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Newsletter: September 2018

Fall is here and with it comes a new school year, football and the next TechLaunch BullPen. The Princeton Innovation Center Biolabs and Princeton Tech Meetup play host to the next batch of early stage tech companies poised to take that next step with $20,000 in services. Learn more below and we hope to see you at the next BullPen and pitching at the one to follow.

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TechLaunch BullPen #10 - September 17

Hosted in conjunction with Princeton University, Princeton Tech Meetup and the Princeton Entrepreneurship Council, the next TechLaunch BullPen is only a week away. Held at the Princeton Innovation Center Biolabs on September 17 starting at 4:30pm, this is the perfect opportunity to see four quality early stage tech companies looking to raise between $50,000 and $500,000. These companies will submit themselves to rigorous questioning from a panel of investors and the audience. The investor panel will then choose a winner to received $20,000 in services for their victory from our excellent sponsors:

Withum - the premier accounting firm in the New York metropolitan area.

ND4 Advisory - serving the startup and early-stage scene.

Gibbons Law - a premier law firm in the New York metropolitan area.

Gearhart Law - a Jersey law firm specializing in patents, trademarks and copyrights.

Casabona Ventures - investing and advising early stage tech ventures.

Get your free! tickets here.

Meet the Investors

On September 17 please join us at TechLaunch BullPen #10 to take part in asking those tough questions to the companies selected to pitch and know that they will also be getting a lesson or two from our panel of investors. Learn more about each of them below: 

Jay Bhatti - Investor & Mentor, Co-Founder at BrandProject LP.

Annarie Lyles - Angel Investor and Mentor, Managing Director at Bio-Gist Ventures.

Katherine O'Neill - Angel Investor and Executive Director of JumpStart NJ Angel Network.

Ari Naim - Entrepreneur & CEO of CenTrak.

Featured TechLaunch Company: 

With sports becoming an ever more present aspect of daily life, BullPen company SportsGuru is giving fans a chance to share with other fans exactly what is important to them. Built on a platform of videos and comments for sports only, this is the perfect tool for fans to jump onboard and say their peace about the issues of the day from fantasy picks, to lines, to who will win October. 


On August 23 in Somerset, NJ Biz honored the 2018 ICON award winners for those who have spent their lifetime building a better business in New Jersey. Congratulations go to all the winners, but especially to TechLaunch's own Mario Casabona.

Around New Jersey

September 12 - NJTC Fintech Conference in Jersey City.

September 13 - Morris Tech Meetup in Madison.

September 17 - TechLaunch BullPen #10 (above) with Princeton Tech Meetup  in Princeton.

September 27 - Princeton Tech Meetup in Princeton.

October 3 - NJTC CIO Conference in Nutley.

If you would like your event to be mentioned here please let Norma know.

For a list of Meetup and other events around New Jersey can also be found at NJ Tech Weekly.
Next BullPen:
September 17, 2018
Princeton Biolabs
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Meet the Mentors

Walter Simson
Ventor Consulting

Walter helps middle market companies achieve dramatic growth and profitability. This happens even when the situation--whether due to a bad banking relationship or a dramatic change in the business climate—seems dire. He sometimes serve as interim CFO. He also help the team perfect the strategy, be accountable for follow up and achieve professional growth. Learn more about Walter here.

Ratan Agarwal
Startup Investing
RKA Associates

Ratan is a results-driven Business Development and Operations leader with extensive experience in the technology industry across Services, Cloud, IoT, Security, and SaaS, with a proven track record in driving top-line growth and sustained bottom-line improvements.  Learn more about Ratan here.

Eric Korb
Executive Director
3D for Change

Eric is a senior executive with over 30 years of success in technology-driven markets. He is a profitable growth catalyst with the vision to look into the future, and the discipline to deliver on short-term goals. Eric is dedicated to discovering and delivering services that are essential for everyday use. Learn more about Eric here
Sameer Sirdeshpande

Sameer's insights and results have emerged from 25+ years experience in high-value-add technical and management roles at leading investment banks, financial technology firms, startup companies and tech incubators. Learn more about Sameer here
Joshua Trojak
Global Technology Counsel

Joshua is an entrepreneur and lawyer with more than a decade of experience in the science and technology field serving in legal and executive capacities.  Learn more about Joshua here
Jeffrey Weinstein
Valiant Solutions

As an experienced senior level executive, and a successful entrepreneur, Jeff has been in numerous leadership roles in software firms including startups, leading turnarounds, high growth firms and in publicly traded companies. Most recently as CEO, Jeff grew RightAnswers from a struggling startup into an enterprise software firm and leader in the customer service and IT support market. Learn more about Jeff here

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