By Elliot Dater
Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis is a sponsor of the Keiretsu Forum Mid-Atlantic 3rd Annual Angel Capital Expo. Keiretsu Forum is the world’s largest angel investor network. Keiretsu Forum Mid-Atlantic has chapters in Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, New York and Washington, D.C. Schnader’s Pittsburgh office is the host sponsor of the Pittsburgh Chapter of Keiretsu Forum Mid-Atlantic.
The 3rd Annual Angel Capital Expo will feature 12 pre-screened and vetted presenting companies, six early-stage fast pitch presentations from technology transfer offices and college and university students, and an opportunity to network with up to 250 attendees including over 100 accredited investors. The presenting regular forum entry company that receives the highest level of votes from attendees will receive a prize of $100,000. The top early-stage company will receive $50,000 in investment and services.
What does this have to do with Pittsburgh and Israel? First, our Pittsburgh office is a sponsor of the Expo and a number of Keiretsu members will be attending the Expo. Second, Keiretsu Forum Mid-Atlantic has had a number of Israeli companies present at their regular monthly meetings over the last two years.
Last but not least, Keiretsu Forum Mid-Atlantic and Schnader Harrison are planning on having one meeting per year in Pittsburgh exclusively for presentations by Israeli companies looking to raise equity from angel investors. The companies will be carefully screened for their stage of development and potential investor interest and will present to an audience of interested accredited investors. We look forward to hosting this annual Israeli deal flow event in Pittsburgh and working to further business ties between Pittsburgh and Israel.
I will be back to report after the Expo and also to discuss some other exciting initiatives that are in there early stages to bring more Israeli technology companies to Pittsburgh.