WDC Innovation Summit Series - Power Pitches: Pending & Post-Pandemic, with views of Active Angel Investors 

Replay of popular Wharton DC Innovation Summit session featuring active angel investors who give their perspectives on 4
 pitches, sharing insights for other entrepreneurs to keep in mind for their next pitch. Wharton Club Members, guests, public invited 

"Funders have the assets to continue to invest, and they're looking to invest." William Podd, President & CEO, Landmark Capital Corporation


"For most companies, unless they define the future, nobody's going to invest in them because we don't know what the future looks like." - Alan Brody, CEO, TECHmarketing, Convean: iBreakfast & Startupalooza


‘The reality is we have too many communications channels failing us.” Javier Castro, Gravatate Inc. 

  • How does an investor think when evaluating a company? As part of this session, active angel investors give their perspectives on four different pitches, sharing insights for other entrepreneurs to keep in mind for their next fundraising round. 
  • Covid has taught the world that the technology and medical fields provide great opportunities for growth and investments. Many facets of the traditional retail industry are dying out, so technology is critical. Our world has become much more complex.
  • This session covers what business leaders need to do, using a strong team, and must know to simplify and use their technology to achieve specific purposes and results to appeal to customers and investors. 


11:45 am-12 Noon -- Networking on Zoom Meetings

12 Noon-12:50 pm Presentation, including shared screen for slides

12:50 pm - 1:00 pm: Further networking on Zoom


Companies That Presented:

  • I. Fall Call Solutions, LLC: Shea Gregg 
  • Next generation medical alerts designed for Apple watches and androids. Company has a patented “smart” fall detection device so that user doesn’t press any buttons. Provides 24/7 medical monitoring. Visit Website 
  • II. Troupe Beauty, Inc.: Chelsie Rose Kern & Jillian Ouellette
  • Selling any branded cosmetics direct to consumer through scouts. Saves consumers from visiting multiple stores or websites yet gives the personal touch. Visit Website 
  • III. MST: Marc Burel & Gordon Donald 
  • Molecular Surface Technologies (MST) has developed a technology can, at the molecular level, turn virtually any surface slippery or antimicrobial. Can be used for any surface that needs to stay sterile or repel water or dirt. Endless uses for hospitals, sterile environments, human implants, or keeping eyeglasses fog-free. (Website coming soon). 
  • IV. Gravatate, Inc.: Javier Castro 
  • Provides private chat and collaborative online workspaces that help professional engage, inform and lead teams, clients and the members that they serve. Visit Website 

Meet the Speakers Panel:


  • Randall ReadeExecutive Vice President, Washington DC ArchAngels
    • Randall Reade co-founded The Washington DC ArchAngels in 2011, and has reviewed thousands of companies, and presented over 800 to hundreds of investors. He is active as an advisor to entrepreneurs and investors on Quora.com, and he is Most Viewed Writer on the subjects of entrepreneurship, angel investing and venture capital, having reached 4.5 million views worldwide. Read full profile…


  • Alan BrodyCEO, TECHmarketing, Convean: iBreakfast & Startupalooza
    • Alan Brody is the “Dean” of Digital Startups and founder of Startupalooza, the pitching forum and Capital Raising Workshop that runs in eight cities and helped entrepreneurs raise millions. He is author of Are You Fundable? the book for Entrepreneurs that helps them understand the Investor mindset and get them to write a check. Read full profile…
  • Chris Copple, PhDFounder & CEO, Starise Ventures, Inc.
    • Christine D. Copple, Ph.D. is currently President & CEO of Starise Ventures, Inc, which mitigates the intrinsic execution risks of translating biomedical discoveries from the bench to the bedside. Previously she was President & CEO of ASM Resources Inc., the venture arm of the American Society for Microbiology where she built their diversified investment portfolio. Read full profile…
  • William J. PoddPresident & CEO at Landmark Capital Corporation
    • William Podd is the Executive Director of Landmark Angels (a national, private angel group), President & CEO of Landmark Capital (a boutique advisory and consulting firm founded in 1993 and based in Greenwich, CT), and President of the Landmark Family Office (an investment alliance of prominent US and international Family Offices). Read full profile…
  • Scott SpitzerTechnology & Commercial Attorney
    • Scott Spitzer is an attorney in Washington, DC who represents entrepreneurs, startups and growth companies, both domestically and internationally. Mr. Spitzer has served as General Counsel or in senior legal positions for mid-size NASDAQ and other public companies in financial services, advanced medical technologies and business process outsourcing. He has also served as CEO of a large international precious metals dealer headquartered in New York City. Read full profile…

REGISTER for THIS EVENT or the Wharton DC Innovation Summit SERIES

Two options for registration:

  • The entire Innovation Summit Series - 11 programs
    • Free for President's Club & Lifetime Members
    • 49/person for all Members of Wharton Club of DC & Strategic Partner Current Members & Guests
    • 99/person for all others for access to all 11 programs
  • By the individual session
    • Free for President's Club & Lifetime Members
    • 19/person for all Members of Wharton Club of DC & Strategic Partner Current Members & Guests
    • 29/person for all others


11:45AM - 1:15PM Mon 29 Jun 2020 ( Timezone: Eastern )

Virtual Event Instructions:

You will receive the URL for this Webinar either in your confirming email or the day before the program.

Look Who's Coming:

Alan Schlaifer, Chairman
  Wharton DC Innovation Summit
Lori Fischler
  Otilo, Inc.
Ed Redfern Jr
  Redfern Social Ventures, Inc.
... a total of 3 guests.
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