2013 3 RIVERS VENTURE FAIR
APRIL 9, 2013
Held every 18 months, the 3 Rivers Venture Fair fosters connections between life science and other technology companies -- and the funders who can help bring these start-ups to the next level. This year's fair, held at PNC Park, featured 40 presenting businesses, which were equally divided between life science and other tech companies. Eric Kline and Lynn Brusco, co-chairs of the fair, sat down to preview this year's event.
Watch to the video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9idM9yhTc2U&feature=youtu.be.
THREE RIVERS VENTURE FAIR: FINANCING YOUR ENTREPRENUERIAL IDEAS
APRIL 8, 2013
When it comes to getting a business off the ground people go in search of angels or venture capitalists to help make their dreams a reality. But what's the difference? And how do you attract their attention to your project? Business contributor Rebecca Harris reports this week on the Three Rivers Venture Fair where prospective business owners could find possible financial backing.
Listen to the podcast here: http://wesa.fm/post/three-rivers-venture-fair-financing-your-entreprenuerial-ideas.
PVCA LAUNCHES EMERGING LEADER INITIATIVE
June 27, 2012
The Pittsburgh Venture Capital Association on Wednesday said it is launching a new initiative called the Emerging Leadership Board, giving members 35 and under the opportunity to present new ideas and initiatives to the PVCA board. PVCA, which debuted in 1982, said it is considering events that will be exclusive to this age group.
The new program was developed by Kelly Szejko, PVCA president, and Joe Slezak, KFMR marketing director, as a way to engage young professionals.
“We want to help prepare the next generation of directors so they can make significant contributions to the companies in which they will one day serve,” Szejko said in a prepared statement.
See the Original Article at: http://www.bizjournals.com/pittsburgh/news/2012/06/27/pvca-launches-emerging-leader-initiative.html
WHAT YOU MISSED AT THE 3 RIVERS VENTURE FAIR
September 28, 2011
What do you get when you put 34 startups together with more than 600 investors, business leaders and other entrepreneurs, and toss in 14 featured inventors from Pittsburgh universities?
Creative sparks, cutting-edge technologies and, hopefully, lots of venture capital, says Kelly Szekjo, president of Pittsburgh Venture Capital Association, the organization that staged the 3 Rivers Venture Fair that was held last week at the Lexus Club at PNC Park.
While it's too soon to tell how successful this year's event was in terms of dollars raised, many expressed excitement for the technology showcase, a first this year, which featured innovative life science and technology inventions by Pitt and CMU students who gave 3-minute pitches. Among the inventions was Classroom Salon, which turns online reading by students into a communal classroom experience, to Nano-pathology, an optical cancer detection technology...
Read More at: http://www.popcitymedia.com/innovationnews/3rcfr092811.aspx
AT 3 RIVERS VENTURE FAIR, OPTIMISM SHINES BRIGHT FOR NEW INNOVATIONS
September 23, 2011
One slide. Three minutes.
If entrepreneurship is driven by optimism, there was no brighter place in Pittsburgh than PNC Park on Tuesday and Wednesday at the 3 Rivers Venture Fair. The event, produced by the Pittsburgh Venture Capital Association, provides the opportunity for companies to present their businesses to venture capitalists from across the country in the hopes that their new idea might secure the funding they need to grow.
It was great to speak with a few of the attendees, from companies pitching to the VCs looking to invest, and hear their perspectives of how well Pittsburgh is doing economically. Above all the chatter of “Series Bs” and “convertible notes” was the sense that, even in challenging economic times, innovation moves forward and companies are able to grow...
Read More at: http://www.imaginepittsburghonline.com/2011/09/23/at-3-rivers-venture-fair-optimism-shines-bright-for-new-innovations/
AT VENTURE FAIR, MONEY, NEW IDEAS MEET
September 22, 2011
In the business world's equivalent of American Idol, undiscovered Pittsburgh inventors tried to give their best performances Wednesday in a luxurious suite at PNC Park.
There was a panel of three judges, contestants that both flourished and flopped in the span of three minutes, an audience that texted in their votes, and even a diminutive host.
Instead of national fame and a recording contract, winners of the University Technology Showcase at the 3 Rivers Venture Fair yesterday got a small cash award, confidence that their ideas could become successful businesses and connections with venture capital investors so essential to startup companies…
Read More at: http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/business/s_758037.html#ixzz1ZHICclOE
3 RIVERS VENTURE FAIR COMES DURING DROUGHT IN STARTUP INVESTMENT
September 22, 2011
By the time NoWait CEO Robb Meyer made his way to PNC Park on Wednesday for the 3 Rivers Venture Fair, he was on his third attempt to woo investors in three cities over two days.
He flew to Pittsburgh shortly after presenting the company's app -- which helps restaurants reach patrons via text message -- to an angel investors group in New York. Mr. Meyer said meeting investors face-to-face during a time when funds available for startups seemed to be drying up was more than worth the two-day frantic rush.
"You get a lot of broad exposure, there's a high probability of meeting the right people. The fact that there still are fairs, and people attend, shows that just because people are cautious, they're still interested in investing," he said…
Read More at: http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/11265/1176593-28.stm#ixzz1ZHGzWi9X
ENTREPRENEUR IDOL AT THE 3 RIVERS VENTURE FAIR
September 21, 2011
One slide. Three minutes.
Those were the rules of the Technology Showcase on Wednesday afternoon, kicking off the 3 Rivers Venture Fair. In that brief amount of time 14 would-be entrepreneurs had the opportunity to pitch their ideas to an expert panel of investors and get feedback on their presentation in a friendly atmosphere.
In a fun twist and homage to “American Idol” the pitches were also judged by the audience of about 250 people, who at the end of the show texted in their votes for first, second and third place. The three experts were Rich Lunak, president and CEO of nonprofit seed-stage investor group Innovation Works; Ned Renzi, partner at Birchmere Ventures; and Glen Meakem, co-founder and managing director of Meakem Becker Venture Capital…
Read More at: http://www.bizjournals.com/pittsburgh/blog/innovation/2011/09/entrepreneur-idol-at-the-3-rivers.html
PITTSBURGH STEELERS TEAM PSYCHOLOGIST TO TAKE INVESTORS BEHIND THE SCENES INTO NFL DRAFT STRATEGIES AND DYNAMICS
August 10, 2011
As the team psychologist for the Pittsburgh Steelers during the past ten years, Dr. Kevin Wildenhaus is usually working behind the scenes at Heinz Field, but this September, he will take center stage at the Lexus Club at PNC Park, the North Shore's other professional sports venue.
Kelly Szejko, President of the Pittsburgh Venture Capital Association, announced today that Wildenhaus will serve as the keynote speaker at the 3 Rivers Venture Fair [3RVF], the organization's flagship event, on September 21-22nd. The 3RVF is among the largest technology investment showcases in the country and attracts more than 600 prominent investors, entrepreneurs and business leaders who travel to Pittsburgh every 18 months to discover high-potential, promising breakthroughs and ground floor investment opportunities in energy, medicine, life sciences, communications, manufacturing and more. 34 carefully screened, capital-seeking companies from six different states have been selected from hundreds of applicants to pitch their prospects for growth and market potential to the influential audience. The list of featured companies will be announced on the event's website on September 7th...
Read More at: http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/pittsburgh-steelers-team-psychologist-to-take-investors-behind-the-scenes-into-nfl-draft-strategies-and-dynamics-127469613.html
KELLY SZEJKO ON CMU PODCAST
July 8, 2011
President of the PVCA Kelly Szejko recently went on Carnegie Mellon's podcast to talk about the PVCA/3RVF. You can listen to the full podcast here:
PITTSBURGH VENTURE CAPITAL ASSOCIATION NAMES KELLY SZEJKO PRESIDENT
October 4, 2010
The Pittsburgh Venture Capital Association has appointed Kelly Szejko, its executive director for the past 12 years, as president.
The move changes the organization’s management structure of the past 28 years, where a new president was appointed annually. Now, the president post will be ongoing, the executive director post eliminated, and a chairman will be appointed annually.
“Having the same president year after year adds a lot of consistency,” said Alex Paul, president and CEO of Downtown accounting firm Alpern Rosenthal, PVCA’s chairman. “When someone outside of Pittsburgh thinks of PVCA, they’ll call the same person, Kelly, instead of who might be president at the moment. And Kelly has done an incredible job building the organization. This recognizes her achievements and leadership.”...
Read More at: http://www.bizjournals.com/pittsburgh/stories/2010/10/04/story12.html