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Access Venture Capital for Your Unique Concept or Business
A riveting panel discussion with professionals from across the venture capital space.

Thursday, October 20, 2011
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

New York Life - Gray Bar Building

420 Lexington Ave, 15th Floor
New York, NY 10170

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Description:   Please join us as we discuss how to make your business practices attractive to Angels, Venture Capitalists, and Private Equity screeners. We will talk about what are current industry trends as well as where our panelists think the future in Venture Capital is headed.

Learn how to gain tips on breaking into the work world of Venture Capital as well as any legal concerns you should be aware of and testimonials from those who have succeeded in the past. There will be an opportunity to hear feedback on select pitches at the end of the event.

Before this exciting event, we encourage you to pre-read the following:



Justin Anderson
Justin Anderson, Associate, offers Solidea's portfolio companies the expertise gained from years of experience in the technology space. Justin has had key involvement with several technology and internet-based application start-ups, and his technical skill set includes online infrastructure strategy, online application systems design, and database design. In 2000, Justin launched Netatic Technologies, a firm specializing in online application solutions. In 2001, Justin was recognized by YoungBiz Magazine as one of America's Top 100 young entrepreneurs, and in 2006, Justin was recognized by Merrill Lynch and The Initiative for a Competitive Inner-City as one of the country's top inner-city entrepreneurs. He is an expert in startup finance, early-stage deal structure, and product delivery strategy. Prior to joining Solidea, Justin began his career at Morgan Stanley's Prime Brokerage in the Technology Strategy group as a Summer Analyst. Justin Anderson earned a Bachelors of Science in Economics, with concentrations in Entrepreneurship and Management, from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

  John Frankel
John Frankel has been an early-stage venture investor since 1999. He worked at Goldman, Sachs & Co. for 21 years in a variety of roles that involved technology development, reengineering, and capital markets. In particular, he established Goldman’s Cayman offshore administration business, their London global custody business, and reengineered their global prime brokerage business. In capital markets, he worked closely with some of the world’s leading hedge funds, and developed a keen understanding of portfolio risk/return management. He started his business career with Arthur Anderson & Co. in the audit and insolvency divisions. Mr. Frankel was one of the earliest investors in Quigo Technologies which was purchased by AOL in December 2007, and in Cornerstone OnDemand (CSOD on NASDAQ) which had a successful IPO in March 2011. He has also served and/or now serves on the boards of 500px, Apparel Media Group,, ClearPath Immigration, Infochimps, Klout,,, Quigo Technologies, StrongTech, The Goldman Sachs Trust Company,, and Voxy. He is also a Mentor with the Entrepreneurs Roundtable Accelerator program. Mr. Frankel earned a Master of Arts from New College, Oxford where he studied Mathematics, Philosophy and Logic, and is a Fellow Chartered Accountant of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.

  Clem Turner
Over the course of his career, Clem Turner has successfully closed corporate and entertainment transactions with an aggregate value totaling over $6.5 billion.  Mr. Turner's corporate practice areas include mergers and acquisitions, private equity and venture capital finance, public corporate finance, securities law, Internet law, intellectual property and general business and corporate counseling.  Clem is active in the entrepreneurial community and participates in and moderates panels focusing on issues related to start-up and developing businesses - especially in the technology and entertainment fields. Furthermore, Clem maintains a legal blog which provides information for entrepreneurs in these sectors. His blog can be found at  Clem graduated from Princeton University with a B.A. in Psychology. He graduated from Georgetown University Law School with a J.D., where he served as Executive Editor of the American Criminal Law Review.  Mr. Turner is admitted to practice in New York and California.

  Scotland Willis
Scotland Willis provides management consultant and sustainability strategies with over fourteen years of systems thinking experience in community engagement and organizational structures.  He is scholarship recipient of a dual master in Civil Engineering and Urban Policy and Planning at Tufts University as well as a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Northeastern University, and member of the Golden Key International Honour Society, holding a degree in sociology and anthropology from NU.  Mr. Willis serves as a Board member at the Harvest Co-op and United South End Settlement as well as sitting on (Finance, Development, Governance, and Strategic Planning).  Mr. Willis serves as VP of Help-a-Poor-Child, an international relief organization working in India and Africa.  His work experience includes strategic planning for large scale change ranging from Universities, to community colleges, and CDC’s, expanding his commitment to nonprofits, their infrastructure and needs.  He worked on the Roxbury strategic master planning process in 1999, and is a former at-large city council candidate in the City of Boston.  He include Emerson College Marketing and Global Consumerism; Northeastern University Law School for Civil Rights and Restorative Justice. A panelist at New England Sustainable Energy Alliance in 2008 and Van Jones’ Green For All in 2007; he also served as advisor to TERC's climate literacy curriculum design.  Mr. Willis is a project associate for the Massachusetts Conservation District and served as a Cambridge Sister City Delegate to El Salvador in 2008, whose efforts are realized the election of reform President, Mauricio Funes in 2009.  Big Brother volunteer, he is committed to reducing urban blithe.  He is currently writing a book Peering into the Future examining the phenomena impact and implications of peer-to-peer networks.   Mr. Willis is founder of Clear Strategies and Senior Partner at The Lyceum Group.

  Ntiedo (Nt) Etuk
Nt (pronounced EN-tee) Etuk is Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Tabula Digita. Tabula Digita is the company behind the award-winning DimensionU Learning System - a universe of multi-player educational video games where students learn, practice, compete, and collaborate, globally, in core K-12 subjects including math, literacy, science and history. Prior to founding Tabula Digita, Nt worked for a number of years managing the creation, implementation and analysis of various disruptive consumer products for Bank One and Citigroup.  At Citigroup, he was a member of the Payment Innovation Team, a Research and Development group responsible for the creation and implementation of concepts projected to generate $100 million in profits. At Bank One, Nt was responsible for the analysis and implementation of initiatives generating over $100 million in annual revenue for the company. He has also worked with the management consulting firm, McKinsey & Company. In 2010 Nt was selected by Technology & Learning as one of the 30 Future Leaders of Education Technology.  He was also honored as one of six “Top Entrepreneurs” by Crain’s New York.  In addition, Nt is a member of the 2010 Henry Crown Fellows class at the Aspen Institute and a member of The Aspen Institute’s Nigeria Leadership Initiative program.  He has been identified as one of Black Enterprise Magazine’s Masters of Technology, was a finalist for that magazine’s Business Innovator of the Year Award and has been featured in numerous publications including Forbes, BusinessWeek, and The New York Times. Nt earned a BS in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University, and an MBA at Columbia Business School where he was a Beta Gamma Sigma graduate, a recipient of the Board of Overseers Fellowship, winner of the Heffernan Award for Outstanding Service, and recipient of the Lang Fund Award for outstanding business ideas. A Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do and an avid reader of science fiction and fantasy novels, Nt’s game name is The_Man so that IF the kids beat him they can say they beat The Man.

Hosted by: Monique Alves (Columbia '09)
Registration:  Online registration is closed for this event. Walk-ins accepted space permitting. Please be sure to bring photo ID.
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