SPRK EXHIBITION - where entrepreneurs and investors meet
The SPRK Exhibition is a content and presentation driven event bringing together leading professionals from the Entrepreneurship, Venture Capital, High Net Worth and Angel Investing communities for a single day event. The SPRK Exhibition will also host a Boot Camp for Entrepreneurs around such useful topics as Legal Structure, Accounting, Business Valuation, Marketing, and Financing Strategy. The Exhibition will feature interactive sessions with expert speakers and panelists, and includes practical workshops focused on all aspects of starting and dynamically building a business. Entrepreneurs will receive a professionally produced video of their presentation.
SPRK provides the perfect opportunity for growing companies to present before a distinguished group of investors. Each company has a 10-minute presentation, followed by a 5-minute Q&A session. Upon conclusion of the Exhibition, participants receive a professionally prepared video of their presentation.
Panel Sessions include issues faced by Investors in growing business including key trends in direct investing, new investment opportunities, and best practices.
SPRK’s “BootCamp” is a value-added seminar providing a comprehensive overview of key issues facing entrepreneurs. It is structured in the form of modules and each one being led by a panel of seasoned industry experts. These practitioners are also available for consultation on an individual basis during the Exhibition.
Technology & Fintech
Consumer & Industrial
Single Family Offices
Multi Family Offices
High Net Worth Investors
Venture Capital Funds
Private Equity Funds
Direct Investment Vehicles
Club Deal Investors
Banks & ABL Lenders
Venture Debt Providers
Mergers and Acquisitions
Marketing Firms & Graphic Designers
Attorneys & Accountants
IT & HR & Payroll
Tiger International Advisors
CEO & Former Dept of Defense Deputy Assistant Secretary
CEO & Former Dept of Defense Deputy Assistant Secretary, Tiger International Advisors
Plus Funding Group
President and Chief Credit Officer
President and Chief Credit Officer , Plus Funding Group
Marino Partners, LLP
Managing Partner, Marino Partners, LLP
Littler Mendelson, P.C.
Co-Chair, Start-Up and Tech Industry Practice Group
Co-Chair, Start-Up and Tech Industry Practice Group, Littler Mendelson, P.C.
Founder and Managing Partner
Founder and Managing Partner, Greenwave Advisors
American Angel Fund
Founding Managing Director
Founding Managing Director, American Angel Fund
Managing Director, SideCar Angels
Managing Director, Raptor Ventures
Director, Paragon PR
Ivette Almeida is senior communications professional with 20 years of experience in delivering high-impact integrated communication strategies that optimize market reputation and growth for startup and developed organizations in the financial services, fintech, B2B technology, telecom/mobile, energy, and commodities. She currently heads the US PR/media relations team at Paragon Public Relations, a specialty financial communications firm.
Throughout her career, she has worked with US and international companies as well as government and influential executives to establish authority leaders, educate key stakeholders of clients’ offerings and services and organize impactful publicity and corporate events. She also has a proven track record of developing highly innovative campaigns for startups to that not only lead to extensive media coverage – nationally and internationally – but also help clients achieve measurable business results. A few of Ivette's past and current clients include Mizuho Americas, Sage Advisory, OpenDoor Trading, Globant S.A., Vale S.A., FeeX, LUKoil Oil Company, Doro S.A. and World GTL.
Co-founder and CEO
Co-founder and CEO, Yombu
Founder and CEO
Founder and CEO , Jabord
Client Executive, Andela
Tess Manning is a Client Executive at Andela, a high-growth company connecting brilliant technical talent across the African continent with global innovative engineering teams. She focuses on new Business Development and Partnership Sales. Tess previously helped scale two other New York startups: she ran Business Operations and Talent at the mobile app Timehop and was in Client Services at the marketing software company Sailthru. Tess holds a BA from New York University in International Relations and is pursuing an MBA at Stanford University this fall.
Co-Founder and Lead Dog
Co-Founder and Lead Dog, dogly
Co-Founder and CEO
Co-Founder and CEO , GTL Solutions
The United States now has enough natural gas to produce 400 billion barrels of synthetic crude oil – more than all the oil consumed since 1859. GTL Solutions believes it is possible to end America’s crude oil imports and become a net crude oil exporter for the first time since 1958. GTL Solutions has filed patents for modular GTL plants, the conversion of wellhead gas to syngas without gas processing plants, and for conversion of existing methanol plants to GTL. These breakthroughs promise radical reductions in the capital costs for producing GTL. The primary product is GTJ Jet Fuel (ASTM D-7566-09 FT-SPK) for the United States Air Force, which needs 300,000 barrels per day by 2016.
COO and Co-Founder
COO and Co-Founder, CoverWallet
Rashmi Melgiri is the COO and Co-Founder of CoverWallet, an insurtech startup focused on simplifying insurance for small businesses. Before founding CoverWallet, Rashmi was a strategy consultant at the largest North American TMT consulting group, Altman and Vilandrie & Co. She has worked with a number of startups including Visible Measures and portfolio companies within Comcast Interactive Media. She has a bachelor’s degree from MIT and an MBA from MIT Sloan.
IGY Life Sciences
President and CEO
President and CEO, IGY Life Sciences
Gregory Orr Productions
Founder , Gregory Orr Productions
Producer, Maven Pictures
Co-Founder and CEO
Co-Founder and CEO, QwikScript
Jared has entrenched himself within the pharmaceutical and biotech industries. Over the past 6 years Jared has worked within multiple levels of the pharmaceutical sector including sales, management and consulting covering a variety of specialties. Aside from his daily duties, Jared has also consulted for health-tech start up companies in the Greater NYC area. But it is his own personal strife, as a patient, that helped spark the initial concept for QwikScript. Jared’s vision is to redefine the patient experience with trust and transparency while giving power back to the physicians. This has all lead to the development of QwikScript, a disruptive application for the health care system!
Founder and CEO
Founder and CEO , H2 Renewables
Managing Partner , NeuroHydrate
Jabord is a Technology platform Solving Recruitment Problems. It is the only smart technology platform addressing issues for both the job seeker and the hiring manager, and looking to simplify, not amplify the problems. Jb gives the job seeker and hiring manager the tools to more easily identify appropriate opportunities, with less hassle and more focus. Jb is also working to build solutions that educate, guide and assist all job-seekers, from all socio-economic and geographical backgrounds, the opportunity to succeed. Our success is everyone else’s success.
Hanteras, LLC is a cloud-based B2B software company focused on the $5 billion Events Management Software Industry. Our proprietary toolkit manages and markets Events, Conferences & Exhibitions globally. Our modular system provides customers with a centralized solution to manage enterprise needs through a single sophisticated portal with robust functionality using an intuitive interface. The company has a further opportunity to develop Innovation Management Software, a dynamic high-growth segment of the Enterprise Application market that manages innovation/ideas at the Enterprise-level. Hanteras has its headquarters in Connecticut and maintains its sales office in Texas.
Grind was launched in September 2011 as a members-only workspace designed for people who would rather work in a community than at a company. Conceived as “a 22nd century platform that helps talent collaborate in a new way: outside the system," it is the brainchild of Co: Collective, former real estate attorney Benjamin Dyett, sustainability expert Karina Warshaw, and Stuart Warshaw, a turnaround consultant. In its five years, Grind has grown up to become a flexible, shared workspace catering to freelancers, remote workers and teams of varying sizes.
We’re as flexible as you are. Feeling cornered in your corner office? Grind is a workspace, not a workroom. From the windows to the glass walls, we keep things open so you have space to breathe. We’re here to help you work friction free. “I can help you” and “I know people” are at the front desk for anything you may need, including introductions to other members in the space.
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Full Terms and Conditions
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
Any information or written material provided to you by Marcus and Hagstrom Events, LLC, its parents, affiliates and subsidiaries (collectively and separately, "MH") concerning any entrepreneur, company, investment, venture capital fund or any other fund registered in the United States or for UCITS (as such term is defined in the UCITS Directive of the European Commission) (the “Provider”) has been prepared and issued by, and is solely the responsibility of the Provider. It has not been prepared or approved by MH. The distribution of any such information or written material by MH should not be construed as an endorsement or recommendation by MH of any fund or manager, or of any information provided by the fund or manager; or as advice given by MH about the merits of investing in the fund or the legal, regulatory, tax or financial consequences of an investment in the fund; or as an offer or solicitation to acquire or dispose of any interest in the fund. MH does not conduct any due diligence on such information or written material nor take any steps to verify its adequacy, accuracy or completeness on your behalf. MH does not make any warranty, express or implied, as to such information or written material, the suitability of the fund as an investment or of any kind whatsoever, and does not assume any responsibility for, and shall not be liable for, any losses, damages, costs or expenses, of any kind or description, including any losses, damages, costs or expenses relating to the adequacy, accuracy or completeness of, any such information or written material or the use of such information or written material.
If you registered as an investor, you are hereby acknowledging that you are a self-directed, sophisticated investor, are experienced in investing in hedge funds and are an accredited investor as defined by the Securities Act of 1933 as amended. You acknowledge that all information to be forwarded to you by us will be supplied pursuant to your continuing request that we periodically provide and update you with information about Providers and upcoming events. You understand that (i) investments in private placements are speculative, involve a high degree of risk, and are illiquid, (ii) may be highly leveraged and their performance can be volatile and (iii) you could lose all or a substantial amount of any investment you make. You also understand that you are solely responsible for reviewing any investment, the qualifications of its owners / managers, its offering, including offering documents, and any statements made by its management, and for performing such due diligence as you may deem appropriate, including consulting your own legal, tax and investment advisors, and that any information provided by MH shall not form the primary basis of any investment decision you may make. Any views expressed in this communication are those of the individual sender except where the sender specifically states them to be the views of MH.
REGISTRATION CONFIRMATION AND CANCELLATION
Registration to this exhibition (the “Exhibition”) is exclusively by invitation and all registrations are subject to confirmation by MH, in its sole discretion. Additionally, all registrations are subject to cancellation by MH for any reason, and in its sole discretion, and MH shall not be responsible for airfare, other transportation costs, hotel costs, lost deposits, or consequential losses caused by such registration cancellation. In the event that this exhibition is cancelled for any reason, MH, likewise, shall not be responsible for airfare, other transportation costs, hotel costs, lost deposits, and / or consequential losses caused by such cancellation.
CODE OF CONDUCT
Participants acknowledge that their behavior reflects on Exhibition, other participating attendees, their own company and the alternative asset industry in general. Participants must at all times act in an appropriate manner, this includes, but is not limited to: adherence to the terms and conditions of any relevant event venue; adherence to these Terms and Conditions; not acting in a way which constitutes a nuisance or danger to any other person or property of the venue or any other designated accommodation; giving consideration to other guests at the venue or any other designated accommodation venue who are not attending the Event; not acting in any way which may injure or prejudice the reputation of the Exhibition, the Participating attendees, other companies or Alternative Asset industry in general; behaving in a way that is not discriminative to others, whether sexually, racially, culturally or otherwise; accepting that there will be no tolerance of violence or sexual harassment and that appropriate authorities will be notified if such conduct occurs; not hindering or obstructing any member of a police force or emergency services in the exercise or discharge of their functions at the venue; complying with any reasonable direction provided to the participant by MH or its agents, including but not limited to MH employees, contractors, sub-contractors, managers, officers and members of its advisory board; complying with all applicable Federal, State and local laws and regulations whilst attending Events. MH may refuse entry to or eject any participant who acts or does or who, in the opinion of the MH may act or do anything inconsistent with the Code of Conduct for the behavior of participants attending the event outlined in the above clause. Where a participant is refused entry to or ejected from an event in accordance with this clause it will be at the participant's own expense and the participant acknowledges and agrees that they will not be entitled to any refund of any registration, accommodation or other fees paid to MH with respect to the event. Failure to comply with the Code of Conduct outlined in the above clause may result in relevant authorities being notified and relevant parties providing information to the authorities if requested.
PHOTOGRAPHY, FILMING, VIDEO RECORDING, AUDIO RECORDING
You agree not to photograph, film, video record, audio record or transmit, or aid in recording or transmitting, any description, account, picture, image, film, video recording, audio recording, or reproduction of the event without the express written permission of MH. You hereby agree to be photographed, video recorded, audio recorded or otherwise have your image and/or voice recorded during the Exhibition and authorize MH, and/or any MH designee, to use and reproduce of all such recordings, photographs, video recordings, etc., and agree that all intellectual property in connection therewith shall be the sole property of MH. To the extent such ownership rights vest in you by operation of law or otherwise, you hereby assigns all rights, title and interest in such intellectual property to MH and you hereby release MH, and its assigns, agents and employees from all privacy, defamation or other claims, demands, and liabilities whatsoever in connection with the use of any of the above.
MEDIA AND PRESS
You hereby certifies that you are not attending the Exhibition as a member of the press or media, nor will the prospective delegate disseminate any of the content discussed or presented from therein via any media form (including, but not limited to, print/electronic/ newspapers/journals/blogs/ forums) without the express prior written approval of MH. All attendees may be asked to present photographic identification and/or a business card upon arrival at the Exhibition. Failure to comply may be grounds for immediate expulsion from the event without compensation.
Exhibition registration is electronic only. No items will ship in hard copy via mail or postal service. After completing registration online, you will receive a confirmation email with a summary of your registration details, which we recommend you retain for your own records. No tickets are needed for event entry; registered delegate id's will be checked against an attendee list upon arrival at the Exhibition.
In the unlikely event that the Exhibition is cancelled for any reason, neither MH nor its employees accepts responsibility for travel and/or accommodation costs or consequential losses incurred by prospective delegates as a result of any such cancellation. MH recommends that you arrange for appropriate insurance coverage. All payments may only be credited towards attendance at another MH event, and shall not be refunded.
REFUND POLICY, DELEGATE CANCELLATIONS AND TRANSFER
Registration cancellation requests received in writing on or before 90 days prior to the Exhibition will qualify for a refund, less a 15% administration fee. No refund will be given on cancellation requests received after this date. Should the original delegate be unable to attend, a substitute delegate is welcome at no extra charge; in this case, please contact MH to update the participant registration details. Any cancellation or substitution requests should be made to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The information you provide during conference registration will be safeguarded by MH who may use it to keep you informed of relevant products, event and services and may disseminate it to other attendees of the Exhibition. A list of the Exhibition participant names/member firms will also be disseminated and posted on the Exhibition website and on marketing emails and other electronic and print marketing materials. MH does not share any nonpublic personal information with any nonaffiliated third parties, except in the following circumstances: (1) disclosure to companies that provide services necessary to effect a transaction that you request or to service your account; (2) disclosure to government agencies, courts, parties to lawsuits, or regulators in response to subpoenas. In such cases, MH will share only the information that it is required or authorized to share; and (3) internal and external marketing efforts by MH, its affiliates and subsidiaries.
LIABILITY AND WARRANTIES
In no event will MH or its employees, agents, suppliers, or contractors be liable for any loss, damage, cost, expense (including all legal costs) or liability of any kind or character (whether due to MH's negligence or otherwise), including without limitation any compensatory, incidental, direct, indirect, special, punitive, exemplary or consequential damages, loss of data, loss of income or profit, loss of or damage to property, loss or denial of service, business interruption, claims of third parties or other losses of any kind or character, even if MH has been advised of the possibility of such damages or losses, arising out of or in any way connected with the use of or access to the MH's website, portal or application, any third party website, portal or application, or any product or service provided by or via MH or its website, portal or application. MH does not undertake to keep its websites updated. MH is not liable to any person for any error or inaccuracy in the information on or connected with its websites or any other website or if the information is not up to date. MH is not liable to users or any other person if interference with or damage to their computer or computer systems occurs in connection with use of the websites, portal or application, any third party website, application, portal or a linked website, portal or application. Users must take their own precautions to ensure that whatever they access, select or use is free of errors, viruses or anything else (such as "worms", "Trojan horses" or other deleterious data or programs) that may interfere with or damage the operations of any computer or computer systems. To the full extent permitted by law MH excludes, whether express or implied, all warranties (including without limitation any implied warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose), terms, conditions or representations of any kind. In the event that any warranty cannot by law be excluded, the liability of MH in any way related to a MH website, portal or application, (or any third party's) including the use of any MH website, portal or application, or any product or service accessed, obtained or purchased via or from MH or any MH website, portal or application, is limited at MH's sole discretion to: (1) the resupply or the repair, or where the product or service cannot be resupplied or repaired the replacement, of the relevant product or service; (2) where the relevant product or service in question can not be resupplied, repaired or replaced, the supply of an equivalent (in MH's opinion) product or service; (3) the purchase price paid by you to MH for that product or service; or (4) where relevant, taking reasonable steps to rectify or stop any malfunction of, inability to access, or instance of unauthorized use of or access to the Websites of which MH becomes aware.
INDEMNITY AND LIMITATION OF LIABILITY
MH does not assume any responsibility for the protection and safety of the prospective delegate or guests, or for the protection of the property of prospective delegate or guests, from theft or damage or destruction by fire, accident or other cause. Any security services provided by MH shall be deemed purely gratuitous and shall in no way be construed to make MH liable for any loss or inconvenience suffered by prospective delegate. The prospective delegate shall indemnify and hold harmless MH and its employees and agents against all claims or liability of any nature whatsoever arising from the activities (or omissions) of the prospective delegate other than claims and liabilities which are caused by or arise directly out of the gross negligence or willful misconduct of MH, its employees, or agents. prospective delegate further assumes responsibility and agrees to indemnify and defend MH and the ownership and management of the event facilities and their respective employees and agents against any claims or liabilities of either MH or the event facilities which are caused by or arise out of prospective delegate's use of the event facilities. MH shall not have any liability for losses (in contract, tort, warranty or otherwise) incurred in connection with any typographical errors or other inaccuracies (such as in a prospective delegate's name, address, phone number or e-mail address) which may ultimately appear in any MH poster, slide, website, email, portal, application or other event material.
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