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The App Idea Awards launch party is this Wednesday night (March 1st)! Don't miss out on your chance to mingle with investors, entrepreneurs, and other tech enthusiasts over drinks and appetizers. You'll also get to meet the competition organizers, have all of your questions answered and learn how to put together the perfect application. 

We're almost at capacity, so make sure to RSVP as soon as you can!

Meet Our Panel: 

As part of the evening, we will be having a panel of top angel and venture investors to give insight on the state of early-stage investing in 2017 and to speak on what they look for in potential portfolio companies. Our panel includes:

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Jason E. Klein

Jason E. Klein is founder and CEO of On Grid Ventures LLC, an early stage investment firm which invests primarily in GeoDisruptive businesses which leverage Geolocation as a disruptive force in marketplaces, commerce, digital infrastructure or information flow. He is also Chairman of Harvard Business School Alumni Angels of Greater New York; a partner at Yard Ventures, a venture fund centered around the Harvard network; and Managing Director at advisory services firm Empirical Media. Jason is a member of New York Angels, and on the advisory boards at Enerknol, Shoppable, and PageScience.  

Jason was previously CEO of Newspaper National Network LP, a partnership of 25 leading US newspaper companies. Prior to NNN, Jason was CEO of Times Mirror Magazines, a leading publisher with 25 titles including Golf Magazine, Field & Stream, and Popular Science, and oversaw its sale to Time Inc. for $475 million. Jason was recognized by Media Magazine as one of “100 People to Know” in the media industry, and by Alley Watch as one of “25 Angels Investors in NY You Need to Know.”

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Adam Quinton

As the founder and CEO of Lucas Point Ventures Adam invests in and advises early stage companies. He focuses on supporting diverse management teams. His investments include The Muse, Glassbreakers, Venuebook, Pinks and Greens, Snaps, Rapt Media, Hire an Esquire, and Validately. He is currently the Executive in Residence at Hewlett Consulting Partners, a boutique consultancy firm. Adam sits on the Board of the Center for Talent Innovation (CTI) and International House, New York where he is a member of the executive Committee.

In 2014 Adam was named by AlleyWatch one of "25 Angel Investors in New York You Need to Know" and also one the "100 NYC Tech Influencers You Need to Know". In 2015 he was featured in Tech.co as "One of 8 VCs Making Waves" and in 2016 was named as one of "26 great people spearheading change in tech investment" by Silicon Republic.

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Alicia Syrett

Alicia Syrett is the Founder and CEO of Pantegrion Capital, an angel investment vehicle focused on seed and early stage investments. Prior to founding Pantegrion, Alicia spent over 10 years in the financial industry, which included her entrepreneurial journey as the first employee and CAO of a multi-billion dollar private equity firm. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of New York Angels, Everwaters and HeTexted, and is a member of WomenCorporateDirectors.  Her past and present Advisory Board roles include Enerknol, iFunding, The Pitch Deck, Beauty Booked, Cissé Trading Co. and Willa. 

She was named as one of the “25 Angel Investors in New York You Need to Know” by AlleyWatch, one of Wharton's "40 Under 40" young alumni by Wharton Magazine, and one of Virgin’s “Five Next Generation Leaders Emerging from Tech.” She also serves as an Instructor with Steve Blank in his Lean Launchpad course at Columbia Business School and wrote a Guide for Entrepreneurs for #MentHERnyc, an event she co-founded.

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Zosia Ulatowski

Zosia Ulatowski joined Cornerstone Venture Partners as a Principal in May 2016. CornerstoneVP is a New York based early stage investment fund that focuses primarily on B2B companies in frontier technologies including VR/AR, IoT, AI, Big Data, Cybersecurity, and FinTech. CornerstoneVP is a stage driven fund (seed, series A) and targets US and Israeli markets. Since joining, Zosia has concentrated her efforts on working with CornerstoneVP’s portfolio companies and expanding US deal flow.

Prior to joining CornerstoneVP, Zosia worked in marketing tech, managing SaaS product implementation and technical operations. Most recently, she led product and strategy for the marketing solutions team at Sprinklr, developing go-to-market strategy and planning for new product lines. Prior to entering the NY tech scene, Zosia led corporate partnerships and marketing operations at a prominent New York based non-profit.

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Jason Eiswerth

Jason Eiswerth serves as the Managing Director of Private Investments at Nima Capital where he oversees a portfolio that spans from Venture/Growth Capital to Large Cap Private Equity investments. Nima Capital is a single-family office that’s Venture and Growth portfolio takes a global approach to identifying first mover, winner-take-all characteristics that use technology to disrupt large industries around the world. The firm has a flexible mandate and invests across industry/sector, capital structure, and stage of investment.  Past notable investments include Rubicon Global, YelloMobile, Palantir, Coupang, Wish, Oyo Rooms, Doppler Labs, Color Genomics, Oscar, and One Hope. 

Prior to joining Nima Capital, Jason served as Senior Managing Director at Broadband Capital, where he focused on providing strategic advice and growth capital to middle market companies. Before his time at Broadband Capital, he worked at TheMarkets.com as part of the senior management team from its inception to its sale to CapitalIQ in 2010.