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With a reach that spans more than 10 states and attracts hundreds of investors from around the country, the 3 Rivers Venture Fair is an immense undertaking that requires a cooperative effort among dozens of leading organizations.
While the financial contributions from our sponsors enable us to bring the 3 Rivers Venture Fair to life every eighteen months, their ideas, hard work and commitment to the quality of this event are equally instrumental and have helped to build the event’s reputation for excellence.
Here are the companies that are committed to entrepreneurial growth and innovation by supporting this worthwhile and important event.
3 Rivers Venture Fair Organizer
3 Rivers Venture Fair Sponsors
Adams Capital Management, Inc.
Established in 1994, Adams Capital Management (ACM) is a national venture capital firm with $815 million under management. ACM is a lead Series A investor that is noted for its domain and operations expertise in the Information Technology, Networking Infrastructure and Semiconductor industries. ACM's markets-first investment strategy targets emerging growth companies with disruptive technologies that yield products with the potential to define and dominate their industry. For more information visit www.acm.com.BACK TO TOP
Allos Ventures was formed in early 2010 to help fill the gap between the significant number of early-stage companies seeking venture capital in the Midwest and the small number of firms targeting such investments. We only invest in early-stage companies, augmenting the capital provided by angel investors who have helped the companies reach a stage at which they are ready for their first institutional financing round. While Allos may be relatively new, we are leveraging the investment experience and business-building skills and resources developed over the past decade by our principals — Don Aquilano, John McIlwraith, and Dov Rosenberg — at Gazelle TechVentures and Blue Chip Venture Company, through those firms' investments in over 100 companies. Additionally, many of our investors are successful technology company entrepreneurs, allowing us to tap into an even broader experience base of business-building expertise.
Don and John have worked together in the venture capital business for over a decade, and with Dov for eight, and we all share a common view of the benefits of a “hands-on” approach to venture capital investing — benefits both to our partner companies and our investors. This vision drives everything we do — from the number of investments we'll make (a select group of about 12 companies in the current fund), to the geography we cover (places we can drive to in 4-5 hours), to the industries we'll invest in (only things we know well – primarily software and business services).BACK TO TOP
Alpern Rosenthal is one of the region's leading certified public accounting and business advisory firms. The Firm maintains a deep commitment to serving emerging and mature life science, software, technology and energy companies at each stage of their growth. The firm's industry specialists provide audit and assurance, business consulting, business valuation and litigation support, tax compliance and planning, and international tax services to companies ranging from pre-revenue to exit ready. In addition to offices in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia, PA and West Palm Beach and Ft. Lauderdale, FL, the Firm is a founding member of The Leading Edge Alliance, an international network of the largest independently-owned accounting and consulting firms in the world. For more information, visit http://www.alpern.com/.BACK TO TOP
Arboretum Ventures is an early-stage venture capital firm specializing in the healthcare sector. We invest throughout the United States, but with a special interest in the Midwest. More than simply a financial resource, we are a collaborative, value-added investor actively engaging our companies in strategy, operations, recruiting, fundraising, and exit planning. Arboretum aims to transform young companies into mature and thriving businesses that improve patient outcomes and lower the cost of care, thereby generating superior returns for the entrepreneurs and our investors. Founded in 2002 and headquartered in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Arboretum currently manages approximately $235 million in capital.
Website: www.arboretumvc.comBACK TO TOP
Since 1996 Birchmere Ventures has partnered with entrepreneurs to help build high-growth technology companies. The firm with offices in Palo Alto, CA and Pittsburgh, PA has over $200 million under management and is proud to have funded innovative companies that make a positive impact while also delivering strong returns for our investors. Birchmere's companies have achieved a cumulative market valuation of $14 billion, leading to Preqin's recognition of Birchmere as being among the highest-performing venture groups in the industry for well over a decade.BACK TO TOP
BlueTree Allied Angels
The BlueTree Allied Angels (BlueTree) is a regional group of accredited investors who invest in early stage companies. This 'members-only' organization is designed to operate as a network of private equity investors who meet on a monthly basis to evaluate and invest in pre-institutional, early-stage investments.
The organization provides the structure for a means to aggregate monies and to aggregate the knowledge and experience of the membership. BlueTree is a member of the national Angel Capital Association, a trade support organization for best practices, standards, professional conduct, and public policy issues that impact investors and entrepreneurs.
To date (November 2012), BlueTree Allied Angels has invested in 35 regional companies approximately $22 million dollars.BACK TO TOP
Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC
Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC is a full-service law firm with approximately 450 lawyers and government relations professionals who serve the legal and business needs of regional, national and international clients. We offer significant resources across our Firm, with 15 offices located in key business and financial centers in states including Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Washington, D.C., Virginia, North Carolina, Florida, and California.
Buchanan represents national, regional and local capital providers and the entrepreneurial companies in which they invest. The Firm has been nationally recognized as a "Go-To Law Firm" in the categories of Corporate Transactions and Securities by Corporate Counsel and is "Top-Listed" by U.S. News & World Report in categories including Corporate and Securities/Capital Markets Law. We take pride in our reputation for strategic thinking, creative planning and for providing practical advice to our clients who entrust us with their business.BACK TO TOP
Carnegie Mellon University - Center for Technology Transfer
The only top 25 university founded in the 20th century, Carnegie Mellon has rapidly evolved into an internationally recognized institution with a distinctive mix of world-class educational and research programs in computer science, robotics, engineering, the sciences, business, public policy, fine arts and the humanities.
More than 8,000 undergraduate and graduate students at Carnegie Mellon receive an education characterized by its focus on creating and implementing solutions to solve real problems, interdisciplinary collaboration and innovation. A small student-to-faculty ratio provides an opportunity for close interaction between students and professors.
President Jared L. Cohon, the university's president since 1997, is leading implementation of a comprehensive strategic plan that aims to leverage the university's existing strengths to benefit society in the areas of biotechnology, information and security technology, environmental science and practices, the fine arts and humanities.
The university also is committed to broadening and enhancing undergraduate education to allow students to explore various disciplines while maintaining a core focus in their primary area of study. Realizing that today's graduates must understand international issues, Carnegie Mellon is committed to providing a global education for its students and is striving to expand its international offerings to increase its presence on a global scale. Increasing diversity in all aspects and fostering the economic development of southwestern Pennsylvania are also top priorities.
Carnegie Mellon's schools and specialty programs in computer science, engineering, business, public policy, science, the arts and the humanities are consistently ranked among the best in the country by national publications such as U.S. News & World Report Magazine, Business Week Magazine and The Wall Street Journal. Carnegie Mellon's unique mix of strengths in technology, business, public policy and the arts is distinctive among national research universities. The university's conservatory-like programs in the fine arts are highly regarded. Its Drama School has produced many well-known, award-wining stars of stage and screen since it granted the first degree in drama in 1917.
The university consists of seven colleges and schools: The Carnegie Institute of Technology (engineering), the College of Fine Arts, the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, the Mellon College of Science, the David A. Tepper School of Business, the School of Computer Science and the H. John Heinz III School of Public Policy and Management. Carnegie Mellon also has campuses in California and the Arabian Gulf nation of Qatar and is expanding its international presence in Europe and Asia with master's programs and other educational partnerships.
Carnegie Mellon is one of the most technologically sophisticated campuses in the world. When it introduced its "Andrew" computing network in the mid-1980s, it pioneered educational applications of technology. Today, the university employs a university-wide wireless computing network that allows faculty, staff and students to log on to the Internet and communicate via email from anywhere at any time. Carnegie Mellon was ranked as the nation's "most wired" university by Yahoo! Internet Life Magazine.
Industrialist and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie founded the Carnegie Technical Schools in 1900 for the sons and daughters of Pittsburgh blue-collar workers. The institution became the degree-granting Carnegie Institute of Technology in 1912 and in 1967, Carnegie Tech merged with Mellon Institute of Research to become Carnegie Mellon University.
The core values that Carnegie instilled in the Carnegie Technical Schools more than 100 years ago -- problem solving, collaboration and innovation -- continue to drive the university today and will play a key role in setting its agenda for the next several decades.
For more information, please visit www.cmu.eduBACK TO TOP
Chrysalis Ventures manages one of Mid-America’s largest funds for early-stage and growth investments with approximately $400 million under management. Since 1993, we have invested in over 65 companies, primarily in the Healthcare and Technology sectors. With headquarters in Louisville, Kentucky, Chrysalis has offices in Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Ann Arbor and Houston. We seek to partner with entrepreneurs to build enduring businesses in industries undergoing significant transformation.BACK TO TOP
Cohen & Grigsby, P.C.
Cohen & Grigsby, a law firm headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and with an office in Naples, Florida offers the full-range of legal services to emerging and growing companies, private and publicly held businesses, and entrepreneurs. The venture capital team counsels clients in the creation, financing and management of new and growing companies, actively representing both investors and issuers in venture capital transactions.
Our attorneys understand the specialized needs of both venture capital investors and companies seeking venture capital financing. For more information, please visit http://www.cohenlaw.com/.BACK TO TOP
Draper Triangle Ventures
Draper Triangle Ventures is a premier source of funding for high-technology start-up companies in the Pennsylvania and Ohio region. As the Midwest-based Network Partner of Draper Fisher Jurvetson, the leader in seed and early-stage venture capital, we offer entrepreneurs and investors a host of benefits unrivaled in the industry. Our Managers have significant experience in founding, investing in and growing early stage technology companies. Through the DFJ Network, we have access to the tremendous benefits afforded by the cooperation of 140 venture capital professionals in more than 30 cities throughout the US, Asia (including China and India), Europe, Israel, South America and Russia, with more than 600 portfolio companies funded, and over $6 billion of capital under management. The DFJ Network invests in virtually every major technology sector including information technology, cleantech, life sciences, as well as emerging sectors such as nanotechnology.
Our goal with entrepreneurial investing is to provide more than money. A start-up venture capitalist becomes a company's financial strategist, headhunter, investment banker, and corporate therapist, providing support and confidence to a team. At Draper Triangle, we have developed, and will continue to develop, strong relationships with intelligent, hard working, influential people. These value-added relationships provide a strong base for success in the venture capital business. We believe that an active venture capitalist with a strong network of influential people can effectively fund and develop companies with far greater success than a passive investor. As a board member, we are active, and we have the energy, experience and contacts to help take the company to the next stage and beyond.BACK TO TOP
Duquesne University Small Business Development Center
Duquesne University Small Business Development Center (SBDC) assists over 500 small businesses each year through confidential, individualized consulting at no-charge. Entrepreneurs work with their consultant on preparing business plans, developing marketing strategies, analyzing financial statements and seeking financing. The main goal of the SBDC is to help businesses start, grow and prosper.
In addition to our consulting services, over 1100 business owners attend our workshops and conferences each year. The three largest events are: The Entrepreneur's Growth Conference (Spring), TCOMM - Technology Commercialization Event (early fall) and the PA Business Technology Conference (late fall)
We specialize in International and Technology Commercialization. Our International consultant provides assistance in finding new markets for exporting and understanding their cultures and buying behaviors. Our Technology Commercialization consultant offers assistance with early stage product feasibility, market analysis, business planning and commercialization, and identification of financing alternatives, as well as SBIR/STTR proposal assistance.
The SBDC program is jointly funded by the U.S. Small Business Administration, DCED and public and private agencies at the state and local levels.www.duq.edu/sbdcBACK TO TOP
Early Stage Partners
Early Stage Partners was formed to provide equity capital to early stage companies primarily in Ohio, Michigan and the Midwest. The Fund invests in the region's most promising industry clusters, including technology, biosciences, instruments, controls and electronics, advanced materials, advanced manufacturing and energy.
Early Stage Partners is a professionally managed, scaled initiative with a demonstrated ability to lead and structure early stage transactions. The fund endeavors to identify and to lead the earliest rounds of financing for the region's most promising opportunities and to prepare them for later institutional funding. For more information, please visit our Web site at: http://www.esplp.com/.BACK TO TOP
Actively investing since 1986, Edison partners with entrepreneurs, service providers and other financing sources to build successful companies. We provide private equity and value-added services to expansion stage ($5 - 20 million revenue) information technology businesses located on the east coast. Edison has realized many successful exits generating substantial proceeds for founders, management, employees and investors. For further information visit us at http://www.edisonventures.com/BACK TO TOP
Ernst & Young LLP
Ernst & Young is a global leader in assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services. Worldwide, our 141,000 people are united by our shared values and an unwavering commitment to quality. We make a difference by helping our people, our clients and our wider communities achieve their potential.BACK TO TOP
Fletcher Spaght Ventures
Fletcher Spaght Ventures (FSV) is a venture capital fund investing in emerging growth high technology and healthcare companies. Established to build substantial, long-term capital appreciation, FSV invests in companies with familiarity/experience with the company, promising business potential, and financing led by top-tier venture capital firm. Included are companies in the areas of information technology (IT) and IT services, Internet, software, telecommunications, medical devices, healthcare informatics, biotechnology and healthcare services.
Fletcher Spaght Ventures is well positioned to provide exemplary returns to investors. Established by Fletcher Spaght, Inc. (FSI), a strategy consulting firm focusing on the high technology and healthcare industries, FSV capitalizes on the strengths as seen in our investment strategy, resources/team, and resulting attractive portfolio companies resources and deal flow of FSI. In particular, FSV leverages FSI's strategy, technology and new venture expertise to assess the potential for each investment opportunity. In addition, FSV uses the client base and extensive investment relationships FSI has built over twenty years, to gain access to unique investment opportunities.
Post investment, the FSV general partners and FSI consulting staff contribute their deep expertise in high technology and healthcare, as well as their general strategic and analytical expertise, to enhance the value of investments in the FSV portfolio.BACK TO TOP
Fox Rothschild LLP
Fox Rothschild LLP is a full-service, national law firm built to serve business leaders. Over the past 100 years, we have grown to more than 500 lawyers in 17 offices coast to coast - with a particular strength in Pennsylvania. The firm helps position companies, investors and executives to fully leverage the leadership challenges, growth opportunities and strategic investment options they face. Our Technology & Venture Capital practice is a powerful resource for our clients. Our attorneys foster relationships with all levels of investors, offering their solid understanding of entrepreneurs and broad connections with leadership talent. Combining legal knowledge, IP strategy and financing acumen, we leverage our in-depth industry experience to bring the right people and deals together. www.foxrothschild.com.BACK TO TOP
GE Capital, Healthcare Financial Services
With in-depth industry knowledge and expertise, GE Capital, Healthcare Financial Services has provided more than $60 billion in financing over ten years to companies in over 45 healthcare sectors including senior housing, hospitals, medical offices, outpatient services, pharmaceuticals and medical devices. Our team of professionals creates business and financial solutions tailored to meet the individual needs of our customers. Enhancing the quality of life is the mission of the healthcare industry. Supporting the growth of innovative life science companies, large and small, as a reliable source of essential financing is our mission at GE Capital, Healthcare Financial Services. Our dedicated Life Science Finance team has worked with more than 500 companies and provided over $2.5 billion in financing to the market. For more information, visit http://www.gehealthcarefinance.com/finance/lsffinancing.BACK TO TOP
Idea Foundry supplies the critical ingredients to transform an entrepreneur’s business idea into a fundable start-up. We are positioned within Western Pennsylvania to be the first place an entrepreneur will go if they are seeking help with building a new company. Idea Foundry does not fund research, but focuses on the management, product, market, and financial building blocks critical to establishing a strong business foundation. We bridge the gap of skills, knowledge, funding and relationships!
- Skills and knowledge - experienced mentors, a structured process and tools to help develop your business model
- Funding - financial support to pay the bills while you concentrate on building your start-up and access to capital to take you to the next level
- Relationships - a network of technical, commercial and financial resources to assist you now and in the future
Additional information is at www.ideafoundry.orgBACK TO TOP
Innovation Park at Penn State
Innovation Park at Penn State began construction in 1993 to assist in the economic revitalization of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. This 118 acre research park is designated for business development, including incubating start-up companies through mature corporations, as well as services to support businesses and their employees. The Park is home to over 50 tenants and approximately 1500 employees.
To learn more, visit: www.innovationpark.psu.eduBACK TO TOP
Innovation Works (IW) invests in and provides business mentoring to high-potential, start-up technology companies. Innovation Works is the most active seed-stage investor in Southwestern PA, investing more than $40M in roughly 120 companies since 1999. IW's portfolio companies have raised more than $558 M in follow-on funding. The depth of experience gained from working with so many companies and deal transactions makes IW's business advice an invaluable resource. The combination of capital and expertise helps companies move quickly and effectively to commercialize products, gain customers, and form relationships with other investors and advisors who can help these companies realize their full potential.BACK TO TOP
JumpStart is a nationally recognized venture development organization accelerating the successes of diverse entrepreneurs, their high growth companies and the ecosystems supporting them. Over the last eight years, JumpStart has provided intensive business assistance to more than 400 entrepreneurial clients and invested in 67 early stage Northeast Ohio companies. Through the depth of its entrepreneurial team and the breadth of its high value resources, JumpStart helps these companies address key business challenges and achieve milestones of rapid growth, providing individualized guidance and assistance in areas such as talent attraction and retention, strategic partnerships, sales and marketing. Collectively, JumpStart-supported companies have raised more than $500 million in follow-on capital. For more information, visit www.jumpstartinc.org and follow @JumpStartInc on Twitter.BACK TO TOP
K&L Gates LLP comprises more than 2,000 lawyers who practice in 47 offices located on five continents: Anchorage, Austin, Beijing, Berlin, Boston, Brisbane, Brussels, Charleston, Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas, Doha, Dubai, Fort Worth, Frankfurt, Harrisburg, Hong Kong, Houston, London, Los Angeles, Melbourne, Miami, Milan, Moscow, Newark, New York, Orange County, Palo Alto, Paris, Perth, Pittsburgh, Portland, Raleigh, Research Triangle Park, San Diego, San Francisco, São Paulo, Seattle, Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore, Spokane, Sydney, Taipei, Tokyo, Warsaw and Washington.
Our clients include both venture capitalists and companies funded by venture capitalists, including high-growth companies in the fields of information technology, life sciences and advanced manufacturing. Our lawyers provide counsel on a broad range of transactions, including minority and control investments, seed stage financing, traditional convertible preferred stock rounds, later-stage funding, bridge financing, PIPES, convertible securities, leveraged buyouts, roll-ups, restructurings and recapitalizations. Because of our experience as both fund and issuer counsel, we are familiar with the current state of the market, including valuation and the rights typically afforded to investors.BACK TO TOP
Since 1989, KFMR Katz Ferraro McMurtry, P.C. has worked with technology, life science, and early-stage companies in providing accounting, tax and consulting services from start-up through growth. In fact, KFMR worked with the first venture-backed technology transfer company from CMU from its inception in 1989 until it was sold in 1994. Through our experience, we have learned that as much as these companies share common opportunities and challenges, they are equally distinct with their own unique characteristics - making it difficult, if not impossible, to compare or benchmark companies with one another. As a result of our work with numerous venture-backed companies, we've experienced and mastered the common matters, while having the vision and prowess to navigate the uncharted waters, seeing companies through to the profitable stage and beyond.
With a seasoned, highly credentialed and diversified talent base, we are able to provide a broad scope of services to venture-backed companies such as audit and accounting services; budgeting, forecasts and projections; due diligence; strategic tax planning and compliance services; strategic business planning; accounting software systems; assistance with debt and equity financing; financial system design and implementation; business valuation services; general business consulting; transaction advisory services; and CFO/Controller services.
In addition to our knowledge, ability and resources, our clients know us for the responsiveness and care we demonstrate - not just in the engagements that we perform - but in the relationships which we establish. Our objective is to learn and understand the issues that affect your business so that we can assist with your needs as well as look beyond the books to help you improve your overall business and financial position.BACK TO TOP
KPMG is a global network of professional firms providing Audit, Tax, and Advisory services. We operate in 152 countries and have 145,000 professionals, including more than 8,000 partners, working in member firms throughout the world. Our member firms aim to provide clients with a globally consistent set of multidisciplinary financial and accounting services based on deep industry knowledge. KPMG LLP, the U.S. member firm of KPMG International, is a leader among professional service firms with more than 23,000 employees and partners in 87 offices throughout the U.S. Our purpose is to turn knowledge into value for the benefit of our clients, our people, and the capital markets.
KPMG's Pittsburgh office opened its doors in 1905 and ranks among the oldest and largest professional services firms in the city. The Pittsburgh office is staffed by approximately 200 professionals who serve publicly and privately-owned businesses throughout the region, country, and world.BACK TO TOP
Leed's, as part of Polyconcept North America, is the second leading supplier of promotional products within the $16 billion advertising specialties industry. Headquartered in New Kensington, PA. and with offices around the globe, Leed's products, programs and services are recognized throughout the United States and Canada.
Originally called Leed's Leather Products, the company was founded by Pittsburgh entrepreneurs Bruce Weiner and Tom Bernstein in 1986. By 2000, Leed's was recognized as one of the fastest growing suppliers within the industry and has since garnered local acknowledgement, including being ranked 27 on Pittsburgh Post Gazette's "Top 50 Private Companies" 2007 list. New employees join the Leed's team nearly every week and operational space continues to grow as Leed's expands its local roots.
Information about Leed's is available at http://www.leedsworld.com.BACK TO TOP
Lynch Weis, LLC
Lynch Weis, LLC is a full-service, business law firm, representing companies and individuals that expect the excellence of a top-tier law firm, but the personal attention and price structure of a boutique firm. The lawyers of Lynch Weis understand that to be exceptional business lawyers, they need to know business. With experience as former business owners, executives and in-house counsel, Lynch Weis attorneys know what it means to run a business. Lynch Weis offers a forward-thinking, creative and collegial environment in which to find affordable paths that lead to our clients’ goals through its Corporate & Finance, Intellectual Property, Employment, Real Estate and Litigation Group Practices. Lynch Weis supports its business clients with everything from day-to-day decisions to pivotal matters like buying, selling and merging assets or ownership.
Lynch Weis represents clients with local, regional and national business presence, in state and federal courts, and administrative forums in Pennsylvania and neighboring states. Their office is located in Cranberry Township, at the heart of the fastest-growing suburb and business center of Pittsburgh, with easy highway access from all of Western Pennsylvania and Eastern Ohio.BACK TO TOP
Malin Bergquist & Company LLP
Malin Bergquist (http://www.malinbergquist.com/) has a long standing track record of helping development stage companies secure the next round of financing. In just the past few years, our early stage clients have raised over $600 million, ranging from seed funding of a few thousand dollars, all the way up to public offerings of over $100 million. We have worked closely with myriad entrepreneurs, and understand the complex dynamics and emotional atmosphere at work. Our team's diligence, personality and judgment often make the difference in successfully assisting, not impeding, the entrepreneurial growth process. In addition, our fee structure helps young companies stretch every valuable dollar, while providing depth that includes being one of just a handful of accounting firms in the region to be registered with the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) and have hands-on experience with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).BACK TO TOP
Meyer, Unkovic & Scott LLP
Meyer, Unkovic & Scott LLP provides legal counsel and representation to entrepreneurs through all stages of their business life - from forming a business entity, through financing, hiring and managing employees, to expanding worldwide and planning for eventual succession. As part of this life-cycle, we have assisted our entrepreneur-clients with entity selection, formation, governance, and financing, including IPOs and debt and equity offerings; mergers, acquisitions, and joint ventures (both domestic and international), intellectual property review and protection, technology licensing, labor and employment (including employee benefits and executive compensation); and dispute avoidance and resolution. The lawyers of Meyer, Unkovic & Scott LLP are engaged every day - whether in the courtroom or at the conference room table - in providing their clients with creative, insightful and cost-effective legal advice. To learn more about our firm and lawyers, visit us at www.muslaw.com.BACK TO TOP
Morgan Lewis & Bockius
The Pittsburgh office of Morgan Lewis provides strategic legal advice to the region's and world's leading companies. Clients include entrepreneurial start-ups, venture capital and private equity firms, and Fortune 500 and international companies with businesses around the globe. The firm's clients are leaders in their industry and the firm has served as lead counsel on many of their most prominent deals. Our approach is unique. At Morgan Lewis, we make it our business to know the industries in which our clients operate, and we have the experience, knowledge and connections to help our client achieve their strategic business goals. Our work includes venture and corporate finance, IPOs, debt and equity offerings, mergers and acquisitions, technology licensing and distribution, international joint ventures, private equity and fund formation, SEC compliance, corporate governance, intellectual property, employee benefits and executive compensation, labor and employment, and dispute resolution. Our firm has some 1,400 lawyers and 1,600 other professionals, in 24 offices in the United States, Europe and Asia. Morgan Lewis offers seamless advice, across all practice areas and locations, no matter where our clients reside.BACK TO TOP
Osage Venture Partners
Osage Venture Partners, located near Philadelphia, PA, is a leading provider of venture capital to early stage enterprise software and healthcare IT companies in the Mid-Atlantic region. We typically invest $1-2M in the Series A round and prefer companies with B2B business models and an annual revenue run rate of $1M or greater. Additional information is available at www.osageventurepartners.com.BACK TO TOP
ParenteBeard is the leading regional certified public accounting and business advisory firm with 1,000 employees providing outstanding service, exceptional value, and clear, meaningful advice related to audit, accounting, tax and business consulting services to middle market and small business clients across the region. The 145 partner firm has offices located in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Maryland, Delaware and Texas. The firm is ranked among the Top 25 firms in the USA and is an independent member of Baker Tilly International.
For more information, please visit ParenteBeard at http://www.parentebeard.com/.BACK TO TOP
Pepper Hamilton LLP
Pepper Hamilton LLP has represented venture capital firms and emerging growth companies through hundreds of investments from seed rounds to IPOs. Both before and after the financings close, our technology clients and their investors count on us to help them grow by building their intellectual property portfolios, negotiating key business transactions and managing regulatory compliance. With more than 500 lawyers nationally, Pepper has the skill and depth to handle matters of any complexity throughout Pennsylvania, the nation and the world.BACK TO TOP
Pittsburgh Business Times
The Pittsburgh Business Times is the area's premiere source for local business news, leads and information covering large corporations to small business start-ups. The paper is published every Friday and is available both in print and online. The Business Times also publishes daily breaking news on its website, pittsburghbusinesstimes.com.
The Business Times considers itself as much a part of the Greater Pittsburgh business community as the companies it covers. To that end, the Business Times presents a number of programs and events during the year, including Business for Breakfast, Pittsburgh 100 and Best Places to Work. The Business Times is committed to providing powerful resources to help professionals grow their businesses.BACK TO TOP
Pittsburgh Equity Partners, LP
Pittsburgh Equity Partners (PEP) is an early-stage venture capital fund specifically formed to grow Western Pennsylvania’s most promising early-stage technology companies. PEP is a lead series A investor whose managers are experienced investors who manage risk and drive results by applying a unique strategy along with industry best practices. They combine decades of experience as entrepreneurs and investors with a collaborative approach that fosters the development of great ideas and people to drive value creation.BACK TO TOP
Pittsburgh Life Sciences Greenhouse
The Pittsburgh Life Sciences Greenhouse (PLSG) provides capital investments and customized company formation and business growth services to our region's life sciences enterprises. The PLSG supports biosciences companies with promising innovations in the following concentrations: Biotechnology Tools, Diagnostics, Healthcare IT, Medical Devices and Therapeutics. The PLSG is propelling the sustainable growth of western Pennsylvania's life sciences economy by accelerating research and technology commercialization with seed and early-stage companies; connecting investors with their Investment Portfolio companies; expanding established life sciences ventures and relocating biomedical companies to Pennsylvania.BACK TO TOP
Pittsburgh Regional Alliance
The Pittsburgh Regional Alliance, an affiliate of the Allegheny Conference on Community Development, markets the benefits of conducting business in southwestern Pennsylvania to companies all over the world that are growing, relocating or expanding.BACK TO TOP
Radius Ventures, LLC
Radius Ventures is a New York City-based venture capital firm focused on early-stage opportunities within the health and life sciences industry. Founded in 1997, Radius manages two funds with total committed capital of approximately $100 million. The firm invests up to $5 million in each of its portfolio companies and pursues a highly active investment style, providing substantial resources and direction to company management. Radius seeks opportunities across a broad spectrum including biotechnology and pharmaceuticals, medical devices and products, health and life sciences enterprise and application software, and healthcare services. On a selective basis, Radius considers later-stage health and life sciences investments where the firm can uniquely apply its industry and capital markets experience. Radius is licensed as a Small Business Investment Company (SBIC). For more information, visit: www.RadiusVentures.com.BACK TO TOP
Reed Smith LLP
Reed Smith is a leading global law firm, representing both emerging-growth companies and the individuals and institutions that finance them. Our global platform and worldwide network of contacts allows our attorneys to provide our emerging-company clients with targeted referrals to appropriate sources of financing, potential strategic partners or even acquisition targets. Those referrals, combined with our advice on financing strategies, can make the difference in our emerging-company clients obtaining the capital needed to fund future growth and technology development. We represent industry-leading companies in a wide range of industry verticals, including clean technology, energy, life sciences, medical devices, digital media, cloud computing, e-commerce, information technology, retail, and financial services, just to name a few. We also represent top venture capital, private equity and sovereign wealth funds, as well as prominent angel investors. Our global platform and full-service practice allows Reed Smith to serve clients in every aspect of their business, with our attorneys often serving as outside general counsel and trusted advisors to our clients' executive management team and board. We provide clients with unmatched responsiveness, and practical, cost-effective legal advice on virtually every type of transaction, from formation and initial funding, to initial public offerings and mergers, and beyond.BACK TO TOP
River Cities Capital Funds
River Cities Capital Funds provides growth equity financing coupled with business acumen to high-potential private companies. National in scope, the firm's practice is diversified between healthcare and IT, and the intersection of those sectors. River Cities specializes in helping entrepreneurs with market-proven solutions, services, and devices to effectively and efficiently build infrastructure for rapid and profitable revenue growth. With nearly $500 million under management and more than 100 investments made, River Cities has established itself as a preferred partner among the entrepreneurial and private equity communities. The firm is currently seeking new investments for its fifth fund and recently marked its first investment out of Fund V in Trax Technologies.BACK TO TOP
RiverVest Venture Partners
RiverVest Venture Partners is a venture capital firm focused on identifying and shaping early-stage life science companies throughout the U.S. to create significant shareholder value. With hands-on, high-level expertise and financial resources, RiverVest supports entrepreneurs by helping them achieve near-term objectives that position their companies for exit.
Established in 2000, RiverVest has funded 29 innovative life science companies and currently has assets under management of $208 million.BACK TO TOP
RR Donnelley's Global Capital Markets business creates, manages, produces and delivers regulatory, transaction and compliance communications required by the capital markets and financial services community. For our clients, we file more than 50,000 documents annually with the SEC and produce many of the critical communications for compliance, business combinations, initial public offerings, and other regulated financial transactions. This in addition to our global service centers, translation and design services and unlimited printing capacity allows us to handle any size job.
Backed by RR Donnelley's Fortune 300 global resources, we've earned a reputation as a value-added partner. We add value through highly personalized and around-the-clock service, single-source deal solutions, deal management, worldwide regulatory expertise, a global reach, client education and insight that comes from a history of experience and achievement.
For more information, please visit our sites at http://www.rrdgcm.com/ and http://www.realcorporatelawyer.com/, our real-time law resource that provides the latest developments in securities law and practice.
Saul Ewing LLP
Saul Ewing LLP is a full service law firm with 240 lawyers in 11 offices in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Delaware, New York and the District of Columbia. The firm serves businesses throughout the United States and internationally, including recognizable names in corporate America, exciting start-ups and an array of closely held and privately held companies, as well as nonprofits, governmental and educational entities. For more information, visit www.saul.com.BACK TO TOP
Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP
"Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower." – Steve Jobs
Entrepreneurs and companies in the early stages of formation have special needs that require experienced counsel to ensure innovation and growth is nurtured while pitfalls are avoided and risk is minimized. Schnader attorneys have experience representing innovators and entrepreneurs across all stages of development – from business formation and early lines of credit; to private placement and public capital; to strategic introductions taking the business to the next level – anywhere your business leads you. We are sensitive to the needs of growing companies and we are committed to meeting those needs efficiently and cost-effectively. Our attorneys place a high priority on understanding our clients' industries and related markets by maintaining a keen awareness of their latest developments. We have assembled a team of attorneys that can provide integrated legal services within such areas as organizational structuring, finance, real estate, mergers and acquisitions, intellectual property, labor and employment, litigation, tax, public private partnerships, economic development initiatives and international law.
Schnader also has substantial experience in representing venture capital funds, private equity funds, investment bankers and corporate investors. We represent investment funds both in formation and the raising of investment capital, nationally and internationally, as well as in the structuring of their investments in portfolio companies. To help connect entrepreneurs and financiers more effectively, we have developed a national venture capital database because we understand that companies invest a considerable amount of time, energy and funds in growing their businesses.
In short, Schnader recognizes that your innovation distinguishes you as a leader and our attorneys can offer counsel on how you can realize your goals, develop your business and achieve strategic growth. To learn more about our Business and Technology services, please click here.BACK TO TOP
Silicon Valley Bank
Silicon Valley Bank is the premier commercial bank for companies in the technology, life science, venture capital/private equity and premium wine industries. SVB provides a comprehensive suite of financing solutions, treasury management, corporate investment and international banking services to its clients worldwide. Through its focus on specialized markets and extensive knowledge of the people and business issues driving them, Silicon Valley Bank provides a level of service and partnership that measurably impacts its clients' success. Founded in 1983 and headquartered in Santa Clara, Calif., the company serves clients around the world through 27 U.S. offices and international operations in China, India, Israel and the United Kingdom. Silicon Valley Bank is a member of global financial services firm SVB Financial Group (Nasdaq: SIVB), with SVB Analytics, SVB Capital, SVB Global and SVB Private Client Services. More information on the company can be found at http://www.svb.com/.
Silicon Valley Bank is the California bank subsidiary and the commercial banking operation of SVB Financial Group. Banking services are provided by Silicon Valley Bank, a member of the FDIC and the Federal Reserve System. SVB Private Client Services is a division of Silicon Valley Bank. SVB Financial Group is also a member of the Federal Reserve System.BACK TO TOP
Sisterson & Co. LLP
Sisterson & Co. LLP, one of the largest CPA firms in western Pennsylvania, has long had a reputation for providing the highest-quality tax, audit and consulting services to all of our clients. Our commitment to this level of performance extends directly to our service to emerging companies, and venture capital and private equity investors. We deliver extensive knowledge in the accounting and tax areas unique to this sector (revenue recognition, complex equity structures, share-based compensation and valuation, and "at value" reporting), as well as the ability to serve your needs relative to mergers and acquisitions, information technology, and business valuation.
For more information, visit www.sisterson.com.BACK TO TOP
Strassburger McKenna Gutnick & Gefsky
For more than a century, Strassburger McKenna Gutnick & Gefsky has provided clients with top quality legal counsel and representation. If you have a legal problem and think you may need a lawyer, contact Strassburger McKenna Gutnick & Gefsky today. Our experienced and knowledgeable lawyers in Pittsburgh give your case the personalized attention it deserves.
Strassburger McKenna Gutnick & Gefsky is a mid-sized, general practice law firm that represents public and private businesses as well as institutional and individual financiers and their families. With roots dating to 1908, we are one of the oldest and most respected Pittsburgh law firms.
During our long and successful history, we have established a national reputation for quality and personal service through a distinctive culture characterized by deep experience, lasting relationships with clients, and exacting standards.BACK TO TOP
Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP
At Taft, we work as one team, driven and committed to helping you succeed. Our attorneys listen and understand that innovative, value-creating solutions help our clients reach their goals. Our collaborative approach, advanced technological resources and depth of services can transform what you expect from your legal team. Since 1885, Taft has maintained a constant focus: to provide clients, both large and small, with legal advice and services that meet the highest possible standards.BACK TO TOP
TechColumbus accelerates the growth of Central Ohio’s innovation economy by providing vital resources and assistance to the entrepreneurs and enterprises that depend on technology and innovation to achieve their business goals. TechColumbus works to strengthen existing businesses, open doors to technology resources, promote and attract the next generation of high-wage/high-growth industry sectors, support the attraction and retention of a talented workforce, and promote opportunities for all citizens within the Columbus region. TechColumbus engages the broad Central Ohio business community through a robust membership program designed to foster a highly networked, entrepreneurial eco-system.
TechColumbus leads TechStart, Central Ohio’s Entrepreneurial Signature Program, a key regional initiative of The Ohio Third Frontier. TechStart’s mission is to help create high paying jobs within the 15 counties comprising the Central Ohio service area. It accomplishes its mission by aggressively seeking out, coaching and funding promising technology startup opportunities with high-growth potential and preparing them for interest from angel and venture investors.
To date, TechColumbus business coaches and mentors have dedicated more than 102,000 person- hours assisting some 1,427 companies within the region. Of these companies, TechColumbus has invested $17.4 million into 103 technology startups.
In return, these startups have:
- Generated product sales of $385.5 million
- Raised an additional $541.3 million in follow-on funding
- Created 1,600 jobs with an average annual salary of $57,379.
TechGROWTH Ohio assists technologically-innovative, early-stage companies and entrepreneurs to accelerate commercialization pathways by providing professional business assistance, material resources, and access to pre-seed and follow-on investment opportunities. In this way, TechGROWTH Ohio prepares companies for market-entry helping them attract the resources they need for growth and sustainability.
TechGROWTH Ohio serves a 20-county region in eastern and southern Ohio, and is located at Ohio University's Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs in Athens, Ohio. Funded by the Ohio Third Frontier, TechGROWTH works with a network of partners throughout its region, mobilizing resources to provide intensive operational assistance and financing opportunities for early-stage technology companies. As a part of the Third Frontier's Entrepreneurial Signature Program, TechGROWTH Ohio works with technology companies in interactive digital media, bioscience, advanced energy, bio-agriculture, and other emerging innovative technologies. For more information, visit http://www.techgrowthohio.com/.BACK TO TOP
TingaTinga Capital is a non-profit organization providing visionary entrepreneurs in the developing world with the resources they need to flourish. By working with talented, under-resourced, high-character entrepreneurs, TingaTinga equips visionaries to restore brokenness in their communities. This is primarily accomplished through provision of seed funding and coaching during the entrepreneurial process. TingaTinga Capital began in 2011 and has created over 100 jobs in Uganda.BACK TO TOP
Tucker, Johnston & Smelzer, Inc.
Since 1924, TJ&S has provided quality, professional insurance products and advice to thousands of companies and individuals. As experts in risk management and employee benefits, we design complete coverage programs based upon understanding your business and its needs. We do this via a thorough review of your company’s business plan, human capital, intellectual property, and financials. TJ&S invests this time and effort into every customer regardless of size which is why many early stage organizations prefer to work with us. In addition, we ensure that employers are aware of and complying with the multitude of new regulations associated with the Patient Protection and Affordability Care Act(PPACA).BACK TO TOP
University of Pittsburgh - Institute for Entrepreneurial Excellence
The Institute for Entrepreneurial Excellence at the University of Pittsburgh Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business helps entrepreneurial business leaders harness the power of innovation, collaboration, and knowledge to increase profit margins, create jobs, diversify revenue streams, connect to emerging markets, and secure new research and development dollars. We take pride in knowing that, collectively, the people we serve fuel southwestern Pennsylvania’s resurgent economy.
Serving nearly 1000 entrepreneurs and companies per year, our approach features a dynamic mix of programs and services, including:
- Monthly workshops and special seminars for entrepreneurs interested in starting a new business or making their existing business more profitable
- Customized consulting to help emerging leaders and seasoned professionals leverage strengths and overcome challenges related to financing, information technology, technology/new product commercialization, succession planning, and governance
- Special initiatives to promote the revitalization of Pittsburgh’s economy by supporting urban pioneers who run businesses in inner city neighborhoods
- Educational programs featuring internationally-known experts who share cutting-edge information about new trends, practices and innovative models that can be immediately applied in pursuit of business goals such as improving sales performance, launching new products, or attracting and retaining talent
- Professionally-led peer forums that meet in an environment of confidentiality to explore business, family, and personal aspects of operating a business
- Social events to promote networking among entrepreneurs
To learn more about the Institute, please visit www.entrepreneur.pitt.edu.BACK TO TOP
University of Pittsburgh - Office of Technology Management
Partner with The University of Pittsburgh And its Pitt Innovators
The University of Pittsburgh - Changing the world through...
Imagination. Ingenuity. Innovation
Pitt Innovators - faculty, staff and students at the University of Pittsburgh - truly are changing the world through their imagination, ingenuity and innovation. The Office of Technology Management, with support from our affiliate Office of Enterprise Development, Health Sciences, works hard to help them.
We facilitate the transformation of their ideas and research into market-driven products and processes. At the same time, we work to foster new relationships with industry - lasting partnerships in sponsored research, new innovation development, technology out-licensing, and the formation of start-up companies.
Indeed, the University of Pittsburgh has been elevated to the top tier of the nation's research universities by the collective research endeavors of Pitt Innovators. And they have brought to life significant innovations in:
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Please consider partnering with us and our Pitt Innovators. We look forward to working with you. Contact us 412-648-2206. Our Web address: www.innovation.pitt.edu.BACK TO TOP
UPMC is a $9 billion global health enterprise with more than 50,000 employees headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pa., and is transforming health care by integrating more than 20 hospitals, 400 doctors’ offices and outpatient sites, a health insurance services division, and international and commercial services. Affiliated with the University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences, UPMC is redefining health care by using innovative science, technology, and medicine to invent new models of accountable, cost-efficient, and patient-centered care. For more information on how UPMC is taking medicine from where it is to where it needs to be, go to UPMC.com.BACK TO TOP
West Capital Advisors, LLC
West Capital Advisors, LLC (WCA) provides management and advisory services for corporate innovation and venture investment programs. Additionally, WCA manages the West Capital Partners Program, a vehicle that enables high net worth individuals and family offices to participate in institutional syndicates sourced from WCA corporate programs.BACK TO TOP
Youngstown Business Incubator
The Youngstown Business Incubator is a 501(c) 3 charitable, non-profit focused on the development of B2B software application companies in the Mahoning Valley. Our 18 portfolio companies operate out of a YBI owned three building campus in downtown Youngstown, Ohio. We are a managed technology cluster for B2B software firms who currently employ over 300 people. By managed cluster, we mean that we hold each of these employees responsible for sharing their unique business or technical knowledge with others in the cluster that may need to gain that knowledge.
So when the two person startup comes to us for the first time, here is what we tell them: "There are over three hundred people working on our campus. What would you like them to do for you?"BACK TO TOP