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Entrepreneur's Toolkit Workshop, April 2015

CEWIT and Sensor CAT are delighted to present the next in our series  of “how to” workshops for entrepreneurs, early phase companies, inventors, and anyone thinking of becoming an entrepreneur. Our All-Star cast of speakers is ready to present technology agnostic information on topics such as seed funding, crowd funding, profile of a fundable company, intellectual property, types of corporate entities, and other relevant topics.  Save the Date: April 21, 2015, 8:30AM-2:30PM

Presenters include Gavin Grusd of Silverman Acampora, Anthony Bennett of Hoffmann & Baron, Lori Hoberman of Hoberman Law Group, Gary Kane of Chimera Strategies, Alon Kapen of Farrell Fritz, Neil Kaufman of Abrams Fensterman, Russell Artzt of CA Technologies (Co-Founder), Andrew Hazen (Serial Entrepreneur), Leslie Whatley of START-UP NY, and with a special Welcome by Yacov Shamash, Vice President of Economic Development and Dean of CEAS at Stony Brook University. 

Note:   Registration for this Workshop is now fully subscribed. We thank you for your interest and hope to see you at our next event,   UL Approval Seminar   on May 21, 2015. Questions or concerns regarding the Workshop, or any upcoming CEWIT events, may be directed to .



8:30 AM • Registration & Refreshments

9:00 AM-9:15 AM • Welcome • Dr. Yacov Shamash

9:15-9:30 AM • Overview of Workshop and NYSTAR/SBU Aid to Companies • Lawrence Weber

9:30-10:00 AM • Which Type of Corporate Entity is for You? • Gavin Grusd

10:00-10:30 AM • Protecting Your Edge: Your Intellectual Property • Anthony Bennett

10:45-11:15 AM • What is the Profile of a Fundable Company? • Lori Hoberman

11:15-11:45 AM • Seed Funding, Crowd Funding • Alon Kapen

11:45 AM - 12:15 PM • Considerations Pursuant to Licensing Contracts • Neil Kaufman

12:15 12:45 PM • Lunch

12:45-1:30 PM • Panel: Ways to Succeed Without Securing Investment Funds • Daniel Magnus & Andrew Hazen

1:30-2:00 PM • How to Form Your Exit Strategy • Gary Kane

2:00-2:30 PM • StartUP NY • Leslie Whatley



Yacov Shamash, Vice President for Economic Development & Dean, College of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Stony Brook University
As Vice President, Dr. Shamash supervises the University’s four incubators, two New York State Centers for Advanced Technology, the Center of Excellence in Wireless and Information Technology (CEWIT), the Advanced Energy Center of Excellence (AEC), the Small Business Development Center, the workforce development programs of the Center for Emerging Technologies and the Strategic Partnership for Industrial Resurgence (SPIR). During his tenure as Dean, College research expenditures have increased six fold to $30M per year. He spearheaded the effort leading to formation and funding of CEWIT, including its dedicated 100,000 s.f. facilities opening in 2009. CEWIT generated over $150MM in corporate commitments, matching a $50MM state capital award, and has completed over 500 industry and federal projects.

Anthony Bennett, Partner, Hoffmann & Baron, LLP
Anthony Bennett is a partner in the firm’s New York Office and has experience in a broad range of matters concerning patents, trademarks, and copyrights. His practice includes rendering patent validity and non-infringement opinions, and drafting and prosecuting patent applications. Mr. Bennett also has significant experience in trademark matters which include counseling clients on brand selection, conducting trademark clearance investigations, and prosecuting trademark applications. He also has experience in appeals before the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and the United States Supreme Court. Prior to earning his law degree, Mr. Bennett worked as an engineer for Grumman Aircraft Systems and Festo Corporation. Fields of technology include mechanical and electromechanical arts.

Gavin C. Grusd, Partner, Business Law Group, Silverman Acampora, LLP
Companies and business owners in almost every industry turn to Gavin for advice in nearly every aspect of their businesses. He regularly assists clients with business formation and structure, and provides sound advice regarding the relationship of business owners in operating, shareholder and partnership agreements. When financing is sought, Gavin shepherds new and established companies through the often complicated worlds of angel financing, private equity, venture capital, loan transactions, and private and public offerings. When a merger or acquisition is in order, he routinely represents either side of a strategic and financial acquisition or sale. Gavin also represents public companies in all aspects of securities regulation, compliance, and reporting matters. His business acumen and experience enables him to effectively guide clients through the most complex commercial, licensing, e-commerce, technology development, distribution, and manufacturing contracts and transactions in a way that the business aspects of a deal are not lost to the lawyers.

Andrew Hazen, Co-founder & CEO, Launch Pad Long Island
Andrew is a successful entrepreneur with 20+ years experience in Domain Name Investing & Development, Search Engine Optimization (SEO), Paid Search (PPC), eMail Marketing, Social Media Marketing and Custom Bobbleheads (yes, bobbleheads!). In both 2007 & 2008 the company he founded was listed on the INC List of Fastest Growing Companies in the US. Thereafter Andrew sold the business in 2007 to private investors and again in 2011 to a public company. In 2012, Andrew founded Angel Dough Ventures (, which is a startup accelerator for new business ideas and opportunities that are identified, internally developed, and launch new products & services. Angel Dough Ventures presently has a dozen Portfolio companies including (the world’s largest custom bobblehead retailer), (largest online retailer of NY bagels), eGifter, LaunchPad, BSafe Electrix, 4 Hour Protection & more.

Lori S. Hoberman, Founder, Hoberman Law Group
Lori S. Hoberman is a well-known force in the in the New York City venture community. As a lawyer and mentor, she advises entrepreneurs and their investors on how to build successful businesses and strategically guides them through the emerging, later stages and exits of their companies. Lori works with client copmanies in a range of technology industries, while counseling angel and institutional investors in their investments and in the formation of investment funds. After years of leading startup company practices at large firms such as Fish & Richardson and Chadbourne & Parke, Lori decided to become an entrepreneur. Lori sustains Mentorship of 37 Angels and chairs the NYC Chapter of the MIT Enterprise Forum. A co-founder of several companies, all of her clients followed her to the new, Hoberman Law Group. Forbes has commented that Hoberman differs from other lawyers in that -- “She not only knows people, she connects the dots between the entrepreneur and the resources needed."

Gary B. Kane, MBA, CFA, Founder & Managing Partner, Chimera Strategies LLC
Gary B Kane, MBA, CFA has extensive experience both on Wall Street and on Main Street in various roles such equity research, corporate development, business development, consulting and corporate financial planning and analysis. Mr. Kane has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and a Master’s degree in Finance. He also is a CFA or Chartered Financial Analyst and a member of the Long Island Business News’ 40 individuals under the age of 40. LIBN considers award winners to be the rising stars in the Long Island business community. Currently, Mr. Kane is the Founder & Managing Partner of Chimera Strategies LLC.  [ We provide strategic advisory services on 1) business sales & divestitures and 2) business acquisitions using M & A L ite or traditional investment banking processes and procedures simplified and priced for the Lower Middle Market.]

Alon Y. Kapen, Partner, Emerging Companies & Venture Capital, Farrell Fritz P.C.
Alon Y. Kapen is a corporate attorney who focuses on representing entrepreneurs, emerging growth companies and their individual and institutional investors. He counsels entrepreneurs and emerging growth companies in the formation of business entities, structuring agreements among founders, negotiation of capital raising transactions, compliance with securities laws, structuring employee incentive arrangements and development of effective corporate governance. Alon also guides investors in the organization of private investment funds, the negotiation of various stages of equity, debt and convertible funding transactions and the planning and implementation of exit strategies.

Neil M. Kaufman, Partner & Chairman, Abrams, Fensterman, Fensterman, Eisman, Formato, Ferrara & Wolf, LLP
Neil M. Kaufman is a partner and chairman of the corporate department at Abrams, Fensterman, Fensterman, Eisman, Formato, Ferrara & Wolf, LLP. Mr. Kaufman represents public companies, private companies and investment firms in their corporate, securities, financing, borrowing, merger & acquisition and other legal matters. His clients range from early stage growth companies to mature public companies in a wide range of industries, including software, internet, manufacturing, distribution and services. He well known for advising clients with respect to SEC regulation, public offerings, private placements and mergers & acquisitions, as well as all types of commercial contracts. Mr. Kaufman, a frequent speaker on legal subjects, is also Chairman of the Long Island Capital Alliance (LICA); a director of Financial Executive International-Long Island Chapter (FEI); a member of the corporate advisory board of Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL); and formerly served as Chairman of the board of directors of Vizacom Inc.; in addition to sustaining many other affiliations.

Daniel Magnus, Co-Founder KLD Labs, Inc.
Dan, along with his brother Steve, began a railway journey 26 years ago based on the development of laser imaging technology for the automated safety inspection of railways. To date, KLD has deployed over 400 systems operating in 32 countries and has changed how the world’s railways are managing their assets. Mr. Magnus’ extensive research and business development experience acquired over the past two decades has enable KLD Labs to organically grow and be self-funded. Dan received a bachelor’s degree in applied mathematics from Stony Brook University and a master’s in computer science from Polytechnic Institute of New York. He is an active member of the Transportation Research Board’s Committee on Railway Maintenance, AREMA’s Committee 2 on Track Measuring Systems and an Industrial Advisor to Center for Advanced Technology in Diagnostic Tools and Sensor Systems (Sensor CAT)

Lawrence Weber, Business Development Manager and Entrepreneur in Residence for CEWIT and the Sensor CAT at Stony Brook University
Lawrence Weber provides a portal to collaborative R&D opportunities at SBU, and to associated resources and programs. He serves companies with a New York address in his dual capacities with the Center of Excellence in Wireless and Information Technology (CEWIT), and the Center for Advanced Technology in Diagnostic Tools and Sensor Systems (Sensor CAT), each sponsored by NYSTAR. His outreach includes companies at all stages. For start-up companies and inventors, he provides an entrepreneurial resource in strategic and funding matters. An award winning scientific researcher early in his career, Weber’s background is also punctuated by his Ph.D. in physical chemistry, and new product launches in the chemical process, electric power generation, and wireless devices industries, together with goals accomplished in worldwide technical business development in Fortune 1000 and multiple start-up company settings.

Leslie Whatley, Executive Vice President, START-UP NY
Ms. Whatley has had an accomplished career in Real Estate prior to joining New York State as the Executive Vice President of the Start-Up NY program. Most recently she served as Global Head of Corporate Real Estate at Morgan Stanley. Prior to that she was the Global Head of Corporate Real Estate at JPMorgan Chase, and earlier in her career she held several leadership positions in GM’s Real Estate staff. She has served as the Chairman of the Board of CoreNet Global, the global real estate association, and is currently a member of the Executive Board of the NYU Schack Institute of Real Estate.

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