(in alphabetical order)

bMobilized's patented technology instantly creates mobile websites from desktop websites, and provides easy customization to add mobile-specific features like maps, click-to-call, and m-commerce.

 

Entrepreneurs Roundtable Accelerator (ERA) provides participant companies with an intensive four-month program with the goal of helping early-stage companies progress rapidly into exciting, viable businesses. Each accepted company receives an initial $40,000 investment and the potential for follow-on funding from ERA’s Fund.

 

Jetaport is an online travel agency, specializing in group hotel bookings (9+ rooms). The company's solution resolves the hassle and headache of organizing group hotel accommodations. 

Headquartered in New York City, Jetaport was founded in 2011 and is backed by several angel investors and the Entrepreneurs Roundtable Accelerator (ERA

 

Kickstarter is the world's largest funding platform for creative projects. Every week, tens of thousands of people pledge millions of dollars to projects from the worlds of music, film, art, technology, design, games, fashion, food, publishing, and other creative fields. Since its launch on April 28th, 2009, more than five million people have pledged more than $900 million to projects by creators who always maintain full ownership and complete creative control of their work.

 

Lean Startup Machine is an educational workshop with a rigorous curriculum. Our focus is to teach entrepreneurs the process of validating business ideas through hands-on experimentation and mentorship. Three days is an extremely short amount of time, but it’s enough to test multiple business concepts, identify which one has the most potential, and even collect $4,500 from customers. While Lean Startup Machine and Startup Weekend share the same spirit of experiential learning over a few days, Lean Startup Machine emphasizes validating ideas before building.

 

The Made in NY Media Center by IFP is a multi-disciplinary creative space with over 20,000 square feet at 30 John Street in Dumbo, Brooklyn. The space was until recently a split-level shipping/receiving/truck parking area. The lower area becomes the large incubator and the upper area a short-term open workspace. Support programs are wrapped around: classrooms, conference rooms, editing rooms. Major shared amenities are staged as dramatic pavilions within the space: screening room, library, cafe, and rest rooms. Each of these has a different form of media and dramatic lighting. The centerpiece is the screening room, which has a continuous, wrap-around media projection wall on the outside and a warm interior of felt and reclaimed wood.

 

Nest is a combination soft landing and launch pad for proven North European, Russian and other foreign startups entering the US market.

 

Never.no is a Social Television platform for TV producers. Whether you're a broadcaster or advertising agency, the never.no Interactivity Suite is the framework you need to enable end-to-end Social TV, Synchronized Companion Apps and Participation TV.

 

Nielsen Social is the leading provider of social TV measurement, analytics and audience engagement solutions for TV networks, agencies and advertisers. With social media transforming the traditional TV viewing experience, Nielsen Social aims to help the industry measure, understand and act on the activity and reach of TV-related conversation on Twitter. To do that, Nielsen Social identifies, captures and analyzes conversation on Twitter in real time for every program aired across 250+ U.S. television networks, 700+ brands and theatrically released movies.

 

Norwegian-American Chamber of Commerce is active in nine major US business areas. Members include leaders of Norwegian and American firms successfully pursuing business in the dynamic Norway-US market. The thriving Norwegian economy has created attractive opportunities in banking and finance, energy, the maritime and offshore industries, technology and environmental resource management, among others. Membership can open doors for you.

 

The Royal Norwegian Consulate General in New York. Established in 1906, it is the oldest and largest Norwegian Consulate General in the United States. Our office in New York provides consular services for 22 states on the east coast of the U.S.

 

Among its many functions, the scope of work of the Mayor’s Office for International Affairs includes the aiding foreign-owned companies in accessing information and resources necessary to operate in New York City.

 

The Organic Food Incubator provides solutions to growing food and beverage companies. We help your company navigate the challenging path from concept to growth. We offer a variety of services:

- Kitchen Space
- Contract Manufacturing
- Education
- Coaching

We currently work with over 40 New York City based food manufacturers. Our facility is vegetarian and gluten free. Organic Certification is available but not mandatory.

 

Skaled helps startups to scale their sales, marketing and business development by providing strategic and operational support so you can focus on driving the story - and not worry about the technology.

 
 

Techstars provides $118,000 in seed funding, intensive mentorship, and an amazing network of mentors and alumni for 7-10% equity in your company. After 90 days with Techstars, their companies average over $2M in follow on investment and more than 35 of them have already been acquired. Techstars operates out of Austin, Boston, Boulder , Chicago, Seattle and New York City. Techstars first international location is in London. 

 

The Urban Future Lab (UFL) is a marriage of the city's premiere clean and resilient tech incubator with a state-of-the-art exhibition space, and is dedicated to envisioning and realizing innovation in the cleantech sector, with a particular focus on energy, sustainable urban infrastructure, water, transportation, waste, air quality. 

 

VentureOutNY is focused on helping to enable international startups to launch and succeed in New York City. Through regionally focused events, VentureOutNY introduces the world’s most talented international entrepreneurs to the startup ecosystem in NYC.

 

WeWork is the community for creators. They transform buildings into beautiful, collaborative workspaces and provide infrastructure, services, events and technology so their members can focus on doing what they love. They currently have nineteen locations in six cities with over 10,000 members.

 

 Murat Aktihanoglu, Managing Director ERA

Murat Aktihanoglu, Managing Director ERA

Murat is an engineer, author and technology entrepreneur. He recently sold Centrl, a location-based social networking startup that he founded in 2008. At the time of the sale, the application was the first to offer a free IM-on-a-map-system that was not reliant on SMS. A tireless force on the NYC tech startup scene, Murat founded the Entrepreneurs Roundtable in 2007. The organization, which holds monthly “short pitch” format meetings connecting investors with promising startups, has created active and engaged communities New York City, Philadelphia, Turkey and Japan, with India and China coming soon. In 2011, Murat co-authored Location-Aware Applications, a comprehensive guide to the technology and business of creating compelling location-based services and applications. Murat has served as a consultant to Fortune 500 companies and some of the world’s most well known brands including AT&T, Sony, Panasonic, Logitech and Pioneer. He has established engineering infrastructures and software development methodologies for numerous startups including Improv, Sonicbox, Plaxo, Manyone and Coollris. His expertise has been in constant demand; he has managed engineering teams for Silicon Graphics in Mountain View and Sony Corporation in San Jose and Tokyo.

 

 Jonathan Axelrod, Managing Director, ERA

Jonathan Axelrod, Managing Director, ERA

Jonathan Axelrod is a technology and media entrepreneur. A veteran of emerging technologies, he is an active entrepreneur, investor and start-up advisor.

Jonathan was Co-Founder and Co-CEO of MusicGremlin a venture-backed startup that was sold in 2008 to SanDisk Corporation. 

Prior to launching MusicGremlin, Jonathan was Co-Founder and President of Music123. Founded in 1999, Music123 grew from startup to profitable market leader in less than four years; it is now a brand of Guitar Center.

Jonathan started his career as a McKinsey & Company consultant, where he focused on e-commerce initiatives and the financial services industry. Jonathan currently serves on the Board of Overseers of Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City. 

He holds an A.B. in Social Studies magna cum laude from Harvard University.

 

 Christopher Capra, Managing Director, Emerging Media

Christopher Capra, Managing Director, Emerging Media

Chris is a public relations expert with more than 18 years of experience in PR, sales, business development and marketing and more than 10 years of experience running an independent agency. He has a solid track record for developing high growth ventures in the technology, consulting and telecom industries. In his role at Emerging Media he works with clients to formulate communications strategy and oversee the implementation of that strategy, making sure that targeted goals are met. In the past he has led business development efforts for various companies and have built strategic relationships with key software vendors, top-tier IT consultants and strategic partners across the US.

 

 Sean Casey, Senior Vice President, Product, Nielsen Social

Sean Casey, Senior Vice President, Product, Nielsen Social

As Senior Vice President, Product, Sean brings more than a decade of experience developing digital products, applications, and television programming to Nielsen Social, the leading provider of social TV measurement, analytics and audience engagement solutions for TV networks, agencies and advertisers. 

Sean founded SocialGuide, which was acquired by Nielsen in 2012, prior to which he was SVP of Digital Products for KIDZBOP.com. He launched his first start-up in 2004, a web-based production system called UTVPS that helps manage, track and account for licensed media in TV programming. Casey's television experience extends to the production of numerous series for VH1 and serving as producer/writer for "The iPod Revolution" documentary for Discovery in 2006. He also served as VP, Interactive Products at iVillage from 1997 - 2002, pioneering applications that have driven hundreds of millions of visits for the brand.

 

 Eric Chambers, Director of Business Development, Corporate Partnerships Javelin | Lean Startup Machine

Eric Chambers, Director of Business Development, Corporate Partnerships
Javelin | Lean Startup Machine

Eric is Director of Business Development at Javelin/Lean Startup Machine where he manages corporate relationships and negotiates deal closings for enterprise training & innovaton consulting services. He is also involved in formulating and implementing comprehensive sales strategies, from lead generation to revenue realization, for enterprise sales. 

 

  Reginald Charlot, Senior Director, Tourism Development Europe 

Reginald Charlot, Senior Director, Tourism Development Europe 

Reginald Charlot is the Director of Tourism Development for European markets at NYC & Company, New York City’s tourism promotion agency. Reginald manages outreach and development within the  markets under his perview with specific oversight and responsibilities for several core markets and offices in the region, namely: Benelux, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Russia, Scandinavia and the UK. Additionally, Reginald works domestically with the US retail travel trade on sales strategy, development and promotion.

Reginald graduated from Frostburg State University and received a master’s in tourism development from New York University

 

 Brian Cohen, Chairman, New York Angels

Brian Cohen, Chairman, New York Angels

Brian Cohen is the Chairman, Board of Directors of NY Angels. He created iFluence PR a strategic behavioral-based communications consultancy for the new earned influence/social media community. Its focus is on understanding determinant business success factors and using qualitative customer research matched with highly aggressive guerrilla communications techniques to achieve client marketing objectives while providing the greatest financial value possible.
Brian is considered one of the fathers of science & technology strategic communications.  In 1983 he founded Technology Solutions, Inc. (TSI). TSI’s client list read like a who's who list of startup technology companies in computing, communication, software, education, and entertainment.  Brian maintained a strategic communications partnership with Sony & IBM Corporation (10 years) and received the Gold CIPRA award in 1998 for the IBM Deep Blue/Gary Kasparov Chess Match. In 1996, TSI was recognized as the #1 fastest growing agency in the United States.  Brian sold the company to The McCann Erickson World Group in 1997 and became the Vice Chairman.

 

 Maria Teresa Cometto, Tech Journalist & Co-author, Tech and the City

Maria Teresa Cometto, Tech Journalist & Co-author, Tech and the City

Maria Teresa Cometto is co-author of ‘Tech and the City: The Making of New York's Startup Community’.  Maria is an Italian journalist with more than 25 years in the media industry. Since 2000 she has been based in New York, covering business, financial markets and high-tech, and writing for some of the most important Italian papers such as Corriere della Sera, which is the daily with the largest circulation in Italy, and Il Mondo, the most authoritative Italian business magazine. She is well known for her articles on the US technology industry and for her many interviews with leading economists, including 14 Nobel Laureates. Maria is also the author of several books, among which Figli & Soldi (“Kids & Money”, 2008).

 

 Sabrina Dridje, Community Manager, Made in NY Media Center

Sabrina Dridje, Community Manager, Made in NY Media Center

Sabrina worked in film sales and distribution for Hanway Films in London before going on to produce and production manage an eclectic mix of creative work. She is the Community Manager at the Made in NY Media Center by IFP. Prior projects involved in include the Open City Documentary Film Festival, an immersive theatrical production and Alpha-ville – a London based organization dedicated to connecting the fields of art, technology, design and digital culture. She was also one of the producers for the Stellar Network, a group dedicated to connecting creatives throughout London and across disciplines. Current projects include producing work within theater and interactive documentary.

 

 Jake Dunlap, CEO & Founder, Skaled

Jake Dunlap, CEO & Founder, Skaled

Over the past 10 years, Jake has led and developed high performing sales and operations organizations in professional sports, advertising, and SaaS organizations. His mission is to build large scale, flat organizations that do not rely on one person at the top to drive success. In addition, replacing the "blocking and tackling" nature of account management with interesting, new ways to think about continued client engagement. Specialties: Extensive US and International experience working with Global 2000 executives on human resources, brand, marketing, and real time decision making. Building initial client experience, operations, and sales processes/organizational structure for start-ups.

 

 Michael Flannery, Managing Partner and Founder

Michael Flannery, Managing Partner and Founder

Michael works with entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, and corporations to build next-generation technology ventures. Over the years, Michael has developed ways to foster these young businesses with Redwood's sister seed funds and acceleration services. Michael and his team run executive searches for "C" level executives and the core executive team that will drive the overall business. In addition, Michael conducts Board searches for both the placement of key Independent Directors as well as Advisory Boards that have been selected early on to help ventures gain traction. Michael provides a range of services to entrepreneurs including acceleration strategies, seed capital, office space, and the full range of human capital services including syndication to the best suited venture capital firms. He is on the Board of trustees contributing to student advancement programs as well as a member of the 1824 Society. Michael is on the Board of the New York Venture Capital Association and he co-Chairs Friends of Belfast.

Michael is a graduate of Cazenovia College in central New York with a Bachelor's in Science.

 

 Eilar Nils Fleischer, Deputy Consul General, Royal Norwegian Consulate

Eilar Nils Fleischer, Deputy Consul General, Royal Norwegian Consulate

Eilar Fleischer has been Deputy Consul General and Head of Cultural Affairs and Communications at the Norwegian Consulate in New York as of August 2013.


 Brian Frumberg, Founder VentureOutNY

Brian Frumberg, Founder VentureOutNY

Brian Frumberg is the Founder of VentureOutNY and an Entrepreneur-At-Large with Gotham Ventures. With vast experience  in sales, business development, and product management, Brian’s career has spanned finance and technology, startups and venture, and he is now firmly planted in New York’s vibrant technology community.
Driven by a  passion for technology and startups, Brian has been immersed in New York’s technology community since 2009 and now, as the Founder of VentureOutNY, is helping to foster and grow that community by recruiting the world’s best technology startups to New York City.

Prior to VentureOutNY, Brian worked independently as a strategy consultant to early-stage technology businesses in NYC, ran business development for OTR Global, a boutique broker-dealer and equity research firm, and served as an Institutional Sales Associate for Standard & Poor’s, where he was promoted as the youngest institutional salesperson globally at S&P.

 

 Jeremy Harper, Senior Investment Analyst

Jeremy Harper, Senior Investment Analyst

Jeremy is a strategist with an analytical mind and passion for working with startups.Before joining ERA, Jeremy was a senior strategy consultant on the Booz Allen Hamilton team that re-entered the commercial market in 2011.He served financial services clients and conceptualized new service offerings for the unit, which was branded as an internal startup.Prior to Booz Allen, Jeremy was a communications planner with Unilever, where he was on the global strategy team for digital media. He has also served as head of marketing for The5thMedium, a London-based startup.Born in Canada and raised in London, Jeremy spends his spare time catching his breath on rugby and soccer fields across NYC. The office is largely tolerant of his Monday morning recaps of his beloved Chelsea FC’s weekend matches.

Jeremy received a B.A. from Brown University.

 

 Bjorn Holte, Founder and Chief Marketing Officer, bMobilized

Bjorn Holte, Founder and Chief Marketing Officer, bMobilized

Bjørn is a serial entrepreneur who founded his first startup at the age of 16. Before joining bMenu/bMobilized as a founding member in 2005, he founded and led Aktivt Søk AS, a Norwegian search engine marketing and optimization firm. Before that, he led marketing and multimedia operations at Q-Free ASA, a global supplier of traffic and surveillance data for electronic toll collection systems.

 

  Alex Iskold, Managing Director, Techstars

Alex Iskold, Managing Director, Techstars

Alex Iskold is the Managing Director of Techstars. He is also the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of AdaptiveBlue, a smart browsing and personalization company. His previous startup, Information Laboratory, was focused on applying the ideas of complexity science to software engineering. Alex and his team developed a tool, called Small Worlds, which automatically identified structural problems in large-scale software systems. After Information Laboratory was acquired by IBM, Alex worked in the IBM Automated Software Quality group as an architect.

 

 Kelly Moulton, VP Never.no

Kelly Moulton, VP Never.no

Kelly has been involved in interactive television (now called social tv) since the late 90s, when he founded and sold Bottle Rocket to ACTV, which was subsequently acquired by OpenTV. In his role most recently with never.no, Kelly has led collaborative relationships with several prominent broadcasters and tv shows, helping to brainstorm and product social tv formats for, most recently, ESPN’s SportsNation, ABC News digital’s presidential election coverage, CBC’s Power and Politics and Hockey Night in Canada, TSN’s Grey Cup, Univision’s Mira Quien Baila and presidential election, Music Choice’s 24/7 social network SWRV, Turner Sports’s NBA Fan Night, QVC, Nickelodeon’s Nick Cannon’s Top 10 and Fuel TV’s UFC Tonight. Kelly’s big obsession currently is creating new sponsor engagement formats.

 

 Joshua Neckes, VP of Marketing, Group Commerce

Joshua Neckes, VP of Marketing, Group Commerce

Joshua Neckes currently runs the Meta Effect, a startup-oriented consultancy focused on strategic planning, marketing, and business development. Previously, he was VP of Marketing for Group Commerce, a venture-backed e-commerce startup with over $40m in funding. Prior to his time at GC, he co-founded and ran a startup-oriented marketing/PR firm with annual revenues over $1m. An Oberlin College graduate, Josh is a part-time guitarist and mediocre ultimate frisbee player with a penchant for social entrepreneurship.

 

 Stephanie Pereira, International Partnerships Lead, Kickstarter

Stephanie Pereira, International Partnerships Lead, Kickstarter

In her role as International Partnerships Lead, Stephanie represents Kickstarter to its friends outside the US. Prior to this role, she was Director of Kickstarter’s Art Program, where she acted as an ambassador to the fine art community, speaking at public events, working with institutions and connecting with artists to realize excellent projects. Stephanie previously served as Associate Director, Learning & Engagement at Eyebeam Art + Technology Center, a non-profit residency center in New York City. She holds an MA in Arts Administration from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and a BFA in Visual Art from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University.

 

  Alessandro Piol, Co-Founder, Vedanta Capital & Co-Author of  "  Tech and the City: The Making of New York’s Startup Community"

Alessandro Piol, Co-Founder, Vedanta Capital & Co-Author of  "Tech and the City: The Making of New York’s Startup Community"

Alessandro Piol has been involved in the technology industry for over 30 years, first as a software developer, then as a marketing and business development executive both in a large corporation and in a startup, and finally as a venture capitalist. As a VC he has invested in software, new media, communications technologies and infrastructure. Alessandro still gets excited about new technologies and ideas and is always looking forward to learning and contributing to every project he gets involved in. He is an even greater fan of working with brilliant engineers and talented managers. Alessandro is an angel investor, a mentor and an advisor to a number of companies in the New York area. He also co-authored the book "Tech and the City: The Making of New York's Startup Community", about the birth of Silicon Alley and how New York developed an entrepreneurial ecosystem. He also recently launched a new fund, AlphaPrime, focused on early stage investing in big data and enterprise software.

 

 Elin Bergithe Rognlie, Norway's Consul General in New York

Elin Bergithe Rognlie, Norway's Consul General in New York

Norway’s Consul General in New York, Elin Bergithe Rognlie, has represented Norway, Norwegian interests and Norwegians on the east coast of the US since August 2013. Before taking her position in New York, she was Chargé d’Affaires at the Norwegian Embassy in Nairobi, Kenya. Previously, she held the position of Policy Director of Renewable energy at The Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Oslo. She has been stationed at the Embassies in Washington DC, Ottawa Canada and at the Norwegian Delegation to the OECD in Paris.

 

  Mike Schwartz, Managing Partner, Organic Food Incubator (OFI), Owner, BAO Food & Drink

Mike Schwartz, Managing Partner, Organic Food Incubator (OFI), Owner, BAO Food & Drink

Mike Schwartz is Managing Partner at the Organic Food Incubator (OFI), which he founded in 2010. Mike also runs Bad Ass Organics, or BAO, which in Chinese means “precious treasure.” Under that brand name, he makes kombucha, liquid pickle shots, kimchi, ketchup, and barbeque sauce.

When BAO was established at the company's current location on Borden Ave. Mike had way too much space for his tiny company. So not long after signing his own lease, he began subletting. Since then, The Organic Food Incubator has been providing solutions to growing food and beverage companies.

Mike has 12 years of teaching experience and over 25 years experience in the food service and manufacturing industry. He has taught at NYU and the The Institute of Culinary Education.

 

 Jason Shames, CEO & Founder, Jetaport

Jason Shames, CEO & Founder, Jetaport

I grew tired and frustrated with the way I had previously planned trips with my family & friends, and as a result, created Jetaport. Traveling is a passion of mine, and helping people to enjoy their own passion for adventure is something that motivates me to make the best platform available.

Before Jetaport:
JPMorgan, Tulane University (BS), Globetrotter

 

 Kley Sippel, Program Development Lead, WeWork Fulton Center

Kley Sippel, Program Development Lead, WeWork Fulton Center

Kley Sippel is responsible for Program Development at WeWork's Fulton Center location where he has held the position since January 2014.

 

  Carlton Vann, Director, Division for International Business, New York City Mayor’s Office.

Carlton Vann, Director, Division for International Business, New York City Mayor’s Office.

Carlton Vann is the Director of the Division for International Business at the Commission for the United Nations, Consular Corps, and Protocol in the New York City Mayor’s Office. Mr. Vann has worked in both government and the private sector the U.S., Russia and Japan. Prior to moving to New York, he was the business development manager for a Japanese consulting company in Tokyo. He holds an A.B. in government from Harvard and an M.A./M.B.A. from Columbia.

The Division for International Business, part of the NYC Commission for the United Nations, Consular Corps and Protocol, plays a role in attracting foreign businesses and investment to New York City by providing overseas companies with a customized information and referral service to encourage them to open or expand operations in the five boroughs.

 

 Brian Weisberg, CFA/Founder Betafactory

Brian Weisberg, CFA/Founder Betafactory

Brian is the founder of Betafactory. The incubator located in downtown Oslo was put together using the same fundamentals as Y Combinator, TechStars, and other intensive incubators that provide a strong focus on customer development and give a small amount of seed funding.
Prior to Betafactory, Brian worked as a consultant at McKinsey & Company, engineer at IBM Advanced Internet Technologies and director at both Guardian Capital and Realkapital Partners.

 

 

 Deputy Director, NYC ACRE Director of Operations, PowerBridgeNY

Deputy Director, NYC ACRE Director of Operations, PowerBridgeNY

- Manager of cleantech partnerships with local and state stakeholders for NYC ACRE and PowerBridgeNY
- Previous work experience includes performance of $8 billion of technical due diligence for first-of-a-kind technology at the US Department of Energy’s Loan program office
- Named to Breaking Energy’s list of New York’s Top 10 Young Energy Leaders for 2013
- Holds a Chemical Engineering degree from Renssalaer Polytechnic Institute