The Entrepreneurship Society Raising Capital Conference [Invite Only] NYC
Zuber Lawler, One Penn Plaza, Suite 4430 New York, NY 10119
New York, NY, USA
The Entrepreneurship Society is hosting an invite only Raising Capital Conference (for Emerging Tech Founders, Investors and Venture Debt Funds)
(If you're a founder, lender or investor and looking for an invite or chance to speak,
please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org)
What is the The Entrepreneurship Society?
The Tech Society facilitates transactions among emerging technology Founders/C-Suite, investors and service providers. The Tech Society owns The Entrepreneurship Society, The Cannabis Society, The Blockchain Society, The PropTech Society and The E-Gaming Society. The Tech Society creates, markets and executes 120+ emerging technology conferences and hackathons annually in the USA, Canada, and Europe with expansion planned for Asia in 2020.
Join us for our [Invite Only] Raising Capital Conference on December 17thth, 2019. The Conference will include speaker presentations, panels, and a roundtable discussion designed to connect you to investment opportunities / sources of capital while learning from business experts and thought leaders.
Raising Capital Conference
2 - 7 PM
75+ high growth founders (post seed / series A stage) + CFO's who are Raising Capital
50+ investors throughout the day
6 panels: Accelerator and Angel, Going Public, Family Office, Debt Panel, Founder, VC Panel
*Tentative (Evolving) Schedule*
1:30 PM: Registration2:00 PM: Opening remarks by TES2:15 PM: Raising Capital in Canada Panel2:40 PM: Tom Zuber Keynote2:55 PM: Withum Introductions3:05 PM: Founder Panel3:30 PM: Founder Pitch #13:50 PM: VC Panel4:15 PM: Family Office/Asset Management Panel4:40 PM: Founder Pitch #25:00 PM: Venture Debt Panel5:25 PM: Angel, Accelerator and Alternative Investor Panel
5:50 PM: 1x1 Meetings and Networking
6:30 PM: Investment Dinner
*Schedule subject to change
Tom Zuber, Managing Partner of Zuber Lawler
Tom Zuber has advised some of the most iconic companies in the world on their patent and trademark portfolios. He is at the cutting edge of cannabis patent and trademark law. Tom holds a law degree from Columbia Law School, a master’s degree in public policy from Harvard Government School, and a biomedical engineering degree from Rutgers University, where he graduated with highest honors. Zuber Lawler is the Official US Legal Expert of The Cannabis Society.
Deep Gujral, Principal, Finance Transformation and CFO Services at Withum's Technology Advisory
Deep's team of technology industry specialists provide consulting services including mergers, acquisitions, divestitures and capital raising to both venture and private equity-backed companies, ranging from SaaS, e-commerce, marketplace, ad-tech and publishing sectors. Deep is known for delivering high-value strategic advice to entrepreneurs, private equity and venture capital firms as they seek to stay at the forefront of the rapidly changing market. He frequently presents and authors articles around technology trends, entrepreneurial strategies and the venture capital landscape. Deep also serves as a mentor and advisor to various tech organizations including 500 Startups, Y-Combinator and Techstars, and is a member of the New York Venture Capital Association, and the National Venture Capital Association.
Jeffrey E Finkle, Co-founder of the Viridian Members Fund and Arcview Asset Management
Named one of the “25 Angel Investors in New York You Need to Know” by AlleyWatch in 2014, Jeff has been a venture investor for ten years, an angel investor for eight years. Jeff is presently Co-founder of the Viridian Members Fund, the first member-managed fund in cannabis. He also serves as Chairman of the Evaluation Committee and Treasurer of the ARC Angel Fund. Jeff has been actively advising startups at Reitler Advisory Group and publishes insights to his blog www.finkabout.it. He is a frequent panelist, speaker, and judge on venture investing and pitch competitions in NY. Jeff has also guest lectured and held office hours for many incubators/accelerators including Start-up Leadership Program, 37 Angels, NYU Polytech Incubator (New York City and Brooklyn), DreamIT Ventures, and FashInvest. Prior to his work with angel and seed groups, Jeff was a partner of Odeon Capital Partners, an early-stage venture capital fund. Prior to Odeon, Jeff was an operating executive at CA, Inc., and Cheyenne Software, Inc., where he served as GM of the Unix Division, VP of Corporate Development, VP of Corporate Marketing, and Director of Product Management. Jeff also serves as Chairman of the Board of WellLife Network , a not-for-profit offering residential, clinical, and day programs to 25,000 individuals with developmental, psychological, and behavioral disabilities in NYC’s five boroughs and Long Island.
David Teten, Venture Partner, HOF Capital
David Teten is a Venture Partner with HOF Capital, an international venture capital fund based in New York. David has particular interest in fintech, sales tech, and HR tech. He was previously a Managing Partner with HOF Capital and Partner for 6 years with ff Venture Capital, one of the best-performing seed- and early-stage venture capital firms in the U.S. He has served on the boards of Authorea (sold to Wiley), Earnest Research (Observer), Ionic Security, Signup.com, and Whisk (sold to Deem). David also has advised clients such as Goldman Sachs Special Situations Group, Icahn Enterprises, LLR Partners, Birch Hill Equity Partners, and other institutional investors. He earlier was a serial fintech entrepreneur with two exits. David holds a Harvard MBA and Yale BA, both with honors. He writes regularly at teten.com.
Lylan Masterman, General Partner, White Star Capital
Lylan is a General Partner at White Star Capital, leading the US office. An experienced former Software Engineer and Product Manager, Lylan leverages his experience in leading technology teams as a General Partner at White Star Capital.
In 2004 he joined the Atlas division of aQuantive to help lead the company’s rich media advertising platform, targeting product, user experience and internationalization; three years later the company was acquired by Microsoft for $6.2bn. Lylan has also led product organizations for four early-stage companies, worked as an engineer on WebTV at Microsoft and a technology evangelist at Microsoft Research, and was a member of the product team for the first version of VisualStudio .NET.
Lylan has appeared on live TV on Cheddar and TDAmeritrade Network, his writing has been featured in Business Insider, VentureBeat and Entrepreneur, and he has been interviewed in the podcasts Something Ventured, Venture Studio and The Successful Pitch.
Jenny Friedman, Co-founder and Managing Partner, Supernode Ventures
Supernode Ventures is an early stage, generalist venture fund based in NYC focusing on pre-seed and seed investments. She joined from Eniac Ventures, where she focused primarily on early stage investments in mobile first technology including enterprise and consumer facing applications and platforms in addition to devices such as smartphones, tablets, wearables, drones, robots, and IoT. Prior to Eniac, Jenny spent time in an operational role at Minibar Delivery, an e-commerce startup, focusing on data analytics and business development. She worked as a financial professional at Goldman Sachs in the Investment Management Division.
Jenny graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Pennsylvania and Columbia Business School. She is a member of Wharton Private Equity & Venture Capital Alumni Association. Jenny was born and raised in New York City.
Fady Yacoub, Co-Founder and Managing Partner, HOF Capital
At HOF Capital Fady focuses on companies leveraging frontier technologies to reshape massive industries. At HOF, he led investments in Headspin, Flutterwave, Terra, and others across sectors and stages. Prior to HOF Capital, Fady worked at Digital World Capital, a technology- focused hedge fund, helping the firm expand its investment portfolio in Asia by overseeing the firm’s investment in Baidu and Qihoo 360. Prior to that, he was a Data Analyst at Switch (NYSE:SWCH), which builds and operates the highest-rated colocation data centers in the world. After DWC, Fady syndicated an SPV that invested into the Alibaba IPO (NYSE:BABA). Fady earned both a BS and BA in Business Administration & Psychology from the University of Southern California.
Sebastian Zhou, Investor, Alpha Square Group
Sebastian Zhou joined Alpha Square Group since 2017. Currently, as an investor at ASG, he spearheads fintech and blockchain related investments. Previous investments include: Figure, Symbiont, Boxed, Tradeshift, and ezCater etc.
Prior to joining ASG, he worked at Guotai Asset Management, a $324bn asset manager, focusing on capital allocation of various asset classes across US and Asia. Earlier still, Sebastian worked at Search Fund Accelerator – most advanced accelerator in the search fund world, helping to make acquisitions on recurring-revenue business and operations.
Sebastian holds a B.S. in Management, concentrations in Finance and Information Systems from Boston College. Previously, Sebastian attended studies at University of Hong Kong and Penn State University.
Andrei Rebrov, CTO & Co-Founder, Scentbird
Andrei Rebrov is Founder of Scentbird Inc. and serves as its Chief Technology Officer. Andrei Rebrov is a coding Ninja with many years in the development space. Prior to Scentbird, he spent 6 years as senior developer with Luxoft and other top IT Strategy consulting firms in the areas of IT strategy and end-to-end consulting services in the areas of Enterprise Information Management, Enterprise Resource Planning and Rich Internet Technologies. He is an agile development and architectural culture blogger and featured speaker. He is a Rocket Scientist. He holds a Mathematics degree from Samara State Aerospace University.
Joshua Siegel, General Partner, Rubicon Venture Capital
Joshua Siegel is a General Partner at Rubicon Venture Capital, where he leads Rubicon’s New York office. He oversees the day to day activities and operations of Rubicon including evaluating early stage technology companies seeking funding, assisting current portfolio companies with development and interaction with LPs, attracting LP capital, and developing the Rubicon professional network. Joshua has extensive experience and connections in technology, real estate, luxury lifestyle brands, digital media, and consumer products. Joshua was formerly the Director of Market Intelligence at Citicorp Debt Capital Markets, Manager Eastern European Banking Systems at Citibank and was with the Overseas Private Investment Corp (OPIC). He is also a formally trained professional chef having worked at Craft restaurant in NYC. In 2007, he became an active angel investor with interests in software and technology and a full time venture capitalist in 2012 when he started Rubicon. Joshua holds a BA degree from Boston University, a MBA from Georgetown University and a Degree in Gastronomy from ICE in New York. Joshua, was born and raised in New York, attended Horace Mann, and still lives there with his family. Joshua sourced all of the best performing deals for Rubicon including SuperHuman, Daily Harvest, Super Coffee, Easyship, Domio, Crafty, Cheetah, and Boom Shakalaka.
Ben Feferman, Co-founder and CEO, Amuka Esports
Ben Feferman is the co-founder and CEO of Amuka Esports and has spent the past 4 years in the industry as an investor, advisor and capital partner. Ben started his career in the entertainment industry, running his media and production company before moving into finance. In 2017 he opened Amuka Capital, a licensed investment bank (EMD) that focused on high growth sectors. He has a B.A law from Carleton University and finishing up his MBA at the University of Fredericton. Outside the office you'll find him playing PUBG or training for his next marathon.
Wayne Lam, Chairman / CEO, Cirrus Data Solutions Inc.
Wayne has over 25 years of experience in the enterprise storage industry, and has demonstrated an exceptional ability to bring new technologies to market. Wayne was a co-founder of FalconStor Software and was largely responsible for most of its successful storage products. Prior to that, Wayne was a senior executive at CA Technologies, and Cheyenne Software, prior to its acquisition by CA. Earlier in his career Wayne was the founder and CEO of Applied Programing Technologies, which was acquired by Cheyenne Software. As a college student at The Cooper Union, Wayne co-founded AGA Software, which was born of a class project in his Junior year. With experience in every aspect of the product life-cycle, Wayne has a proven track record of conceiving product ideas by engaging enterprise customers to determine their needs, and then quickly creating start-up companies to bring the ideas to market. With his vast technical expertise and keen business acumen, Wayne is able to communicate effectively to enterprise customers and partners how the products and technologies benefit real life enterprise storage applications. Wayne received a BE in Electrical Engineering from The Cooper Union in 1987.
Nick Bakish, CFA, CLU, TEP, Fin. Pl., FCSI, B.Comm. (Hons.), Director, Wealth and Portfolio Manager at Richardson GMP Ltd.
Nick is a trusted and highly skilled multidisciplinary financial professional who is widely acknowledged as an award-winning industry leading expert for his contributions to the investment community over past two decades. After earning an Honours B.Comm in Economics and Finance from McGill University with first-class honours, Nick joined one of the country’s largest asset management firms, where he was consistently one of the institution’s top professionals and received numerous awards of distinction. During his tenure at his predecessor firm, Nick also obtained significant management experience as a Division Director, where he successfully served in that capacity for several years. In 2015 he joined Canada’s largest and most distinguished independent wealth advisory firm Richardson GMP Ltd., in order to provide the discerning client families of Bakish Wealth with a more comprehensive suite of alternative investment opportunities and Family Office services.
Nick has always distinguished himself as someone who is tirelessly devoted to excellence in advanced financial proficiency. The pursuit of this passion led him to having earned the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation, recognized as the gold standard for the global investment industry, along with the Trust and Estate Practitioner (TEP), Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU), Financial Planner (Pl. Fin.), and Fellow of the Canadian Securities Institute (FCSI) designations. As a prominent member of Montreal’s business community and someone that believes firmly in the importance of making a positive social impact, he dedicates much of his time to several causes that are close to his heart. He recently served as President of the Sierra Club Foundation and is a member of the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montréal, the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners, and Tiger21.
Howard Katz, Managing Director, Mackie Research Capital
Howard is a 20 year capital markets veteran with a broad range of experience including both financing and advisory mandates to a wide range of sectors in the Canadian markets. Howard also has extensive management experience as a successful CEO having profitably sold his privately-held company in 2016. As a senior investment banker, Howard has led or co-managed billions of dollars in the junior and mid-cap sector in Canada. Howard is focused on the technology sector and special situations, providing advisory and finance solutions to clients, whereby leading management teams can share their successes with investors. Howard is a graduate of Yeshiva University, and earned his MBA from the Schulich School of Business.
Gad Regensburger, Managing Member, LAUDE
Gad has over 15 years of experience in Construction, Property Management and Real Estate Operations during which he has built over 2,000 of rental and student housing units. He brings a unique knowledge of market needs and cost management skills from his experience managing over 1,600 tenants.
Gad earned a M.S.c in Business Operation and Entrepreneurship from Brown University. Gad is also a certified Structural Engineer in Israel and holds a B.S.c in Structural Engineering from Ben Gurion University.
Nina Stepanov, Principal & Director of Partnerships, Acceleprise
Nina Stepanov is a New York-based investor at Acceleprise, the top-ranked, pre-seed B2B SaaS accelerator and Seed fund, operating in San Francisco, New York City and Toronto. Prior to joining Acceleprise, Nina was a marketer at B2B startups and enterprises including Embedly (acquired by Medium), ViewPoint (acquired by OpenGov), Intuit, and HubSpot, which she joined pre-IPO. Since joining Acceleprise, Nina has launched both the New York City and Toronto locations and supported in the investment of over 30 companies from around the world. The Acceleprise fund has backed over 130 companies and is now investing out of its third fund, with a growing team of former founders and operators.
Nisa Amoils, Partner, Grasshopper Capital
Nisa Amoils is a partner at Grasshopper Capital investing in fintech and has been an early stage investor for the past decade. She was named one of Business Insider’s Women VC’s to watch and top 100 Women in Fintech, and top 50 global blockchain thinkers. She was previously with Scout Ventures in New York investing in technology. She is the author of the bestselling book “WTF is Happening? Women Tech Founders on the Rise” which makes the business case for investing in women that are building with disruptive technologies such as Blockchain. She is a former securities lawyer and on the Boards of several institutions including Wharton Entrepreneurship and Girls Who Invest. She writes for Forbes and Blockchain Magazine and is a regular on CNBC, MSNBC, Fox, Cheddar and others. She is an anchor at Bloomberg’s Digital Asset Report and ImpactTV. Prior to investing, she was an entrepreneur and spent many years in business development at companies like Time Warner and NBC Universal. She holds a business degree from the University of Michigan and a law degree from the University of Pennsylvania.
Mark Young, CFA,MBA, Co-Founder & Managing Partner of Bridge Point Capital
Mark has more than 20 years of experience as CEO, CIO, COO, Director and Advisor in both early stage and large multinational organizations. Before joining Bridge Point Capital, he was a partner at L. Catterton’s Latin-America focused private equity fund. Previously, he led the investment advisory division within McKinsey & Co’s Investment office, overseeing ~US$10bn in Partner Funds. In addition to his investment expertise in both public and private markets, Mark has also built a distinguished career as an entrepreneur. He co-founded a biotechnology company, which attracted anchor investors including Warburg Pincus and the Harvard Endowment, before taking the company public. After that, he co-founded an entertainment company that was eventually acquired. Early in Mark’s career, he was at Morgan Stanley and PricewaterhouseCoopers. He graduated from the Harvard Business School with an MBA degree in 1993, and has both his CPA and CFA qualifications.
Family Offices/LPs - Early Bird (includes participation in both Conference & Lunch)
Founders (Early Bird)
Founder (Conference + Dinner)
Investor/Lender - Early Bird (includes 2 tickets: one for investor/lender to attend both Lunch & Conference, and one to invite a founder as a guest to Raising Capital Conference)
Service Provider - Early Bird (by invitation only; excludes lawyers and accountants)
Service Provider - Lawyers and Accountants (by invitation only)