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Founder / VC Speaker Series: Launching a Successful Venture
Tuesday, October 9, 2012 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM (EDT)
New York, NY
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Join entrepreneurs and students from NYU, NYU-Poly, Columbia, and Mercy for a seminar at Mercy College at 35th St. in Manhattan.
Talks include Startup Founders speaking about challenges they've faced when starting their business and how they turned them into successes as well as Professionals (investors, service providers, etc.) speaking about what it takes to launch a successful venture.
Speakers include Charlie O'Donnell, Partner, Brooklyn Bridge Ventures; Gary Reloj, Founder, OMG Foodie; Lee Edwards, Lead Engineer, SideTour; and others.
Food and beverages will be provided.
- Learn from seasoned professionals what it takes to launch a successful business
- Gain exposure to potential internship/job opportunities
For Entrepreneurs / Startups / Professionals:
- Gain/share knowledge
- Connect with NYC students interested in Startups
6:00 - 6:30pm
Registration and Networking: Food and beverages provided
6:30 - 7:00pm
Startup Founder Stories & Challenges: Startup Founders talk about their company's story and the challenges they've faced, offering advice for students and entrepreneurs (Intro by the Dean)
7:00 - 7:30pm
Meet, Mingle, and Q&A (questions given to Moderator)
7:30 - 8:30pm
Professional Panel: Successful Companies/VCs/Professionals talk about what it takes to launch a successful venture, offering advice for students and entrepreneurs (Moderated by Mahmud "Wazi"hullah, Founder, Mercy College Entrepreneurship Institute)
8:30 - 9:00pm
Networking: Food and beverages provided
Charlie O'Donnell, Partner, Brooklyn Bridge Ventures
Brooklyn Bridge Ventures seeks to make investments in early and seed stage technology companies in the “Greater Brooklyn Area” (which includes Manhattan and other boroughs) across a variety of information technology sectors. It will also have the capability to lead or co-lead seed rounds and will be based out of the NYU-Poly Incubator in DUMBO.
Michael Civello, Director, Client Relationships, Plum Benefits
Michael Civello is the Director of Client Relationships and one of the original members of Plum Benefits, joining the game-changing employee benefit company shortly after its inception. During this time, Michael has become renowned in the Human Resources national community as a crucial relationship builder and B2B connector. For a decade, Michael has built strategic personal relationships with more than 20,000 Human Resources departments and “C” suite executives including most of the Fortune 500 companies in his New York City base.
Michael will be awarding 3 winners with 2 tickets each to an upcoming Broadway event in October (retail value is $250 for each set of tickets)
Gil Rachlin, Founder, BlueOceanStartup.com
Christopher Kula is counsel in the Corporate & Business Law Department at Phillips Nizer LLP where he concentrates his practice in securities, corporate finance matters, emerging companies and mergers and acquisitions.
Mr. Kula handles private and public offerings of equity, debt, and convertible securities, SEC periodic reports, proxy statements, and registration statements (including for both U.S. issuers and foreign private issuers), Sarbanes-Oxley and corporate governance matters, stock-based mergers, reorganizations, or transactions and general corporate matters, as well as occasionally advising on broker-dealer and investment adviser regulatory matters. Mr. Kula also has experience with structuring and drafting operating agreements of limited liability companies.
Mahmud "Wazi"hullah, Founder, Let's Order Now
Wazi is defined by his quest to make the world a better place through business.
Birthplace: A corrugated tin-hut in Bangladesh with no running water
Hobby: Luxuriating in the 12 Senses (The Pedestrian Five, Sixth, Common, Security, Humor, Community, Euphoria...)
Electrical Engineering: University of Pennsylvania; Finance: The Wharton School; MBA: Stanford University
Investment Banker: Drexel Burnham Lambert; Management Consultant: The Boston Consulting Group; Private Equity: The Yucaipa Companies; Lecturer/Director: Mercy College School of Business/Entrepreneurship Institute
Defining Moment: Death of his 3yr old son
Calling: LetsOrderNow.com - Empowering Philanthropy Without Cost
LetsOrderNow.com Increases Revenues and Decreases Costs for Merchants, Provides Convenient Ordering for Users, and Empowers Everyone to Donate to the Needy at No Cost Due to the Efficiencies Created.
Gary Reloj, Founder, OMG Foodie
Gary is co-founder of OMG Foodie, a weekly email newsletter that features recommendations on where to find the best food and food events in your city. Gary is also co-founder of Founders Block, a media platform and education resource center that curates content relevant to the early-stage entrepreneur.
Lee Edwards, Lead Engineer, SideTour
Lee is in charge of telling our computers what to do so that you can discover and book SideTours on your computer. He used to build robots for the military, and has never, ever, used that line to impress a date.
Anoop Kansupada, Founder, Dapprly
Anoop is founder and CEO of Dapprly, a social men's application that helps you get dressed with what you already have. He believes you can have your own style and kill it anywhere you go. He won 3rd place at startup weekend and 2nd place at Lean Startup Machine. He has done a lot of stuff wrong. More then he will admit. But the thing he knows is that every mistake is an expensive lesson.
Michele Ashley, Founder & CEO, COEUR Compass Coaching
Michele Ashley is Founder and CEO of COEUR Compass Coaching wehre she works as chief
facilitator of women's empowerment workshops and seminars globally.
After ten years in corpporate America and living in the United Kingdom for three years (2005-
2008), Michele created COEUR Compass Coaching to serve as a platform to provide a 'safe
haven' for women to learn key life skills and tools to define their lives to live their true passion.
COEUR is about providing life-coaching services that allow women to connect to their truth so as
to make the best choices for their lives the first time around.
Ms. Ashley served as Chairman of the Board of Directors for WEST Inc. (Women of Excellence,
Strength & Tenacity, Inc.), a non-profit organization based in New York City in 2011. She is a
member of the Women's Information Network (WIN) and has recently been appointed the
Event Director for the Global Women's Summits 2012 for the North Eastern Region of the US.
Deeon Brown, Director of Brand Development, 347 Design & Events
Deeon Brown is the current Director of Brand Development at 347 Design & Events, a budding Full Spectrum Marketing Agency in New York City. Deeon comes to the VC Speaker Series with experience in marketing & branding, specifically in developing short and long-term strategies for start-up and established consumer brands in maximizing market access and reaching diverse backgrounds and tastes. Deeon has worked and consulted as a brand manager, influencing such brands as Adidas, The US Army, Def Jam Records, Universal Records, Ted Turner Broadcasting, ManuelRacim, Verizon, Wendy's, Quiznos, PlayStation, NY Giants, Nicorette, Capitol One, Nebraska Book Company, FOX Television, Bally's Gym, Costco, Home Dept and American Express, private citizens and small businesses.
When & Where
NYC Startup Mixers / Mercy College Entrepreneurship Institute
NYC Startup Mixers | A networking event series for entrepreneurs bringing together a unique blend of aspiring entrepreneurs, students, Founders/CEOs, mentors, developers, and investors to help each other build successful businesses and have some fun!
Mercy College Entrepreneurship Institute | Mission of the Entrepreneurship Institute: Be the Premier Forum for Students, Venture Capitalists, Startups and Related Professionals to Engage and Learn Best Practices to Passionately Execute New Ideas.