Neil Kaufman

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…


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, NYIT team on ed series for entrepreneurs

The Long Island Capital Alliance is partnering with NYIT on an educational and mentoring series for entrepreneurs, with a first session scheduled for April 5. Called “Growing Your Business from the Ground Up,” the event is set for 5 to 8 p.m. at NYIT’s de Seversky Mansion on the Old Westbury campus. The program will include how-to information on forming a business entity, setting up human resources and accounting systems, intellectual property protection, financing options and…


Healthy interest at Cap Alliance pitch event

By GREGORY ZELLER // Lightning-round business pitches before an audience of potential investors have become the norm. What impressed Dave Calone on Friday was who was listening. Calone, president and CEO of Setauket VC firm Jove Equity Partners, was the keynote speaker at the Long Island Capital Alliance’s Healthcare Capital Forum, a startup-meets-financier networker held at Melville’s RXR Corporate Center. As a cofounder of the Long Island Emerging Technologies Fund, Calone has long enjoyed a…