New Jersey's Technology Accelerator

10 Immigrant Entrepreneur Awards Recognized.

Madison, NJ— On Tuesday, December 9, 2014, a coalition of 17 business groups, advocacy organizations, associations, local and bi-national chambers of commerce in NJ hosted the 2nd Annual NJ Immigrant Entrepreneur Award (NJIEA) Program at the Rothman Institute of Entrepreneurship, part of Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Silberman College of Business.

Startups Pitch Products for Schools and Shopping at October NJ Tech Meetup

From grocery store aisles to college campuses to PTA meetings, the startups that pitched at the October NJ Tech Meetup have products they hope will improve significant aspects of everyday life. All of the participating startups came out of the past class of the TechLaunch accelerator based in Clifton.

The Hug, A Water Bottle Sensor And App, Helps You Stay Hydrated

Everyone knows they should be drinking more water to stay healthy and hydrated, but actually remembering to do so can be a challenge. In fact, 43% of Americans drink four cups or fewer per day, according a 2012 study from the Center for Disease Control. That’s where The Hug, now on Kickstarter, comes in. The Hug solution includes a sensor band that wraps around just about any water bottle to track your H2O consumption, and an accompanying mobile app that reminds you to drink when your hydration levels are low.

Seven start-ups present simple ideas at TechLaunch’s Demo Day

MONTCLAIR – From making roads and campuses safer to making parents and shoppers happier, the seven start-ups that pitched ideas Monday night at Montclair State University to potential investors all had one thing in common: a simple idea. – See more at:

TechLaunch LaunchPad 3 Founders Talk Entrepreneurial Lessons Learned, Part One

TechLaunch, New Jersey’s tech accelerator founded by Mario Casabona with help from the New Jersey Economic Development Authority, will hold its third Demo Day July 14, 2014, at Montclair State University.

In advance of the seven participating startups presenting their products on Demo Day, asked them to name an entrepreneurial lesson they had learned during the program and describe how learning it had changed their way of doing business.

New Jersey Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno Attends TechLaunch Workshop

Download PDF State Shows Support to Organizations Helping Start-up & Small Business Communities Montclair, New Jersey – May 7, 2014: Yesterday, New Jersey Lt. Governor, Kim Guadagno got a sneak peek at what it takes to launch a start-up from scratch when she attended one of the weekly workshops at TechLaunch, NJ’s premier technology accelerator. [...]

Montclair State Holds Student Research Symposium and TechLaunch Competition

Montclair State University’s Eighth Annual Student Research Symposium, “Promoting Collaboration across Disciplines,” held on April 12, 2014, celebrated the outstanding scholarship and research of more than 400 graduate and undergraduate students from each of the University’s six colleges and schools.

NJ Accelerator TechLaunch To Give Prize To Startup Weekend Winner

TechLaunch, New Jersey’s Technology Accelerator, will be granting the winner of Startup Weekend New Jersey Semi-Finalist status in their LaunchPad 3 program. This 16-week accelerator program awards startup companies up to $25,000 in seed capital, and offers a comprehensive bootcamp for building the essentials of a successful company.

NJ TechLaunch Graduate Receives Funding from European Venture Capital

One of the most interesting companies to come out of NJ’s TechLaunch accelerator, who relocated to the Garden State from Finland to participate in the LaunchPad program, Caktus has just closed a $200,000 seed investment round led by Kima Ventures, a European VC company which invests in over 100 hopeful startups every year. Other players in this round included private angel investors from the U.S., such as TechLaunch’s own founder, Mario Casabona.

Accelerators – A Valuable Spoke in the Wheel of the StartUp Ecosystem

Vinny Gambini: “And why not? What is positraction?” Mona Lisa Vito: “It’s a limited slip differential which distributes power equally to both the right and left tires.  The ’64 Skylark had a regular differential, which, anyone who’s been stuck in the mud in Alabama knows, you step on the gas, one tire spins, the other [...]

Casabona Discusses Expectations for TechLaunch Companies on ReplyAll

Bronx- and Israel-based startup ReplyAll has developed a blogcasting platform. To demonstrate its capabilities, the company invited the TechLaunch (Clifton) accelerator founder Mario Casabona to participate in a conversation held on the platform. Knowing what Casabona thinks is especially relevant as the deadline for TechLaunch applications— Jan. 5, 2014, at 11:59 p.m. — approaches. The accelerator is holding an open [...]

As TechLaunch Takes Applications for Third Cohort, Past Class Discusses Accelerator’s Value

As TechLaunch begins taking applications for its third class of startups, is reminded of some interviews we did with the second class of companies to graduate from the New Jersey tech accelerator. TechLaunch was founded by Mario Casabona in collaboration with the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (EDA). So far 19 companies, many of which have stayed in the Garden State, have [...]

Health care IT prominent among Technology Council honorees

New Jersey Technology Council honored 14 companies, health care information technology providers prominently included, at its annual awards ceremony Thursday. NJTC also acknowledged technology investors and supporters Chris Sugden and Maria Casabona at the gala, attended by about 500 executives at Hyatt Regency Princeton. NJTC CEO Maxine Ballen said health care IT was a strong [...]

Attention tech startups: TechLaunch to begin accepting applications for its 2014 business bootcamp

TechLaunch, a Clifton-based technology accelerator, will begin accepting applications Friday for its next LaunchPad, a 16-week bootcamp-style business training program for tech startups scheduled to begin in 2014. Graduates of the program — which typically runs from May to September, though the 2014 schedule is still being determined — earn seed capital of up to [...] relaunches site, inks retail partnerships

NEW YORK — Online beauty platform has relaunched its site to include Pinterest-like visual features and an e-commerce angle to provide beauty mavens with an easy search and discovery platform., a seed-funded e-commerce tech company, has been providing its users with beauty product reviews and giveaways since 2009. Along with a new look [...]

Invidio to Release Inspired, New Web App to Shop Styles from Hottest Music Videos

Invidio launched their new web application, Inspired, which allows users to shop different looks and styles from the latest music videos. The app features multiple artists including Taylor Swift, Demi Lovato, Austin Mahone, Avril Lavigne and many others. Organizing the videos and outfits by artist, the app allows the user to click on their artist [...]

Beautystat Relaunches With E-commerce founder Ron Robinson is certainly thinking big. With the goal of becoming the “Google of beauty,” Robinson’s site, which had been primarily based on social networking and blogging, will be relaunched today with a host of new features, including e-commerce capabilities. “What our consumers have been telling us is that they want an easy way [...]

‘Inbox’ Founders Discuss App Startups, Struggles

The public commonly perceives startup founders as people who work all night for months on end with ideas burning in their brains, putting together all the pieces of the puzzle before emerging from their basements with products good enough to expose to the world. The founding team of “Inbox,” an enterprise-messaging app, is a real [...]

Why Inbox Could Topple WhatsApp’s Dominance in Mobile Messaging

Since its release in 2009, WhatsApp has dominated the OTT (over-the-top) mobile messaging industry both globally and within the United States. With the recent release delay of BBM (BlackBerry Messenger) for iOS and Android, the (once-)popular messaging service finally attempts a comeback in the US market – but is it too litte, too late for BBM to rediscover its footing in [...]

TechLaunch Founders Gain Confidence, Refine Key Business Points During 16-Week Program

The objective of any accelerator program is to turn startups that need work into fundable entities. Clifton-based TechLaunch, the accelerator founded with the help of the New Jersey Economic Development Authority, is no exception. Many of the TechLaunch founders made serious changes to their businesses during the 16 weeks in which they were involved with [...]

Entrepreneurs Pitch their Start-ups at TechLaunch Demo Day

Nine teams of New Jersey entrepreneurs looking to stimulate interest and investment in their start-up tech companies introduced themselves and their products to an audience of business advisors, sponsors, investors, professors and technology experts at TechLaunch’s Demo Day at the Montclair State University Conference Center on September 19. The culmination of a 16-week business development “boot camp” [...]

TechLaunch Grads Reveal Best Advice They Received From Mentors attended the TechLaunch Demo Day Sept. 19, 2013, and saw nine polished presentations from the startups who had attended the 16-week program in Clifton. All the presenters had come a long way since they started the program, and it was amazing to think of how far they could go. The class included a business-to-business (B2B) startup, a hardware [...]

Angel Investing – Not a Spectator Sport!

One of the aspects of angel investing that I enjoy the most, is the ability to become involved with my portfolio companies. Yesterday I had the opportunity to attend the “Demo Day” for the 2013 crop of start-ups in TechLaunch NJ, a 16-week technology accelerator program.  As an investor in and mentor to this group of [...]

Tech hopefuls hoping for liftoff at Montclair State

The next major technology innovation might come from North Jersey. TechLaunch, a North Jersey technology accelerator, hosted its second “Demo Day” at Montclair State University on Thursday, in which nine start-up companies pitched their products to more than 200 investors and technology enthusiasts in hopes that their products gain attention for investment. After going through a 16-week [...]

The Caktus Hug Sensor Makes Sure You’re Drinking Enough Water

Summer’s all but over, but it’s no less important to stay hydrated. According to the CDC 43 percent of Americans drink fewer than four glasses of water a day, and while the actual amount you should drink varies from person to person, four glasses probably doesn’t cut it. That’s where Caktus, a neat Finnish hardware startup [...]

Tech Start-up, Launches New Site With Search Aggregator Feature To Change The Way Women Shop For Beauty

The online beauty world will never be the same again. – the e-commerce start-up that has provided its users with beauty product reviews and giveaways — has relaunched with a very important mission: to change the way women shop for beauty. completed the TechLaunch accelerator program this past summer, which was created to drive commercialization of innovative technology through [...]

TechLaunch startups strut their stuff for potential investors at demo day

For the nine technology startups who spent the last 16 weeks in intensive business development training at the Clifton-based TechLaunch, it all came down to today on the Montclair State University campus — demo day, the chance to make their pitch before a room of investors flush with cash and eager to find the next [...]

Inbox Is An Elegant, Unified Mobile Messaging App That Wants To Be Mailbox For SMS

Is there room for another mobile messaging app? It’s undoubtedly a very crowded space, packed with veteran behemoths and fast growing upstarts  duking it out for users’ attention. But New Jersey-based startup, Inbox, which dropped by the Office Hours booth at TechCrunch Disrupt to demo its iOS app ahead of launch, reckons there’s room for a little more [...]

First Impressions Matter, Its Time to Reinvent Your Elevator Pitch- 30 Second Showcase Inc. Releases Its First Application

30 Second Showcase announces the release its mobile application, 30 Second Showcase, on iOS. This innovative application marries the traditional elevator pitch with images to generate a rich visualization of creative work tailored for every conversation. Allowing users to create custom micro-portfolios or “showcases”, creatives are able to truly highlight their unique abilities in ways [...]

New Jersey Technology Council Announces 2013 NJTC Awards Celebration Honorees, Including TechLaunch’s Mario Casabona

The 2013 New Jersey Technology Council (NJTC) Awards Celebration honors the region’s top technology companies and their leaders for their business accomplishments in technological collaboration, partnership and innovation. Each year the NJTC selects an elite group to receive these awards. The Awards will be presented on November 21, 2013 in Princeton, NJ at a dazzling [...]

TechLaunch Demo Day Just One Month Away

The folks at TechLaunch, NJ’s tech accelerator, have been uncharacteristically quiet during this 16-week LaunchPad session, but their newsletter gives some insight into what their companies have been doing. It looks to us like the teams have been receiving a lot of advice from a number of experts and have been pitching to practice panels leading up [...]

Mercer entrepreneurs see surge in angel-level investing

Vehicle Technologies makes load-bearing vehicles that can maneuver in almost any direction. The company’s founders had to do some nimble footwork of their own to survive the recession. They got their start in the depths of the 2008 recession after the president of their former New Jersey-based technology company died and the business came under [...]

Investor Profile: Mario M. Casabona

In 1982 you founded electro-radiation (eri) a developer of radar, navigation and Communications technology and equipment for the defense industry, which was acquired by honeywell international in 2004. you stayed on for three years as the Director of electronic Protection to oversee the transition. after being at the helm of eri for more than 20 [...]

BeautyStat Accepted Into the 2nd TechLaunch Accelerator Program

On Tuesday, May 14th, BeautyStat, an e-commerce startup that wants to alter the way women shop for beauty and cosmetic products, and seven other tech start-ups, attended the second TechLaunch event at Montclair State University. TechLaunch was created to drive commercialization of innovative technology within the state of New Jersey. It provides a select group of emerging [...]

TechLaunch Graduate Takes Top Prize at CTIA Wireless Show

A graduate of TechLaunch’s Inaugural Class of 2012 – Pervasive Group – has announced that their MMGuardian product – a parental control software app – has just won the 1st place prize for Technology Innovation at the mega-watt CTIA Wireless Show in Las Vegas.  They were among hundreds of applicants, including heavy hitters such as [...]

TechLaunch Accelerator Unveils Second Class of Startups

New Jersey tech accelerator TechLaunch (Clifton) introduced the companies that will make up its second LaunchPad class at an event at Montclair State University on May 14, 2013. This group of eight startups is more geographically diverse than the preceding class, with one company having founders from Finland. As Mario Casabona, TechLaunch founder, said in his opening remarks, the [...]

NJ’s TechLaunch announces second class of start-up companies

* Accelerator puts start-ups on firm footing with mentors, seed capital. An online guide for comic book fans. A smartphone application that allows freelancers to show their work on the go. An electronic water bottle that measures your hydration level. Eight start-up companies from as close as Bergen and Passaic counties and from as far as Finland [...]

New App Emphasizes Local Offerings in Hoboken

For Hobokenites and visitors who want to know more about Hoboken, there’s a new app. Echo, which offers up information about a specific location, was developed in Hoboken by three young entrepeneurs. One of the three members of the Echo team, Jason Scherr, explained late last week what the app does, why it’s beneficial to [...]

Montclair State Hosts Student Research Symposium and TechLaunch Competition

The Montclair State University Seventh Annual Student Research Symposium, “Promoting Collaboration across Disciplines,” held on April 20, 2013, celebrated the outstanding scholarship and research presentations of more than 300 graduate and undergraduate students from each of the University’s six colleges and schools. On the same day, the College of Science and Mathematics hosted the first-ever [...]

TechLaunch Founder Mario Casabona Talks Accelerators, Angels and Crowd Funding at VANJ

As the Venture Association of New Jerseyprepares for its Spring Entrepreneurs Expo and Elevator Pitch Olympics to be held next month, who better to speak to the current monthly luncheon than Mario Casabonawho is one of the most active individuals in the entrepreneurial community in New Jersey. Both successful entrepreneur and active angel investor, Mario spoke on “How to [...]

At NJTC Venture Conference, Some Old and Some New NJ Companies Take Home Honors

Technology companies dominated the March 2013 NJTC Venture Conference, held recently in New Brunswick, and life sciences pulled in a close second. This year’s crop included a number of already well-developed businesses. New Jersey companies took home roughly half the awards presented at the conference, which drew participants from as far as California. Angels and [...]

Tech Startups Take Best Investment and Best Pitch Awards at NJEN Poster/Pitch Contest

Although more life sciences projects than digital ideas were exhibited at the New Jersey Entrepreneurial Network (NJEN) Poster Session and Pitch Contest on February 6, 2013, at Princeton University, one digital tech company — Clifton-based Pervasive Group, a member of TechLaunch’s first class — took the Best Investment award for its MMGuardian cellphone parental control product. Another —Allweb Technologies, [...]

TechLaunch Expands Team to Include New Operations Manager

MONTCLAIR – TechLaunch is expanding its team by appointing Joshua Trojak as Operations Manager.  Formerly the Acting Executive Director of the New Jersey Commission on Science and Technology, Trojak has a strong background and experience with the New Jersey’s science and technology communities. At the Commission, Trojak was instrumental in developing a catalog of programs, [...]

Hack Jersey: Programmers and Journalists Work Together to Shine a Light on NJ

Hack Jersey — which took place from Jan. 25 to Jan. 27, 2013, at Montclair State University — was a unique event to the N.J. tech scene and one that cemented Montclair State’s reputation as a cutting-edge institution at the intersection of journalism and digital information. At this hackathon, journalists and programmers worked together on [...]

Fairleigh Dickinson University in Madison to host ‘Startup Weekend’ on March 15

On March 15, Fairleigh Dickinson University in Madison will host the state’s first Startup Weekend, an event bringing together entrepreneurs, designers, developers and startup enthusiasts to participate in 54 hours of taking innovative business ideas from concept to launch. Local CEOs, founders, and startup veterans will be on hand to provide expertise and give talks [...]

NJ Accelerator TechLaunch Is Looking For Its Next Batch Of Great Garden State Startups

New Jersey’s nascent startup scene is wedged between more established communities in Philadelphia and New York, but that hasn’t stopped some ambitious teams like those at Princeton’s TigerLabs and TechLaunch from trying to give the state a kick in the entrepreneurial pants. After putting on quite a show last November, TechLaunch is now looking for another 10-12 early-stage ventures to mentor [...]

Echolocation Adds $200K to Build Out a Hyper-Local Version of Twitter

FUNDINGHumayun Khan  January 18, 2013 NYC-based Echolocation, a location-based microblogging mobile app, recently announced that it closed a $200,000 round of seed funding fromTechLaunch, Casabona Ventures, in addition to other angel investors. The startup completed the TechLaunch accelerator program and launched its initial iPhone app two months ago, and will look to use the funding to build out [...]


ECHO To Connect SXSW Attendees At Conference NEW YORK – January 17, 2013 – ECHOLOCATION, a Brooklyn based technology company, has received $200,000 in initial funding for the continued development of its location-based microblogging application for smartphones. Early investors in the company include TechLaunch (New Jersey’s premier technology accelerator),Casabona Ventures, and individual angel investors including Ira Cohen and [...]

Clifton accelerator seeks aspiring tech entrepreneurs

Techlaunch is looking for the next Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg or Nicholas Catania. Nicholas who? Catania was one of the first dozen attendees at the tech start-up boot camp organized byClifton-based TechLaunch, the state-backed business accelerator that is looking to help New Jersey become a tech entrepreneurial hub. Catania, who created a Mahwah-based startup,, that [...]

New TechLaunch Accelerator Class Launching in Montclair

TechLaunch, N.J.’s first state-supported startup accelerator, which graduated its first class in November, opened its application process for its next class starting January 7 and ending in mid-February. The accelerator is staying at its original host location, Montclair State University. In a twist, TechLaunch will be offering a 16-week program this time, as opposed to a 12-week [...]

Applications Open for TechLaunch’s LaunchPad 2 Accelerator!

Thinking about how to get your business ready for the next phase?? Join other Stevens Alumni and apply for the TechLaunch Accelerator program.  They are accepting applications for the 2013 LaunchPad 2 accelerator program now, until February 22nd.   What are people saying about TechLaunch?? Nickelbus Founder & President, Nick Catania, Class ’12: “TechLaunch taught [...]

CES 2013: MMGuardian Android Tablet and Phone Parental-Control Apps To Be Launched

At CES next week, Pervasive Group will give an official launch to two new apps for letting parents control the use of mobile devices by children and teens: MMGuardian Tablet Security for Android tablets and MMGuardian Premium for Android smartphones. The apps will be demo’d during a Power Session on CES Press Day. An MMGuardian Tablet Security [...]

ZenMenu: Changing the Menu Game

When Luis Croussett and his long time friend, Carlos Paulino, were passing their time on a Christmas vacation in 2011 complaining about the long lines at several popular chain restaurants; how splitting the bill was always an issue and how sometimes you have to wait so long to place your order, get the bill or even [...]

NJ Tech Leaders Consider: What’s the Greatest Challenge for the State’s Tech Industry in 2013? Part 1.

Over the past few weeks approached New Jersey tech community leaders, asking them to consider a question: What is the greatest challenge facing the N.J. technology industry/community in 2013? We are happy to report there was an overwhelming response. We have decided to present the replies in alphabetical order by responder last name, in an attempt [...]

Shawn Oates of SeamBLiSS talks to FashInvest about his Love for Fashion and his Vision for the Future

Shawn Oates, founder of SeamBLiSS and former model, passionate about fashion talked to us about his love for designs, innovation and of course about his online e-site catered to men, women, and children looking for independent fashion designers and a social shopping experience as both buyers and sellers are encouraged to input ideas in terms of the [...]

NJ Accelerator “TechLaunch” Hosts Demo Day Showcasing Top New Jersey Innovation

TechLaunch, a New Jersey Technology Accelerator founded earlier this year,  graduated its first class of entrepreneurs who they showcased at their first Demo Day which was held on November 14th at the Montclair State University Conference Center.  Entrepreneurs, investors and a broad range of the New Jersey entrepreneurial ecosystem were on hand to listen to venture presentations, view exhibits [...]

Entrepreneur Brian Donohue ’11 Launches Echo, a Location-Based Social Networking App

For the past year, Stevens alumnus Brian Donohue ’11 has spent 80+ hours per week building his company, worked out of a tiny basement, and moved office spaces five times, but he is hoping it all pays off very soon. Today, this budding entrepreneur launched what he thinks could be this year’s breakout interactive technology [...]

After the Accelerator: What’s Next for the First TechLaunch Class

On November 14, 2012, TechLaunch — the first tech accelerator supported by the state of New Jersey — graduated its first class of companies during a Demo Day that clearly showed how an intensive education and mentoring program can help entrepreneurs turn an idea into a business. It goes without saying that the 10 teams enrolled in [...]

NJ tech entreprenuers display products after 12-week-long program

* State plan introduces entrepreneurs to possible investors. MITSU YASUKAWA/STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Luis Croussett, the founder of Zenmenu, giving a presentation at Montclair State University. The event wrapped up TechLaunch, the state’s first technology accelerator. Ten New Jersey technology start-ups pitched their products to advisers and investors Wednesday at Montclair State University, after completing New Jersey’s first technology [...]

New Jersey Startup Incubator TechLaunch Shows Off Its First Batch Of Graduates

New Jersey doesn’t exactly have a reputation as a startup hub, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t any ambitious tech entrepreneurs there. It could be that they just tend to migrate to more established locales like New York City and Philadelphia. In an effort to keep that talent within the state, New Jersey angel investor [...]

TechLaunch, accelerator for the Garden State, holds its first demo day

If we were to do a quick word association exercise, the follow-up to “Jersey” would probably be something like “Shore,” “Snooki,” or “Boys.” “Startup” probably wouldn’t even make the list.  Despite – or, perhaps, because of – its proximity to New York, the Garden State doesn’t get a whole lot of love from the tech [...]

The Future of Innovation Showcased at Montclair State

Looking to stimulate interest—and hopefully investment—in their start-up tech companies, ten teams of New Jersey entrepreneurs introduced their companies and demonstrated their products to an audience of business advisors, sponsors, investors, professors and technology experts, at the Montclair State University Conference Center on November 14. Called “Demo Day,” the event signaled the culmination of LaunchPad 1, [...]

TechLaunch takes N.J. tech startups to bootcamp

When [Mario] Casabona reminded TechLaunch’s 10 resident CEOs on Tuesday to start thinking about tax returns, the room filled with groans and sighs. The truth is that poring over Schedule C or 1065 forms is a good problem to have. As the first TechLaunch cohort, the entrepreneurs had $20,000 to spend on their startup companies [...]

TechLaunch Startups Evolve Through Candid Feedback at Demo Day Practice, Part 1

On Sept. 5, 2012, 10 TechLaunch startups, very early in their evolution into ongoing concerns, practiced their Demo Day pitches before six seasoned investors, advisers and entrepreneurs. In Part 1 of this story, will discuss the overall day’s message and share examples of what the companies were advised. In Part 2 we’ll continue to cover the advice given [...]

Campus Hosts Bootcamp for Fledgling Tech Start-ups

***PDF Version*** ***Interactive Layout (Page 10)*** Ten teams of aspiring technology entrepreneurs are calling Montclair State home this fall as they participate in an intensive 12-week technology accelerator and business boot camp called LaunchPad 1. TechLaunch is New Jersey’s new investor-led technology accelerator that helps transform innovative concepts into successful, commercially viable business models through its LaunchPad 1 program. TechLaunch has partnered with the New Jersey Economic Development [...]

New Jersey’s First Tech Accelerator Begins 3-month LaunchPad Program

By Young Soo Yang The inaugural class of LaunchPad I. Photo taken on July 30, 2012. While California’s Silicon Valley continues to be the mecca for emerging technology companies, New York City’s Silicon Alley has firmly established itself over the last several years as a magnet for dot com startups. The state of New Jersey [...]

Hoboken Looks for a Silicon Alley Breakaway

By HEATHER HADDON Hoboken wants to extend Silicon Alley across the Hudson River and grab a piece of the New York City technology boom. The Mile Square City now claims a tech meetup with 2,160 members—one of the largest communities in the Greater New York area. The Hoboken City Council is set to vote next month [...]

NJ Technology Accelerator TechLaunch Announces Inaugural Class

TechLaunch, the tech accelerator begun in collaboration with the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (EDA), announced its first startup class on August 13, 2012. The accelerator provides the portfolio companies early seed-stage funding, mentorship, key services and exposure to qualified investors through its 12-week LaunchPad I accelerator program, which ends with Demo Day on November 1. The [...]

Kahn Discusses NJ’s Emerging Tech Ecosystem at NJConnect Meetup

Is there an emerging tech ecosystem in N.J.? That was the question addressed by Travis Kahn, executive director of N.J.’s tech accelerator TechLaunch(Montclair) at the NJConnect Meetup in Red Bank on June 13, 2012. The conclusion: “Just the fact that we are having a conversation about it confirms there is an emerging tech scene,” he said. “We have [...]

Don’t Change Your Spots Each Time You See a New Zookeeper and Other NJEN Advice

Eleven angels spoke at the New Jersey Entrepreneurial Network(NJEN) Gathering of Angels event, held at the Princeton Marriott Conference Center on June 6, 2012, where each was asked to offer a single piece of advice to entrepreneurs. Many couldn’t stick to just one. The following is a summary of what they had to say: “Don’t give up,” was [...]


It’s a Jersey thing The deadline approacheth for applications to the first class of TechLaunch, New Jersey’s very own tech accelerator. So if you live across the Hudson and you’d like to stay there (with a little assist from New Jersey’s Economic Development Authority), June 8 is your cutoff. (Full Text) Startup News: Sailthru Sails On, Quincy Gets [...]

Dear Aspiring Tech Entrepreneur and Tech Start-ups, You Won’t Want To Miss This

If you are an aspiring tech entrepreneur with an innovative concept worth developing, or a fledgling tech start-up who just needs the critical support to transform your dream into reality, don’t miss the bus!  TechLaunch, New Jersey’s Technology Accelerator, is still taking applications at, for the 2012 LaunchPad program….until the Deadline of June 8th. The [...]

Out-of-staters Take VANJ Elevator Pitch Olympics

A Pennsylvania clean-energy company, New Tech Wind, tied with Thermal Gradient, a Rochester, N.Y., biotech firm that is developing a rapid, low-cost DNA test, to win theVenture Association of New Jersey’s (VANJ) Spring Entrepreneur’s Expo and Elevator Pitch Olympics on May 21, 2012. Unfortunately, no N.J. companies made it to the winner’s circle. VANJ hosts this event twice [...]

Highly Competitive Pitch Olympics at Venture Association

In one of the most competitive Pitch Olympics ever held by the Venture Association of New Jersey, entrepreneurs seeking funding and vying in a pitching contest to a panel of investors resulted in ties for both 1st and 3rd place–prompting Jay Trien, co-founder of VANJ to note the unique circumstance of needing more plaques for the winners. [...]

[VIDEO] Job You Got Leaves You So Uninspired? Apply For The Latest New Jersey Accelerator, TechLaunch

[Visit TechCrunch for full video] Not many people think much good can come from New Jersey. Sure there’s the Shore and Boardwalk Empire, but for the most part it’s “bridge and tunnel” this and Snooki that. Well that’s all supposed to change thanks to TechLaunch, a new accelerator based at Montclair State University. Noted New Jersey angel [...]

The Tech Accelerator Epidemic Has Hit New Jersey

It’s fair to say that tech accelerator programs are launching, well, frequently now, all with the same basic template. Between Blueprint Health, DreamIt Ventures and Entrepreneurs Roundtable, Betabeat can barely keep up with the demo days just here in New York. It’s difficult to say who started the craze; Y Combinator may have pioneered the form, but TechStars put its version on [...]

Tech accelerator launches website, begins accepting applicants

A technology business accelerator backed by the state is launching its website today, and has begun taking applicants for a 12-week course that begins in August., the site for the Launchpad program, is designed to spark interest in the program. Mario Casabona, [an Angel investor] who is leading the effort, said roughly 50 people [...]

The Sleepless City vs. the Valley of the Geeks

Silicon Valley has never been shy to turn away dim startups, but that’s not the reason young entrepreneurs are looking towards the east coast to plant their roots. Let’s take a look at the cold, hard facts here – Silicon Valley is a breeding ground for tech startups. They are known as being more “ambitious”, according to [...]

Kinnelon angel to head state start-up accelerator

Mario M. Casabona aims to create a dozen highly motivated entrepreneurs — and New Jersey will be paying for it. The 63-year-old Kinnelon businessman, an Italian immigrant who built and then sold his own electronics R&D company before becoming an angel investor, is set to create the state’s first technology start-up accelerator. His TechLaunch LLC was the [...]

Industry Veteran Casabona to Spearhead NJ’s First Tech Accelerator

N.J. is getting its first tech accelerator, called TechLaunch, funded by a partnership between the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (EDA) and private equity and founded by tech industry veteran and angel investor Mario Casabona. Casabona’s proposal was selected from a field of six prospects interested in starting a tech accelerator in N.J. after the [...]

EDA Acts to Advance New Jersey’s First Technology Accelerator Program

TRENTON, N.J. (Feb. 22, 2012) – New Jersey is looking for the next Google. With an eye toward nurturing the next generation of technology pioneers, the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (EDA) this week approved entering into a partnership with TechLaunch, LLC to create the state’s first Technology Accelerator. “This is an opportunity for the [...]

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