Mario is a true NJ entrepreneurial leader and a founder of the NJ tech entrepreneurial community at large. He is also a long time angel investor, successful, entrepreneur and founder of TechLaunch. TechLaunch LLC, NJ’s Technology Accelerator which provides seed funding, co-working space, LaunchPad (business boot-camp), mentors, and access to investors for aspiring entrepreneurs.
Mario is also the founder of Casabona Ventures, providing Business Development Advice, Strategic Planning, and early-stage Private Equity financing to technology focused companies. He is Chairman Emeritus of Jumpstart New Jersey Angel Network serving from 2009 to 2012, one of the premier Angel groups in the Mid-Atlantic Region. In 1982 he founded and was CEO of Electro-Radiation Inc. (ERI) until 2004 when ERI was acquired by Honeywell International. ERI was a developer of Radar, Navigation and Communications technology and equipment for the Defense industry. In 1998, he was awarded the SBA National Tibbett's Award which recognizes contributions in technology. In 2014, he was recognized by the NJ Star Ledger as one of the top 5 most influential persons in NJ Technology and the NJ Business Incubator Network recognized Mario for supporting Startup Companies and Entrepreneurs. In 2013 he was awarded the Legend of Technology award and in 2010 Financier of the Year award both by the New Jersey Technology Council. He enjoys serving on several for-profit as well as non-for-profit boards. Mr. Casabona is an Electrical Engineer and holds 12 national and international patents in the field of satellite-based navigation and communications.
Agenda for the evening is as follows:
6:30 to 7:00 Pizza & Networking
7:00 to 7:10 Updates
7:10 to 7:20 Audience/Member Announcements and Requests
7:20 to 7:30 Vishal Singh Founder of Pintact (https://pintact.com/)
7:30 to 7:40 Christopher J. Coppola Co-Founder & CEO SHIELDtech Inc. (http://shieldtechinc.com/)
7:40 to 8:10 Keynote speaker: Mario Casabona of Techlaunch
8:10 to 9:00 Networking
After 9:00 Drinks at Vanderbilt's in the Hamilton Park Hotel 175 Park Ave Florham Park, NJ 07932 (https://www.google.com/url?sa=D&oi=plus&q=https://maps.google.com/maps?expflags%3Denable_star_based_justifications:true%26ie%3DUTF8%26cid%3D16356950445471689601%26q%3DHamilton%2BPark%2BHotel%2B%2526%2BConference%2BCenter%26iwloc%3DA%26gl%3DUS%26hl%3Den) - Just exit through the Florham Road / Park Ave exit of FDU and you will see the Hotel on the left before you reach Park Ave.
Directions - Complete directions to the FDU library are available here - http://view.fdu.edu/files/directionstolibrarymonningercenterandorangerie.pdf
Parking - Park behind the library, across from of the dorms or in one of the larger (but further) lots. See the parking map below.