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.
is scheduled for
Thursday, December 19, 2013 from 7:30 - 10:00 AM at
the regular meeting of the 128 Innovation Capital Group
at Constant Contact offices, 1601 Trapelo Road, Waltham, MA
Applications to present at this event are currently being accepted.
Application deadline is 5 PM, 12/9/2013
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.
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.|
Point Judith Capital
Sean focuses on Internet investments including the Firm’s investments in Sittercity.com, Spotlight Ticket Management, StepOut, Kitsylane.com, Vee24, Multiply.com (acquired by Naspers JSE: NPN), Optasite (acquired by SBA Communications NASDAQ: SBAC) and Vaultus Mobile Technologies which merged with Antenna Software. Prior to joining Point Judith as a General Partner, Sean worked with Point Judith on behalf of Village Ventures beginning in June of 2001 and in that role spent the majority of his time working on Fund I investments. Sean has also been a board member or observer to Newforma, Inc., Handmark, Inc., Tower Ventures which was acquired by American Tower (NYSE: AMT), Andover.net (NASDAQ: ANDN, sold to VA Software, NASDAQ: LNUX), and Medical Metrx Solutions, Inc. which was acquired by AIG. He has been actively involved as a venture investor in 18 companies that have achieved over $1 billion of value through multiple M&A and IPO events.
|Bill is an experienced private investor, with over 7 years backing companies in the networking, semiconductor, clean energy and online markets. Bill has been in/around the Boston startup scene for close to 15 years, previously holding senior level roles at companies such as Sycamore Networks. Bill received his BS and MS degrees in Electrical Engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute and an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management. Bill is a lifelong Bostonian who currently lives in the suburbs with his wife and 3 children. When he has time he enjoys playing basketball and cycling.
LaunchCapital Ventures provides seed funding for businesses that have exponential growth expectations with a national or international reach. We syndicate over 90% of our deals with local angel investors and venture capitalists. We will take on an active role with our portfolio companies depending on the needs and nature of the business.
Individual Angel Investor
|Dr. Sanders is currently investing in Life Science opportunities primarily medical device, pharma, and diagnostics. He is chair of the Venture Forum, CEO of ECI Biotech and cofounder of Lobstagen LLC. Mitch has 15+ years business and product development experience and has secured an aggregate of $28M for ECI Biotech. Mitch enjoys mentoring entrepreneurs to help them secure capital and strategic partnerships. Mitch is currently helping a local group of 22 investors build alliances with VCs, angel groups, and private equity firms in an effort to syndicate deals in the local community. Mitch has a MS and PhD from WPI with 2 postdocs at the Whitehead Institute/MIT.|
Hub Angels Investment Group
|After receiving his master's degree from Sloan in 1987, he joined MIT's Office of Corporate Relations where he initiated and built the Financial Services sector for the Industrial Liaison Program. In 1991 he became Associate Director of Corporate Development and helped develop MIT's approach to strategic corporate partnerships which have made MIT unique amongst its peers in corporate fundraising. David still holds a partial appointment at the MIT Sloan Center for Digital Business. In 1996 he joined Xerox as Manager of International Sales and Business Development for the Adaptive Products Division. In 1998 he joined third party marketing firm Winchester International Group as Managing Director. In 2000 Winchester helped found the Hub Angels. David sits on the Boards of Intelligent Bio-Systems and Harmony Line. He is currently Vice-Chair of the Angel Capital Association|