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Welcome to the 128 Innovation Capital GroupThe 128 Innovation Capital Group has been meeting continuously for over 31 years, fulfilling its mission of fostering an environment where innovation flourishes. The 128 Innovation Capital Group provides the forum where Entrepreneurs can meet Investors, Talented and Experienced Managers and Service Providers who will enable their organizations to become successful enterprises.
Home of the Piranha Pond
The next Piranha Pond Pitch Party is scheduled for Thursday, June 13, 2013 at our regular meeting held at the IBM Innovation Center, 404 Wyman St., Waltham. The applicaton periond opens April 15, 2013. For more information, go to www.piranhapond.com or click HERE.
Thursday, May 23, 2013 - 7:30-10:00 AM
Enterprise Center at Salem State University
Looking Good! How to Impress Investors
How do you catch the attention of investors? Getting your foot in the door is just the beginning. You need a presentation that speaks to them and leaves them wanting to know more. How do you do this, and how can you make your company stand out? Is the approach different depending on nature of your business? This panel of speakers will demystify the process and give you some simple do’s and don’ts for creating a powerful and intriguing presentation that differentiates you from the crowd.
William McPhee, Managing Director, Praxis Advisors LLC
Joshua Herzig-Marx, Founder, Incentive Targeting
Bill McPhee has 30 years of experience in strategy consulting as well as venture capital and angel investing. He is currently Managing Director of Praxis Advisors LLC which he founded to work with managers, directors and investors of early stage medtech businesses to monetize life science technology and products, better, faster and cheaper. He previously founded Mi3 Venture Partners, and worked at Health Advances, Kenilworth Advisors, LLC and Lucas, McPhee & Co.
Josh Herzig-Marx brings a broad and varied professional background in enterprise software, international development, and non-profit administration to Incentive Targeting. He founded the company while completing his MBA at the F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business at Babson College, the nation's #1 program in Entrepreneurship. At Babson, Josh was a Babson Fellow and Graduate Assistant to Professor Thomas Davenport, and he served as Technology Director for the Graduate Student Council. Prior to Babson, Josh served as Client Manager at SunGard iWorks where he managed the relationship with the company's largest customer, Old Mutual, in South Africa. Josh came to SunGard from Navimedix, a leading provider of software for connecting physician offices and hospitals with their health care payers. Josh was the principal Solution Designer for their largest account, and he drove implementation projects and development work using a rapid development methodology. Before joining Navimedix, he was a Senior Business Analyst at deNovis where he was lead analyst deploying the company's health care claims processing software to Tufts Health Plan. Prior to deNovis, Josh held positions as an Assistant Project Administrator at Chemonics International, where he managed a multi-million dollar USAID project in Egypt, and as Assistant to the Director of The National Commons, a Washington, D.C. based non-profit. firstname.lastname@example.org
Thursday, June 13, 2013 - 7:30-10:00 AM
IBM Innovation Center, 404 Wyman St. (North Entrance), Waltham, MA 02451
It's Baaack - Piranha Pond Pitch Party
Applications will be accepted from 4/15/2013 through 5/31/2013
Click HERE for more information.
What is the Piranha Pond? It is a "pitch party" where a select group of entrepreneurs has up to 5 minutes to convince a panel of investors to meet with them to discuss funding their ventures. Using a format similar to the popular television show Shark Tank, our investors provide feedback to the entrepreneurs about their presentations and companies, and information to all about why they decide to be "In" or "Out." If they are "In" they will meet with the Entrepreneur at a later time to discuss their company. If they are "Out" there is no interest at this time. Again, the investor lets us know why they will not move forward with the presenter.
IMPORTANT: For this event, we are seeking companies with revenue or a working prototype. The ideal company will have raised funds from friends, family, and/or grants such as SBIR's. If the company's product is a software or SAAS product, it should be in beta testing or later.
The 128 Innovation Capital Group has become a Membership Organization. You will have noted a price differential for members and non-members. Annual membership is $30 per year and entitles you to not only a lower attendance fee, but will include a Member Directory and a variety of other benefits. For more information, go to www.128icg.org/membership.htm.
At meetings, attendees are identified as Investors seeking new investment opportunities, Entrepreneurs looking for investment in their ventures, Management Candidates searching for new opportunities or Service Providers looking to provide help and services to all.
Fees for members are $25 for Entrepreneurs and Management Candidates and $35 for Investors and Service Providers.