Funding

LICA kicks off 2019 slate with tastiest Capital Forum

By GREGORY ZELLER // The Long Island Capital Alliance always has an appetite for success, but the next installment of its Capital Forum series takes that mantra fairly literally. Scheduled for March 8 in Melville, the alliance’s first capital forum of 2019 will cater to foodies – specifically, to small companies in the food & beverage and agricultural-technology industries. The forum is a quarterly breakfast-networking platform that places innovators – often, but not exclusively, in…

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High caliber, high finance at LICA capital forum

By GREGORY ZELLER // If you’ve ever considered investing in smartphone-based job-candidate psychoanalysis, this was your event. Pitching everything from real-time commuter scheduling apps to, yes, a “mobile-powered talent-assessment system,” five next-level technology startups came face-to-face with a roomful of regional investors Friday, when the Long Island Capital Alliance hosted its quarterly Capital Forum in Melville. Focused this quarter on technology, the forum attracted a quintet of early-stage tech companies – including one based on…


Lesko, SBU’s Donnelly to run $6M+ seed fund

By GREGORY ZELLER // Accelerate Long Island is back in business, and it’s main private-investment partners are coming along for the ride. The seed-funding business accelerator, which has been publicly quiet since awarding its 10th and final first-round stipend in December, has been awarded $3 million by Empire State Development to establish the Accelerate NY Seed Fund, with matching private investment planned. Unlike the original Accelerate Long Island charter – through which Accelerate teamed with…