BioInc@NYMC hosted a Pitching to the Angels event on April 21 when four local start-up companies pitched their products and services to a panel of four experts. In return, they received valuable feedback on their presentations, business models and investability. The event was presented by Westfair Communications and the Westchester Angels, a member-based angel investment group, focused on funding startups in Westchester County and surrounding areas. D. Douglas Miller, M.D., C.M., M.B.A., right, dean of the School of Medicine, joined the panel of judges, from left: Jonathan Rosen, founder, Collaberex; Jeffrey Zink, Angel investor, speaker and former vice president of Yahoo; Helene Rude, director, Marist College Cloud Computing and Analytics Center; and Tereza Nemessanyi, entrepreneur-in-residence, Microsoft. View the photo gallery here.
The morning featured an educational forum on how to grow a business presented by iCANny, New York’s virtual cleantech acceleration network, whose mission is to accelerate the commercialization of an organization’s products or services leading to growth oriented, sustainable business development. The afternoon featured a keynote speech by David Heath, the co-founder and chief executive officer of the Bombas sock company which donates a pair of socks to a homeless shelter for every pair purchased.
The competition featured four local start-ups: Lately, MediSprout (a BioInc client), Top Chef Meals and Nonnatech. Although the contest was for educational purposes and teams were not allowed to solicit funds from people in attendance, the winning pitch by Gary German, founder and chief executive officer of Nonnatech, a provider of patent-pending real-time monitoring for patient care, earned a chance to pitch at a meeting with the Westchester Angels with accredited investors in attendance.