Testimonials:
What People are saying about youngStartup Ventures
Dan Burstein
Managing Partner
Millennium Technology Value Partners
“Over the course of nearly a decade I have participated in numerous youngStartup conferences and meetings and always found them to be a highly interactive, multidimensional way to think out loud, to learn, to understand emerging trends, and to network with the entrepreneurial community. Especially now that New York City is once again becoming a major hub of venture investment and entrepreneurship, Joe Benjamin and his youngStartup forums deserve the attention of those who seek to  understand the early stage venture ecosystem in our area.
Sharon Wienbar
Managing Director
Scale Venture Partners 
“The New England and New York Venture Summits showcase exciting emerging companies. When I saw uTest present at the New York Venture Summit, I knew it was an investment Scale Venture Partners would want to make. I’m very glad to have attended.”
Dave Kirkpatrick
Founder and Managing Director
SJF Ventures
‘The NY Venture Summit has been a great place for SJF Ventures to find quality growth companies. In 2013, I made a great connection on the Cleantech Panel with Trailblazer Capital which resulted in SJF Ventures leading the Series B financing for their portfolio company, EnTouch Controls, which was one of the featured presenters.’
Dave Gwozdz
CEO
Mojiva, Inc.
“We first used Young StartUp when we were just that - a three month old company with three founders at the kitchen table. We presented, and youngStartup Ventures led us directly to investors that participated in both our Series A and Series B rounds. It works.”
Daniel J. Schultz
Co-Founder & Managing Director
DFJ Gotham Ventures
“This is a great event, I think the quality of companies were outstanding. I think presentations were strong. I’m actually looking forward to following up with a number of companies that I listened to in terms of presentation as well as entrepreneurs that I spoke to on the sidelines in the hallway and in the presentation room.”
Patrick Chung
SK telecom Ventures
“I thought today’s summit was fantastic, coming from the west coast we have a different group of people that we meet and it’s always good to meet people on the east coast to build relationships. Knowing fellow investors is very critical and I’ve been able to meet some very very good investors. Also meeting entrepreneurs is very important and that kind of dynamic is something I saw here. I was very impressed and would love to continue to participate in the future.”
Jeanne Sullivan
Partner
Starvest Partners
“The event is fabulous. I’m amazed by the large crowd and great enthusiasm in the room.  Joe’s done it once again!” “Guess what; even though it’s terrible economic times, there is still a great opportunity as an entrepreneur. If you have a terrific company there is opportunity to get our wallets out of our pockets.”
Dr. Douglas Lind
Managing Partner
GBP Capital
“It’s a great venue for networking first and foremost.  This conference has introduced us to a number of people that we would never have seen otherwise, as well as collaborations with our portfolio companies and other portfolio companies.
So there is good energy in the air, and a very constructive environment.”
Mary Lincoln Campbell
Managing Director
EDF Ventures
"The quality of the feedback given to entrepreneurs by investors prior to "showtime" was unparalleled in my experience. I highly recommend this conference."

Konstantine A. Drakonakis
PE // Director
LaunchCapital, LLC
“YoungStartUps conference was a well-structured and organized event with a very high bar for qualifying ventures selected to present. This is the major issue for VC's to consider when selected events to attend as many are diluted with too many companies, many of which have not vetted their concepts.”
Noah Kroloff
Managing Partner
NGN Capital
“The caliber of the companies presenting has improved every year, and is actually at quite a nice level…. It’s also impressive that companies can get up there and present what they’re doing in a very short period of time, so it’s a very efficient way to hear about a lot of companies quickly, and I think the panels are good topics; good panel members and a lot of good issues are being addressed. So I think all the way around it’s been a good day overall for everybody.”
Wolf Shlagman
CEO
Consult a Doctor
“The level and quality of folks that are real venture capitalists, manage in private equity; Folks that are actively looking for opportunities.”
Iqbal Hussain
President
Meridian Laboratories
“I have seen about 50-60 business opportunities both in pharmaceuticals, in Healthcare/IT and also medical devices, and I have met so many different venture capitalists and heard their perspective, so that really is an eye opener for me today.”
Mina Sooch
General partner
Apjohn Ventures
“ I think the most impressive thing is probably the ratio of venture capitalists to entrepreneurs. There are at least 50, if not more venture capitalists that were walking around looking at the deals, and again I think that’s a really nice and healthy ratio for the entrepreneurs, because at the end of the day it’s all about them connecting with us.   I would say the quality of the presenters was very high relative to some of the conferences both on the West coast to the Midwest, and mostly I would say the CEOs are very well prepared and knowledgeable at what it’s going to take to raise money, and I think that they’re prepared for the long haul to meet and make relationships with the venture community.”
Carl Berke
Berke International Group
“I think the interaction between entrepreneurs, CEOs, the venture community, and investors that are here – I think it’s an extraordinary, strong mix, very productive mix. You don’t see that in a lot of conferences. In fact, I can’t think of any conference that brings it to bear as this one does.”
Walter Greenblatt
Hygeia Therapeutics
“I thought the attendance with investors that are active was impressive, and we had a number of good conversations. I think that in this day and age looking for investors for whom a specific value proposition is a fit, is a little of a needle in a haystack, and there were a few needles in the haystack, that was good.”
Ali Tehrani
CEO
Zymeworks
“The actual decision makers are here. And I like the fact that a lot of companies are here, a couple west coast companies are coming here, it’s not just the east coast. Not to mention that being able to tell your story to a large audience and get your name out there is part of what every little company needs.
I’m very impressed; I think we’ll definitely come back next year.”
Daniel Wood
General Partner
Mesa Verde VP
“I’m very impressed by the turnout. There’s been a lot of interest from the VC industry, and you guys have seemed to capture a lot of the quality firms and representatives here. You guys have done a really good job.”
David Wurzer
Managing Director
Connecticut Innovations
“We currently have invested 45 million dollars, the real attitude and feeling of this conference is much more upbeat than the last couple of years have been in bio technology. So I’m quite impressed.
We have a lot of people that are very interested in investing, and we have a substantial number of companies that have progressed their company in lean times, and are now ready for further investments.”
Sinclair Dunlop
Managing Partner
Rock Spring Ventures
“ I was impressed by the number of people here, the level of energy. You wouldn’t think the market conditions were as tough as they are when you walked into this room, people are more optimistic than I expected.
Quality of the deals- technology companies that I have talked to, I was pleasantly surprised across all sectors of pharma, bio, and med-tech. some very strong technology companies with interesting ideas that I think have a lot of promise. We’ll definitely look at a number of business plans that we were introduced to at the conference today.”
T. Forcht Dagi
M.D., Partner
HLM Venture Partners
"There are very few venues for emerging companies to receive critical and constructive feedback as well as an opportunity to present to the venture capital community. In both design and execution, the Young Start-Up Summits do just that, effectively and repeatedly. I highly recommend their forum for both investors and emerging companies."
Wanda Reindorf
Managing Director
Clean Energy Venture Group
"I want to thank you both for an excellent conference.  The quality of the companies was high and good speakers.  Great job!"
Paul Schwarts
CEO
Thermolift, Inc.
"...The hosted sessions were interesting, the presentations stimulating and as promised the attendees were high level venture capitalists (VC's) and experienced entrepreneurs. This was an exceptional group of professionals. The atmosphere was energized with a spirit of cooperation and opportunity for innovators. CEO's and inventors of start-up companies had the chance to learn the mindsets, expectations and perspectives of the venture capital community at an institutional level. This venue was a unique setting for "face-time" access with some of the world's most influential VC investors, get positive feedback regarding presentation and the winning approach to securing vital capital."
Rami Elkhatib
General Partner
Acero Capital
"From an investor’s perspective, your Venture Summits are very valuable – I had the chance to get to know several very interesting companies, including one with which we’re currently in due diligence for a potential investment to be led by our firm”.
Yoav Pridor
CEO & Co Founder
Buzzilla
"I’d like to thank you and the whole Young Startup Ventures team for a great event.
Everything from the high level of investors and entrepreneurs to the last operational detail of the event was down-right excellent.
The event gave me a real doorway to the world of venture capital and was a meaningful steppingstone in Buzzilla’s journey towards realizing its vision."

Roman Kikta
Managing Partner
Mobility Ventures
"You did an outstanding job of organizing the venture summit!  I appreciated the opportunity meeting fellow VC investors and quality startups of which I’m following up with 3 companies this week."
John Egan
Partner
Goodwin Procter
“The most critical thing is the connection between entrepreneurs and investors and the work that YSV does bringing entrepreneurs together to present to interested venture capitalists…is very critical to the global economy” 
Peter Gallagher
Partner
Rider Revenge
“YSV pulls together the ecosystem, you have the entrepreneurs on one hand and the capital on the other and it really as this event today shows puts the two together in the same room. You’re literally looking at the same topic from 2 different sides and it’s such a powerful combination.”

“So I get to the conference first to learn, having the experts in the room; second having the contact network. But the real tangible goal at this stage of my company’s life is seed financing  and so to have those folks in the room was a really powerful motivator for me to be here.”

“So today’s conference brought together a real approach to how you do things … and it was a lot more practical and less theoretical because the people that are doing it were actually in the room explaining these are the challenges you are going to face and these are the things that you need to do differently to really get your startup going. So it was tremendously helpful for me as a startup.”

“The great thing about today is that I already sent out emails and I just got back the first response from one of the speakers. It’s real, it’s live…it’s a dynamic ecosystem that’s moving forward.  I walked out already making the contracts and already getting the feedback…”

Lisa Granick
Vice President
Fletcher Spaght, Inc.
“A very well attended conference, a great bunch of entrepreneurs, it was well run… it was fun.”
Kirk Washington
General Partner
Yaletown Venture Partners
“There was a wide range from  very early and very young to companies that are quite well … so that was probably the thing that stood out most for me. I was surprised by the breadth and depth of the attendance not only of the entrepreneurial community, investment community but also strategic investors as well as service provider …”

 

 

 

 
 

 

 

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