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No. 282: Honest Abe’s Day Off, stepped-up Suffolk septic systems and a sunny future for cloudy beer

Congratulations, dear reader: You’ve successfully completed another workweek. Your reward: two glorious days without conference rooms or deadlines – or three, if yours is among the 34 percent of U.S. offices closing for Monday’s President’s Day holiday. While students, teachers and virtually all government employees enjoy the day, President’s Day – which kind of floated into fashion in the 1970s, replacing the traditional observances of Washington’s and Lincoln’s birthdays – has actually fallen behind Martin…


No. 281: Love, exciting and new; Faltischek, cautious but hopeful; and the most popular winter sport you’ve never heard of

It floats back to you: It’s the Love Boat, dear readers, or at least your beloved Innovate LI Newsletter, making another run on this Feb. 14, 2018. It’s Valentine’s Day, of course, the international day of romance – at least, nowadays. Origin stories vary, but many trace the Catholic Church’s St. Valentine celebrations to a pair of executions at the hand of ancient Roman Emperor Claudius II, who whacked two men (both named “Valentine”) on…


LICA techs up for 2018’s first Capital Forum

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…


No. 269: Cuomo’s big plans, LI’s bouncing babies and other exciting ways to start your innovative 2018

Hello, you wonderful old Building & Loan! OK, yes, enough already with the Christmas references – but the very first U.S. building & loan association organized 87 years ago today in Frankford, Pa. Thought you’d like to know. And with that quick history lesson, we turn our eyes squarely ahead toward another year of invention, collaboration and healthy socioeconomic development on Long Island. The Innovate LI team will be here every step of the way,…


LICA cooks up tasty Food & Beverage investor forum

By GREGORY ZELLER // Bring your appetite to the Long Island Capital Alliance’s next Capital Forum. After three quarterly innovator-meets-investor events with a decidedly high-tech flavor – early-stage technology in March, cybersecurity in June, healthcare in September – LICA will wrap up its 2017 series with a Food & Beverage Capital Forum, spotlighting “premier growth companies” in the gastronomical realm. As always, the event will feature a handful of what LICA calls “dynamic, emerging companies”…


LICA leader among judges at CEWIT2017 pitch-a-thon

As part of CEWIT2017, Stony Brook University is hosting the International Skyscraper Pitch Challenge, a mini pitch-a-thon that gives participants a chance to hone their presentation skills with the help of top professionals. The open challenge, scheduled for the morning of Nov. 7, gives presenters two-and-a-half minutes to state their “elevator speech.” That’s “a long elevator ride indeed,” according to the program website, hence the “skyscraper” – but it’s a tough window in which to…


Tomorrow’s health tech to shine at LICA Capital Forum

By GREGORY ZELLER // Another intriguing combination of presenters and panelists marks the next Capital Forum on the Long Island Capital Alliance’s schedule, this one focused on the lifeblood of the Island’s innovation economy. Following a June networker centered around cybersecurity startups and a March pitch-a-thon spotlighting early-stage technology firms, the latest Capital Forum returns to healthcare, a Long Island socioeconomic cornerstone that has naturally become a go-to theme for LICA and its (roughly) quarterly…


Artzt, other famous faces headline LICA card

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…


LI Capital Alliance, LISTnet make it official

By GREGORY ZELLER // Two regional business-development groups with parallel ambitions – and a history of collaborative partnerships – have officially joined forces. The Long Island Capital Alliance, self-billed as Long Island’s “leading nonprofit capital-formation and business-development organization,” has announced a “strategic partnership” with the Long Island Software & Technology Network, longtime advocate of the LI tech sector. The partnership is meant to bolster LICA’s connectivity with that rapidly evolving sector and avail LISTnet-connected companies –…


LICA sets flashy lineup for Healthcare Forum

By GREGORY ZELLER // The Long Island Capital Alliance has announced a high-profile roster of presenters and panelists for its Dec. 9 Healthcare Capital Forum. The event – one of several capital forums hosted annually by the Capital Alliance, which aims to put regional early-stage companies in front of an experienced review board and an audience of potential investors from Long Island and beyond– has attracted a healthy cross-section of healthcare startups, including two based…


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…


The Debrief: Carol Lane has a few capital ideas

The Long Island Capital Alliance’s quarterly Capital Forums are increasingly hot tickets for entrepreneurs and investors, thanks primarily to Carol Lane, who’s been organizing the schmear-and-schmooze breakfast networkers since taking over as LICA executive director in November 2014. The adjunct professor of business and communications at Farmingdale State College is a one-time entrepreneur herself: Her 2011 Huntington-based startup Portage Coaching Group helped other first-time business owners set goals, draw plans and evaluate results, work that…


A call for consumer products companies

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…


Calone to keynote health-focused Capital Forum

By GREGORY ZELLER // Industry leaders, inventive entrepreneurs and hungry investors will come together Jan. 22 for the Long Island Capital Alliance’s Healthcare Capital Forum. Featuring lightning-round business-plan presentations – just seven minutes each – from five upstart healthcare innovators across Long Island’s healthcare and investor markets, the forum is scheduled to run from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the RXR Center in Melville. David Calone, president and CEO of Setauket VC firm Jove…


Buncee seeks $3M (or so) for growth spurt

By GREGORY ZELLER // Buncee notched its 80,000th user on Monday, a cause for celebration certainly, but also a bittersweet milestone for the Calverton-based “digital canvas.” It’s been great so far, but it’s time for Buncee to stretch its legs. The plan: a $3 million (or so) funding round that will allow the 2010 startup to “hire more people and promote the heck out of this thing,” according to founder and CEO Marie Arturi. That…