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  • March 01, 2017 10:25 AM | Carol Lane (Administrator)

    Guest Key Note Speaker:  Pam Krueger, Host and Executive Producer of the award-winning PBS TV Series MoneyTrack

    Melville, NY – March 1, 2017 The Long Island Capital Alliance (“LICA”), Long Island’s leading non-profit capital formation and business development organization, today announced the presenting companies, investor panelists and guest keynote speaker for its Technology Capital Forum to be held on Friday, March 10, 2017.  The capital forum will feature presentations by companies which have connections to the Long Island region and are building business around innovative technologies which address sectors such as software applications, artificial intelligence (AI) and virtual reality (VR), cloud-based solutions and optical/thermal imaging. 

    At the capital forum, six companies will present to an audience that will include venture capital firms, investment banks, private equity firms, and angel and high net worth investors.  Each of the companies selected by LICA for presentation at the capital forum possesses unique technologies to enhance business processes or elevate functionality for new products that have meaningful catalysts for growth.  A panel of investment professionals will be on hand to review the presentations, offer their insights on the presenters’ commercial viability and prospects for market success and provide expert commentary on investment conditions in the broader technology sector.


    Technology Capital Forum on March 10, 2017 -- Participants

    Key Note Speaker:  Pam Krueger

    Pam Krueger is the host, creator and executive producer of MoneyTrack, an award-winning PBS TV series.  She also is the founder of WealthRamp and an investor education expert.  

    In 2015, Ms. Krueger launched WealthRamp, an online solution to help consumers find qualified financial advisors who adhere to the highest fiduciary standard, and who are not commission-driven. WealthRamp uses an eHarmony style algorithm to match individual investors to the best-fit advisors, and is available to consumers at no cost.  Ms. Krueger also created the award-winning MoneyTrack investor education television series seen nationally on over 250 PBS stations. She is the recipient of a 2010 and 2009 Gracie Award, educating the public about personal investing, and finding the right financial advice. Ms. Krueger’s newest one-hour special, MoneyTrack: Money for Life, began airing on PBS in late 2016.  She serves on the board of directors of the California Jump$tart Coalition, an organization dedicated to increasing financial literacy among children and teens, and received the Financial Educator of the Year Award in 2010 from the Financial Literacy Institute.

    Panel of Investors:

    The following investment professionals will participate in the investor panel at the Technology Capital Forum:

    Russ Artzt, Executive Chairman, Ringlead Inc., and Technology Investor:  Mr. Artzt is the founder of CA Technologies and an active investor. With more than 30 years experience as a technology leader and executive, Russ provides counsel in the areas of strategic partnerships, product development leadership, community and public affairs and corporate strategy. 

    Steven Perricone, Managing Partner, Pilot Mountain Ventures: Mr. Perricone is Founder and Managing Partner at Pilot Mountain Ventures, a New York based venture capital firm focusing on seed stage investments in the technology and medical device fields. Portfolio companies in the New York area include Bond (acquired), Imperative, Kinetic, and Pinks & Greens among others. Prior to founding Pilot Mountain, Mr. Perricone co-founded Serrano Ventures where he remains a partner, served as a Managing Director in the Equity Derivatives area of Deutsche Bank, and was a Senior Consultant with Accenture.

    Josh Adam, CFA, Wall Street Share:  Mr. Adam has more than 15 years of experience in financial analysis, investment research and portfolio management. He has held various senior level positions in the hedge fund industry, where he has been a portfolio manager, Director of Research and analyst.

    Presenting Companies:

    Azone Enterprises Inc.: Based in Brooklyn, NY, offers predictive analytics to help small businesses with inventory refill.

    Digital Direct IR, Inc.: Based in Fresh Meadows, NY, develops patented multi-spectrum thermal imaging and optics technologies which enables access to a $20 billion+ market opportunity in the homeland security, healthcare, military, first responder, drone, automotive safety, autonomous vehicle, industrial and energy industries.

    Infiniam Analytical Services Inc.:  Based in Deer Park, NY, creates automated platforms for legacy code and data application migration to the cloud.

    PMC Technology:  Based in Bethpage, NY, develops application to reduce operational downtime at critical public facilities.

    SkillMil:  Based on Menlo Park, CA, with connections to New York, creates a precision hiring platform for Military Veterans and Businesses using proprietary machine learning and AI technology to provide a quantifiable match of a candidate to the requirements of a job posting.

    Space Out VR:  Based in Troy, NY with operations in Bellmore, NY, develops technology to integrate entertainment, gaming and communications into a personified, sociable VR App.

    LICA is hosting the Technology Capital Forum on Friday, March 10, 2017 from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at 68 South Service Road, Melville, NY, 11747.  The capital forum provides an opportunity to meet capital providers, entrepreneurs, industry executives and businesses seeking capital, as well as to hear a panel of industry experts discuss financing alternatives for emerging technology companies.

    Save the Date – Additional Upcoming Event from LICA:

    About Long Island Capital Alliance

    Since 1984, the Long Island Capital Alliance (www.licapital.org), formerly known as Long Island Venture Group, has been promoting business growth on Long Island. LICA seeks to create a productive and business-friendly environment that will afford area businesses access to the resources necessary to compete successfully in today’s markets. LICA serves as a focal point for the exchange of ideas among new and existing business enterprises, successful entrepreneurs, investors, and service providers. Through quarterly capital forums and special meetings, LICA brings together members of the region's business community, and has been recognized as the place to turn to when small businesses need equity, debt, or other financing, or for investors to find an attractive investment opportunity.

    LICA's mission is to encourage economic development on Long Island by facilitating capital formation for a broad range of companies in various industries, from early stage to mature, middle market, closely held and publicly-traded businesses. LICA accomplishes this primarily through education, networking, quarterly capital forums, periodic special educational meetings, and alliances with other regional organizations. LICA brings together members of the region's business community and serves as the finance arm for significant local business and organizations.

    For more information on LICA and its next event, please contact LICA today or register online at www.licapital.org

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    Contact:

    Jordan Darrow

    Darrow Associates, Inc.

    631-766-4528

    jdarrow@darrowir.com


  • February 09, 2017 11:00 AM | Carol Lane (Administrator)

    Long Island Capital Alliance and LISTnet Announce Strategic Partnership

    Melville, NY – February 9, 2017 The Long Island Capital Alliance (“LICA”), Long Island’s leading non-profit capital formation and business development organization devoted to promoting the growth of the next generation of successful local companies, today announced the formation of a strategic partnership with the Long Island Software & Technology Network-LISTnet.  The partnership will bolster LICA’s reach into the rapidly evolving regional technology sector, while availing LISTnet-connected companies to LICA’s formidable and expanding platform for access to capital and business acceleration practices.  In connection with the partnership, the organizations have entered into reciprocating sponsorships and agreed to provide cross-promotional support of events and other programs as well as offer member benefits to participating constituents.

    Commenting on the strategic alliance, Neil M. Kaufman, Chairman of LICA, said, “LISTnet has been the leading advocate for the region’s technology sector for two decades.  While we have collaborated with them in the past, we are excited to more completely align our interests, beginning with contribution to our annual Technology Capital Forum being held on March 10.  Our collective capabilities and industry relationships should prove worthwhile for the many emerging growth technology companies on Long Island.”

    “Long Island Capital Alliance and its events have proven to benefit many companies for more than 30 years and we are very pleased to work more closely with this highly accomplished organization,” said Peter Goldsmith, President of LISTnet. “The partnership with LICA represents an important element of our mission to serve the local technology industry.”  Consistent with its mission, LISTnet recently created the 20-office co-working Digital Ballpark in Plainview, NY, for technology companies, with space to conduct events for over 100 people.

    LICA has held regular quarterly events since the beginning of 2012, when it announced a strategic transformation to enhance its ability to assist local companies.  At that time, LICA began to focus on assisting companies clustered in industries which are flourishing in this region, formed alliances with local business and professional organizations, and began engaging in social media initiatives to increase awareness and participation.  LISTnet last collaborated with LICA on LICA’s Cyber Security Capital Forum in 2012.

    Save the Dates – Additional Upcoming Events from LICA:

    • ·       March 10, 2017: Technology Capital Forum, Melville, NY, 8 AM Eastern
    • ·       April 6, 2017: Entrepreneur Education & Mentoring Series, NYIT Campus, Old Westbury, NY 6 PM Eastern
    • ·       June 9, 2017: Cybersecurity, Defense & Security Capital Forum, Melville, NY, 8 AM Eastern
    • ·       September 15, 2017: Healthcare Capital Forum, Melville, NY, 8 AM Eastern
    • ·       December 8, 2017: Food, Wine, Beer Capital Forum, Melville, NY, 8 AM Eastern

    About Long Island Software & Technology Network-LISTnet:

    The objective of LISTnet (www.listnet.org) is to promote Long Island as one of the national centers of excellence for software and technology solutions. This is achieved by facilitating collaborations between companies, establishing forums and events for the exchange of information, improving the quantity of the labor force and partnering with companies that provide the high technology centers necessary for the growth of L.I. software and technology companies.

    About Long Island Capital Alliance

    Since 1984, the Long Island Capital Alliance (www.licapital.org), formerly known as Long Island Venture Group, has been promoting business growth on Long Island. LICA seeks to create a productive and business-friendly environment that will afford area businesses access to the resources necessary to compete successfully in today's markets. LICA serves as a focal point for the exchange of ideas among new and existing business enterprises, successful entrepreneurs, investors, and service providers. Through quarterly capital forums and special meetings, LICA brings together members of the region's business community, and has been recognized as the place to turn to when small businesses need equity, debt, or other financing, or for investors to find an attractive investment opportunity.

    LICA's mission is to encourage economic development on Long Island by facilitating capital formation for a broad range of companies in various industries, from early stage to mature, middle market, closely held and publicly-traded businesses. LICA accomplishes this primarily through education, networking, quarterly capital forums, periodic special educational meetings, and alliances with other regional organizations. LICA brings together members of the region's business community and serves as the finance arm for significant local business and organizations.

    For more information on LICA and its next event, please contact LICA today or register online at www.licapital.org.  


  • January 11, 2017 10:16 AM | Carol Lane (Administrator)

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    FOLLOW THE SCIENCE

    In the race to build an innovation economy, it’s all about the Benjamins

    By GREGORY ZELLER

    A revolutionary oral treatment that applies to cancer, diabetes and obesity? Check.

    New enzymes that substantially improve the performance of mass spectrometers? Roger.

    A simple, effective method for removing E. coli and other potentially deadly bacteria from homes? Got it.

    Yes, Long Island has its share of biotech devel- opment underway, but it has lacked a foolproof way to pair scientific breakthroughs with in- vestors who can commercialize them, creating the kind of economic driver the Island needs to rein- vent itself as an innovation economy.

    Until now, maybe.

    “We have a lot of little fiefdoms,” noted Neil Kaufman, chairman of the nonprofit Long Island Capital Alliance and a partner at Lake Success business-law specialist Abrams Fensterman. “Everywhere you look, some new alphabet organi- zation springs up, saying ‘we’re gonna do this’ and ‘we’re gonna do that.’

    “We’re trying to get people to actually work together.”

    The alliance’s primary weapons are its “capital forums,” including a biotech-focused event held last month in conjunction with Cold Spring Har- bor Laboratory.

    It wasn’t the first time the alliance brought in- ventors or capital-hungry startups face-to-face with potential investors, but considering the enor- mous stack of chips Long Island has placed on biotech, it might have been the most important.

    The forums are similar to television’s “Shark Tank,” minus the investor-versus-investor in- trigue, and “Pitch Night” at Mineola’s LaunchPad Long Island, with the big brains lining up to pitch panels of potential investors.

    The big difference: Winning “Pitch Night” gets you a free month of office space. Success at a LICA forum can mean millions of dollars.

    Case in point: David Antar, CEO of Bay Shore digital-security provider A+ Technology Solutions, who presented at the alliance’s cybersecurity forum last September. In December, A+ an- nounced a $12 million buy-in from Westbury Partners, a Hauppauge venture capital firm.

    “We’ve helped dozens of local companies raise over $150 million,” said Kaufman, citing other col- laborative efforts with Island-based institutions and organizations spotlighting health care and so- cial media tech. “Then they go hire people and grow and have a chance to become the next big

    local company.”

    In the case of the June biotech forum, four sci-

    entific breakthroughs achieved at the Cold Spring Harbor lab – including new cancer treatments and that E. coli eliminator – were spotlighted, generating considerable interest among various venture capitalists in attendance.

    Scott Livingston, a Port Washington resident and president of Manhattan-based Livingston Se- curities, participated in the event and said his in- vestment bank is drawing up plans to raise be- tween $10 million and $20 million and usher one of the young companies – he declined to say which – toward an IPO within the next year.

    As Livingston sees it, that’s the real challenge for startups on this level: not the initial $1 million needed to launch, but the funds that carry it on from there.

    “The ‘valley of death’ has often been described as the first million raised to get a company start- ed,” he said. “But the true ‘valley of death’ is the scale-up capital, the 10 or 20 or 30 million you need to take your idea from the lab, do the pivotal FDA study, manufacture it or otherwise make it succeed in the real world.”

    With that next-level funding in mind, the self- professed “big fan of Long Island’s innovation econ- omy” was also part of a panel at the biotech forum that discussed the JOBS Act and “other changes in the way innovation is financed in America.”

    Signed into law last year by President Barack Obama, the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act intends to encourage funding of U.S. small busi- nesses by easing various securities regulations.

    That’s exactly the kind of jolt Long Island needs, according to Livingston, who was joined in the discussion by Gregg Blake, founder of health-care financial adviser Brocair Partners; Steve Winick of Long Island VC firm Topspin Partners; and Larry Chaityn, managing director of global investment bank Kaminski Partners.

    “That’s a really big story for Long Island, which has the innovation but isn’t filled with ven- ture capital firms like Boston and San Francisco,” Livingston noted. “Places like San Francisco and Boston are so vibrant because they’ve created lots of billionaires who then reinvest in the economy in those communities. We have lots of innovation, but there aren’t 200 venture capital firms here.”

    That might not be a bad thing, he added.

    “The biotech industry was built by 20 million IPOs, not venture capital firms,” Livingston said. “I don’t know if Long Island necessarily needs a great VC market, if there’s a more open public

    NEIL KAUFMAN: Keeping biotech startups here is the primary mission of the Long Island Capital Alliance.

    market for companies like this.”

    Long Island has seen success stories evolve

    without excessive involvement by venture capital- ists. Kaufman pointed to OSI Pharmaceuticals, a Long Island pharmaceutical startup that licensed Cold Spring Harbor research to create the lung cancer drug Tarceva.

    The OSI saga didn’t have a happy ending for Long Island. The company was eventually pur- chased by Astellas Pharma for $4 billion, which abruptly closed the firm in May, whacking 120 jobs in the process. That, however, is “the model,” according to Kaufman.

    “That’s exactly what the biotech forum was all about,” he said. “Introducing clients who’ve made these discoveries to the New York investment community, so they can attract investment capi- tal that will build their discoveries into successful companies.”

    The alliance is planning additional capital events, including one for manufacturers in con- junction with the Long Island Forum for Tech- nology and another covering consumer products and retail. It’s also planning another biotech forum, Kaufman said, featuring scientists from both Cold Spring Harbor and the North Shore- Long Island Jewish Health System’s Feinstein Institute for Medical Research.

    On an Island that’s pinned its economic future on biotechnology, every little bit helps.

    “Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory alone has dis- covered 10 or 12 compounds that have gone on to serve as the basis of successful drugs, but many of those companies were ultimately sold to big phar- ma and moved off Long Island,” Kaufman said.

    “We’re creating an investment infrastructure to keep them here.”

    ©2013 Long Island Business News, all rights reserved


  • January 09, 2017 10:32 AM | Carol Lane (Administrator)

    Melville, NY – January 9, 2017 – The Long Island Capital Alliance (“LICA”), Long Island’s leading non-profit capital formation and business development organization, is holding the third session in the Entrepreneur Educational & Mentoring Series, which is intended to provide professional guidance, mentoring and assistance to the next generation of business leaders and employers on Long Island. LICA is presenting the series in collaboration with New York Institute of Technology (“NYIT”).

    The event will be held on January 12, 2017 from 5:30-8:00 pm at NYIT’s Entrepreneurship & Innovation Technology Center and is open to the public for registration. The topics are

    ¥ “The Best Financing Alternative for Startups” presented by Mark Elenowitz, CEO of BANQ, a division of TriPoint Global Equities, a leading small cap broker-dealer that has raised capital for many emerging businesses; and

     

    ¥ “Maximizing Cash Flow through Sound Accounting Systems” presented by Michael DeStefano, CPA, CVA, Partner, Ferrera, DeStefano & Caporusso Certified Public Accountants, P.C.

     “Enhancing Cash Flow through sound accounting practices is critical to the survival and growth of all emerging businesses. The financing alternatives available to them are key to their growth prospects. At this event, local entrepreneurs can learn how to maximize both of these vital elements of their business’s success” said Neil M. Kaufman, Chairman of LICA.  “We are very happy to be collaborating in this effort with NYIT, a leading local academic institution, which shares our vision for promoting regional economic development through this Entrepreneur Educational & Mentoring Series,” continued Neil M. Kaufman.

     “This collaboration is a natural extension of our mission to foster innovation and expand industry-academic partnerships by leveraging NYIT’s Entrepreneurship and Innovation Technology Center (ETIC), and we are excited to be working with the phenomenal experts at LICA to bring the benefit of that to the business community” said Nada Marie Anid, Ph.D., dean of the university’s School of Engineering and Computing Sciences. “The ETIC aims to spur economic growth and ensure greater competitiveness for Long Island by encouraging small businesses to work with our bright students and expert faculty in areas of great opportunity, including cybersecurity, bioengineering, and clean technologies, among others, and this event is a big step in that direction.”

    The next session in the Entrepreneur Educational & Mentoring Series will be held on April 6, 2017 and cover “Designing A Business Plan for Success” and “The Key to Successful Communications & Marketing”. Attendees may register for all events at www.licapital.org.

    About Long Island Capital Alliance

    Since 1984, the Long Island Capital Alliance (www.licapital.org), formerly known as Long Island Venture Group, has been promoting business growth on Long Island. LICA seeks to create a productive and business-friendly environment that will afford area businesses access to the resources necessary to compete successfully in today's markets. LICA serves as a focal point for the exchange of ideas among new and existing business enterprises, successful entrepreneurs, investors, and service providers. Through quarterly capital forums and special meetings, LICA brings together members of the region's business community, and has been recognized as the place to turn to when small businesses need equity, debt, or other financing, or for investors to find an attractive investment opportunity.

    LICA's mission is to encourage economic development on Long Island by facilitating capital formation for a broad range of companies in various industries, from early stage to mature, middle market, closely held and publicly-traded businesses. LICA accomplishes this primarily through education, networking, quarterly capital forums, periodic special educational meetings, and alliances with other regional organizations. LICA brings together members of the region's business community and serves as the finance arm for significant local business and organizations.

    About New York Institute of Technology

    New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) offers 90 degree programs, including undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees, in more than 50 fields of study, including architecture and design; arts and sciences; education; engineering and computing sciences; health professions; management; and osteopathic medicine. A non-profit independent, private institution of higher education, NYIT has 12,000 students attending campuses on Long Island and Manhattan, online, and at its global campuses.

    Led by President Edward Guiliano, NYIT is guided by its mission to provide career-oriented professional education, offer access to opportunity to all qualified students, and support applications-oriented research that benefits the larger world. To date, nearly 100,000 graduates have received degrees from NYIT. For more information, visit nyit.edu.

    Next LICA Capital Forum

    LICA is hosting a Technology Capital Forum on Friday, March 10, 2017 from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at 68 South Service Road, Melville, NY, 11747. The capital forum will provide an opportunity to meet capital providers, entrepreneurs, industry executives and businesses seeking capital, as well as to hear a panel of industry experts discuss financing alternatives for emerging companies.


  • January 02, 2017 3:58 PM | Carol Lane (Administrator)


    Click link below for article on Neil Kaufman, Chairman of LICA

    NMK - Chairman of LICA.pdf

  • December 29, 2016 11:42 AM | Carol Lane (Administrator)

    Melville, NY – December 27, 2016 – The Long Island Capital Alliance (“LICA”), Long Island’s leading non-profit capital formation and business development organization devoted to promoting the growth of the next generation of successful local companies, today announced the successful completion of its Healthcare Capital Forum held December 9, 2016. The capital forum featured presentations by 6 companies which have connections to the Long Island region and are building business around innovative healthcare technologies and services.

    At the capital forum, the companies presented to an audience that included venture capital firms, investment banks, private equity firms, and angel and high net worth investors. Each of the companies selected by LICA for presentation at the capital forum possesses unique technologies to enhance clinical outcomes or improve healthcare processes, with strong catalysts for growth. A panel of investment professionals was on hand to review the presentations, offer their insights on the presenters’ commercial viability and prospects for market success and provide expert commentary on investment conditions in the broader healthcare sector. The investor panel, led by LICA Board of Directors member Michael Lane, discussed the healthcare industry, investment climate, and gave strong advice to help entrepreneurs raise capital.  

    “We are very pleased that some of Long Island’s most promising and innovative healthcare companies are utilizing LICA’s Capital Forums as a means to increase their exposure to the greater New York area funding community, enhance their development and accelerate their growth,” said Neil M. Kaufman, Chairman of LICA. “Our Healthcare Capital Forum was a success in promoting leading local companies at the intersection of medical advancements and technology solutions, both key drivers of Long Island’s future economy.”

    “The Docket™ Team is very appreciative for all the support and guidance we have received from the Long Island Capital Alliance (LICA),” commented Michael Perretta, Founder & CEO of presenting company Docket Inc. “December's LICA Healthcare Forum was a fantastic experience. And, we look forward to cultivating the relationships we've forged as a result of the conference. Together with LICA, we are confident in our abilities to disrupt our niche within the healthcare space.”

    Bruce Lieberthal, Chief Innovation Officer of Henry Schein, Inc. and a Forum panelist, noted that the Healthcare Capital Forum was a “great event [and he] felt very humbled by [the] co-panelists.”

    “This was my first time in presenting Dr. Leonardo to a group of potential investors,” said John J. Pellman, President & Chief Executive Officer of presenting company Dr. Leonardo Interactive Webservices. “In doing so, I learned a great deal about what piques an investor’s interest in a company and how they might value a return on an investment.  I thank LICA for the opportunity to present.”

    “We received some good tips and feedback from the panelists. It was interesting and helpful to have feedback from experts in the field,” said Ken Greenberg, President & Co-Founder of presenting company Patient Innovations.

    Healthcare Capital Forum Presenting Companies

    The following companies presented their business plans:

    Bergen Medical Products: Progressive medical device company focusing on improving clinical outcomes and innovative wound closure products. 

    Docket: Enables healthcare professionals to efficiently capture a comprehensive picture of patients' health risk information, medical histories, and other clinically-relevant data.

    Dr. Leonardo: Software as a service (SaaS) company that has developed a website builder and related content for healthcare providers and practices.

    MedFlyt: A web-based SaaS platform for home health agencies to better staff visits with real-time push notification and a mobile app for caregivers.

    Patient Innovations: The developer of OnTime Care® and OnTime Discharge™ software to eliminate waiting in doctors' offices and hospitals.

    Tangen: Technique to revolutionize the diagnosis of sepsis.

    Healthcare Capital Forum Panel of Investors:

    The following investment professionals participate in the investor panel at the Healthcare Capital Forum:

    Bruce Lieberthal, Chief Innovation Officer, Henry Schein, Inc.: Bruce serves as the Chief Innovation Officer for Henry Schein, Inc. (Nasdaq: HSIC). Henry Schein is a Fortune 500 Company and a member of the S&P 500 and NASDAQ 100 indices. It is the world’s largest provider of health care products and services to office-based dental, animal health and medical practitioners. The Company is a Fortune World’s Most Admired company. Previously, he was the Vice President, Emerging Technologies for Henry Schein. Bruce manages, and has P&L responsibility for Henry Schein Medical Systems and the DDX business. He led the ConnectDental team for 2 years and works closely with the Corporate Business Development Group, the Global Prosthetics Solutions team and Henry Schein Practice Solutions, advising them on technology opportunities. He started as the Director of Product Management to the leadership team in Utah when Discus Dental Software was acquired by HSI in May 2007 and was promoted, in 2008, to Vice President of Product Management and Development, managing all of HSPS’s software lines and development teams. Bruce was the founder of Direct Vision Software, the General Manager of Discus Dental Software and has been a leader in dental technology for 30 years. He practiced dentistry for 14 years between 1984 and 1997.

    Daniel J. Broyles, FundWorks, LLC: Daniel Broyles has over 10 years of experience in project management, planning, and execution. Prior to establishing FundWorks, he managed construction of 13 buildings throughout NYC, including the National September 11 Memorial Museum. For up to 11 simultaneous contracts, in excess of $1 billion, he oversaw contract drafting, bidding, negotiation, and execution. Mr. Broyles also served as a senior executive of Epica Medical Innovations responsible for capital raises, intellectual property management, FDA regulatory affairs, and M&A due diligence; this tenure also included the invention, research & development, prosecution, and protection of IP. He began his career as an engineer and land surveyor for Haubenreich, Hess, and Shaw.

    Mr. Broyles is also a member Andrew Carnegie Business Council, Architecture Construction Engineering Mentor Program, and the Automotive Society of Mechanical Engineers. He received his Bachelors of Mechanical Engineering in 2006 and his Masters of Mechanical Engineering in 2007 from The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art.

    Russ Fein, Managing Director, Corporate Fuel: Mr. Fein is a Managing Director Corporate Fuel, a merchant bank overseeing $55 million in private equity funds. He has been on the boards of, and interim CEO for, a number of healthcare related businesses, beginning his career in in the Mergers and Acquisitions department of Jefferies & Company, Inc. where he worked on numerous complex transactions. He then spent a number of years in the merchant banking field where he negotiated acquisitions and investments both as principal and agent and often stepped in as CEO, COO and/or CFO of portfolio companies, leading growth strategies and building professional organizations around entrepreneurial businesses. He has had senior management roles at a number of small and large operating businesses, including a chain of martial art studios, an Internet incubator and as the Vice President, Worldwide Business Operations for Westcon Group, a $4 billion distributor of communications and technology equipment, where he also held the role of General Manager for a $300mm U.S. division.

    Mr. Fein received his MBA from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business and graduated from Union College with honors in Managerial Economics.

    Save the Dates – Additional Upcoming Events from LICA:

    • January 12, 2017: Entrepreneur Education & Mentoring Series – “The Best Financing Alternatives for Startups” & “Good Financial and Accounting Systems Translate Into Cash. Additional program information and details link:http://www.licapital.org/Entrepreneur-Education-&-Mentoring-Series
    • March 10, 2017: Technology Capital Forum, Melville, NY, 8 AM Eastern

    About Long Island Capital Alliance

    Since 1984, the Long Island Capital Alliance (www.licapital.org), formerly known as Long Island Venture Group, has been promoting business growth on Long Island. LICA seeks to create a productive and business-friendly environment that will afford area businesses access to the resources necessary to compete successfully in today's markets. LICA serves as a focal point for the exchange of ideas among new and existing business enterprises, successful entrepreneurs, investors, and service providers. Through quarterly capital forums and special meetings, LICA brings together members of the region's business community, and has been recognized as the place to turn to when small businesses need equity, debt, or other financing, or for investors to find an attractive investment opportunity.

    LICA's mission is to encourage economic development on Long Island by facilitating capital formation for a broad range of companies in various industries, from early stage to mature, middle market, closely held and publicly-traded businesses. LICA accomplishes this primarily through education, networking, quarterly capital forums, periodic special educational meetings, and alliances with other regional organizations. LICA brings together members of the region's business community and serves as the finance arm for significant local business and organizations.

    For more information on LICA and its next event, please contact LICA today or register online at www.licapital.org.

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    Contact:

    Jordan Darrow

    Darrow Associates, Inc.

    631-766-4528

    jdarrow@darrowir.com


  • September 09, 2016 11:00 AM | Carol Lane (Administrator)


    Keynote Speaker:

    Daniel B. Wolfe, Ph. D., President and CFO of Harris & Harris Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: TINY), the New York-based Publicly Traded Business Development Company and Venture Capital Firm

    Melville, NY – September 9, 2016 – The Long Island Capital Alliance (“LICA”), Long Island’s leading non-profit capital formation and business development organization, today announced the keynote speaker, presenting companies, investor panelists and remaining agenda for its Technology Capital Forum to be held on Friday, September 16, 2016. The capital forum will feature presentations by companies which have connections to the Long Island region and are building business around innovative consumer and business-to-business technologies.

    At the capital forum, six technology companies will present to an audience that will include venture capital firms, investment banks, private equity firms, and angel and high net worth investors. Each of the companies selected by LICA for presentation at the capital forum possesses unique technologies and intellectual properties with catalysts for growth. A panel of investment professionals will be on hand to review the presentations, offer their insights on the presenters’ commercial viability and prospects for market success and provide expert commentary on investment conditions in the broader technology sector.

    Technology Capital Forum on September 16, 2016 -- Participants

    Keynote Speaker

    Daniel B. Wolfe, Ph.D., President and CFO of Harris & Harris Group, Inc.: Dr. Wolfe has been with Harris & Harris Group since 2004 and has significant experience in capital formation at all stages of a company’s evolution including sourcing and structuring of private, public and debt financings and identifying and evaluating M&A opportunities. He is a current and past member of the board of directors of multiple privately held portfolio companies and one publicly traded portfolio company.

    Prior to joining Harris & Harris Group, among other distinguished endeavors, he was the Co-founder and President of Scientific Venture Assessments, Inc., a provider of scientific analysis of prospective investments for private equity placements and of scientific expertise to high-technology companies. Dr. Wolfe graduated from Harvard University (Ph.D. and A.M. in Chemistry). He was also graduated from Rice University (B.A. in Chemistry), and has published over 15 articles in scientific peer-reviewed journals.

    Panel of Investors:

    The following investment professionals will participate in the investor panel at the Technology Capital Forum:

    Dan Conley, Founder, Angels + LifeInfoSci Investors: Dan Conley is an active angel investor and funds emerging growth companies alongside Angels + LifeInfoSci Investors. As a leader of NJAngels.net since 1998, he coaches, advises and guides Entrepreneurial CEOs who become Angel-backable after undergoing DealScrubbing, VenturEvaluations + Due Diligence which Mr. Conley and select networked teammates help perform.

    Since 1992 Mr. Conley has coordinated Entrepreneurs University programs through EntreUniv.org, a 30-yr young nonprofit educational institute for Entrepreneurial CEOs who learn Best Practices to raise capital to become more fundable.

    Mr. Conley has helped finance technology companies focused on Advanced Materials, Clean Energies, InfoTech, dot-coms, software, communications, and original equipment and process manufacturing for many industry-leading CEOs.

    Richard Foster, President, Foster Management & Holdings, LLC: Richard Foster is a serial entrepreneur, angel investor, and professional speaker with a passion for new business development. He is Managing Director of AngelFire Ventures, an angel investment fund focused on deal syndication of some of NYC's best angel deals. Mr. Foster serves on the board and is actively involved in an executive capacity in several of his portfolio companies.

    Charles Parmele IV, CLU, Principal, Parmele, McDermott & Thomas: Charles "Chip" Parmele is a limited partner in six venture capital Funds and a strategic insurance advisor. He is a Mentor to the Entrepreneurs Roundtable Accelerator (ERA), an early stage seed fund and technology accelerator. He is a charter member of the Indus Entrepreneurs, a global network of entrpreneurs and professionals established to foster entrepreneurship.

    Technology Presenting Companies:

    Assessment Innovation: An intelligent mobile-powered talent assessment system that automatically screens job candidates and matches them to open jobs by harnessing the power of the smartphone and the latest findings in psychology. 

    ConnectandSell: Effortlessly gets B2B salespeople 10X more live conversations with qualified prospects – every day.

    DatArcs: Technology for automatically tuning servers and improving performance and energy efficiency by more than 10%.

    Mobileware: Developer of applications to provide real-time commuter and location-based scheduling services.

    RABT: Helps media companies and brands serve appealing video content to their millennial audiences through the use of Big Data.

    Rally Bus: Created technology platform to serve as a marketplace to connect groups, event-goers, and commuters for crowdpowered transportation.

    LICA is hosting the Technology Capital Forum on Friday, September 16, 2016 from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at 68 South Service Road, Melville, NY, 11747. The capital forum provides an opportunity to meet capital providers, entrepreneurs, industry executives and businesses seeking capital, as well as to hear a panel of industry experts discuss financing alternatives for emerging technology companies.

    Save the Dates – Additional Upcoming Events from LICA:

    • October 25, 2016 -- Entrepreneur Education & Mentoring Series Session II. Information and registration link: http://www.licapital.org/event-2301663
    • December 9, 2016 – Healthcare Capital Forum. Information and registration link: http://www.licapital.org/event-2243421
    • Entrepreneur Education & Mentoring Series Program information and details link:http://www.licapital.org/Entrepreneur-Education-&-Mentoring-Series

    About Long Island Capital Alliance

    Since 1984, the Long Island Capital Alliance (www.licapital.org), formerly known as Long Island Venture Group, has been promoting business growth on Long Island. LICA seeks to create a productive and business-friendly environment that will afford area businesses access to the resources necessary to compete successfully in today's markets. LICA serves as a focal point for the exchange of ideas among new and existing business enterprises, successful entrepreneurs, investors, and service providers. Through quarterly capital forums and special meetings, LICA brings together members of the region's business community, and has been recognized as the place to turn to when small businesses need equity, debt, or other financing, or for investors to find an attractive investment opportunity.

    LICA's mission is to encourage economic development on Long Island by facilitating capital formation for a broad range of companies in various industries, from early stage to mature, middle market, closely held and publicly-traded businesses. LICA accomplishes this primarily through education, networking, quarterly capital forums, periodic special educational meetings, and alliances with other regional organizations. LICA brings together members of the region's business community and serves as the finance arm for significant local business and organizations.

    For more information on LICA and its next event, please contact LICA today or register online at www.licapital.org.

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    Contact:

    Jordan Darrow

    Darrow Associates, Inc.

    631-766-4528

    jdarrow@darrowir.com


  • May 19, 2016 12:53 PM | Carol Lane (Administrator)

    Long Island Capital Alliance Completes Consumer Products Capital Forum

    Save the Date: Technology Capital Forum on September 16, 2016

    Melville, NY – May 19, 2016 – The Long Island Capital Alliance (“LICA”), Long Island’s leading non-profit capital formation and business development organization, today announced the successful completion of its Consumer Products Capital Forum held May 6, 2016. The capital forum featured presentations by five Long Island companies which are building businesses around innovative consumer products that reflect the latest trends and conveniences to enhance daily activities and lifestyles.

    Highlights included:

    • An audience of approximately 80 attendees, which included venture capital firms, investment banks, private equity firms, and angel and high net worth investors.
    • Many Long Island and New York City based investors along with other regional business professionals.
    • Keynote speaker Keith D. Drayer,Vice President and General Manager of Henry Schein Financial Services. Henry Schein Inc. is one of Long Island's largest public companies and the world's largest provider of health care products and services to office-based dental, animal health and medical practitioners.Mr. Drayer discussed the many paths to success for young companies through proper financing and strategic partnerships.
    • A panel of industry investors reviewed each of the presenting companies and provided expert insights into the valuation and investment processes typically applied by investors.
    • The industry investor panel was led by Michael A. Lane, LICA Board Member and President of Long Island-based Real Content Media Group, Inc., who recently secured his company’s second round of financing.

    “Our Consumer Products Capital Forum was very well attended and marks another successful event for our organization as we strive to improve the local business landscape,” said Neil Kaufman, Chairman of LICA. “In April we launched our Entrepreneur Educational & Mentoring Series, which is intended to provide professional guidance, mentoring and assistance to the next generation of business leaders and employers on Long Island. This series, along with our quarterly Capital Forums which showcase companies seeking capital, are proving to be a vital resource to the resurgence of early stage and high growth regional businesses.”

    "Our Company, EZ Pocket Eyewear was honored and appreciative to be invited as a presenting company at the recent Long Island Capital Alliance Forum. It was an excellent opportunity to introduce our EYEFolds innovative folding frame eyewear line to an engaged, interested and knowledgeable consumer products investor audience. Congratulations and thanks for hosting an excellent and informative gathering," said presenter Wayne Rubin, Founder and CEO of EZ Pocket Eyewear, LLC.

    Consumer Products Capital Forum Presenting Companies

    The following companies presented their business plans:

    Chroma-Fish:  Platform for quantification of color-change chemical reactions using smartphone cameras, initially targeting the fish tank maintenance market.

    Commute Safety LLC: A smart phone application package that produces a safer driving experience, reduces injuries and insurance accident cost, and improves driver safety by providing highly accurate driver behavior, trip travel mileage monitoring and live traffic data. 

    EZ Pocket Eyewear: An e-commerce, wholesale, & manufacturing company which develops iconic styled, high quality and affordable folding sunglasses, sun readers, readers and prescription frames designed for easy use and transportability.

    MeVee: A free social media live streaming platform that shares advertising revenue with content creators.

    Quikiks-Hands-Free Shoes: The first fully supportive, totally hands-free operable shoes.

    Consumer Products Capital Forum Panel of Investors

    The following investment professionals participated in the investor panel at the Consumer Products, Manufacturing and Distribution Capital Forum:

    Robert Hussey: Mr. Hussey is a seasoned financial, marketing, and operations executive focused on advising private equity and institutional investors.  He founded and managed the first NASDAQ IPO and ultimate sale to News Corp of POP Radio, which became the country's largest direct broadcast satellite network. He is currently the Lead Board Director of CPXi, a top 10 US independent digital media company.  

    Gary B. Kane, CFA: Mr. Kane is the Founder and Managing Partner of Chimera Strategies which provides investment banking services to small businesses. Mr. Kane is a CFA – Chartered Financial Analyst - and has extensive experience both on Wall Street and Main Street in various roles such equity research, corporate development, business development, consulting, and corporate financial planning and analysis.  He is a member of the Long Island Business News’ 40 individuals under the age of 40.  LIBN considers award winners to be the rising stars in the Long Island business community.

    Larry Nusbaum: Mr. Nusbaum is currently President of BioHarvest, a biotech consumer supplement company, and was formerly a Managing Director of Vertex Capital, a fund which invests in early stage private companies.  Mr. Nusbaum has a 25 year track record in maximizing sales, and creating operating efficiencies for early stage start-ups, turnarounds, and expansions for mid-size companies in the consumer brand, direct marketing, and multi-media space. He has served as CEO for a number of renowned companies, including Ronco.

    Next LICA Capital Forum—Technology Companies

    LICA is hosting a Technology Capital Forum on Friday, September 16, 2016 from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at 68 South Service Road, Melville, NY, 11747. The capital forum will provide an opportunity to meet capital providers, entrepreneurs, industry executives and businesses seeking capital, as well as to hear a panel of industry experts discuss financing alternatives for emerging companies.

    About Long Island Capital Alliance

    Since 1984, the Long Island Capital Alliance (www.licapital.org), formerly known as Long Island Venture Group, has been promoting business growth on Long Island. LICA seeks to create a productive and business-friendly environment that will afford area businesses access to the resources necessary to compete successfully in today's markets. LICA serves as a focal point for the exchange of ideas among new and existing business enterprises, successful entrepreneurs, investors, and service providers. Through quarterly capital forums and special meetings, LICA brings together members of the region's business community, and has been recognized as the place to turn to when small businesses need equity, debt, or other financing, or for investors to find an attractive investment opportunity.

    LICA's mission is to encourage economic development on Long Island by facilitating capital formation for a broad range of companies in various industries, from early stage to mature, middle market, closely held and publicly-traded businesses. LICA accomplishes this primarily through education, networking, quarterly capital forums, periodic special educational meetings, and alliances with other regional organizations. LICA brings together members of the region's business community and serves as the finance arm for significant local business and organizations.

    For more information on LICA and its next event, please contact LICA today or register online.

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    Contact:

    Jordan Darrow

    Darrow Associates, Inc.

    631-766-4528

    jdarrow@darrowir.com


    Long Island Capital Alliance Completes Consumer Products Capital Forum

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