Ignite Fundraisers Event Coverage


On Tuesday, September 4th, 2012 OLC attended a presentation hosted by Ignite! It was an evening of quick and speedy sells. Max Shapiro, CEO of PeopleConnect, hosted the company’s monthly startup pitch event and LeClairRyan and Microsoft sponsored the event which took place at Microsoft’s New York City office.

Ignite features a panel of VCs and guest, who judge, comment and rate the 10 start-up companies that present. Each company has two minutes to present their ideas to the panel. Afterwards, the panel has a chance to fire off questions at the presenters. Once that part is done, the panel rates the companies on a one to four scale, following up with commentary.

The panel consisted of the following VCs and guest: Sim Blaustein, co-founder of High Line Venture Partners, Andrew White, founder of LeClairRyan, Kelly Hoey founder and the managing director of Women Innovate Mobile, Sumit Shukla, Startup Evangelist for Microsoft’s Developer, Jeanne Sullivan, Founder and General Partner of StarVest Partners, L.P. , Wolfgang Daum, CEO of DAUM and CARDIOTOOLS,  Paul Weiss, co-founder of Panthera Leasing in San Francisco, Murat Aktihanoglu ,Founder and Managing Director at ER Accelerator, Ben Lin, Managing Partner and COO of Great Oaks Venture Capital,  John Ason, Professional Angel Investor,  Andrew Mitchell, co-founder ZIG Capital, and David Teten, Founder and Chairman of Harvard Business School Alumni Angels of Greater New York.

Tuesday night saw an array of start- up companies including a store-front app called Buyou, a telecom offering for the hearing impaired and even an app store for schools. Questions ranged from “How do you make money?” to “Why does the customer have to have it?” There were even comments made on the presenters’ dress, presentation and presence.  In the end, Chalkable walked away with a meeting with our Sponsoring Venture Capitalist, BDMI, with a full pitch session to the team and one month free at NestGSV.

The Presenting Companies Included:


"A place for geeks to share what they've done, who they did it with and connect with great companies and communities"

A news curation dashboard for teams and organizations.


A tool to help business handle and interpret their digital advertising.


A Lifestyle community where users share pictures of their favorite brands.

10 games that satisfy needs in the stock market.

A virtual mall app for the iPad where users can shop numerous stores through one application.


A social marketplace for the fashion enthusiast.

A model that enables companies to share data with select people in a more secure fashion.


An App Store for School + The Platform to make the apps function.  Chalkable took home the grand prize of the night.

General Machines - a company that combines Machine Learning with Telecom to change communications.