Crowdfunding - Raising Capital - Panel Discussion
Apr 22, 2020
05:00 PM - 06:30 PM (America/New_York)

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TiE NJ Virtual EVENT 

DATE: April 22nd, 2020 @5pm EST

Topic: Crowdfunding – Raising Capital – Panel Discussion

 The number of business projects that have sought, in recent years,  the funding of resources through crowdfunding is growing and promising. The use of this financing option in relation to traditional sources of resources has intensified, indicating its economic, social and innovative value in the development of new businesses. If, on the one hand, the popularity of crowdfunding increases, on the other, the understanding about this financial model remains limited. Please join us on a Virtual Panel discussion to explore this exciting resource for entrepreneurs. 


Mark Roderick: Partner, Lex Nova Law

Mark spends all his time in the Crowdfunding and Fintech space, representing issuers, platforms, investors, and other industry participants around the United States and all over the world. I speak at conferences across the country and write a blog that serves as a compendium of legal knowledge for the Crowdfunding industry

Mark is an evangelist about Crowdfunding. By making capital available to a broader spectrum of entrepreneurs, and by making available to ordinary Americans the kind of investment previously limited to the very wealthy, I think Crowdfunding can reinvigorate American capitalism and begin to address the serious wealth and income inequality in our country.

Mark began his career as a tax lawyer and have served as the Chair of the Corporate Law Group and Mergers & Acquisitions Group.

Harish Prasanna: Co-founder and CEO Open AVN

Harish is the Co-Founder and CEO at Open AVN https://www.openavn.comOpen AVN offers Crowdsourced Realtime Malware Protection based on Blockchain technologies.

An Open-source Advocate, upcoming Cybersecurity leader, and a highly entrepreneurial individual, Harish has deep expertise in malware mitigation, vulnerability analysis, and threat mitigation technologies. He possesses exceptional initiative and deep understanding of what it takes to build a successful business from the beginning. An Ethical Hacker turned Entrepreneur; Harish has a track record of public demonstration of techniques, responsible vulnerability disclosures, and involvement with the several agencies in aiding with their cyber-triage. He now runs a startup, OpenAVN (Open Antivirus Network) A distributed malware mitigation and thwarting platform — and has successfully raised over $2MM in its seed round through a combination of crowdfunding and angel investors.

Harish graduate with an MS from John Jay College (CUNY) in New York City.

AVN was vetted and selected by Seedinvest which only selects only about 1% of Crowdfunding applicants.

AVN’s crowdfunding offering could be found here


 Elizabeth is a startup coach for IFundWomen and is on a mission to help female entrepreneurs achieve success for their business. IFundWomen is a startup funding platform for early-stage entrepreneurs providing access to capital, coaching, and community—all the components they need to launch successful businesses. IFundWomen's #1 KPI is driving funding volume to female founders.Elizabeth has a background in leadership development, community building, and crowdfunding. Her work has taken her around the country to help engage communities (large and small) to combat loneliness and help spread the importance of human capital.  She is a two time female founder who has successfully raised capital through crowdfunding to get her business off the ground and wishes that IFundWomen were around when she began that business. After taking her companies to completion, she is able to use her expertise in business development to encourage female entrepreneurs to reach their full potential through IFundWomen! 

 Moderated by:

Sri Geedipalli – Managing Director - Simanor

Srinath ("Sri") Geedipalli has 20 years of professional experience in Operational, Business Development and Finance roles in multiple industries. Sri is a Managing Director and Co-Founder at Simanor, an Advisory firm focused on mid-market companies in the US and India providing M&A, Strategic and Capital Raising Advisory services.

At Simanor, he leads the Company’s initiatives within the Technology, Healthcare and Business Services industries. Sri has successfully originated and advised on multiple M&A transactions involving the US and International companies in the IT, BPO, Healthcare and Engineering industries. Sri has closed deals in the Software, IT and outsourcing industries and is actively focused on SaaS and Emerging Technologies. Sri is a Board Member at the NYC chapter of the Alliance of M&A Advisors and was also presented with M&A Advisor’s Top 40 under 40 award in the recent past. Sri has an MBA from NYU Stern School of Business.  


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