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Learning Entrepreneurship from Investors

Happy First Birthday, Innovation Tech Meetup!

It's our One-Year anniversary hosting the Innovation Tech Meetup, and we're making the most of it! Come celebrate a year's worth of tech entrepreneurship and strategic partnerships with food, drinks, and lively conversation led NY Angel investor and NJIT faculty member, Michael Ehrlich! 

Don't miss this opportunity to network with like-minded entrepreneurs and techies!

Help promote the Innovation Tech Meetup by using #innovatenj before and after the event! 

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Innovation Tech Meetup June 19th Agenda: 
6:30 - 7:30 PM : Networking and Buffet Dinner

7:35 PM : Introductions

7:45 PM : Entrepreneur Pitch 1:  Eric Korb of Accreditrust

7:55 PM : Entrepreneur Pitch 2:  Chuck Daniels of D3UC

8:05 PM : Entrepreneur Pitch 3:  Ryan Sherman of Fusar 

8:15 PM : Keynote Speaker:  Michael Ehrlich, mentor, professor, and NY Angel investor

8:50 PM : The Ask


Bio of Keynote Speaker: Michael Ehrlich

Michael Ehrlich, PhD, had an international business career before joining NJIT's School of Management as assistant professor of finance.  He spent his last Wall Street years at Bear Stearns as Senior Managing Director of the Emerging Markets Fixed Income Business.  Earlier stints included positions of increasing responsibility at Lehman Brothers Kuhn Loeb and Salomon Brothers, where he worked in the Government Arbitrage Group with John Meriwether.

Upon leaving Wall Street, Ehrlich started FineStar Imaging LLC, a small technology company that specialized in document production and management.  He sold FineStar in 2007.

Today, along with teaching and research, Ehrlich uses his experience in business and as an entrepreneur to work with NJIT's small business incubator program, the Enterprise Development Center (EDC) which is home to over 90 small companies. Ehrlich, who belongs to the NY Angels , enjoys working with start-up companies and is a board member of some startups.

At NJIT, Ehrlich founded and co-directs the New Jersey Innovation Acceleration Center ( which is dedicated to helping innovators and entrepreneurs throughout New Jersey accelerate their time to market and revenue.  With grant support from the US Economic Development Agency, he led a training program for entrepreneurs throughout Northern New Jersey.  He established and is the advisor to the Innovation Acceleration Club, a student club at NJIT.  With support from Capital One Bank he established the Newark Innovation Acceleration Challenge (NIAC), an early stage business model competition, for Newark based students (high school, undergraduate, and graduate) as well as Newark based businesses and entrepreneurs. Winners of the NIAC receive a fellowship that pays them to work on their business idea and attend the NJIT Innovation Accelerator summer program to launch their lean startups.  Recently, Ehrlich has been working with NJIT faculty to help them transform their research into commercial innovations.  He recently participated with an NJIT team in the National Science Foundation (NSF) Innovation Corps (I-Corps) program as a mentor.

Ehrlich's research focuses is on financial markets and institutions, with an emphasis on market failures.  He co-founded and is the Associate Director for the Leir Center for Financial Bubble Research (  He has published work related to the[masked] crisis and has written about the unintended consequences of financial market innovation with special attention to structured investment vehicles, the financial investment innovation which grew to more than $400 billion worldwide before collapsing in recent crisis.  As NYC Chair of the Financial Management Association's Practitioner Demand Driven Academic Initiative, he has examined the market failures in the US mortgage market and collaborated on developing practical solutions to existing problems. His most recent work (with Annaleena Parhankangas) has focused on the problems that entrepreneurs face when seeking funding from early stage investors and this work on how entrepreneurs seek to manage their impressions on potential funders has been presented at recent Babson College Entrepreneurship Research Conferences and will be published in the Journal of Business Venturing (forthcoming).

Ehrlich received his doctorate from Princeton University in economics with a specialty in finance. His bachelor's degree is from Yale University.

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  • Anthony T.

    Great Meetup! I got to meet some interesting people and learned a great deal about Angel investing. The main speaker was outstanding!

    1 · June 30, 2014

  • Chrishan W.

    Great meetup. My first time attending and I will most certainly be back.

    2 · June 22, 2014

  • Judith S.

    Excellent program - wonderful keynote and interesting company pitches

    3 · June 21, 2014

  • Baldwin K.

    As a scientist, my interest is in bringing scientific innovation to market. Is there anything different or special about scientific entrepreneurship vis-a-vis entrepreneurship in general?

    June 14, 2014

    • Michael L.

      This is a conversation that can turn into someone's PhD thesis and shouldn't be answered so quickly.

      1 · June 16, 2014

    • Helena van der M.

      Great meeting and content

      June 20, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great session, very insightful and informative. Also just great to meet fellow entrepreneurs..

    2 · June 19, 2014

  • Todd N.

    I just wanted to reiterate some of the sentiments below. Great event, well organized, lots of familiar and friendly faces. I'll definitely be back for more in the future.

    2 · June 20, 2014

    • Michael L.

      Thanks Todd. I'm looking to having you back.

      June 20, 2014

  • Stephanie M.

    NJIT Parking deck is at the intersection of Warren St. and Summit St. (154 Summit) Call[masked] for directions!

    June 19, 2014

  • Esther S.

    Where is the architecture school? Near the parking deck?

    June 19, 2014

    • Helena van der M.

      154 summit street also trying to figure out exactly where it is

      June 19, 2014

  • Stephanie M.

    Thanks, Andrew! Glad you see the benefit of attending our Innovation Tech Meetups. Looking forward to seeing you tomorrow!

    1 · June 18, 2014

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