March 10, 2011 6:00 PM. 71 attended.

NYEBN Startup Learning Series 4 - Fundraising Panel (Sponsored by RIM)

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  • we should learn from the people who have done it before!
  • We set up these startup events with a common goal, which is to have you learn from the people who have really done it before. Speaking of fundraising, who can be more qualified than the entrepreneurs who have raised millions of dollars in the past? Indeed, they are the best mendors!


    Startup learning series 4 features the following entrepreneurs on a fundraising panel:


    Leonora Valvo, CEO & Founder of etouches (raised $2.5M) - Crunchbase

    Vinicius Vacanti, Co-Founder of Yipit (raised $1.3M) - Crunchbase

    Jason L. Baptiste, CEO/Co-Founder of Onswipe (raised $1M) - Crunchbase

    Apar Kothari, CEO/Founder of MyNines (raised $500k) Crunchbase


    Pizza and drinks will be available.  Only limited attendees are allowed in the facility. RSVP now to secure your spots. $15 prepay or $25 at the door.


    Event duration: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

    6:00 PM - 6:20 PM - Registration

    6:20 PM - 8:00 PM - Panel Discussion

    8:00 PM - 9:00 PM - Networking


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    Leonora Valvo Bio

    Ask life-long entrepreneur Leonora Valvo, CEO and Founder of etouches, her pet peeves and she might tell you: sleep, primetime television, and people or organizations reluctant to embrace technology that can make their lives easier and more productive.  

    If she’s not skydiving at 30,000 feet or learning to sail, she’s probably creating a new company. She has launched four successful ones in the travel and meetings industry, the most recent being etouches, a Software as a Service (SaaS) provider of online event registration and management software that early in 2010 landed its initial round of venture capital funding. The company – and product – was formed as an offshoot of an earlier venture, Global Executive, founded in 1998 as an event planning, logistics and management company that developed the etouches technology to serve its client base at the time. etouches is based in Ridgefield, CT, with offices in Washington, Minneapolis, the U.K., Sweden and Australia.  

    Prior to that, she launched Options, a consulting business to help corporations formulate innovative and best-practice solutions for post-deregulation travel management. Along the way, she has been recognized by Trade Show Executive with their prestigious “Innovation Award,” by The Financial Times as one of the industry’s “Women at the Top,” and by INC. magazine which named etouches one of the Fastest Growing Service Companies in the America. Most recently, she accepted the award for etouches at the MTO Summit as Trade Show News Network’s Top Event Technology Innovator for 2010. Visit


    Jason L. Baptiste Bio

    Jason L. Baptiste is currently the CEO/Co-Founder of Onswipe.  OnSwipe is a platform that makes it insanely easy for publishers of all sizes to make their content and advertising a beautiful experience on touch-enabled devices via Web browser. OnSwipe is backed by Spark Capital, Betaworks, SV Angel, Morado Ventures, ENIAC ventures, and a great group of top tier angel investors.

    Jason is currently an author for a forthcoming book being published by the Portfolio imprint of Penguin books. Jason is also the co-author of, a popular blog and community for entrepreneurship with over 200,000 monthly unique readers. Jason was previously the co-founder of Cloudomatic, which was acquired in 2010.

    In his spare time Jason is an advisor of startups and an avid runner. Jason received a BS from the University of Miami in Computer Information Systems. Jason currently resides in New York City.


    Vinicius Vacanti Bio

    Vinicius Vacanti is the co-founder and CEO of Yipit recommends the best daily deals in your city by learning your tastes.

    Prior to Yipit, Vin co-founded UnHub and 140it. Previous to his entrepreneurial pursuits, he was in investor at Quadrangle Group and worked as an analyst at The Blackstone Group.

    Vin blogs about entrepreneurial issues at and his writings have appeared in Business Insider and other outlets. He is a mentor at Tech Stars and graduated from Harvard College in 2003 with a degree in Applied Mathematics.


    Apar Kothari Bio

    Apar was most recently a Manager in the Corporate Strategy group at Fox Interactive Media, where she was responsible for M&A, joint ventures and commercial deals for FIM's portfolio of media and entertainment sites. She has also worked as a venture capitalist at both Rustic Canyon Partners and IBM Corporation. Apar is addicted to online sample sales sites, and wants to provide others who also suffer from this addiction with a better shopping experience. Apar holds a BS in Finance & Marketing from NYU and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.




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  • Andrew Wong
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    Everything we do at NYEBN is driven by user demand. If our members like this one, of course we'll consider doing another one in the future.

    March 8, 2011 at 10:45 PM

  • Dosta

    Wondering, if this type of meeting will be offered again? I'm currently out of town but would love to attend if offered again...please...Thanks, D2

    March 8, 2011 at 3:27 PM

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