Alan Patricof is the founder and managing director of private equity firms with $35 billion under management. He stepped back from the daily administration and operational aspects of Apax Partners, LP in 2001 to concentrate on a group of small venture deals on its behalf.
Two panel discussions followed Mr. Patricof’s address: “Building a Deal to Raise Capital” and “Finding Your First Dollar - The Alumni Speak.” Panelists included investors from around the country.
Attendance at this year’s Investors Choice Venture Capital Conference increased 12% over the prior year. Investor attendance was up 20%. According to Brad Bertoch, “Interest in this conference continues to gain momentum each year, due to the great program and the caliber of the presenting companies.”
Presenting at the conference were 23 innovative companies seeking capital from venture investors. Prior to the conference, these high growth potential companies had been screened, selected, and mentored through a number of sessions with teams of experienced professionals throughout the angel and venture capital field. Following a series of practice presentations and meetings with mentors, these promising companies made their ten-minute pitch at the Conference.
Entrepreneurs benefitted from Wayne Brown Institute’s model of volunteerism, in which over 125 mentors devoted a total of more than 3,000 hours, attending 115 meetings to prepare entrepreneurs for the challenge. There is no other investor conference in the country that does this quite this way, with donated time and expertise from such a talented pool of venture professionals.
Selected companies were chosen based on their ability to achieve projected sales, their strong management team, and/or their proprietary technology. They represented a variety of industries, but each of the selected companies was deemed to have a realistic capability of attaining $30-$100 million USD a year in sales within three to seven years. This year’s innovative companies included:
Advanced Brain Technologies (Utah, Education)
ABT helps people achieve their learning potential by providing effective brain training music and software programs that improve brain health.
CardioRisk (Utah, Healthcare Services)
CardioRisk has the most comprehensive algorithm driven offering for cardiovascular wellness with reduced patient bill, opportunity for Dr. income & a living database.
CBI Polymers, LLC (Hawaii, Clean Technology)
CBI Polymers develops, markets and distributes innovative, highly effective polymer-based products designed to address identified, high margin markets.
Curve Dental, Inc. (Utah, Healthcare Services)
Curve Dental provides Web-based medical records, office management, patient communication and digital radiography/imaging solutions to dental offices.
DWV Entertainment (Utah, Electronics / Instrumentation)
DWV licenses patented, proven and game changing audio enhancement technology & products to mobile entertainment, computer, A/V & commercial markets.
For Sale By Investor (Utah, Software)
FSBI showcase’s properties sold at discounts and or with incentives. We are an online marketing, management and advertising platform.
Hyperbaric Medicine Group (Utah, Healthcare Services)
The need for quality wound care in the United States is significant. Hyperbaric Medicine Group, LLC (HMG) is poised to capitalize on this need.
InteraSolutions, Inc. (Utah, Healthcare Services)
InteraSolutions provides physicians with screening instruments assessing risk potential such as BDD, personality disorder, depression, opioid dependencies.
Integrated Ordering Systems (Utah, Food/Drink)
IOS solves restaurants take-out phone ordering issues, allowing a better customer experience, while reducing cost for the restaurant.
Juneau Biosciences, LLC (Utah, Biotechnology)
Juneau's mission is to revolutionize care of women through commercialization of novel gene-based diagnostics.
KarmaKey (Utah, Business Products and Services)
KarmaKey improves current loyalty programs by allowing patrons to track, claim and redeem rewards using mobile apps and SMS text instead of cards.
Kuru Footwear (Utah, Retailing / Distribution)
Kuru Footwear, the World's Most Anatomical Active Footwear, is exclusively a direct-to-customer, e-commerce brand offering patent-pending technology.
Microbial-Vac Systems, Inc. (Utah, Med devices/equipment)
MSI manufactures and markets the M-Vac - a unique, wetvacuum, surface bacteria sampling system that improves food safety and forensics.
Radian BioEnergy (Utah, Clean Technology)
Renewable energy solutions using proprietary gasification technology to serve a rapidly growing global demand for waste and biomass derived energy.
Rocket Relief, Inc. (Utah, Financial Services)
We aim to change how taxpayers access and interact with tax experts by providing a better, more transparent and less frustrating tax relief experience.
Skweez (Utah, Internet, Web Services)
Skweez provides all the best texting tools for business and individuals and millions of subscribers in one place and accessible from any mobile handset.
TreasSure Solutions (Utah, Software)
We are a treasury and cash management technology firm with an intuitive Cash Analytics SaaS platform and a unique sales and marketing strategy.
Varolo (Utah, Marketing/Advertising)
Varolo has developed a highly viral patent-pending video advertising platform that bring huge value for advertisers and allows users to earn money.
The V.I.E.W. (Utah, Internet / Web Services)
The V.I.E.W. is an online 3D education platform that educators and corporations can use to maximize learning, collaboration and networking.
WAVE Technologies (Utah, Clean Technology)
WAVE Technologies solves the electric vehicle battery problem by powering vehicles wirelessly through roadway-embedded inductive power transfer.
WellDog (Wyoming, Industrial / Energy)
Leading provider of international coal bed methane (CBM) reservoir analysis, fluid management, best practices and economic decision modeling.
XP Audio, Inc (Utah, Other)
Lead by John Johnson, a legendary success in the music products industry, we design, manufacture and sell truly new and unique guitar amps & pedals.