (with Distinction). At the same time as Wharton, Karen obtained a Masters in Computer Science from the Moore School of Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania. Karen earned her Bachelor of Science degree in computer science (Phi Beta Kappa) from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia.
||Jobaphiles.com is an online marketplace where employers can auction their part-time jobs and one-time gigs. Through a transparent bidding process, Jobaphiles enables employers to hire the most qualified and competitively priced applicant saving them time and money. In addition, jobseekers effectively compete for a job by having knowledge of other candidates’ qualifications and bidding price, and employers are able to hire the most qualified person that fits their budget.|
||OurShelf is a social cataloging site that generates personalization information, enabling users to lend, manage their belongings and find the items they need faster and cheaper.|
||SeatGeek is a web application that forecasts sports and concert ticket prices on the secondary market, analogous to what Farecast (now Bing Travel) does for the airline ticket market.|
||Trendsta is a marketing platform that puts products in the hands of the most influential teens on the web. Trendsta tracks those teens as they creates buzz about those items.|
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