April 26, 2016
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Long Island’s Best Startups Pitch Their Next Big Idea on Saturday, April 30, 2016

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Media Contact: University Communications and Marketing, 516.877.3693

If you love the popular business show Shark Tank, you won’t want to miss Pitch Island at Adelphi University. More than 150 expected to see Long Island’s best startups pitch their next big idea to Long Island’s top angel investors as well as Faith Paige Wall, Head of Licensing at Daymond John’s Shark Branding. Innovative new products and brands and groundbreaking technology are a few of the pitches scheduled. Pitch Island is sponsored by Adelphi University, Technology Island, Nassau County, Launchpad, Angel Dough Ventures & LISTnet.

Technology Island & Nassau County have formed a public/private partnership to help promote Long Island as one of the top innovation regions to go to start, move and build technology companies.

For more than 120 years, Adelphi has been a place for revolutionary thinking. As one of the Northeast’s integral institutions, we transform lives and advance the region we serve, and beyond, through our teaching and learning, research and creativity and deep community engagement. This event is an example of our commitment to the region and investment in STEM overall.

To date, at least seven Long Island-based startups and early-stage companies to pitch. There will also be more than 15 startups exhibiting their latest innovation, products & services.

Welcome and special appearances by:

Edward P. Mangano, Nassau County Executive

Gayle D. Insler, Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs

Meredith O’Connor, Teen Pop Star and Anti-Bullying Icon

Investor Judges include:

Andrew S. Hazen, Founder & CEO of Angel Dough Ventures and LaunchPad; Vice Chairman of the Long Island Angel Network

Frank Gallucci, Adjunct Professor at the Robert B. Willumstad School of Business

Craig Kugel, BDS Venture Fund

Bob Brill, Managing Partner of Newlight Management and Board Member of Long Island Angel Network

Faith Paige Wall, EVP Mohawk Group & Head of Licensing & Retail at Daymond John’s Shark Branding

Angel investors are estimated to provide 90 percent of all seed and start-up capital, compared to the venture capital community, which invest less than 2 percent in start-ups and instead focus on a smaller pool of later-stage companies.

You must register to attend this event at

Media contact names and information must be submitted to Kali Chan prior to the event.

Saturday, April 30, 2016, 2:00 to 4:30 p.m.


Adelphi University Performing Arts Center, 1 South Avenue, Garden City, NY

Directions to Garden City

About Adelphi: A modern metropolitan university with a personalized approach to higher learning.

Adelphi University is a highly awarded, nationally ranked, powerfully connected doctoral research university offering exceptional liberal arts and sciences programs and professional training with particular strength in its Core Four—Arts and Humanities, STEM and Social Sciences, the Business and Education Professions, and Health and Wellness. Adelphi is dedicated to transforming students’ lives through small classes, hands-on learning and innovative ways to support student success.

Founded in Brooklyn in 1896, Adelphi is Long Island’s oldest private coeducational university. Today Adelphi serves nearly 8,000 students at its beautiful main campus in Garden City, New York—just 23 miles from New York City’s cultural and internship opportunities—and at dynamic learning hubs in Manhattan, the Hudson Valley and Suffolk County, and online.

More than 100,000 Adelphi graduates have gained the skills to thrive professionally as active, caring citizens, making their mark on the University, their communities and the world.

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