Thanks so much for the opportunity and hospitality. It was a lot of fun and we were very happy that we generated interest and contacts. Please let me know if there is anything I can do for you in the future. Your work with the 128 Innovation Capital Group really is a great help and support to the entrepreneurial community.
Bill Leak, Whipshotz
Piranha Pond Presenter, June 2013
The Piranaha Pond event at SNEEF has been one of our most successful events to date. It brought a diversity of startups, with founders who were able to get expert advice from a panel of seasoned investors and make connections. Likewise, the audience had the opportunity to learn about these startups and hear from the experts about how they can grow.
Diana Jennings, Chair, Board of Advisors
Southern New England Entrepreneurs Network (SNEEF)
At the Piranha Pond events, only 8 entrepreneurs are selected to present to the investor panel. There are others who have applied whose companies are exciting and innovative and deserving of investment. You can see them here.
The investors who have participated at the Piranha Pond events give generously of their time and counsel. They are primarily Angel Investors or early stage Venture Capitalists. They help our entrepreneurs and our audience understand what they are seeking in a company before writing a check.
Additional Piranha Pond events are scheduled for later this year:
April, 2014 at 128 Venture North in Salem, MA
June, 2014 in Waltham
July, 2014 in Hopkinton at TechSandBox
September, 2014 at SNEEF
December, 2014 in Waltham
is scheduled for
Thursday, February 27th from 6:00 - 9:00 PM at
a special meeting of the 128 Innovation Capital Group
at the IBM Innovation Center, 1 Rogers St., Cambridge, MA
Applications to present at this event are currently being accepted.
Application deadline is 5 PM, Monday, February 17, 2014
Please note: There is a $50 application fee required in order to be considered. A selection committee will choose the top 8 applicants to present. The successful applicants will be deemed to have companies most likely to interest the investment panel. In the past, the successful companies have been beyond the idea stage, with a finished product and/or revenue or significant progress toward commercialization if a pharma, equipment or medical device company.
Mass Medical Angels
|Active in Mass Medical Angels, Launchpad Ventures, Hub Angels. He has acted as CEO at several early-stage life sciences companies to accelerate the companies to more advanced stages of development.|
Grand Banks Capital
Prior to joining Grandbanks Capital as an Executive in Residence and launching ETL Capital, Hicks was head of M&A and strategic investing at RSA Security (EMC) and co-founder / President of Rockblocks Group, an investment holding company in the global vendor compliance software space. He was also co-founder and SVP of Corporate Development at Rudder Capital where he led multiple platform acquisitions in the digital media / IPTV services arena. Previously, Hicks was an early / seed stage investor at Redleaf Ventures where he was EIR / founding investor in a technology spin-out from Cisco Systems and he led numerous early growth stage private equity investments as a member of the Technology and Communications Group at GE Equity. His professional skills include M&A, private equity / strategic investing, new business development, strategic alliances, capital fundraising, contract negotiation, financial management and intellectual property rights management.
|Gail Hoffman began her career in the Corporate Finance Department of Dean Witter Reynolds. After receiving her MBA with High Distinction from The University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, Gail joined Boston Ventures Management Inc., a private equity firm focused on the communications and entertainment industries. She was involved in many portfolio companies’ successful acquisitions and divestitures, including Motown Records and The National Enquirer. After leaving the work force to focus on her family, Gail has spent many years working with a number of community-based organizations.|
|Shereen Shermak serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Launch Angels and as one of the managers, as well as a member of the Investment Committee, having joined the team in September 2013. Prior to that, Ms. Shermak most recently co-founded BuysideFX, where she was a member of the management team and the VP of Product. She held a similar role at Currensee from 2009 to 2012, where she additionally oversaw the Manager Selection Committee for the company’s Forex offering. Between 2004 and 2009, Ms. Shermak served as VP of Product at Boston-based startups and in-house at State Street and Fidelity. Prior to that, she served as Executive Director of Operations in the Small Business Services Division of the City of New York under Mayor Bloomberg in 2003. She began her Boston career in financial services in 1996 as a Principal at DiamondCluster, where she spent over six years building new software-based businesses as banks tried to address the changing technology landscape. Ms. Shermak is originally an environmental engineer, a position she held between 1989 and 1995, after receiving her undergraduate degree at Duke University’s School of Engineering and prior to receiving her M.B.A. at MIT’s Sloan School. She also holds an M.P.A. from Harvard’s Kennedy School.|
|Ian Smith is the founder of The Portfolio Partnership. The Portfolio Partnership is a new type of Operational Consultancy. We aggressively scale businesses safely, deploying our simple but effective Playbooks. It's a unique partnership between owners and senior talent to ensure the right stuff gets done. In practice this means working on the right stuff, leading to a rich combination of discovery, diagnosis and action.
Ian is the author of Fulfilling the Potential of Your Business: Big Company Thinking for the Mighty Small Business, which won the Small Business Book Awards for Management in 2012. His blog, The Smith Report, focuses on ways to scale businesses to build value. In 2010 he founded The Portfolio Partnership to help CEOs fulfill the potential of their businesses. As an ex-CFO, investment banker, venture capitalist and CEO, Mr. Smith has realized more than $400 million for shareholders over the past 25 years. He remains a competitive masters track & field athlete and in 2012 was ranked #2 indoors in the world for his age at 400m.
William F. Swiggart is a Boston based attorney who incorporates and grows start-ups, and facilitates transactions such as debt and equity investments, IP licenses, and mergers & acquisitions. He registers and defends trademarks and copyrights, and also helps resolve business conflicts. Mr. Swiggart is a graduate of Princeton University (A.B. 1977) and the University of Connecticut School of Law (J.D. 1982), where he was a member of the Connecticut Law Review. He has served as General Counsel to Bitstream Inc., and to ON Technology Corporation. Mr. Swiggart has thrice been named a Massachusetts Super Lawyer.
He helped found, and served as first President of the Princeton Entrepreneurs’ Network, Inc., a 501(c)(3) qualified organization that promotes entrepreneurship via national and regional events. He is a founding member of the AIGC, and edits its journal, The Independent Counsel. In his spare time, Mr. Swiggart manages Beacon Angels, an angel group that invests in early stage companies.