You don’t want to come knocking on the door later without laying a foundation.
Start building relationships now, and once you do get traction and are ready to scale, you will have relationships and you can reach out to them.” Glenn Jones of Message Petz (Red Bank) told us his meeting with investors was “excellent. 1 choice, who is also a father, and he understood our mission. It turns out that we live in the same town.” The founder of mentor-matching platform Idirus, Niamh Bushnell, said the investors had provided her Jersey City startup great feedback.
She added that it was interesting to see all the investors from Philadelphia, whom she might not have thought to approach.
Bothsider founder Mark Gavagan said he had been very particular about whom to meet with, and the one meeting he had had so far had gone well.
Everyone just wants to reach out and help us succeed.” Speaking after several investor meetings, founder Adam Michalski told us he had come to the event even though Dorm Chat (New York) isn’t yet ready to raise funds.
Our unique experience has featured evolutionary psychologists, neuroscientists, biologists, comedians, historians, food designers and drag performers.He also noted that he saw companies from both New Jersey and New York.Casabona added, “We had the ability to provide some feedback to the entrepreneurs as well as ask some questions to evaluate the opportunities.Jonathan Hakakian of Sound Board Angel Fund (Morristown) told us it was impressive to see “such a vibrant room full of local entrepreneurs.” He added, “The New Jersey entrepreneurial landscape has come a long way.It was great to be in the middle of such creativity and passion.” Wearing his Casabona Ventures (Kinnelon) hat, Mario Casabona, also CEO of Tech Launch (Clifton), said he appreciated the format and that there was no pressure unless the investor had a real interest in a candidate.