By GREGORY ZELLER //
The Long Island Capital Alliance is uniting the past, present and future of the Island tech scene.
The alliance has announced the lineup for its March 10 Technology Capital Forum, the latest of LICA’s quarterly breakfast networkers for innovators and investors. From the keynote speaker to the panelists to the companies pitching the audience of potential stakehorses, the guest list is packed with familiar faces – including some of the biggest names in the pantheons of Long Island technology.
Joining Steven Perricone, managing partner of early-stage VC fund Pilot Mountain Ventures, and Josh Adam, a top financial analyst for business-development ecosystem Wall Street Share, on the review panel is extra-special guest panelist Russ Artzt, co-founder of software titan CA Technologies and current executive chairman and head of product development at Huntington-based RingLead Inc., a circa-2003 lead-optimization specialist.
In 2007, Perricone co-founded private investment fund Serrano Ventures, where he remains a partner today. Previously, he was a managing director and monetization specialist with Deutsche Bank.
Adam boasts 15-plus years of financial-analysis and investment-portfolio experience, including multiple senior-level positions throughout the hedge fund industry.
The esteemed panel will offer critiques on short presentations by six tech firms in various stages of development, who will each offer a multimedia pitch to an audience of potential investors from across Long Island and the Greater New York region.
Presenting companies are scheduled to include Azone Enterprises Inc., which uses predictive analytics to help small businesses with inventory refill, and Digital Direct IR Inc., which has patented multi-spectrum thermal-imaging and optics technologies with potential healthcare, military, industrial and energy applications.
The panelists will also review Space Out VR, which aims to integrate entertainment, gaming and communications into what the Capital Alliance describes as “a personified, sociable VR app.”
Also slated to pitch investors: Infiniam Analytical Services Inc., which automates platforms that migrate legacy code and data applications to the cloud; SkillMil, an employment platform designed specifically to digitally support the hiring of armed services veterans; and PMC Technology, promoting an “application to reduce operational downtime at critical public facilities,” according to LICA.
The innovators, selected by LICA members from numerous applications, will each offer 7-minute presentations outlining their business plan, with the panelists offering feedback on the products and pitches. The panelists will also discuss related industry trends and alternative financing strategies.
The quarterly forum is expected to be keynoted by Pam Krueger, executive producer and co-host of the PBS series “MoneyTrack” and founder of Wealthramp, on online hub providing investor-education content.
The Long Island Capital Alliance Technology Capital Forum is scheduled to run from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. March 10 at the RXR Center in Melville. Admission for investors and LICA members is free. Tickets cost $65 apiece for nonmembers and $50 each for registered members of the Long Island Software & Technology Network. A continental breakfast is included.
Registration and more information is available here.