Meet Some of the Angel Investors Who Fund New Jersey Startups, Part One

Jul 22, 2016 / by New Jersey Tech Weekly

The New Jersey Entrepreneurial Network’s annual Gathering of Angels, held on June 8, presented a rare opportunity for entrepreneurs to have short meetings with angel investors. Seven investors came to the meeting, representing themselves as well as several angel groups.

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Startup Roundup: MobileArq and DriveWealth

Jun 29, 2016 / by New Jersey Tech Weekly

Software development company MobileArq, a TechLaunch accelerator graduate, is spreading the word on app development and entrepreneurship.

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New Heights for High-Tech Startups

May 29, 2015 / by New Jersey Business

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TechLaunch Announces Open Applications

Jan 5, 2015 / by American Entrepreneurship Today

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10 Immigrant Entrepreneur Awards Recognized.

Dec 16, 2014 / by Paramus Post

Madison, NJ– On Tuesday, December 9, 2014, a coalition of 17 business groups, advocacy organizations, associations, local and bi-national chambers of commerce in NJ hosted the 2nd Annual NJ Immigrant Entrepreneur Award (NJIEA) Program at the Rothman Institute of Entrepreneurship, part of Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Silberman College of Business.

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TechLaunch Founder Honored at NJIEA

Dec 11, 2014 / by Bergen Record

Mario Casabona, founder of Clifton-based technology accelerator TechLaunch, was named 2014 Immigrant Entrepreneur of the Year at the second annual NJ Immigrant Entrepreneur Awards (NJIEA).

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The Hug, A Water Bottle Sensor And App, Helps You Stay Hydrated

Aug 6, 2014 / by TechCrunch

Everyone knows they should be drinking more water to stay healthy and hydrated, but actually remembering to do so can be a challenge. In fact, 43% of Americans drink four cups or fewer per day, according a 2012 study from the Center for Disease Control. That’s where The Hug, now on Kickstarter, comes in. The Hug solution includes a sensor band that wraps around just about any water bottle to track your H2O consumption, and an accompanying mobile app that reminds you to drink when your hydration levels are low.

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Seven start-ups present simple ideas at TechLaunch’s Demo Day

Jul 16, 2014 / by Bergen Record

MONTCLAIR — From making roads and campuses safer to making parents and shoppers happier, the seven start-ups that pitched ideas Monday night at Montclair State University to potential investors all had one thing in common: a simple idea. - See more at: http://www.northjersey.com/news/business/start-ups-aim-for-simplicity-1.1051847#sthash.a1KE3jtC.dpuf

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TechLaunch LaunchPad 3 Founders Talk Entrepreneurial Lessons Learned, Part One

Jul 9, 2014 / by NJ Tech Weekly

TechLaunch, New Jersey’s tech accelerator founded by Mario Casabona with help from the New Jersey Economic Development Authority, will hold its third Demo Day July 14, 2014, at Montclair State University. In advance of the seven participating startups presenting their products on Demo Day, NJTechWeekly.com asked them to name an entrepreneurial lesson they had learned during the program and describe how learning it had changed their way of doing business.

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By merging data centers with office space, Lam Cloud hopes to build a collaborative future

Jun 23, 2014 / by NJBiz

Larry Lam was standing in the vast, dark location of his future data center. All traces of what was there before had been gutted and removed, leaving Lam in its emptiness as he painted his vision.

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NJ’s 100 most influential people: Technology + Health Care

May 21, 2014 / by Star Ledger

For our list of 106 Jerseyans with the most juice, we went to the experts – The Star-Ledger reporters and Inside Jersey writers who cover and best know the state's movers and power brokers.

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Guadagno Visit to TechLaunch Sparks Small Business Week Enthusiasm

May 19, 2014 / by NJ Tech Weekly

New Jersey Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno visited the TechLaunch (Clifton) accelerator on May 6, 2014, bringing her own special brand of excitement and marketing know-how to the young companies participating in the 16-week boot camp program.

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New Jersey Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno Attends TechLaunch Workshop

May 7, 2014 / by

Download PDF State Shows Support to Organizations Helping Start-up & Small Business Communities Montclair, New Jersey – May 7, 2014: Yesterday, New Jersey Lt. Governor, Kim Guadagno got a sneak peek at what it takes to launch a start-up from scratch when she attended one of the weekly workshops at TechLaunch, NJ’s premier technology accelerator. […]

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TechLaunch Company Caktus Lands $200K in Seed Funding From European VC

Mar 5, 2014 / by NJ Tech Weekly

Caktus, which traveled to the TechLaunch (Clifton) accelerator from Finland, has landed $200,000 in seed funding in a round led by Kima Ventures. Kima is a European venture capital company that invests in more than 100 hopeful startups per year.

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Accelerators — A Valuable Spoke in the Wheel of the StartUp Ecosystem

Jan 10, 2014 / by Ownership Writes

Vinny Gambini: “And why not? What is positraction?” Mona Lisa Vito: “It’s a limited slip differential which distributes power equally to both the right and left tires.  The ’64 Skylark had a regular differential, which, anyone who’s been stuck in the mud in Alabama knows, you step on the gas, one tire spins, the other […]

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Casabona Discusses Expectations for TechLaunch Companies on ReplyAll

Jan 6, 2014 / by NJ Tech Weekly

Bronx- and Israel-based startup ReplyAll has developed a blogcasting platform. To demonstrate its capabilities, the company invited the TechLaunch (Clifton) accelerator founder Mario Casabona to participate in a conversation held on the platform. Knowing what Casabona thinks is especially relevant as the deadline for TechLaunch applications– Jan. 5, 2014, at 11:59 p.m. – approaches. The accelerator is holding an open […]

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Counting Down the Top S’Cool Tools for 2013: #1-10

Dec 30, 2013 / by EdSurge

It’s almost December 31st, a day when the masses will count down the seconds until 2014. But we’ve got our minds on a different sort of countdown–a S’Cool Tools countdown that takes us all the way to EdSurge’s #1 most popular teacher tool of 2013. We introduced our top tools and products of 2013 last […]

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Disrupted by technology? Don’t be – it’s opportunity calling

Nov 26, 2013 / by NJBIZ

Carlos Dominguez stretched out his arm during a seminar at Montclair State last week to reveal a Nike Fuel band on his wrist that records his daily physical activity. “I have a contest going on with my brothers,” the senior vice president at Cisco said, “so I look at this at 11:30 at night, and […]

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Health care IT prominent among Technology Council honorees

Nov 22, 2013 / by NJBIZ

New Jersey Technology Council honored 14 companies, health care information technology providers prominently included, at its annual awards ceremony Thursday. NJTC also acknowledged technology investors and supporters Chris Sugden and Maria Casabona at the gala, attended by about 500 executives at Hyatt Regency Princeton. NJTC CEO Maxine Ballen said health care IT was a strong […]

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BeautyStat.com relaunches site, inks retail partnerships

Nov 6, 2013 / by Drug Store News

NEW YORK – Online beauty platform BeautyStat.com has relaunched its site to include Pinterest-like visual features and an e-commerce angle to provide beauty mavens with an easy search and discovery platform. BeautyStat.com, a seed-funded e-commerce tech company, has been providing its users with beauty product reviews and giveaways since 2009. Along with a new look […]

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This Essex County company wants you to watch it – and then buy it

Oct 30, 2013 / by NJ Blog

If you’ve ever wanted to find out where to buy that shirt or jacket you saw in that new Jay-Z video or episode of The Walking Dead, then you know tracking those items down can be a fragmented process. What is it? Who makes it? How can I get one? Check out how one New […]

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‘Inbox’ Founders Discuss App Startups, Struggles

Oct 22, 2013 / by Rutgers Daily Targum

The public commonly perceives startup founders as people who work all night for months on end with ideas burning in their brains, putting together all the pieces of the puzzle before emerging from their basements with products good enough to expose to the world. The founding team of “Inbox,” an enterprise-messaging app, is a real […]

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Giving photographers a better shot at landing a job 30 Second Showcase organizes portfolios for an on-the-spot pitch

Oct 21, 2013 / by NJBIZ

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Why Inbox Could Topple WhatsApp’s Dominance in Mobile Messaging

Oct 4, 2013 / by TechCocktail

Since its release in 2009, WhatsApp has dominated the OTT (over-the-top) mobile messaging industry both globally and within the United States. With the recent release delay of BBM (BlackBerry Messenger) for iOS and Android, the (once-)popular messaging service finally attempts a comeback in the US market — but is it too litte, too late for BBM to rediscover its footing in […]

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Entrepreneurs Pitch their Start-ups at TechLaunch Demo Day

Sep 26, 2013 / by Montclair State University

Nine teams of New Jersey entrepreneurs looking to stimulate interest and investment in their start-up tech companies introduced themselves and their products to an audience of business advisors, sponsors, investors, professors and technology experts at TechLaunch’s Demo Day at the Montclair State University Conference Center on September 19. The culmination of a 16-week business development “boot camp” […]

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TechLaunch startups are women-owned too

Sep 22, 2013 / by NJBIZ

Since I started writing this blog, I’ve found myself drawn much more immediately to the women in every room I enter. I notice male-to-female ratios and jump at every opportunity to get a female voice into every story. For better or for worse, I am – in a very healthy way – obsessed with women. […]

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Tech hopefuls hoping for liftoff at Montclair State

Sep 20, 2013 / by NorthJersey.com

The next major technology innovation might come from North Jersey. TechLaunch, a North Jersey technology accelerator, hosted its second “Demo Day” at Montclair State University on Thursday, in which nine start-up companies pitched their products to more than 200 investors and technology enthusiasts in hopes that their products gain attention for investment. After going through a 16-week […]

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Tech Start-up, BeautyStat.com Launches New Site With Search Aggregator Feature To Change The Way Women Shop For Beauty

Sep 20, 2013 / by IT Business Net

The online beauty world will never be the same again. BeautyStat.com — the e-commerce start-up that has provided its users with beauty product reviews and giveaways — has relaunched with a very important mission: to change the way women shop for beauty. BeautyStat.com completed the TechLaunch accelerator program this past summer, which was created to drive commercialization of innovative technology through […]

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Inbox Is An Elegant, Unified Mobile Messaging App That Wants To Be Mailbox For SMS

Sep 11, 2013 / by TechCrunch

Is there room for another mobile messaging app? It’s undoubtedly a very crowded space, packed with veteran behemoths and fast growing upstarts  duking it out for users’ attention. But New Jersey-based startup, Inbox, which dropped by the Office Hours booth at TechCrunch Disrupt to demo its iOS app ahead of launch, reckons there’s room for a little more […]

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New Jersey Technology Council Announces 2013 NJTC Awards Celebration Honorees, Including TechLaunch’s Mario Casabona

Aug 22, 2013 / by NJTC TechWire

The 2013 New Jersey Technology Council (NJTC) Awards Celebration honors the region’s top technology companies and their leaders for their business accomplishments in technological collaboration, partnership and innovation. Each year the NJTC selects an elite group to receive these awards. The Awards will be presented on November 21, 2013 in Princeton, NJ at a dazzling […]

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Mercer entrepreneurs see surge in angel-level investing

Jul 7, 2013 / by NJ.com

Vehicle Technologies makes load-bearing vehicles that can maneuver in almost any direction. The company’s founders had to do some nimble footwork of their own to survive the recession. They got their start in the depths of the 2008 recession after the president of their former New Jersey-based technology company died and the business came under […]

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BeautyStat Accepted Into the 2nd TechLaunch Accelerator Program

May 29, 2013 / by Digital Journal

On Tuesday, May 14th, BeautyStat, an e-commerce startup that wants to alter the way women shop for beauty and cosmetic products, and seven other tech start-ups, attended the second TechLaunch event at Montclair State University. TechLaunch was created to drive commercialization of innovative technology within the state of New Jersey. It provides a select group of emerging […]

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TechLaunch Accelerator Unveils Second Class of Startups

May 17, 2013 / by NJ Tech Weekly

New Jersey tech accelerator TechLaunch (Clifton) introduced the companies that will make up its second LaunchPad class at an event at Montclair State University on May 14, 2013. This group of eight startups is more geographically diverse than the preceding class, with one company having founders from Finland. As Mario Casabona, TechLaunch founder, said in his opening remarks, the […]

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New App Emphasizes Local Offerings in Hoboken

May 13, 2013 / by Patch.com

For Hobokenites and visitors who want to know more about Hoboken, there’s a new app. Echo, which offers up information about a specific location, was developed in Hoboken by three young entrepeneurs. One of the three members of the Echo team, Jason Scherr, explained late last week what the app does, why it’s beneficial to […]

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TechLaunch Founder Mario Casabona Talks Accelerators, Angels and Crowd Funding at VANJ

Apr 25, 2013 / by American Entrepreneurship Today

As the Venture Association of New Jerseyprepares for its Spring Entrepreneurs Expo and Elevator Pitch Olympics to be held next month, who better to speak to the current monthly luncheon than Mario Casabonawho is one of the most active individuals in the entrepreneurial community in New Jersey. Both successful entrepreneur and active angel investor, Mario spoke on “How to […]

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Tech Startups Take Best Investment and Best Pitch Awards at NJEN Poster/Pitch Contest

Mar 22, 2013 / by NJ Tech Weekly

Although more life sciences projects than digital ideas were exhibited at the New Jersey Entrepreneurial Network (NJEN) Poster Session and Pitch Contest on February 6, 2013, at Princeton University, one digital tech company – Clifton-based Pervasive Group, a member of TechLaunch’s first class – took the Best Investment award for its MMGuardian cellphone parental control product. Another –Allweb Technologies, […]

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Hack Jersey: Programmers and Journalists Work Together to Shine a Light on NJ

Feb 21, 2013 / by NJ Tech Weekly

Hack Jersey – which took place from Jan. 25 to Jan. 27, 2013, at Montclair State University – was a unique event to the N.J. tech scene and one that cemented Montclair State’s reputation as a cutting-edge institution at the intersection of journalism and digital information. At this hackathon, journalists and programmers worked together on […]

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NJ Accelerator TechLaunch Is Looking For Its Next Batch Of Great Garden State Startups

Feb 14, 2013 / by TechCrunch

New Jersey’s nascent startup scene is wedged between more established communities in Philadelphia and New York, but that hasn’t stopped some ambitious teams like those at Princeton’s TigerLabs and TechLaunch from trying to give the state a kick in the entrepreneurial pants. After putting on quite a show last November, TechLaunch is now looking for another 10-12 early-stage ventures to mentor […]

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Attention Technology Entrepreneurs–TechLaunch Still Wants You

Jan 25, 2013 / by Wireless Design and Development

Banking on the successful graduation of its inaugural class and capped off by an exciting Demo Day on November 14, TechLaunch is once again inviting aspiring tech entrepreneurs with a vision — and a great support team — to apply for a coveted position in the 2013 LaunchPad 2 program, slated to begin in May […]

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ECHOLOCATION CLOSES $200K FUNDING FOR LOCATION BASED MICROBLOGGING APP

Jan 17, 2013 / by Echolocation

ECHO To Connect SXSW Attendees At Conference NEW YORK — January 17, 2013 — ECHOLOCATION, a Brooklyn based technology company, has received $200,000 in initial funding for the continued development of its location-based microblogging application for smartphones. Early investors in the company include TechLaunch (New Jersey’s premier technology accelerator),Casabona Ventures, and individual angel investors including Ira Cohen and […]

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New TechLaunch Accelerator Class Launching in Montclair

Jan 15, 2013 / by NJ Tech Weekly

TechLaunch, N.J.’s first state-supported startup accelerator, which graduated its first class in November, opened its application process for its next class starting January 7 and ending in mid-February. The accelerator is staying at its original host location, Montclair State University. In a twist, TechLaunch will be offering a 16-week program this time, as opposed to a 12-week […]

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Applications Open for TechLaunch’s LaunchPad 2 Accelerator!

Jan 11, 2013 / by Stevens Institute of Technology - University News

Thinking about how to get your business ready for the next phase?? Join other Stevens Alumni and apply for the TechLaunch Accelerator program.  They are accepting applications for the 2013 LaunchPad 2 accelerator program now, until February 22nd.   What are people saying about TechLaunch?? Nickelbus Founder & President, Nick Catania, Class ’12: “TechLaunch taught […]

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ZenMenu: Changing the Menu Game

Dec 30, 2012 / by Jersey Bites

When Luis Croussett and his long time friend, Carlos Paulino, were passing their time on a Christmas vacation in 2011 complaining about the long lines at several popular chain restaurants; how splitting the bill was always an issue and how sometimes you have to wait so long to place your order, get the bill or even […]

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Paul Grossinger discusses MMGuardian with BrickCity Tech’s Anthony Frasier

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MMGuardian takes 1st place at Ultralight Startups Investor Feedback Forum

Dec 17, 2012 / by Ultralight Startups

Congratulations to Paul Grossinger of Pervasive Group for outshining 7 other startups at Thursday’s (12/13) Investor Feedback Forum! As a result of the win, Paul and the Pervasive Group team will have the opportunity to pitch their MMGuardian product to NY Angels in their next meeting.

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NJ Accelerator “TechLaunch” Hosts Demo Day Showcasing Top New Jersey Innovation

Dec 7, 2012 / by State of Entrepreneurship

TechLaunch, a New Jersey Technology Accelerator founded earlier this year,  graduated its first class of entrepreneurs who they showcased at their first Demo Day which was held on November 14th at the Montclair State University Conference Center.  Entrepreneurs, investors and a broad range of the New Jersey entrepreneurial ecosystem were on hand to listen to venture presentations, view exhibits […]

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After the Accelerator: What’s Next for the First TechLaunch Class

Nov 27, 2012 / by NJ Tech Weekly

On November 14, 2012, TechLaunch – the first tech accelerator supported by the state of New Jersey – graduated its first class of companies during a Demo Day that clearly showed how an intensive education and mentoring program can help entrepreneurs turn an idea into a business. It goes without saying that the 10 teams enrolled in […]

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New Jersey Startup Incubator TechLaunch Shows Off Its First Batch Of Graduates

Nov 15, 2012 / by TechCrunch

New Jersey doesn’t exactly have a reputation as a startup hub, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t any ambitious tech entrepreneurs there. It could be that they just tend to migrate to more established locales like New York City and Philadelphia. In an effort to keep that talent within the state, New Jersey angel investor […]

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The Future of Innovation Showcased at Montclair State

Nov 15, 2012 / by Montclair State University

Looking to stimulate interest–and hopefully investment–in their start-up tech companies, ten teams of New Jersey entrepreneurs introduced their companies and demonstrated their products to an audience of business advisors, sponsors, investors, professors and technology experts, at the Montclair State University Conference Center on November 14. Called “Demo Day,” the event signaled the culmination of LaunchPad 1, […]

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TechLaunch Startups Evolve Through Candid Feedback at Demo Day Practice, Part 1

Sep 26, 2012 / by NJ Tech Weekly

On Sept. 5, 2012, 10 TechLaunch startups, very early in their evolution into ongoing concerns, practiced their Demo Day pitches before six seasoned investors, advisers and entrepreneurs. In Part 1 of this story, NJTechWeekly.com will discuss the overall day’s message and share examples of what the companies were advised. In Part 2 we’ll continue to cover the advice given […]

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New Jersey’s First Tech Accelerator Begins 3-month LaunchPad Program

Sep 6, 2012 / by NJ Today

By Young Soo Yang The inaugural class of LaunchPad I. Photo taken on July 30, 2012. While California’s Silicon Valley continues to be the mecca for emerging technology companies, New York City’s Silicon Alley has firmly established itself over the last several years as a magnet for dot com startups.

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Boot camp helps entrepreneurs find footing in mobile, social media spaces

Aug 15, 2012 / by NJ Biz

After selecting 10 technology startup companies from a pool of nearly 100 applicants, a business accelerator backed by private investors and the New Jersey Economic Development Authority launched a 12-week “boot camp” to help entrepreneurs in the online, mobile and social media spheres attract enough capital to transform their ideas into viable businesses.

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Kahn Discusses NJ’s Emerging Tech Ecosystem at NJConnect Meetup

Jun 29, 2012 / by NJ Tech Weekly

Is there an emerging tech ecosystem in N.J.? That was the question addressed by Travis Kahn, executive director of N.J.’s tech accelerator TechLaunch(Montclair) at the NJConnect Meetup in Red Bank on June 13, 2012. The conclusion: “Just the fact that we are having a conversation about it confirms there is an emerging tech scene,” he said. “We have […]

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STARTUP RUNDOWN

Jun 6, 2012 / by BetaBeat

It’s a Jersey thing The deadline approacheth for applications to the first class of TechLaunch, New Jersey’s very own tech accelerator. So if you live across the Hudson and you’d like to stay there (with a little assist from New Jersey’s Economic Development Authority), June 8 is your cutoff.

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Out-of-staters Take VANJ Elevator Pitch Olympics

Jun 4, 2012 / by NJ Tech Weekly

A Pennsylvania clean-energy company, New Tech Wind, tied with Thermal Gradient, a Rochester, N.Y., biotech firm that is developing a rapid, low-cost DNA test, to win theVenture Association of New Jersey’s (VANJ) Spring Entrepreneur’s Expo and Elevator Pitch Olympics on May 21, 2012.

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[VIDEO] Job You Got Leaves You So Uninspired? Apply For The Latest New Jersey Accelerator, TechLaunch

May 9, 2012 / by TechCrunch

[Visit TechCrunch for full video] Not many people think much good can come from New Jersey. Sure there’s the Shore and Boardwalk Empire, but for the most part it’s “bridge and tunnel” this and Snooki that. Well that’s all supposed to change thanks to TechLaunch, a new accelerator based at Montclair State University. Noted New Jersey angel […]

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Tech accelerator launches website, begins accepting applicants

Apr 26, 2012 / by NJ Biz

A technology business accelerator backed by the state is launching its website today, and has begun taking applicants for a 12-week course that begins in August. Techlaunch.com, the site for the Launchpad program, is designed to spark interest in the program. Mario Casabona, [an Angel investor] who is leading the effort, said roughly 50 people […]

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Kinnelon angel to head state start-up accelerator

Apr 13, 2012 / by NorthJersey.com

Mario M. Casabona aims to create a dozen highly motivated entrepreneurs – and New Jersey will be paying for it. The 63-year-old Kinnelon businessman, an Italian immigrant who built and then sold his own electronics R&D company before becoming an angel investor, is set to create the state’s first technology start-up accelerator.

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EDA Acts to Advance New Jersey’s First Technology Accelerator Program

Mar 27, 2012 / by NJTC TechWire

TRENTON, N.J. (Feb. 22, 2012) — New Jersey is looking for the next Google. With an eye toward nurturing the next generation of technology pioneers, the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (EDA) this week approved entering into a partnership with TechLaunch, LLC to create the state’s first Technology Accelerator. “This is an opportunity for the […]

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