Description of Presenting Companies
We generally do not disclose the names of the companies in advance, except to registered guests, so they have the first chance participate in the current round of financing if they choose. The Forum will be extremely relevant for investors who are seeking to commit capital and to locate new financial partners. A slate of approximately thirty-five early and later-stage companies will be featured on the program; all of which will have been professionally screened from several hundred presenter candidates. These companies are drawn from our extensive national network which allows us allows to showcase companies that conference guests are not likely to see anywhere else. The companies being introduced at the event are selected on the basis that they represent genuine funding opportunities, which will stand-up under the scrutiny of investment professionals and experienced business people. The featured companies will be early to later-stage and generally range from $1 million to about $10 million in sales. Most will have already had meaningful first-round funding from Angels or VCs. Any pre-revenue companies will be at the point where they are ready to begin the commercialization process or have begun marketing their products and are not usually complete start-ups. Most presenting companies have clearly proven-out their products and business models. The majority of the companies are seeking growth capital and have been nominated by their investment bankers or the venture capital firms that have provided the “A” and/or “B” round financing. Some of the venture capital firms, Angel Groups and investment bankers who have nominated their portfolio or client companies to present at our events include 1st New York Capital, the Tri-State Private Investors Network, Spencer Trask Ventures, Constellation Ventures, CitiGroup Investments, Grosvenor Funds, Core Capital, CIT Venture Capital, Sunrise Capital Partners, Davis Tuttle, Fusion Capital, Nokia Ventures, MDT Advisors, Marathon Capital, New York City Investment Fund, CapEx IDP Investments, NJIT Enterprise Development Center, JP Morgan, BlackRock Kelso Capital, Penny Black LLC, Beyond Profit Venture Partners, BEV Capital, Network of Business Angels & Investors, Cross Atlantic Capital Partners, Vaux les Ventures, Friedman Equities and Davenport Capital Ventures
Preferred Industry Sectors and General Selection Criteria
Conference participants will see emerging growth opportunities from throughout the U.S. These companies will have been pre-screened to address the “common sense” criteria of value, proof of concept, proprietary edge, scalability, competitive advantage and potential for success; applied by most venture capitalists, Angel investors, investment partnerships and private equity funds. In addition, we look for such characteristics as the Opportunity for Expanding Revenues and Margins, Companies that can benefit from Market Segments Undergoing Substantial Change, Strong Potential for Recurring Revenues or Future Franchises, and Proven Business Models that can be replicated for Growth.
Presenting companies at the event are primarily drawn from the following business sectors: Enterprise Software o Advanced Materials o Healthcare Services o Life Sciences o Specialty Retail o Computer Technology o Energy Technology o Medical Devices o Education & Training o Manufacturing Technology o New Media and Publishing o Financial Services o Medical Technology o Information Management Systems o Distance Learning o Consumer Marketing o Outsourced Business Services o Telecommunications o Consumer Products o Network Security o Wireless o Internet-Based Business Solutions o Supply Chain Management o Business Process Management o Clean Tech o Homeland Security o Mobile Communications. More details on our Presenter Qualifications can be found on this site at Presenter Qualifications.