Combining Passion and Public and Private Resources, Fusar Technologies Arrives on National Scene

Oct 22, 2016 / by NJEDA

Linking his enthusiasm for motorcycle riding with a desire to ensure the safety of fellow riders, New Jersey entrepreneur Ryan Shearman co-founded Fusar Technologies in 2013. Fusar develops technology that can turn regular helmets into smart helmets for cyclists, motorcyclists, skaters, skiers and snowboarders to use during their adventures.

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New Jersey Accelerators Offer Launching Pads for State’s Newest Technology Companies

Jul 20, 2016 / by NJEDA

Indicative of the influx of emerging technology companies within New Jersey and collaboration among the state’s entrepreneurs, accelerators are cropping up throughout the Garden State as a way to support technology startups as they grow.

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$50M business accelerator fund launched in N.J., aided by Audible

Jul 26, 2015 / by

The effort to reinvigorate New Jersey's economy from the ground up by supporting entrepreneurs and start-up companies got a boost Monday with the announcement of a new business accelerator backed by a $50 million fund.

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Crowdfunding Bill Passes Assembly

Mar 11, 2015 / by The Record

Small businesses and start-ups in New Jersey soon may have another avenue for reaching investors.

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Inbox Messenger Raises $3.9 Million For Its Design-Focused Private Messaging App

Dec 29, 2014 / by TechCrunch

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Casabona Named 2014 Immigrant Entrepreneur of the Year

Dec 11, 2014 / by NJBiz

Mario Casabona, an angel investor best known as the founder of TechLaunch, was awarded the top prize at Fairleigh Dickinson University's second annual Immigrant Entrepreneur of the Year ceremony on Tuesday.

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Startups Pitch Products for Schools and Shopping at October NJ Tech Meetup

Nov 12, 2014 / by NJ Tech Weekly

From grocery store aisles to college campuses to PTA meetings, the startups that pitched at the October NJ Tech Meetup have products they hope will improve significant aspects of everyday life. All of the participating startups came out of the past class of the TechLaunch accelerator based in Clifton.

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LaunchPad 3 Product-Pitch Event is Set for July 14

Jul 3, 2014 / by NJBiz

On Monday, July 14, seven New Jersey tech companies will have the opportunity to pitch their product for a room full of angel investors looking to back the next step in technology innovation.

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The Outdoor Exchange: Never Buy Gear Again

Jun 11, 2014 / by Outside Online

If your friends’ lack of kayaks keeps spoiling your dreams of organizing flotillas in nearby lakes, weep no more: last week, a small group of New Jersey men formally quit their jobs to focus on The Outdoor Exchange (OX), a subscription-based gear closet.

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The Most Influential People in New Jersey 100+ Club

May 19, 2014 / by Star Ledger

Who better to give fledgling start-up companies an insider's perspective on how to raise capital than the man who has his name on the sign at Casabona Ventures?

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State Shows Support to Organizations Helping Start-up & Small Business Communities

May 7, 2014 / by NJ Business

New Jersey Lt. Governor, Kim Guadagno recently 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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Montclair State Holds Student Research Symposium and TechLaunch Competition

Apr 17, 2014 / by Montclair State University News

Montclair State University’s Eighth Annual Student Research Symposium, “Promoting Collaboration across Disciplines,” held on April 12, 2014, celebrated the outstanding scholarship and research of more than 400 graduate and undergraduate students from each of the University’s six colleges and schools.

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NJ Accelerator TechLaunch To Give Prize To Startup Weekend Winner

Mar 12, 2014 / by Startup Weekend

TechLaunch, New Jersey’s Technology Accelerator, will be granting the winner of Startup Weekend New Jersey Semi-Finalist status in their LaunchPad 3 program. This 16-week accelerator program awards startup companies up to $25,000 in seed capital, and offers a comprehensive bootcamp for building the essentials of a successful company.

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NJ TechLaunch Graduate Receives Funding from European Venture Capital

Feb 20, 2014 / by NJ Business Magazine

One of the most interesting companies to come out of NJ's TechLaunch accelerator, who relocated to the Garden State from Finland to participate in the LaunchPad program, Caktus has just closed a $200,000 seed investment round led by Kima Ventures, a European VC company which invests in over 100 hopeful startups every year. Other players in this round included private angel investors from the U.S., such as TechLaunch's own founder, Mario Casabona.

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Remaining Visible, Getting Funding: Biggest Challenges for NJ Tech Community in 2014

Jan 6, 2014 / by NJ Tech Weekly asked some of the leaders of the tech community in New Jersey to evaluate the biggest challenge for the industry in 2014 and tell us how they would solve it.

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Born Again…And More Tech-Savvy Than Ever

Jan 2, 2014 / by CosmoProf

In any startup, agility is a top priority. Changing directions based on customerfeedback, streamliningfocus, responding to consumer needs … it’s all part of creating a new business. We’re lucky that the beauty community is so vocal. They tell us what they need and want, and when we take a moment to stop and listen, we learn […]

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Angel Investors’ Role in Entrepreneurship

Dec 6, 2013 / by North Jersey Small Business Forum

Entrepreneurship is touted as the salvation for many who have great ideas for how to improve our lives and grow the economy. However, the number of entrepreneurs that fail still far exceed the much heralded few that succeed. Why is that? The answer is clear — the lack of a well thought plan and insufficient […]

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As TechLaunch Takes Applications for Third Cohort, Past Class Discusses Accelerator’s Value

Nov 25, 2013 / by NJ Tech Weekly

As TechLaunch begins taking applications for its third class of startups, is reminded of some interviews we did with the second class of companies to graduate from the New Jersey tech accelerator. TechLaunch was founded by Mario Casabona in collaboration with the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (EDA). So far 19 companies, many of which have stayed in the Garden State, have […]

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Attention tech startups: TechLaunch to begin accepting applications for its 2014 business bootcamp

Nov 11, 2013 / by NJBIZ

TechLaunch, a Clifton-based technology accelerator, will begin accepting applications Friday for its next LaunchPad, a 16-week bootcamp-style business training program for tech startups scheduled to begin in 2014. Graduates of the program – which typically runs from May to September, though the 2014 schedule is still being determined – earn seed capital of up to […]

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Invidio to Release Inspired, New Web App to Shop Styles from Hottest Music Videos

Nov 5, 2013 / by NJ Connect

Invidio launched their new web application, Inspired, which allows users to shop different looks and styles from the latest music videos. The app features multiple artists including Taylor Swift, Demi Lovato, Austin Mahone, Avril Lavigne and many others. Organizing the videos and outfits by artist, the app allows the user to click on their artist […]

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Beautystat Relaunches With E-commerce

Oct 25, 2013 / by Women's Wear Daily founder Ron Robinson is certainly thinking big. With the goal of becoming the “Google of beauty,” Robinson’s site, which had been primarily based on social networking and blogging, will be relaunched today with a host of new features, including e-commerce capabilities. “What our consumers have been telling us is that they want an easy way […]

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This Passaic County Startup Does Not Want You to Borrow Their Cell Phones

Oct 22, 2013 / by NJBlog

“Can I borrow your phone?” is the digital age version of asking your neighbor if they have any sugar. Some things never change – even in 2013, when our iPhone battery runs out, just like the old days, we must ask to use our neighbors’. Here’s how one Clifton tech startup plans to put and […]

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JOBS Act Fallout: Do New Rules Mean Don’t Talk Money on Demo Day?

Oct 16, 2013 / by Xconomy

What started off as the usual demo day for the Entrepreneurs Roundtable Accelerator in New York quickly showed how the JOBS Act’s new rules on fundraising have clamped down the way startups pitch–or have they? Over and over, the audience at last month’s ERA demo day was told the companies on stage were not seeking funding, which […]

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TechLaunch Founders Gain Confidence, Refine Key Business Points During 16-Week Program

Sep 27, 2013 / by NJ Tech Weekly

The objective of any accelerator program is to turn startups that need work into fundable entities. Clifton-based TechLaunch, the accelerator founded with the help of the New Jersey Economic Development Authority, is no exception. Many of the TechLaunch founders made serious changes to their businesses during the 16 weeks in which they were involved with […]

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TechLaunch Grads Reveal Best Advice They Received From Mentors

Sep 23, 2013 / by NJ Tech Weekly attended the TechLaunch Demo Day Sept. 19, 2013, and saw nine polished presentations from the startups who had attended the 16-week program in Clifton. All the presenters had come a long way since they started the program, and it was amazing to think of how far they could go. The class included a business-to-business (B2B) startup, a hardware […]

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Angel Investing — Not a Spectator Sport!

Sep 21, 2013 / by Women Invest

One of the aspects of angel investing that I enjoy the most, is the ability to become involved with my portfolio companies. Yesterday I had the opportunity to attend the “Demo Day” for the 2013 crop of start-ups in TechLaunch NJ, a 16-week technology accelerator program.  As an investor in and mentor to this group of […]

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The Caktus Hug Sensor Makes Sure You’re Drinking Enough Water

Sep 20, 2013 / by TechCrunch

Summer’s all but over, but it’s no less important to stay hydrated. According to the CDC 43 percent of Americans drink fewer than four glasses of water a day, and while the actual amount you should drink varies from person to person, four glasses probably doesn’t cut it. That’s where Caktus, a neat Finnish hardware startup […]

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TechLaunch startups strut their stuff for potential investors at demo day

Sep 19, 2013 / by NJBIZ

For the nine technology startups who spent the last 16 weeks in intensive business development training at the Clifton-based TechLaunch, it all came down to today on the Montclair State University campus – demo day, the chance to make their pitch before a room of investors flush with cash and eager to find the next […]

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First Impressions Matter, Its Time to Reinvent Your Elevator Pitch- 30 Second Showcase Inc. Releases Its First Application

Aug 27, 2013 / by Digital Journal

30 Second Showcase announces the release its mobile application, 30 Second Showcase, on iOS. This innovative application marries the traditional elevator pitch with images to generate a rich visualization of creative work tailored for every conversation. Allowing users to create custom micro-portfolios or “showcases”, creatives are able to truly highlight their unique abilities in ways […]

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TechLaunch Demo Day Just One Month Away

Aug 20, 2013 / by NJ Tech Weekly

The folks at TechLaunch, NJ’s tech accelerator, have been uncharacteristically quiet during this 16-week LaunchPad session, but their newsletter gives some insight into what their companies have been doing. It looks to us like the teams have been receiving a lot of advice from a number of experts and have been pitching to practice panels leading up […]

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Investor Profile: Mario M. Casabona

Jul 1, 2013 / by NJTC TechNews

In 1982 you founded electro-radiation (eri) a developer of radar, navigation and Communications technology and equipment for the defense industry, which was acquired by honeywell international in 2004. you stayed on for three years as the Director of electronic Protection to oversee the transition. after being at the helm of eri for more than 20 […]

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TechLaunch Graduate Takes Top Prize at CTIA Wireless Show

May 29, 2013 / by NJ Business Magazine

A graduate of TechLaunch’s Inaugural Class of 2012 – Pervasive Group – has announced that their MMGuardian product — a parental control software app — has just won the 1st place prize for Technology Innovation at the mega-watt CTIA Wireless Show in Las Vegas.  They were among hundreds of applicants, including heavy hitters such as […]

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NJ’s TechLaunch announces second class of start-up companies

May 15, 2013 / by

* Accelerator puts start-ups on firm footing with mentors, seed capital. An online guide for comic book fans. A smartphone application that allows freelancers to show their work on the go. An electronic water bottle that measures your hydration level. Eight start-up companies from as close as Bergen and Passaic counties and from as far as Finland […]

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Montclair State Hosts Student Research Symposium and TechLaunch Competition

Apr 26, 2013 / by Montclair State University

The Montclair State University Seventh Annual Student Research Symposium, “Promoting Collaboration across Disciplines,” held on April 20, 2013, celebrated the outstanding scholarship and research presentations of more than 300 graduate and undergraduate students from each of the University’s six colleges and schools. On the same day, the College of Science and Mathematics hosted the first-ever […]

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At NJTC Venture Conference, Some Old and Some New NJ Companies Take Home Honors

Mar 27, 2013 / by NJ Tech Weekly

Technology companies dominated the March 2013 NJTC Venture Conference, held recently in New Brunswick, and life sciences pulled in a close second. This year’s crop included a number of already well-developed businesses. New Jersey companies took home roughly half the awards presented at the conference, which drew participants from as far as California. Angels and […]

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TechLaunch Expands Team to Include New Operations Manager

Mar 5, 2013 / by NJ Connect

MONTCLAIR — TechLaunch is expanding its team by appointing Joshua Trojak as Operations Manager.  Formerly the Acting Executive Director of the New Jersey Commission on Science and Technology, Trojak has a strong background and experience with the New Jersey’s science and technology communities. At the Commission, Trojak was instrumental in developing a catalog of programs, […]

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Fairleigh Dickinson University in Madison to host ‘Startup Weekend’ on March 15

Feb 20, 2013 / by

On March 15, Fairleigh Dickinson University in Madison will host the state’s first Startup Weekend, an event bringing together entrepreneurs, designers, developers and startup enthusiasts to participate in 54 hours of taking innovative business ideas from concept to launch. Local CEOs, founders, and startup veterans will be on hand to provide expertise and give talks […]

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Hanging Out With David + Dave: Live With Travis Kahn of TechLaunch

Feb 1, 2013 / by Hanging Out With Dave and Dave

Streamed live on Jan 28, 2013 Listen and watch Travis Kahn, Executive Director of TechLaunch, a New Jersey technology accelerator, talk about start-ups, entrepreneurship and raising cash for your big idea.

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Echolocation Adds $200K to Build Out a Hyper-Local Version of Twitter

Jan 18, 2013 / by BetaKit

FUNDINGHumayun Khan  January 18, 2013 NYC-based Echolocation, a location-based microblogging mobile app, recently announced that it closed a $200,000 round of seed funding fromTechLaunch, Casabona Ventures, in addition to other angel investors. The startup completed the TechLaunch accelerator program and launched its initial iPhone app two months ago, and will look to use the funding to build out […]

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Clifton accelerator seeks aspiring tech entrepreneurs

Jan 16, 2013 / by Bergen Record

Techlaunch is looking for the next Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg or Nicholas Catania. Nicholas who? Catania was one of the first dozen attendees at the tech start-up boot camp organized byClifton-based TechLaunch, the state-backed business accelerator that is looking to help New Jersey become a tech entrepreneurial hub. Catania, who created a Mahwah-based startup,, that […]

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CES Showstoppers Pitch Event

Jan 14, 2013 / by Ask Dave Taylor

The Consumer Electronics Show is expensive and for a lot of startups, it’s prohibitively expensive, thousands – or tens of thousands – of dollars to be a very small fish in a very big ocean. As a result, there are external activities that are affiliated with CES but aren’t actually part of the show floor and major event […]

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CES 2013: MMGuardian Android Tablet and Phone Parental-Control Apps To Be Launched

Jan 5, 2013 / by TabletPC Review

At CES next week, Pervasive Group will give an official launch to two new apps for letting parents control the use of mobile devices by children and teens: MMGuardian Tablet Security for Android tablets and MMGuardian Premium for Android smartphones. The apps will be demo’d during a Power Session on CES Press Day. An MMGuardian Tablet Security […]

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NJ Tech Leaders Consider: What’s the Greatest Challenge for the State’s Tech Industry in 2013? Part 1.

Dec 27, 2012 / by NJ Tech Weekly

Over the past few weeks approached New Jersey tech community leaders, asking them to consider a question: What is the greatest challenge facing the N.J. technology industry/community in 2013? We are happy to report there was an overwhelming response. We have decided to present the replies in alphabetical order by responder last name, in an attempt […]

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EDUKWEST #94 with Abran Maldonado of NuSkool

Dec 17, 2012 / by EDUKWEST

It’s almost time for the holidays but not quite yet. For one of the last EDUKWEST interviews of this year, I invited Abran Maldonado to talk about his edtech startup NuSkool and to share his philosophy on how to integrate lessons centered around topics like pop culture and music in a rigorous curriculum.   Coming […]

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Shawn Oates of SeamBLiSS talks to FashInvest about his Love for Fashion and his Vision for the Future

Dec 14, 2012 / by FashInvest

Shawn Oates, founder of SeamBLiSS and former model, passionate about fashion talked to us about his love for designs, innovation and of course about his online e-site catered to men, women, and children looking for independent fashion designers and a social shopping experience as both buyers and sellers are encouraged to input ideas in terms of the […]

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Entrepreneur Brian Donohue ’11 Launches Echo, a Location-Based Social Networking App

Dec 4, 2012 / by Stevens Institute of Technology - University News

For the past year, Stevens alumnus Brian Donohue ’11 has spent 80+ hours per week building his company, worked out of a tiny basement, and moved office spaces five times, but he is hoping it all pays off very soon. Today, this budding entrepreneur launched what he thinks could be this year’s breakout interactive technology […]

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NJ tech entreprenuers display products after 12-week-long program

Nov 15, 2012 / by Bergen Record

* State plan introduces entrepreneurs to possible investors. MITSU YASUKAWA/STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Luis Croussett, the founder of Zenmenu, giving a presentation at Montclair State University. The event wrapped up TechLaunch, the state’s first technology accelerator. Ten New Jersey technology start-ups pitched their products to advisers and investors Wednesday at Montclair State University, after completing New Jersey’s first technology […]

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TechLaunch, accelerator for the Garden State, holds its first demo day

Nov 15, 2012 / by PandoDaily

If we were to do a quick word association exercise, the follow-up to “Jersey” would probably be something like “Shore,” “Snooki,” or “Boys.” “Startup” probably wouldn’t even make the list.  Despite — or, perhaps, because of — its proximity to New York, the Garden State doesn’t get a whole lot of love from the tech […]

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TechLaunch takes N.J. tech startups to bootcamp

Sep 27, 2012 / by

When [Mario] Casabona reminded TechLaunch’s 10 resident CEOs on Tuesday to start thinking about tax returns, the room filled with groans and sighs. The truth is that poring over Schedule C or 1065 forms is a good problem to have. As the first TechLaunch cohort, the entrepreneurs had $20,000 to spend on their startup companies […]

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Campus Hosts Bootcamp for Fledgling Tech Start-ups

Sep 24, 2012 / by Montclair State University Alumni Magazine

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Hoboken Looks for a Silicon Alley Breakaway

Aug 20, 2012 / by Wall Street Journal

By HEATHER HADDON Hoboken wants to extend Silicon Alley across the Hudson River and grab a piece of the New York City technology boom. The Mile Square City now claims a tech meetup with 2,160 members–one of the largest communities in the Greater New York area. The Hoboken City Council is set to vote next month […]

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NJ Technology Accelerator TechLaunch Announces Inaugural Class

Aug 15, 2012 / by NJ Tech Weekly

TechLaunch, the tech accelerator begun in collaboration with the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (EDA), announced its first startup class on August 13, 2012. The accelerator provides the portfolio companies early seed-stage funding, mentorship, key services and exposure to qualified investors through its 12-week LaunchPad I accelerator program, which ends with Demo Day on November 1. The […]

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Don’t Change Your Spots Each Time You See a New Zookeeper and Other NJEN Advice

Jun 21, 2012 / by NJ Tech Weekly

Eleven angels spoke at the New Jersey Entrepreneurial Network(NJEN) Gathering of Angels event, held at the Princeton Marriott Conference Center on June 6, 2012, where each was asked to offer a single piece of advice to entrepreneurs. Many couldn’t stick to just one. The following is a summary of what they had to say: “Don’t give up,” was […]

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Dear Aspiring Tech Entrepreneur and Tech Start-ups, You Won’t Want To Miss This

Jun 4, 2012 / by Wireless Design & Development

If you are an aspiring tech entrepreneur with an innovative concept worth developing, or a fledgling tech start-up who just needs the critical support to transform your dream into reality, don’t miss the bus!  TechLaunch, New Jersey’s Technology Accelerator, is still taking applications at, for the 2012 LaunchPad program….until the Deadline of June 8th. The […]

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Highly Competitive Pitch Olympics at Venture Association

May 22, 2012 / by State of Entrepreneurship

In one of the most competitive Pitch Olympics ever held by the Venture Association of New Jersey, entrepreneurs seeking funding and vying in a pitching contest to a panel of investors resulted in ties for both 1st and 3rd place—prompting Jay Trien, co-founder of VANJ to note the unique circumstance of needing more plaques for the winners.

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The Tech Accelerator Epidemic Has Hit New Jersey

Apr 30, 2012 / by BetaBeat

It’s fair to say that tech accelerator programs are launching, well, frequently now, all with the same basic template. Between Blueprint Health, DreamIt Ventures and Entrepreneurs Roundtable, Betabeat can barely keep up with the demo days just here in New York. It’s difficult to say who started the craze; Y Combinator may have pioneered the form, but TechStars put its version on […]

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The Sleepless City vs. the Valley of the Geeks

Apr 25, 2012 / by Wireless Design & Development

Silicon Valley has never been shy to turn away dim startups, but that’s not the reason young entrepreneurs are looking towards the east coast to plant their roots. Let’s take a look at the cold, hard facts here – Silicon Valley is a breeding ground for tech startups. They are known as being more “ambitious”, according to […]

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Industry Veteran Casabona to Spearhead NJ’s First Tech Accelerator

Mar 27, 2012 / by NJ Tech Weekly

N.J. is getting its first tech accelerator, called TechLaunch, funded by a partnership between the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (EDA) and private equity and founded by tech industry veteran and angel investor Mario Casabona. Casabona’s proposal was selected from a field of six prospects interested in starting a tech accelerator in N.J. after the […]

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