A call for consumer products companies

Long Island Capital Alliance Executive Director Carol Lane (right) and friends are hosting their next Capital Forum, focused on early-stage healthcare, Dec. 9 in Melville.

Fresh off its January healthcare forum, the Long Island Capital Alliance is deep into planning its next innovator-meets-investor networking breakfast.

This week, LICA put out a call for presenters for a pitch event featuring firms in consumer products manufacturing and distribution, with the event set for 8 a.m. May 6 at Melville’s RXR Corporate Center.

Like other LICA forums, the event will give manufacturers and distributors a chance to pitch their products and operations to an audience of potential investors, while an “industry investor panel” critiques the presentations and discusses marketplace trends and best practices.

The Capital Alliance has not yet selected a keynote speaker or the investor panel for the manufacturing/distribution forum, noted Carol Lane, the group’s executive director, but is working to line up “high-caliber people who have something real to offer and will add to the experience.”

“Our board of directors came up with some excellent suggestions and we’re reaching out to them now,” Lane told Innovate LI this week.

The Jan. 22 Healthcare Capital Forum, which attracted a number of New York City investors and an intriguing selection of Long Island-based startups and technologies, was keynoted by Dave Calone, president and CEO of Setauket VC firm Jove Equity Partners. Calone is also a cofounder of the Long Island Emerging Technologies Fund and 2016 candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives.

The healthcare forum’s investor panel included Lishan Aklog, chairman and CEO of NYC-based medical device innovator PAVmed Inc., which was featured in a 2015 LICA forum and less than a year later is prepping for its IPO.

Joining Aklog on the panel were David Weild IV, CEO of tech-focused “capital facilitation platform” Weild & Co.; KEC Ventures partner Joshua Lamstein, who doubles as chief executive of advisory and investment firm HCFP; and serial investor Harvey Brofman.

For presenters at its consumer products forum, LICA is looking for innovative companies in fundraising mode to give seven-minute presentations outlining their business plans.

Interested companies from across Long Island’s consumer products, manufacturing and distribution markets are encouraged to send a copy of their executive summary or business plan to Lane at clane@licapital.org. The deadline for submissions is March 3.

The May 6 breakfast networker is free for LICA members. Tickets cost $65 for nonmembers and registration is required. For registration or more information, visit http://licapital.org/.