By GREGORY ZELLER //
From the If It Ain’t Broke File comes the Long Island Capital Alliance, which is turning to a tried-and-true topic for its first 2018 Capital Forum.
Known to champion software makers, digital engineers, next-gen tinkerers and other startups with high-tech ambitions, LICA has chosen to present a Technology Capital Forum as its first inventor-meets-investor breakfast networker of the New Year, a March 9 affair featuring numerous early-stage entrepreneurs and their breakthrough machinations.
The Capital Alliance has scheduled presentations from seven technology-based companies in various stages of commercial development, each slated to offer seven-minute presentations and engage in subsequent Q&A sessions with an expert tech-industry panel, all in front of an audience stacked with potential investors.
The expert panel is slated to include Alex Katz, managing partner of New York City-based FF Venture Capital, where he also serves as investing partner and lead investor on many of the firm’s projects.
Also paneling will be Robert Delman, managing director of NYC-based Golden Seeds, an angel-investor group primarily targeting women-led enterprises, and Inbar Haham, managing partner at NYC-based early-stage, Preferred Seed and Series A venture capital firm Capital A Partners.
The presenting companies represent a broad cross-section of technology-focused enterprises from Long Island and elsewhere. Among the presenters is Brimes Energy, a Hauppauge-based energy company close to capitalizing on a leading-edge clean-generation wave-energy technology.
With product design, testing and assembly all taking place on Long Island, Brimes Energy – which boasts a signed letter of intent from one of the Philippines’ largest energy utilities – is looking for about $400,000 to begin a critical test project in the waters off the Philippine coast.
Other presenters at the March 9 forum are scheduled to include NYC-based Acculis, a web-based platform designed to help general contractors streamline 3D designs on construction projects; Food Moves, a Brooklyn-based digital marketplace connecting mobile food vendors to targeted customers and suppliers; and Huntington-based Idiom, a proprietary cloud-based application looking to digitize traditional print high school yearbooks.
Also slated to present are Bellmore-based Omni-Scient Creations Inc., a virtual reality e-commerce landlord with a patented 3D-immersive technology; West Islip-based MunchMoney, a mobile loyalty and marketing platform offering users preloaded accounts and discount programs at fast-casual restaurants; and Street Smarts VR, a NYC-based provider of immersive VR training programs designed to improve the judgment of law-enforcement officers and reduce police-citizen violence.
“We received a strong response from companies applying to present at the Technology Capital Forum,” LICA Executive Director Carol Lane told Innovate LI. “We are pleased to be offering such a dynamic group of innovative companies with a strong potential for growth.”
The networking event is scheduled to run from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the lower lobby of 68 S. Service Road in Melville. There is no admission charge for LICA members. Tickets cost $35 apiece, $25 for members of the Long Island Software & Technology Network. Click here for registration and more information.