Judith Sheft of NJIT with 5-9 Startupalooza winners Global Telematic Solutions (digital) and Hilin Life Products (healthcare)


Get Face to Face With 10 Investors Fund Your mHealth, Life Science Or Digital Startup


Wednesday May. 9th Noon-6 pm

New Jersey Institute of Technology

Hosted by The Enterprise Development Center at NJIT $20 to exhibit ($40 at door)! attend FREE! ($20 at door)

Featuring 2 Tracks (1) Digital Healthcare <> (2) Digital Startups

CLICK  TO REGISTER    Investors include:

 Why your startup can’t afford to miss our May 9th event: Here’s what Investors say!

April 30th MedCity News Report: “Healthcare IT startups sought for investment competition

If you’re a digital or mhealth startup looking for access to capital and support, the  StartupaloozaNJ marketplace for startups is the place to be. We are giving every firm direct exposure to investors and an opportunity to pitch!  Each startup registered gets a table station (only $20 while they last) in front of  more than 10 active investors  — with more to be announced!  And every attendee gets a look at the freshest concepts in mobile health, life sciences and digital startups.




 Who’s registered to attend?

Event Schedule:


  • 1 pm


“PR for Startups”

“Are You Fundable?”


Alan Brody

Steve Greene

  • 1:30 pm

Set-up for Exhibitors

  • 2:30 pm

Doors Open

  • 3:00 pm

Investors tour startups

  • 4:30 pm

The Cloud & Startups

KeyView Partners

  • 4:40-5:30 PM

Startups Present (5 min. each)

  • 5:45 PM

Judges select winners



Two winners will be selected: one in Mobile Health, another in Digital. 


Whether you’re looking for exposure or funding Startupalooza NJ on May 9th at NJIT is a great opportunity to gain valuable  exposure and a chance to pitch leading early stage digital and healthcare investors.Attendance is free Showcasing is $20 (includestable, WIFI ) but we have a limited supply, so sign up today! 




Worth attending? Here’s what Investors you’ll meet May 9th say:

“In the last year, I have judged three competitions. In each case, companies applied and presented to Golden Seeds. ” David Beatty, Golden Seeds

“I’ve taken on advisory roles at companies I’ve met at events I’ve also brought several companies into DFJ Gotham to see if there’s a fit for an investment.”  Aaron Price, DFJ Gotham

“I have frequently met companies at these kinds of events that have led to follow on discussions, pitch meetings and due diligence. “ Anonymous investor attending May 9th Startupalooza NJ at NJIT

“We brought in two exhibitors we met at your last event for formal presentations. I’m looking forward to May 9th!” Anonymous investor attending May 9th Startupalooza NJ at NJIT

Report on February 2012 StartupaloozaNJ

122 attendees and 43 startups filled the NJIT Campus Center Atrium yesterday for STARTUPALOOZA NJ hosted by The Enterprise Development Center at NJIT. With two minute pitches for innovations ranging from robots to electronic health record solutions, the disruptive power residing in NJ’s digital and healthcare community was once again proven. 6 finalists presented Digital finalists: Qrious, Allweb Technologies and My Venue Menu. Healthcare finalists: Vyzin, Epion Health and Assistive Innovations In presentations moderated by iBreakfast’s Alan Brody, they presented to investors including Kamran Hasmi, Heather Gilchrist, Zev Scherl (with protege Sam Scherl), Rick Pinto, Glenn Fratangelo and John Ason.

Congrats to the winners: Digital startup Qrious and healthcare firm Epion Health! Our thanks go to all attendees, exhibitors and investors as well as to Judith Sheft, Jerry Creighton and the hardworking staff of NJIT. Stay tuned for announcements of upcoming events and check out video coverage of three companies from yesterday’s StartupaloozaNJ that appears today in MedCity News  and click below for video coverage from our media sponsor NJorg

2011 Sponsorship Information

Conference Sponsorship Levels We welcome the opportunity to offer sponsorships of our upcoming iBreakfast/iEvening MiniConference with Keynote by Mayor Cory Booker on May 19,2011. This extraordinary New Jersey market event is being held at the New Jersey Institute of Technology Campus Center, and is designed for startups and early stage founders and executives looking to taking their firms to the next level, and to secure outside investment. We expect 100 – 200 attendees including top executives from the 86 incubator firms housed by our venue sponsor, the Enterprise Development Center at NJIT. The event includes a two-hour workshop followed by a larger event that includes registration, light buffet, networking, exhibits, keynote by Mayor Booker, and a VC pitching event. We see an ideal opportunity to target prospects and serve the interests of sponsor’s target. The following levels of sponsorship are available:

Bronze   $150

  • Exhibit Sponsor

Six-foot table in Campus Center during networking event + 3 tickets

  •  Gift Bag Sponsor  $150

Inclusion in gift bag distributed to all attendees. Can be brochure, gift or sample no later than May 12, 2011. Sponsor to provide 150 pieces of item

  • Email Sponsor  $150

Inclusion of text message of up to 25 words and link in email blast to 15,000 executives and startups in the New York Metro area. Sponsor’s message to be included in promotion of MiniConference and together with other sponsors.


All three benefits above  $500


Category Sponsorship $1500

  1. Position as exclusive category sponsor (categories already represented are legal practice and HR professional employer organization.
  2. A prominent six-foot exhibit table in the Campus Center Atrium Hall during the networking reception.
  3. Inclusion of promotional paragraph, logo and link of up to 100 words in at least three email blasts promoting the event to a proprietary email list of more than 10,000 New York metro area executives and entrepreneurs.
  4. Inclusion of verbal mention, logo and thanks in introduction at the VC pitching event.
  5. Sponsor’s logo on all conference correspondence (if the agreement, logo and payment is received prior to printing of materials), PR efforts, Advertising and Promotional Materials.
  6. Personal introductions to all featured speakers and investors.
  7. Ten complimentary tickets to the day’s events.
  8. A spreadsheet of all registered attendees and contact information provided

For more information, contact ibreakfastnj@gmail.com  (917) 656-1837



Steve Brotman of GSA Ventures Confirmed for May 2011 iEvening VC MiniConference

Stephen B. Brotman J.D. Managing Director, GSA Venture Partners confirmed today that he will join the panel of the May 19th iEvening VC MiniConference featuring a keynote by Mayor Cory Booker and hosted by The Enterprise Development Center at NIT.He joins an impressive line up including

  • John Ason, Angel Investor
  • Stephen Brotman, Managing Partner, GSA Venture Partners
  • Mike Segal, Joshua Capital
  • Chris Fralic, First Round Capital

More info on the event and tickets are available at www.ibreakfastnj.com
Mr. Stephen B. Brotman is the Managing Director at GSA Venture Partners. He is also a Co-Founder and Co-Head at the firm and was the Co-Chairman of Investment Committee of the firm and its funds, SAVP I and Greenhill SAVP, L.P. Mr. Brotman is the Managing Director at Greenhill SAVP, L.P. He also serves as a Managing Director at Greenhill & Co. He is a Corporate Member of New York Angels. At the firm, he focuses upon Internet Commerce. Prior to founding SAVP in 1998, … Mr. Brotman was the Founder, Chief Executive Officer, and Chairman of AdOne Classified Network, his third startup. He has also served as an Associate doing systems design and integration and enhanced workflow and productivity projects at Anderson Consulting. Mr. Brotman serves on the Boards of Directors of Critical Mention, Inc., ReachForce, Managed Systems Inc., Cosential, Mobile Commons, and Truveris, Inc. He serves as a Board Observer of Knovel. Mr. Brotman served as a Board Observer of Game Trust, Medidata, and Datasynapse and a Board Member of 7thOnline, Inc., UGO, and Bla-Bla. He was a Director of Stonehenge Capital Company, LLC. In addition, Mr. Brotman has served on the Board of the MIT Enterprise Forum’s New York chapter and as a mentor and judge for the Columbia Business School Lang and Greenhouse Funds. While at SAVP, he was a finalist for the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award 2000 and was named in Crain’s 2001 Tech 100. While at AdOne, Mr. Brotman was selected for Crain’s Top 25 Players Shaping Silicon Alley in 1997 and the 1995 Top 40 under 40 among New York businessmen. He was ranked 32 in the 1997 Silicon Alley Reporter Top 100. Mr. Brotman holds a joint J.D. and M.B.A., with honors, from Washington University in St. Louis, an undergraduate degree in Economics from the Duke University

Report on Decemer 21011 mHealthcon at Rutgers

In December, 2011, 240 key opinion leaders and 25 industry speakers joined us for  a one day conference at Rutgers University titled mHealthcon. This conference  on the convergence of mobile technology and healthcare across the entire mobile health ecosystem, covered mhealth, telemedicine, wireless and connected health. For more infomation visit www.mhealthcon.com

For more articles on mHealthcon visit:
Med City News  “Keynote: Stakeholder’s Concerns”
NJ Biz NJ Tech Weekly  “Medical Entrepreneurs Gather”
MedicalCrunch  “Just the Apps”


 iSpeech Wins Investor Competition at iEvening NJ Conference of 160 NJ Startups

Mayor Cory Booker Is Keynote Speaker at Confab Hosted By NJIT

A promising new venture based at the NJIT Enterprise Development Center was selected as the winner at an innovative new business event attended by more than 160 startup founders and entrepreneurs and produced by Sperlingreene PR

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 Stay tuned for upcoming events!

Driving Directions to NJIT VIP Parking: For Judges Only

VIP Parking Directions to NJIT to  Parking Deck (For VIP Judges Only, your name will be on guard’s list – exhibitors and attendees see directions below):

  • Garden State Parkway (GSP): Take exit 145 to Route 280 East, then follow Route 280 East directions.
  • New Jersey Turnpike: Take exit 15W to Route 280 West, then follow Route 280 West directions.
  • Route 280 West: After drawbridge, take Exi 14B (Broad Street/King Blvd.). At bottom of exit ramp, make a left. Go one block to stop sign. Make a left on King Blvd.
  • Route 280 East: Take Exit 13 (First Street/Newark). At light, make a right on First Street.
  • Route 1 & 9 North & South: Take exit marked Newark, Route 21 (McCarter Highway). Cross bridge. At light at end of bridge, make quick left then quick right for Broad Street. (There are clear signs for Broad Street.) Go about 1 mile. Make a left on  Court Street. Make a right at third light onto King Blvd.
    • Parking Lot 7:  Make a left at the sixth light on Central. Go half a block and make a  left on Summit St. Go up one block to guard station. The guard will help       you. Lot 7 is on your right.
  • Route 78: Take Route 78 to the Garden  State Parkway. Follow GSP directions.
  • Route 78 (alternate route): Take Exit 56 Hillside Avenue to Clinton Avenue, Follow exit as road bends left, puts you on Hillside Avenue. Go through 4 lights,  then you come to a “T” junction, make left, make immediate right at next light. You will be on Irvine Turner Road.

o Parking Lot 7: At the 12th light (9th is W. Market, 10th is Warren), make right on to Central Avenue. Go half a block and make a right on Summit St. Go up one block to guard station. The guard will help you. Lot 7 is on your right.

  • Route 22: Take Route 22 to Route 21 North. Follow directions for Route 21 North.
  • Route 21 North: Cross the bridge. At light at  end of bridge, make quick left then quick right for Broad Street. (There are clear signs for Broad Street.) Go about 1 mile. Make a left on Court Street. Make a right at third light on King Blvd.
    • Parking   Lot 7:       Make a left at the sixth light on Central. Go half a block and make a  left on Summit St. Go up one block to guard station. The guard will help       you. Lot 7 is on your right.
  • Route 21 South: From 21 South, turn right on Bridge Street. Turn left on Broad Street. Go one block and turn right on Washington Place. Go one block and turn left on Halsey Street. Go one  block and turn right on Central Avenue.
  • Parking Lot 7: Go past 3 lights. Go half a block and make a left on Summit St. Go up one block to guard station. The guard will help you. Lot 7 is on your right.

Who’s coming to the May 9th StartupaloozaNJ at NJIT?

Pervez Akhter
Igor Alves
John Ason
Adria Bagdonavicius
David Beatty
Max Belenitsky
Jeffrey Blake
Mack Bonthera
KW Boswell
Paulina Brusca
Howard Carpenter
Bill Clarke
richard cohan
Margaret Columbia-Walsh
Phil Corke
Helen Denise
Kristine Di Nardo
Rita D’Onofrio
Mark Dresdner
Gib Dunham
Mitch Erickson
Joe Farris
Roman Fichman Esq.
Jeff Fleurimond
Anthony Frasier
Glenn Fratangelo
Natasha Gajewski
Heather Gilchrist
Anthony GirAND
Eric Goodnight
Andy Green
Paul Greenberg
Jeff Greene
Robin Gronsky
Vikas Gupta
Eric Hamilton
David Hwan
Adonis J Jaico
Willio Jeudy
Pavan Katepalli
Peter Kaufman
Peter Kestenbaum
Alberto Larotonda
Michael Liguori
Dennis Lottero
Tobey McKee
Maria McKeon
felipe millan assler
John Modrowsky
Alison Moxley
Sanjai Murali
Tom Olenzak
Richard Olson
Adeyemi Orogbemi
Ronald Partizian
Carlos Paulino
Moise Phanor
Rick Pinto
Lawrence Poster
Aaron Price
Sandra Raup
Howard Reis
Aaron Rosenthal
Zev Scherl
Ronak Shah
Adriana Shaw
Allen Sheppard
David Shrier
Shamoon Siddiqui
Ryan Silva
Jack Speece
Glenn Stein
Kimberle Strassner
David Sumka
Esther Surden
William Szadek
Donna Usiskin
Susan Van Alstyne
Mike Wall
Alex Wang
Andrew Watson
Jeffrey Weiner
Brian Yarnell

February 2012 StartupaloozaNJ Attendee List

Pervez Akhter Infinal Tech
Igor Alves DreamPlay, LLC
Omri Arad Wix.com
John Ason John Ason
Jill Balderson HealthEd
Paul Basile Matchpoint Careers
Joe Blewitt Epion Health, Inc.
Alex Brauerman
Al Brazinskas newWorthed Consulting, LLC
Roy Broadfoot HealthEd
Alan Brody Convean/iBreakfast
Michael Brzozowski HealthEd
Jayson Castano Mind Summit LLC.
Brian Cohen NY Angels
Margaret Columbia-Walsh
Jerry Creighton NJIT EDC
Christina Cool FORCE Therapeutics
Safia Djennane Cloud Age IT
Rita D’Onofrio VitaVantage
Michael Ehrlich NJIT
Adam Fabian IDS
Jameel Farruk Inhabi, Inc.
John Federico Qrious
Glenn Fratangelo Innovation Garden
Tina Garyantes Sanofi
Heather Gilchrist RAK Tech Capital
Jay Goldstein NJCTH
Joseph Gonzalez CSC Group, LLC.
Allan Grafman All Media Ventures
Jeff Greene HealthEd
Aksel Gungor Ridaroo
Alexander Hardy Pulsr Advisory
Kamran Hashmi NJ EDA
Manoj Hathi AK Systems Inc.
Howard Helfgott New Energy Technology Group
James Herron Emerald Financial
Joe Hogan Epion Health, Inc.
Adam Holz SportCE
Daniel Huang
Daniel Huang Global Business Funding Group
BJ Jhaveri AK Systems Inc.
Dorothea Kominos Sanofi
Sam Kongsamut Sanofi
Brijesh Kumar Rapidoprotect
James Larsen DreamPlay, LLC
Michael Liguori VitaVantage
Michael Liguori What Are Minds For, Inc
Matthew Moghaddam City-Hydroponics.com
Jessica Moreira Universal Institute
Jessica Moreira DreamPlay, LLC
Tom Olenzak Robin Hood Ventures
adeyemi orogbemi Front Street Media
Mitesh Patel Sai
Moise Phanor Phammo LLC
Seenu Putta BleuTek
Adnan Qadeer Allweb Technologies Inc.
Diego Ramirez Assistive Innovations Corp
David Roller
Rajendra Sadhu Vyzin Inc
Zev Scherl New Spring Capial
Sam Scherl New Spring Capial
Judith Sheft NJIT
Ryan Silva Wiss & Company, LLP
Joe Sinopoli L’Oreal USA
Will Specht My Venue Menu
Glenn Stein Herrick Feinstein, LLP
Ellen Stein NJTC
Ed Stevenson Herrick Feinstein, LLP
David Sumka Sumka Consulting
Esther Surden NJ Tech Weekly
David Teten ff Venture Capital
Donna Usiskin Edison Ventures
Chike Uzoka GNEC
Susan Van Alstyne Berkeley College
Blaine Warkentine drugaroo
Andrew Watson Pulse Advisory
Geoffrey Weber Weber Law, LLC

Meet The Startupalooza NJ Judges

Thursday Feb. 9th 3-6 pm at New Jersey Institute of Technology

Hosted by The Enterprise Development Center at NJIT

$20 to exhibit!   Free to attend!

Featuring 2 Tracks

(1) Digital Healthcare           (2) Digital Startups

Register here


Heather Gilchrist

RAK Tech Fund VP, Investments 

Heather was a founding member of educational technology startup Grockit (http://Grockit.com), the world’s first massively multiplayer online learning game. Grockit made an early pivot that was essential to its success. The experience inspired her to become more deeply involved in the entrepreneurial community. She currently advises several student and other young entrepreneurs in New York and Washington, D.C., and is developing two related projects, one with D.C. Tech activist and entrepreneurship attorney Adam Zuckerman and another in-house at RAK.

RAK is an angel fund based in SoHo with a preference for seed/early stage investments in entrepreneurs and technologies that more fully integrate web-based, mobile, and “IRL” relationships among individuals, businesses, and industries. Are you developing a disruptive technology that will bridge our virtual and physical worlds? Does your team inspire and impress you with their ideas and abilities? Are you really listening to your customers (or would-be customers)? If so, Heather wants to hear about the problem as you—and your customers—see it, how your solution is better than anyone else’s approach, and how your team is uniquely qualified to solve the problem.

New to New York City, Heather brings a West Coast sensibility and an entrepreneur-oriented approach to investments. From September to May, she splits her time between New York and Washington, D.C., where she is also an upper division JD/MBA candidate at Georgetown University. During that time, she doesn’t get much sleep.

Kamran Hashmi

Innovation Zone Officer, New Jersey Economic Development Authority

Kamran Hashmi is a Venture Officer in the EDA’s Technology & Life Sciences division, where he is responsible for marketing the Edison Innovation Fund and technology-led state incentives to potential applicants, consultants, technology transfer offices and partnering organizations. Kamran Hashmi graduated from Rutgers University with an MBA in Business Strategy. Before joining the EDA, Hashmi worked in Biotech, RFID, and Logistics firms in a marketing capacity. Kamran also manages individual accounts in EDA’s technology portfolio and has been the department lead in internal CRM and Knowledge Management initiatives.  He previously served as Innovation Zone Officer for the Greater New Brunswick Innovation Zone (IZ) and managed a board of key IZ stakeholders.

Tom Olenzak

President  Robin Hood Ventures

Health Care Services, Medical Devices, Financial Services, Information Technology, Energy/Environmental

Mr. Olenzak has twenty years of investment banking, venture capital, financial, and senior management experience in the information technology, health care, life sciences, and environmental industries. He is currently a venture partner focusing on health care information technology investments with Safeguard Scientifics, a Philadelphia-based venture capital firm. He works with high growth companies as a financial advisor, and is currently acting CFO with LifeCare Gateway, a firm providing a healthcare financial planning platform to financial advisors. He was a managing director with a technology-focused investment banking firm, formed and managed a corporate health care venture capital fund for First Consulting Group, and was a Vice President for Corporate Development and Strategic Planning for FCG and for Integrated Systems Consulting Group, a public predecessor to FCG that focused on technology for the pharmaceutical industry. Mr. Olenzak began his entrepreneurial career as President, Chairman, and a founder of Cutting Edge Computer Solutions, Inc., a client/server consulting firm. Mr. Olenzak has a BA in economics from Princeton University

Zev Scherl

General Partner, NewSpring Capital

Mr. Scherl is a General Partner of NewSpring Capital, with significant experience in principal investing, corporate management and finance, focused exclusively in the health care and life sciences industries. Prior to joining NewSpring in 2003, Mr. Scherl worked with Pequot Ventures, which managed venture funds in excess of $1 billion within Pequot Capital. Previously, he was a member of the health care investment team of Behrman Capital, a private equity investment firm which managed over $700 million. Before entering private equity in 1997, he served as Senior Director, Strategic Planning, for Value Health, the largest independent pharmacy and mental health benefit management company, where he structured multi-year contracts with leading pharmaceutical companies and executed key growth initiatives, prior to its successful sale to Columbia HCA. He also served as U.S. Manager, Pricing Policy at Merck & Co., and prior to that was in the investment banking group at Lehman Brothers. Mr. Scherl is currently a board member of Core Essence Orthopaedics, EKR Therapeutics, Immune Control, and Nitric BioTherapeutics. He was a board member of AppTec Laboratory Services prior to its sale to Wuxi Pharma and Scandius BioMedical prior to its sale to Covidien. He received a BA with honors in economics from Duke University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Donna Usiskin

Principal & VP, Edison Ventures

Donna is member of the NJ team; she originates, evaluates and leads investments in the HCIT sector. Donna has been covering the Pharma and Healthcare IT sector since joining Edison in 2002 as an Associate.  In 2006 as VP of Business Development, she recruited, trained and managed the conversion of a region based approach to an industry directed strategy.  Donna led the business development group to become industry experts, setting an aggressive pace of generating new investment opportunities. Donna recognized new information technology trends for the firm and directed the sector-focused research executed by her team.   Donna has over 15 years’ experience in sales, marketing and business development in the software industry. She was Vice President of Sales, North America, for Connextive—an integration software company providing Business Process Management solutions and an exited Edison investment. Donna was also Regional Sales Manager for Princeton Softech, providing enterprise database management solutions to hospital and payers as well as other industries.

An attendant of Rutgers College of Pharmacy, she received a B.A. Psychology and a minor in Chemistry from Rutgers University.

Allan Grafman, President All Media Ventures   Allan Grafman monetizes content and investor capital for owners of intellectual property. As President of All Media Ventures he advises investors, content owners and media companies.

Glenn Fratangelo Chief Operating Officer, Innovation Garden

(IGAP) is a highly structured advisory program which provides strategic business development, operations management, brand marketing, and digital marketing services to accelerate product awareness, sales, and operational efficiency