Schnader Sponsors Keiretsu Forum Mid-Atlantic 3rd Annual Angel Capital Expo

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.

Welcome to Schnader’s Israel – Pittsburgh Tech Report

Our goal is to raise awareness of the technology ecosystem in both communities and to create a space where entrepreneurs can “meet,” exchange ideas and even plant the seeds of future collaboration.

I lived and practiced law in Israel for more than seven years. I was part of the Start Up Nation before it ever received that name. Prior to living in Israel, I spent several years working on a number of sophisticated Israeli research and development projects.

I have been living in Pittsburgh for nearly 11 years. As a practitioner and teacher of law and entrepreneurship in this region, I am proud to be part of the continuing renaissance of the city’s technology ecosystem.

Every day I am amazed to see the ideas, science and products being created in Israel and Pittsburgh. As I work with Israeli companies doing business in the United States and with local entrepreneurs, I see the similarities between the technology ecosystems in both regions. While no one will ever confuse winter along the Mediterranean shore with winter in Southwestern Pennsylvania, the brainpower, creativity and entrepreneurial spirit coming out of Pittsburgh and Israel are striking, and I am constantly looking for ways to bring them together.

This is the intention of Schnader’s Pittsburgh-Israel Business Report. We want to generate interest and collaboration between the two communities. We want to make people in Pittsburgh aware of the cutting edge developments coming out of Israel in software, IT, medical devices and life sciences and connect them to institutions like the Weizmann Institute, The Technion, and companies that have been supported by the Office of the Chief Scientist. We want to make people in Israel aware of the technologies being developed by companies at the Pittsburgh Life Sciences Greenhouse, Innovation Works, Idea Foundry, Carnegie Mellon University, the University of Pittsburgh, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and many other places.

Stay tuned, we will have more about recent events bringing Israelis and Israeli technology to Pittsburgh.

Elliot Dater
Schnader’s Pittsburgh-Israel Business Report

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