LICA eyes pitchers for Tech Capital Forum

Long Island Capital Alliance Executive Director Carol Lane (right) and friends are hosting their next Capital Forum, focused on early-stage healthcare, Dec. 9 in Melville.

Riding high after its May 6 Consumer Products, Manufacturing and Distribution Forum, the Long Island Capital Alliance is returning to its tech roots.

This week, LICA – a nonprofit capital-formation and business-development organization – put out a call for presenters for its next quarterly innovators-meet-investors pitch event: a Technology Capital Forum scheduled for Sept. 16 at RXR Executive Park in Melville.

Like other LICA forums, the Technology Capital Forum will give early-stage entrepreneurs an opportunity to pitch their plans and products to an audience of potential investors, while an “industry investor panel” critiques the presentations and discusses current marketplace trends.

The Capital Alliance has not yet named its investor panel or a keynote speaker for the Sept. 16 event.

The Consumer Products, Manufacturing and Distribution Forum – which attracted a number of investment banks, private equity firms, high-net-worth investors and angel investors – was keynoted by Henry Schein Vice President Keith Drayer, general manager of Henry Schein Financial Services.

Expert insights and pitch critiques at the May 6 event were offered by panelists Robert Hussey, lead board director of New York City digital media firm CPXi; Gary Kane, founder and managing partner of East Hills-based business brokerage Chimera Strategies; and Larry Nusbaum, a former Ronco CEO now heading California-based biotechnology consumer-products enterprise BioHarvest.

The panel was led by Michael Lane, a LICA board member and president of Northport-based Real Content Media Group.

Companies presenting at the May 6 consumer products forum included ChromaFISH, which is marketing a digital platform focused on the maintenance of fish tanks, swimming pools and spas; Commute Safely LLC, an app-maker providing live traffic data, driver analyses and other tools promoting safe driving; and EZ Pocket Eyewear, a wholesale e-commerce company producing stylish and affordable folding sunglasses and prescription frames.

Also pitching at the May event were MeVee, a live-streaming social media platform designed to share advertising revenue with content creators, and Quikiks-Hands-Free Shoes, offering “the first fully supportive, totally hands-free operable shoes,” according to LICA.

Applications are now being accepted from tech companies interested in pitching at the Sept. 16 Technology Capital Forum. Early-stage companies are encouraged to send a copy of their executive summary or business plan to LICA Executive Director Carol Lane at Company representatives will each give seven-minute presentations to the investor audience and be publicly critiqued by the expert panel.

The deadline for presenter submissions is Aug. 3.

The Sept. 16 breakfast networker is scheduled to begin at 8 a.m. and is free for LICA members. Tickets cost $65 for nonmembers and registration is required. For registration or more information, visit

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