DreamIt Speed Pitch @ Fueled Collective

DreamIt’s accelerator programs clear the way for the brightest, high-potential teams to hone their ideas and focus on developing and executing the strategies that will create long-term business success. We foster rapid growth of our portfolio companies by bringing together exceptional people and their ideas with the funding, mentorship and support they need to build thriving, sustainable businesses that can succeed in the long-term.

Join us March 2 at the Fueled Collective for our Second Annual DreamIt NY Speed Pitch. The winner of this event will get fast-track access to the final stage of the application process. Only 50 companies out of a pool of hundreds (and often over 1000) applications make it to this stage so this is a kind of a big deal.

The Deets
When: March 2, 2015
Time: 6:30pm New York/ Eastern Time
Location: FUELED COLLECTIVE | 568 Broadway, 11th Floor | New York, NY 10012


DreamIt Israel: Virtual Office Hours with Andrew Ackerman

DreamIt is interested in meeting the best and brightest early stage Israeli startups interested in participating DreamIt NY 2015. Israeli entrepreneurs interested breaking into US markets won’t want to miss this opportunities to learn about how DreamIt can help you build a successful US-based company. For more information and to sign up for office hours with Andrew Ackerman, please complete this form.

The Deets
When: March 2, 2015
Time: 11:00 am New York/Eastern Time
Where: from the comfort of your own computer.


DreamIt Webinar for Israeli Startups

Join Andrew Ackerman for a (NY) coffee-time conversation about DreamIt and the upcoming DreamIt New York accelerator program he is leading. Andrew is looking to speak with early stage Israeli startups interested in breaking into US markets and staying here to build a sustainable business. For more information and to sign up for the webinar, please complete this form.

The Deets
When: February 25, 2015
Time: 11:00am New York/ Eastern Time
Location: from the comfort of your own computer


Guest Blog: Myavana Goes West, My Investor Pitch Experience With DreamIt

By Candace Mitchell


It was the start of the new year and I was just getting settled in from relocating back to Philadelphia from Atlanta after an awesome experience in the DreamIt Ventures Fall 2014 class. Never would I have thought that a week later I’d be heading out to Silicon Valley to pitch investors about my company, Myavana. But that’s just how Patrick Fitzgerald rolls. Patrick was our Managing Director and when he has something in mind, he gets up and gets it done. So while it was typical, I was still blown away to see a list of over 20 venture firms invited to our demo day-style presentation. I knew this was an opportunity I had to hop on quickly. When would there be another time to command this type of audience along with the whole DreamIt Network behind me? I saw the value in forming new relationships and had my flight booked within a few hours.

Then began the incessant research on all these firms in addition to other potential investors to either invite or connect with. I was strategizing for the rest of the week—since we were heading to the Bay Area about four days after Patrick invited us. During that time I read a quote that said it best, “Success occurs when opportunity meets preparation.” Success also meets those who have the courage to go for it! So while my company is unique, I knew we were on to something big and just had to get in front of the right person.

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Alley Boost: VC, lawyer, startup CEO, and designer square table discussion

Andrew Ackerman, managing director of DreamIt NY, joins three other movers-and-shakers from the NYC startup scene for  Alley Boost: VC, lawyer, startup CEO, and designer square table discussion at Mercey College for a this interesting conversation about how all the elements work together.

Alley Boost: Square Table – The way the square table works is instead of a panel up front speaking TO the audience – the 4 (2 squared) speakers sit at the four corners of a large table WITH the audience. Limited to 36 (6 squared!) audience members. The discussion then becomes more inclusive. The discussion is often more hands on and focused.

The Deets
Date: February 17, 2015
Time: 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Location: Mercy College66 W. 35th Street, Ste 704 | New York, NY 10001
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No decks, just a super-crisp 1 minute pitch.
February 12, 2015 – 6:30pm – 9:00pm

The GRAND PRIZE is exclusive fast-track access to the final stage of the DreamIt NY’s Summer 2015 accelerator application process. Only 50 companies out of a pool of hundreds (and often over 1000) applications make it to this stage so this is a kind of a big deal.

Don’t want to pitch? Come anyway and have your questions about DreamIt’s programs and application process answered. You’ll also get the chance to meet awesome people and thought leaders in the NYC tech scene.

IMPORTANT: Applying to pitch does not automatically apply you for DreamIt or vice versa.  You must do both.  So please do not forget to fill out an application for DreamIt:

EQUALLY IMPORTANT: Application deadline is March 20


Turning Word Into Action: Kicking off DreamIt Athena

by Karen Griffith Gryga, Managing Partner of DreamIt Funds

For all the talk about the unique challenges female founders face, there’s been precious little action. Until now.

With nearly four years of experience increasing the diversity in the tech industry through our DreamIt Access program (in partnership with Comcast) and with women comprising fully 1/4 of our senior team, DreamIt was ready, willing, and able to tackle the challenge. All we needed was the right partner.

We found that partner in the State of Pennsylvania’s Discovered and Developed in PA Program (D2PA)  which provided DreamIt with nearly $500,000 in grant money to identify the most effective approaches to helping female founders succeed. We are proud to announce the launch of DreamIt Athena as part of our DreamIt Philly Winter 2015 session, taking place in IC @ 3401 at the University City Science Center.

DreamIt is the first top-tier accelerator to tackle the challenges women entrepreneurs face, and we’re going beyond platforms for discussion and networking in addressing them:

Lack of Role Models: Women are relatively new to the entrepreneurial scene; we were only granted the right to a business credit in our own names in 1974(!).  DreamIt Athena brings together an unprecedented number of women mentors and role models who have already faced and surmounted the high level of scrutiny that often placed them at a disadvantage from the start.

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Autotransfusion, telemedicine for nutrition, Epic alumni part of DreamIt Health Baltimore’s 2nd class

via Stephanie Baum of Med City News

Improving patient handoffs, autotransfusion, Epic alumni and a couple of women-led startups figure into DreamIt Health Baltimore‘s second class of early stage healthcare companies. They will also be the first to occupy its permanent office at a new shared working space.

In a phone interview with DreamIt Ventures Managing Director Jason Hardebeck, he noted that the accelerator has added new partners — University of Maryland in Baltimore, including its medical school, and The Abell Foundation.

He added that DreamIt’s Baltimore headquarters would be in Power Plant Live! in Mosaic Building 113. It will be an anchor tenant at the 16,000 square foot shared workspace facility in the Inner Harbor.

Here’s a brief look at the six companies taking part in the healthcare accelerator’s four month program:

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A High Tech Way to Grow Healthy Herbs Indoors

by Sarah-Jane Bedwell

If you have a soft spot for herb gardens but find yourself without a yard, patio or a sunny climate, we have good news. There’s a new countertop garden called the ROOT, which uses an automated lighting and watering system that you can control with your smart phone.

ROOT is the brainchild of New York-based Ohneka Farms, which specializes in organic foods. Since it is a hydroponic design (which means the plants grow directly in nutrient-rich water) it involves no dirt. And since it has a water sensor that knows when the water runs low and an app to let you know when to add nutrients, you don’t even need a green thumb. It takes up only a square foot of countertop space and it can accommodate up to 16 seedling pods.

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2014 Proves To Be a Year of Growth and Success for DreamIt Ventures

by David Bookspan, co-founder DreamIt Ventures

2014 was an explosive year of growth and success for DreamIt.  I took some time over the holidays to reflect on where we started and where we have come.

Mike, Steve, and I launched DreamIt in 2008 with a mission to pay-it-forward by building process around startups that stripped away as many obstacles, and put as many resources behind them as possible to enable the most promising founders to build their companies faster.  In the last six years, DreamIt has grown to a team of 14 Partners, 13 world class companies supporting specific vertical tracks, 175-plus 1:1 mentors, over 20 world class service providers, scores of technology providers, and countless supporters.  Together, this community has rallied around the mission of helping to launch companies that can tilt the globe.

Since 2008, DreamIt has launched 179 companies including companies like SeatGeek, LevelUp, Notehall (acquired by Chegg NYSE:CHGG), Parsely, Biomeme, Mindsnacks, and Adaptly.  DreamIt Companies have gone on to raise close to $180M in follow-on funding and at a market value over half-billion dollars.

In 2014, many DreamIt companies surpassed milestones and achieved well-deserved recognition:

– Biomeme (DreamIt Health Philadelphia ‘13) was deployed to West Africa by the U.S. Department of Defense to help the world fight Ebola.

– Elevate Labs (DreamIt Philly ‘10) was named the #1 App in the Apple App Store

– SeatGeek (DreamIt Philly ‘09) closed their Series B round of $35M led by Accel Partners and with star investors such as Peyton Manning, Carmelo Anthony and NAS

– Stylr (DreamIt NY ‘13) was acquired by Walmart

– Seratis (DreamIt Health Philly ‘13) won the Verizon Powerful Answers Award

– Nikhil Sethi and Garrett Ullom the founders of Adaptly (DreamIt Philly ‘10), were named to Forbes 30 under 30

– Senem Guney, Priya Buthani, and Allison Berliner, all DreamIt Female Founders, were named as the three fellows for the 2015 Alliance of Women Entrepreneurs Building Bridges program

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