Thursday, February 26, 2015

Join us for Poland's Tech Pitch Night

Join us for our Tech Pitch Night with six aspiring companies from Poland taking part in the new “Polish Silicon Bridge” program.  The event will be held on Thursday, March 5th, 2015 at the beautiful offices of Reed Smith in San Francisco. Six Startups from Poland will present their four minute pitches to a panel of top VCs and Angel Investors. The event will be moderated by Jeff Snider, Executive VP Market Entry, of US MAC.

San Francisco, CA 94105
Program agenda
• 5:30 - 6:00 pm – Networking, food and drinks
• 6:00 - 7:00 pm - 4 minute pitches + panel Q&A and feedback
• 7:00 – 7:30pm – Networking reception, food and drinks

Companies Pitching

Axence is a developer of software for the comprehensive management of computer networks. Our software responds not only to the needs of network administrators and IT infrastructure/security engineers, but also those of the executive staff. We have already noted more than 600 000 installations of our software worldwide, and the number is constantly growing. Axence nVision Pro is the flagship product of our company: a technologically and functionally advanced application for network and user monitoring, hardware and software inventory management, remote technical support, and protection against data leakage.
Confr "It's like WhatsApp for conference calls!" 
The company is disrupting a $5Billion market by offering the feature-less, reliable "it just works" experience.  Already used by consultants, engineers, lawyers and other professionals all over the world, Confr is growing organically since 2013. Reliable phone connection (No internet obstacles); One click scheduling; Global group calls in local call price; Everyone join on time (No ID's & PIN's) 
Honaro is a place that combines businesses and customers based on mutual trust. For companies it is a Social CRM, creating long-term relationships where clients actively build and promote credibility, and for customers it is a platform, which in an easy and fast way to find the ideal company or deal. 

Sentinode is a security focused systems integrator. SentiNode is a company building ContentIQ - a business process based application building platform and ecosystem. ContentIQ allows to build an internet facing website or business application in a matter of hours, using ready-made, community provided, or custom components. ContentIQ is designed to be a center of a community powered ecosystem allowing independent developers, consultants and designers to add value by building and selling their solutions on top of the ContentIQ platform.
Get Smarter is a product whose concept was born at the Yeslogo Company. It is a commercial platform for companies to manage and share internal knowledge (between employees). It provides a tool to quickly obtain specialized, expert knowledge in chosen topics. It fulfills the needs of those who are knowledge-hungry, and those who would like to sell their knowledge.

CosmeticScan is a mobile application which will allow its users to test a beauty product they are planning to buy for causing skin irritation or allergic reaction. Each user will create their own profile taking into account tolerance for substances contained in cosmetics. By using CosmeticScan the user will receive a complete list of ingredients with a description of their effects, together with indication and contraindication of use. It may also be useful for producers of cosmetics by helping to better understand the needs of the target group on the cosmetics market and expand their knowledge about their clients. 
About the Panelists

Mark Iwanowski - Poland Growth Fund III | A global high tech industry vet in both commercial and government space. He has held executive positions with Fortune 500 companies, including Oracle, Honeywell, Raytheon and SAIC. He has also served as principle in two successful startups. Mark is currently working with Cognizant's CEO to build out its corporate Enterprise Business Accelerator, focusing on next generation solutions. He is also the Managing Partner for the Poland Growth Fund III. Prior to that he was Managing Director at Trident Capital focusing on ICT investments.

David Emerson - Harvard Angels | An active angel investor and a member of the Harvard Angels Selection Committee.   David has been an active investor in technology companies at an angel level for a number of years.   David is also a corporate and technology lawyer, often working with early stage growth ventures on various legal matters facing fast growth ventures.   David has his BA from Harvard University and a JD from University of California, Berkeley - School of Law.

Manny Fernandez - SF Angels | A serial entrepreneur and an active angel investor in angel group such as SF Angels & TiE Angels. He is a partner of a seed & early-stage VC fund that is making investments in San Francisco/ Silicon Valley startups. Manny is a frequent speaker/ judge at SV startup pitch

Allan Young - Serial entrepreneur, founder of TopLine & Runway incubators | Currently the founder of TopLine, the biggest technology and startup incubator in the East Bay, and the only one in existence with a built-in marketing and sales accelerator. Runway is one of the biggest technology co-working and incubation spaces in the San Francisco Bay Area. He was most recently a founder at a Y Combinator company called LaunchHear. He used to run a venture fund which achieved three large IPOs.

About the Moderator 

Jeff Snider - Executive VP Market Entry, USMAC | Jeff builds and runs the US Market Access Center’s programs for companies entering the US Market through Silicon Valley. He is an entrepreneur, speaker and mentor. Jeff is the creator of the Lean Market Entry Program for International Entrepreneurs at US Market Access Inc. He is a seasoned international entrepreneur, co-founder and executive at two Euro-/Silicon Valley startups – TouchWave acquired by Ericsson and Adomo acquired by Avaya. Prior to that, Jeff set up 3rd party distribution channels for Apple and its partners in Europe. He designed and built the 3rd party developers program in Nordic, which later became the model for Apple Europe. Jeff’s focus is to adapt and apply Lean Startup and Customer Development methodologies to international companies entering the US market through Silicon Valley. His specialties include: Market entry, business model validation, business development and venture capital.

About the Sponsor

Reed Smith LLP is a global relationship law firm with more than 1,800 lawyers in 25 offices throughout the United States, Europe, the Middle East and Asia. Founded in 1877, the firm represents leading international businesses, from Fortune 100 corporations to mid-market and emerging enterprises.


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