WCNJ Event: Financing Your Start-up **SOLD OUT**


Date and Time
Wednesday, February 24, 2016
6:00pm— 9:00pm
Location
McCarter & English, LLP

Getting Angels and VC’s to Write Checks
Wednesday, February 24, 2016 – 6:00 pm
**Space is limited** McCarter & English, LLP, Two Tower Center Boulevard, 24th Floor, East Brunswick, NJ

 

Are you looking for funding for a startup venture?

 

Are you considering angel or VC funding and are not sure which is right for your business?

Are you wondering how to find an angel or VC investor?

Want to hear about the current market as reflected in venture term sheets?

 

Join the Wharton Club of NJ on February 24th as we explore the world of angel and VC investing and hear first-hand from prominent investors in the region what it takes to get them to open their check books and invest.  Learn the inside tips on what they like to see in an investment and what really turns them off.   We will hear about what to expect in an investor term sheet and what you can expect in terms of ongoing involvement and support by the angel or VC after they invest.

 

Panelists include:

Judith Sheft, Associate Vice President Technology & Enterprise Development, New Jersey Innovation Institute @ NJIT (moderator)

 
John Ason, Angel Investor in the NY/NJ/PA region
 
Katherine O'Neill, Executive Director, JumpStart New Jersey Angel Network
 
David J. Sorin, Partner, Chair - Venture Capital and Emerging Growth Company Practices - McCARTER & ENGLISH, LLP
 
Brett Topche, Managing Director at MentorTech Ventures, a seed- and early-stage venture capital firm investing in the University of Pennsylvania ecosystem
 
Biographies of the panelists and moderator can be found below.
Please join us for a thought-provoking discussion about early stage investing start-ups and what it really takes to get funded.
 
 
PANELIST & MODERATOR BIOGRAPHIES:
 
Judith Sheft, Associate Vice President Technology and Enterprise Development at the New Jersey Innovation Institute @NJIT. 
Judith is responsible for NJIT’s Office of Technology Development creating programs focusing on patent creation, valuation, strategic use and protection of IP. She has economic development responsibilities for the university’s high technology business accelerator/incubator (EDC), the Procurement Technical Assistance Center and Health IT Connections Program funded by JPMorgan Chase.  She is an advisor to NJIT’s Murray Women’s Center, on the Board of Einstein’s Alley, the Women’s Center for Entrepreneurship Corp., the NJ Entrepreneur’s Network, the NJEDA Technology Advisory Board and is a member of the NJ – Israel Commission.
 
John Ason
John Ason has been a professional angel investor for over 19 years specializing in early stage pre-revenue companies. He has made over 70 eclectic investments in the areas of e-commerce, technology, advertising, digital social media and entertainment. 
 
Some of his better known investments are: Diapers.com, Xlibris.com, Bikini.com, Centrak.com, www.Spling.com, jet.com, MotionMathGames.com, CallunaVineyards.com, LiveLook.com, www.Koding.com, www.TuckerToys.com, www.FulcrumGallery.com, ScentBird.com, Primary.com, Pinstory.com, Tunity.com etc. 
 
John was at AT&T Bell Labs for over 25 years, first involved in bleeding edge software and technology development, then in marketing and business management of large telecommunications projects sold internationally primarily in Korea and Japan.  He is a graduate of the Illinois Institute of Technology.  He is a guest lecturer at Wharton, Fairleigh Dickinson, NYU, Rutgers, University of Nottingham and NJIT. John’s hobbies include traveling, golf, Baduk, and mentoring companies. Please check out his website at www.JohnAson.com and his pins at www.Pinterest.com/johnason. 
Executve Director, JumpStart New Jersey Angel Network, President of O'Neill Associates
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.  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.
  
  
Dave Sorin managing partner of McCarter’s East Brunswick office and the head of the Venture Capital & Emerging Growth Companies practice.
 
David focuses his practice primarily on privately- and publicly-owned startup, early stage, emerging growth, and middle market technology, tech-enabled and life science enterprises, as well as the investors, executives, and boards of directors who support and lead them. Dave has a long track record of successful representation of growth companies, having been repeatedly recognized by well-known periodicals for a unique combination of legal acumen and sound business judgment. He also brings to bear his broad range of knowledge and experience in counseling enterprises and investors in diverse emerging growth markets, technology industries (including software, information technology, e-commerce, cybersecurity and communications), and life sciences. Many of the companies he represents are well-known names throughout the Mid-Atlantic region. 
 
  
Brett Topche - Managing Director, MentorTech Ventures
 
Brett joined MentorTech, a seed- and early-stage venture capital firm investing in the University of Pennsylvania ecosystem, in 2007 and has more than a decade of venture capital and private equity experience.  He has spent much of his career primarily focusing on investments in ecommerce, digital media, mobile applications, marketing technologies and B2B software.  He represents MentorTech on the Board of Directors of PayPerks and served on the Board of Wanderfly prior to its acquisition.  He also serves as a Board Observer at Curalate, Cloudmine, Quad Learning, SeniorHomes.com, Soft Tissue Regeneration and TicketLeap and as a member of the Investor Advisory Board of SnipSnap. 
 
Agenda
The evening's agenda will include: 
•6:00 pm - 7:00 pm Dining & Open Networking 
•7:00 pm - 8:30 pm Presentation & Discussion
•8:30 pm - 9:00 pm Dessert and More Open Networking
 
  
 
 
The Wharton Club of New Jersey gratefully acknowledges support for this event from:
 
  
Pricing:
 
Contributing Members:$25.00
Basic Members:        $50.00
Guest: $55.00
 
Contributing Members (those who have a current paid dues membership in any category) may register themselves and 1 guest, each at the Contributing Member price.  Basic Members are all other Wharton alumni who live and/or work in New Jersey.
 
NOTE: There is ample free parking on the premises. From the main road in the complex (Naricon Place), turn left immediately in front of the building. As you drive past the entrance, the visitors parking garage is straight ahead. Press the intercom and advise the security that you are here to visit McCarter & English, LLP. 
 
A photo ID and sign in will be required for Building Security Regulations. 
 
 
 
Location and Directions: 
Two Tower Center Blvd.
24th Floor
East Brunswick, NJ 08816 
Tel: (732) 867-9777
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