Portfolio company Vydia launches charitable arm to empower diverse music communities. Forbes announced the official launch of the new charity
Tech Council Ventures is proud to announce that we have added TrekIT Health, a Philadelphia-based company, built to make the
Portfolio company STRATIS IoT, announces its formal launch of STRATIS Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) after multiyear trials with KDDI (Asia-Pacific). Read the full
An NJBIZ article written by Randy Allen, Steve Socolof, and Shihab Kuran Published July 13, 2020, Volume 33, Number 27
 This 6th episode is all about EdTech. Featured Investors: Jim Gunton (Tech Council Ventures), Judith Sheft (NJ Commission on
Vydia joins the exclusive list of Spotify's Preferred Providers directory listed on their site, indicating they have met Spotify’s highest
New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy highlighted SunRay Scientific, the Eatontown-based company that develops and manufactures conductive adhesive materials for use in miniaturized
 This 5th episode is all about HealthTech. Featured Investors: Mark Kolb (Tech Council Ventures), Sandra Powell-Elliott (Hackensack Meridian Health)
Aaron Price CEO TechUnited:NJ and Propelify Founder announced June 15, 2020 that the NJ Tech Council is now TechUnited:NJ. Read
ACG NJ held their 3rd Angel Forum Group Breakfast Meeting virtually on Wednesday, June 10, 2020. Managing Partner Jim Gunton

Check out Tech Council Ventures along with the other great innovators and innovation enablers in New Jersey! We’re in INNOVATE® New Jersey (Chapter 18, pages 396-397).

Tech Council Ventures in INNOVATE New Jersey, pages 396-397

Dialog with NJ EDA’s Kathleen Coviello – NJ Bioscience Center

#NJEDA's Kathleen Coviello & Tech Council Ventures’ Jim Gunton explore Governor Phil Murphy’s proposed New Jersey Innovation Evergreen Fund and how it will benefit #entrepreneurs in the Garden State. https://nj.gov/governor/news/news/562019/approved/20190320a.shtml New Jersey Tech Council#NJStateofInnovation

Posted by New Jersey Economic Development Authority on Thursday, March 28, 2019

Steve Socolof moderated a cleantech panel for the NJ EDA, including Eric Breese of Evonik, Keryl Cosenzo of Siemens, Doug Kushnerik of ExxonMobil, and Keally DeWitt of GAF Energy.

Steve Socolof moderated a NJ EDA Roundtable: New Jersey’s Clean Tech Innovation Ecosystem: What Role Should Big Corporates Play on December 5, 2019.  Many important technological advances in cleantech have been the work of startup companies and research universities. Large, well established companies also play a very substantial—if less well publicized—role as innovators in the field. The roundtable explored the cleantech contributions global companies are making here in New Jersey, and ways in which they may be able to play an even larger role in the state’s cleantech innovation ecosystem.  Panel included Keally DeWitt, Sr. Director, Marketing and Public Policy, GAF Energy (Parsippany), Eric Breese, Venture Capital Investment Director, Evonik Inc. (Parsippany), Doug Kushnerick, Sr. Scientific Advisor, ExxonMobil Research (Clinton and Paulsboro), and Keryl Cosenzo, Head, Government Research Programs, Siemens Corporate Technology (Princeton)

Moderator: Steve Socolof, Managing Partner, Tech Council Ventures, and Founding Head of Lucent Technologies New Ventures Group

Stephen Socolof on stage with LP Lutz Stoeber of Evonik

Stephen Socolof on stage with LP Lutz Stoeber of Evonik talking about strategic partnering at the Global Corporate Venturing Synergize event in New York City on September 25, 2019.


Startup Showdown is a new bi-weekly series co-presented by Tech Council Ventures and TechUnited:NJ featuring live 3 startups who will pitch 3 investors, answer audience Q+A, & ultimately find out if the investors would like to take a meeting.


If your startup has been growing and you’d like to pitch on the show, you can apply here.


Episode 9 is on Sept 17, 2020, at 12PM ET. Register now at: https://techunited.co/event/startup-showdown/

This ninth episode is all about Real World Data/Evidence.


Featured investors: Mark Kolb, Tech Council Ventures; Steve Cohen, Morgan Lewis; Ren Roome, Boston Millennia Partners


Featured startups:  Lambent Data, DataBiologics, WellCare Today



Rolling applications are now open for the new TechLaunch BullPen – the quarterly pitch event similar to “Shark Tank” – a perfect way to get priceless advice and mentoring, as well as the attention of investors, all while your early stage tech company prepares for growth.


The program focuses on the pitch as the way to help build and grow your business. Interested companies apply and the TechLaunch team reviews these applications.


Selected companies are mentored and the most promising 3 tech ventures are invited to pitch before a panel of investors and entrepreneurs as well as a live studio audience. Presenting Companies will get plenty of real time feedback on their pitch and business. After a team presents, they may continue to partner with a TechLaunch mentor to help in those areas where assistance is needed. Simple!


Valuable in-kind services and guaranteed spots to present at a Jumpstart NJ Angel Network meeting and a Tech Council Ventures meeting are awarded to the presenting company who the Investor Panel feels is the most fundable moving forward. The Investor Panel award is worth $15,000 in professional in-kind services from the sponsors of BullPen, including Withum, Gibbons Law, Gearhart Law, and Casabona Ventures.


The program is aimed at serious early stage startup companies with high growth potential, with an experienced team, a demonstrated Product or Service, and generating revenue.

We’re looking for tech startups that have/are:

  • A founding team with experience, complementary skills and aligned vision
  • Invested at least 6-12 months of “sweat equity” and seed capital upwards of $50K
  • Trailing revenue of greater than $50,000
  • Looking to raise $50K to $500K in additional seed capital to grow their business to the next stage
  • Ability to be coached and mentored
  • Investor type Pitch Deck ready to go


Apply to Pitch at the BullPen at https://www.techlaunch.com/application/

A week of virtual experiences featuring tracks in Social Justice + Inclusion, Smart Cities, CleanTech, HealthTech and Innovation + Entrepreneurship!


Powered by TechUnited:NJ, the 5-day digital experience will focus on entrepreneurship and corporate innovation while highlighting:


10/5 #BetterTogether: building a more inclusive & equitable future
10/6 #BetterWellness: supporting healthier minds & bodies
10/7 #BetterPlanet: creating a clean energy future & sustainable lifestyle
10/8 #BetterConnected: connecting the world
10/9 #BetterBeta: empowering entrepreneurs, innovators, and instigators


Register now to be on the announcement list as they unveil soon the keynote speakers.
Special exhibitor and sponsor opportunities are also available. Drop the team a line if you’re interested in learning more.

Jim Gunton says NJ Governor Murphy’s New Jersey Innovation Evergreen Fund is a terrific idea!

“This fund will reverse the trend of movement away from New Jersey. Talent goes where there are well-funded and promising companies. I have seen companies go where they are able to get funding. Well-funded companies attract the best people. Those companies are the most likely to succeed. Then you grow and exit, and create a self-perpetuating dynamic. … It is vital to the New Jersey economy — and exciting to watch it happen.” – Jim Gunton, Managing Partner, Tech Council Ventures


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