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Who: Panel: Moderator: Joe DeMartino, Panelists: Eric Seidman, Jason Liu and John Owen,
What: "Is your startup investable? - What do early stage investors look for?"
Where: Library room 101
When: Tuesday, September 26, 2017, 7:00 PM.
Cost: Admission is Free
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    "Is your startup investable? - What do early stage investors look for?"

    This presentation made possible by support from IACT, The Inventors Association of Connecticut, The Dolan School of Business and the School of Engineering at Fairfield University. Copyright 2017, The Inventors Association of Connecticut http://www.inventus.org


    At some point in in the evolution of a startup’s life cycle the company founders need to decide how they are going to fund operations and fuel the growth of the business. There are a variety of options ranging from a slow organic growth funded from internal operations to bank financing to looking for outside investors. When approaching angel or seed stage investors founders need to be acutely aware of what is important to this group as there are generally no hard metrics upon which to evaluate the business and the decision to invest (or not) often come down to a “gut feel” for whether the company will make it r not. In this session Joe DeMatino and a panel of angel investors will tell you what they look for when evaluating whether to invest in an early stage companies. Panel: Moderator: Joe DeMartino, Panelists: Eric Seidman, Jason Liu and John Owen,

    Speaker Biography:

    For the past 8 years Joe has been an angel investor and has been active as a mentor, advisor and board member at several early stage companies. Joe is the past President and currently Managing Director of the Angel Investor Forum in Connecticut and an investor with Launchpad Ventures and LearnLaunch. Earlier in his career Joe held senior management positions in sales, service, product management and development at Cullinet, Eastman Software, Kronos and at several other small and mid-size software companies. He has led software businesses in both growth and turnaround scenarios using a collaborative style aimed at coaching and mentoring teams to deliver high quality results to stakeholders. Joe’s specialty is advising and mentoring start up and growth-oriented companies that have fast-paced, entrepreneurial cultures. His main areas of focus are helping entrepreneurs deal with issues involving strategy development, funding, deal structure, team building and leadership development. Eric Seidman has more than 25 years of food industry experience. Currently, Mr. Seidman works with food manufacturers and distributors on a range of projects including product development, strategy, branding, sales and marketing. Previously, he spent 12 years working for Daymon Worldwide, the global leader in Private Label Sales & Marketing. During his tenure with Daymon, Mr. Seidman worked with hundreds of private label manufacturers and dozens of retailers as the firm’s global expert in a wide range of center store grocery categories. Prior to joining Daymon, Eric worked for two small food manufacturers in Sales & Marketing roles and started his career as a benefits consultant for Coopers & Lybrand (now PricewaterhouseCoopers). In addition to his food industry consulting, Mr. Seidman is an Angel Investor and advises CPG start-ups. He also serves on the board (and is the immediate past president) of A Better Chance of Westport, a local non-profit which provides superior secondary educational access for low-income teenagers of color. Mr. Seidman earned a BA degree in Mathematical Economics from Colgate University and an MBA in Marketing from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School. Dr. Jason Liu is the Owner of General Network Service Inc, Executive Technical Director at ITT Corporation and was a MTS at Bell Laboratories John Owen is a Director at Heart Test Laboratories, Director at Health Bytes, served as CFO for Volotea Airlines and was Executive VP and CFO and co-founder of JetBlue Airways.

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