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Welcome to the 128 Innovation Capital GroupThe 128 Innovation Capital Group has been meeting continuously for over 33 years, fulfilling its mission of fostering an environment where innovation flourishes. The 128 Innovation Capital Group provides the forum where Entrepreneurs can meet Investors, Talented and Experienced Managers and Service Providers who will enable their organizations to become successful enterprises
Thursday, November 13th from 7:30 - 10:00 AM
The Great Room at Constant Contact
1601 Trapelo Rd. 3rd Floor, Waltham, MA
Gabor Garai of Foley & Lardner and Foley Ventures
When Your Lawyer is More than a Lawyer
As part of Foley & Lardner's comprehensive approach to delivering value to their clients, the firm has formed Foley Ventures, Foley’s own venture capital fund exclusively for their clients. Mr. Garai is one of the Foley lawyers who works with the fund and he will share the story about how it started and how it works to support innovative entrepreneurs.
Gabor Garai is a partner and business lawyer at Foley & Lardner LLP. He is chair of the firm’s Private Equity & Venture Capital Practice and co-chair of the Life Sciences Team.
Mr. Garai’s private equity and venture capital practice encompasses all legal and business aspects of structuring, financing and managing various types of investment funds; negotiating mergers, acquisitions and dispositions of portfolio companies; structuring investments in emerging companies; and participating in strategic decisions of funds and fund-owned companies.
Mr. Garai also counsels emerging life science companies, including biotech, medical device, pharmaceutical and medical service businesses. Mr. Garai addresses the strategic issues facing his clients through a combination of practical, business-oriented solutions and highly sophisticated financing techniques. He builds coherent, interdisciplinary teams to apply Foley’s nationwide "best-of-breed" talents to his clients’ diverse needs.
Mr. Garai graduated with a J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1976, and earned a B.A. from Harvard College in 1973.
Thursday, December 11th from 7:30 - 10:30 AM
the Great Room at Constant Contact
1601 Trapelo Rd. 3rd floor, Waltham, MA
Applications to present at this event accepted starting NOW!
Application deadline is Monday, December 1, 2014
What is the Piranha Pond? It is a “pitch party” where a select group of entrepreneurs has up to 5 minutes to convince a panel of investors to meet with them to further discuss their ventures. Using a format similar to the popular television show Shark Tank, our investors provide feedback to the entrepreneurs about their presentations and companies, and information to all about why they decide to be “In” or “Out.” If they are “In” they will meet with the Entrepreneur at a later time to discuss their company. If they are “Out” there is no interest at this time. Again, the investor lets us know why s/he will not move forward with the presenter.
For this event, we seek companies beyond the idea stage. The ideal company will have raised funds from friends, family, and/or grants such as SBIR’s. If the company’s product is a software or SAAS product, it should be in beta testing or later.
Please note: There is a $50 application fee required in order to be considered. A selection committee will choose the top 8 applicants to present. The successful applicants will be deemed to have companies most likely to interest the investment panel. In the past, the successful companies have been beyond the idea stage, with a finished product and/or revenue or significant progress toward commercialization if a pharma, equipment or medical device company.
This is a public event.
Attendance fees for this meeting:
General admission - $35
128ICG Members - $25
When Your Lawyer is More than a Lawyer
The 128 Innovation Capital Group has become a Membership Organization. You will have noted a price differential for members and non-members. Annual membership is $30 per year and entitles you to not only a lower attendance fee, but will include a Member Directory and a variety of other benefits. For more information, go to www.128icg.org/membership.htm.
At meetings, attendees are identified as Investors seeking new investment opportunities, Entrepreneurs looking for investment in their ventures, Management Candidates searching for new opportunities or Service Providers looking to provide help and services to all.
Fees for members are $25 for Entrepreneurs and Management Candidates and $35 for Investors and Service Providers.