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No. 347: LICA in the weeds, Northwell in 3D and the SBA all-in on global sales (and here’s to your good mental health)

Feel the power: It’s Wednesday, and this guy is psyched. All righty, then. Welcome to Oct. 10, dear friends, the 547th anniversary of the Battle of Brunkeberg (the Swedes beat the Danes, as you probably know) and the midpoint of another busy week of socioeconomic innovation. Emotional response: Today is also World Mental Health Day, the World Health Organization’s annual push to raise awareness of mental-health issues around the globe. Such issues have been historically…


No. 336: Beer, legalized marijuana, supermodels and a three-day weekend. You’re welcome.

Labor of love: Glory be and welcome to Friday, dear readers – and not just any Friday, but (for most of us) the start of a glorious three-day holiday weekend, marking (unofficially) the end of the Summer of 2018. It’s Aug. 31, the last Friday in August, to be followed promptly by the first Monday in September – and the 124th observance of Labor Day since it became a federal holiday in 1894. Programming note:…


Supermodel Alt to keynote next LICA Capital Forum

By GREGORY ZELLER // A famed supermodel will headline the next installment of the Long Island Capital Alliance’s Capital Forum series. International model, actress, entrepreneur, author, self-described “raw food enthusiast” and former Fox News personality Carol Alt is slated to deliver the keynote address at LICA’s Technology Capital Forum, scheduled for Sept. 14 at The RXR Center in Melville. As always, the forum will serve as a networking platform that places early-stage enterprises – in…


No. 302: Inventor-palooza at SBU, drones in the Mohawk Valley and why Long Island’s Craft Beer Week will fill bellies with more than brew

You certainly May: Enough with the Marching like a lion and the April showers (and April snow, for the matter) – it’s May and time for the good stuff. The weather people say 80 degrees all over Long Island today. Rejoice. It’s May 2, to be exact, and the midpoint of another exciting week in Long Island socioeconomic innovation. Welcome new newsletter subscribers Paul, Evan, Kerry, Krista, Rick and Paolo – you’re just in time…


High tech, high ambitions highlight next LICA Forum

By GREGORY ZELLER // The Long Island Capital Alliance has set a healthy lineup for its next Capital Forum. The alliance’s next quarterly entrepreneurs-meet-investors networking event, a Healthcare Capital Forum scheduled for June 8 in Melville, will feature five early-stage “health growth” companies fighting their way up in a competitive health-tech arena, plus opening remarks by an executive leader at this region’s pinnacle healthcare enterprise. The keynote is slated to be delivered by Eric Feinstein,…


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…