Pitch Now Lead Sponsor: NJIT EDC

The Enterprise Development Center – EDC – is a high-tech and life science business development center on the campus of New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT). It is their mission to help startups and growth companies become profitable businesses and dynamic participants in the economic life of New Jersey and the nation. Through a broad range of knowledge and resources — from finding the right working space and attracting investment capital to building staff and developing effective business plans and marketing strategies —NJIT’s EDC gives startups a critical edge on their path to commercialization. If you have any inquires, click here.

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Pitch Now Lead Sponsor: Casabona Ventures

Casabona Ventures is a micro-VC firm, whose Managing Director and Founder is Mario Casabona. They invest in post-seed stage companies located within the mid-Atlantic region. Casabona investment strategy focuses on ventures whose valuations are less than $5 Million, and which support the Internet of Things (IoT) revolution. They assist their startups by providing strategic business advice, preparation for investor due-diligence and access to Angel Investors.

They have many programs for startups to help them progress, one of which is called Tech Launch.  This program prepares startups for the investor due diligence process, improves the quality of the deal flow, and supports the regional startup eco-system. For more information, click here.

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Pitch Now Judge: Steve Gomez

Steven Gomez is currently the Executive Director at Greater Newark Enterprises Corporation (GNEC) a 501(c)(3) non-profit Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) that provides financing, small business counseling, and training services to entrepreneurs and small business owners throughout northern NJ. This includes the Urban Entrepreneurs Development Institute (UEDI) and the Technology Business Support Initiative (TBSI) which assists entrepreneurs in developing effective plans for financial success and improving their decision making skills. GNEC delivers programming in both English and Spanish.
Steven holds an MBA from Seton Hall University’s Stillman School of Business, an MA from Seton Hall’s School of Diplomacy and International Relations, and undergraduate degrees in both International Business and Computer Science from Caldwell University. He is also a graduate of the Prudential Foundation Nonprofit Executive Fellows Program and the Ethical Leadership Certificate program from the Institute for Ethical Leadership at Rutgers University Business School. Steven is the Advisory Board Chair for the Seton Hall University Stillman School of Business Market Research Center, a Board Member for the Business Outreach Center Network/BOC Capital in New York City, and an advisory board member for PHAS INC in Paterson, the Collaborative Action Newark Advisory Board at Rutgers Business School, and the Black and Latino Tech Initiative at the Center for Urban Entrepreneurship and Economic Development.  Prior to his work with GNEC, Steven held a career in information technology focusing on support services, training, and project management. He has also started, owned, an operated several successful small business ventures and has taught at the secondary and post-secondary education levels.

Pitch Now Judge: Christina Bright (Chris Miss)

Christina Bright, also known in the social media community as “Chris Miss”, is a multifaceted creative who was born and raised in Newark, NJ.

Using platforms such as Instagram and Youtube, she openly shares her love for her son, inner beauty, fashion, cooking, and people to inspire others to unapologetically do the things they love. She believes that everyone has a purpose, and only by doing the work within themselves will they be able to find and fulfill that purpose.

Wanting to spread the message of self-love in her community , Chris has organized and executed a number of charitable events. Everyday is Chris Miss is a platform for her to share her journey in hopes that others will find inspiration to pursue the life they deserve to live.

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Press Information Office
Press Secretary: Marjorie Fields-Harris
Women’s Safety Hackathon will give nationwide entrants three months to submit a prototype for a technology that makes women in safer in Newark – winner will get $15,000 to build prototype and $35,000 to maintain system for one year
Newark, NJ – November 9, 2016 – Mayor Ras J. Baraka announced today that he will launch the Women’s Safety Hackathon, a #HackNWK competition, to create a technology that makes Newark safer for women, at a press conference tomorrow, Thursday, November 10, at 1:30 p.m., in the City Hall Press Room. City Hall is located at 920 Broad Street. Essex County and Newark law enforcement dignitaries will attend the press conference.
The Women’s Safety Hackathon will give entrants three months to create a technology that will improve safety for women in Newark. Submissions will be collected through the internet with a formal show-and-tell scheduled for February 2017 at the Tech Academy. The winning entrant will receive $15,000 to build out their prototype for deployment on June 1, 2017, and then $35,000 to maintain the system for one year. The competition is open to entrants nationwide.
“Using technology to improve the lives of residents is what Newark 3.0 is all about,” said Mayor Baraka. “I am excited to see what kinds of solutions great minds can come up with.”
The Hackathon is being conducted in conjunction with the Department of Health and Community Wellness and the Department of Public Safety. The local tech community will be invited to the event for a conversation with the Mayor.
“The tech community is always innovating, here we are asking the techies to innovate for social good,” said Newark Chief Information Officer Seth Wainer.
Four “use cases” for the technology will be presented at the announcement tomorrow:
·         Safety on the Street – Women are often in danger simply by being present on the street. Bystander intervention and other proven methods could be applied through technology to help reduce street crime aimed at women.
·         Domestic Violence – Inside homes and families, women are at risk for violence from those closest to them. Incidents are often repeated and sometimes known to neighbors.
·         Teen Dating – Women and teenage girls are susceptible to violence while dating. With better awareness and training, technology could leverage the teen community in Newark to address this.
·         Evidence Collection – Many incidents of violence against women are not prosecuted successfully because of the lack of evidence that can be used in a court. Technology can be leveraged to improve evidence collection and prosecution rates.
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5 Reasons You Should Become A Space(r)*

1) Unlimited Coffee: It is the bane of your existence and your muse. Whether you are starting out your day or pulling an “all-nighter” to finish a client project. =SPACE will always have a Cup a Joe waiting for you!

2) Fiber Optics: No one loves high speed internet like a entrepreneur with a deadline. =SPACE has the fastest internet than any other sharespace on the East Coast. If that does not bring you to your knees, we have more coming your way.

3) Homely Space: =SPACE is dedicated to being your home away from home. We want you find your serene place, whether it is on the couch in the Huddle Space, at a desk in The Great Room, or sitting at the bar.

4) Amazing Co-space(r)s: Everyone know that beauty is not everything. While =SPACE is aesthetically pleasing to the eye, we have so much more to offer. You have the ability to connect with other entrepreneurs who are as highly motivated as you. When you come to =SPACE prepare for some amazing conversation with top notch individuals.

5) You: We focus on the idea of intellectual diversity and love to see more minds being added to the mix. =SPACE believes that every person brings a different aspect or light. Why not add yourself to the melting pot?

So, are you ready to take your space?


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Tech Town Hall 2.0

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Progression in Tech is the theme for the second installment of EqualSpace’s (= SPACE) Tech Town Hall series.  The cornerstone of the first installment centered around reintroducing Newark as a leader of tech in the community, as well as sparking the conversation around Newark being fashioned as a Tech Hub and how it affects the city’s economic development. This year’s theme of progression, discusses the businesses, partnerships, and programs birthed since the first Tech Town Hall.

The Honorable Mayor Ras J. Baraka and some of Newark’s finest in the tech community will lead the discussion. Tech community influencers and thought leaders confirmed for the event include: Rakia Reynolds, President of Skai Blue Media; Anthony Fraiser, Co-founder of The Phat Startup; Sylvia Wandahwa, Co-organizer of Women Techmakers New Jersey; Isaiah Little, Brigade Captain of Code for Newark; Medina, Chief Creative Strategist of Medina=Citi; and Seth Wainer, Chief Information Officer for The City of Newark.

Anthony Fraiser, co-founder of The Phat Startup, will also speak on Tech & Power, followed by a book signing for his latest novel, Don’t Dumb Down Your Greatness: A Young Entrepreneur’s Guide to Thinking & Being Great.

The event will be on October 6th from 5pm-8pm. We hope to see you there and we appreciate the support! RSVP: http://bit.ly/2aWhmby


=SPACE and GATEWAY PROJECT SPACES have announced an exciting, new collaboration to create premium co-working space in the heart of Newark’s Downtown Arts and Business district, The Gateway Center. =SPACE Downtown will be nexus of the two collaborators yielding an environment that fuses amenitized, technology-driven workspace and a creative, nurturing environment, both affordable and accessible. Join us as the space opens to the public Friday, September 9th, with a launch party from 5 – 7 pm.

Friday, September 9th, 5 – 7 pm

Craft Brews & Coffee Bar
Live Beats & Membership Info
Membership Give-A-Way

Gateway Project Spaces
2 Gateway Center | Newark, NJ

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Equal Space Downtown



Newark, New Jersey (Monday, August 15th, 2016)  =SPACE and GATEWAY PROJECT SPACES have announced an exciting, new collaboration to create premium co-working space in the heart of Newark’s Downtown Arts and Business district, The Gateway Center. =SPACE Downtown will be nexus of the two collaborators yielding an environment that fuses amenitized, technology-driven workspace and a creative, nurturing environment, both affordable and accessible.  The space will open to the public Friday, September 9th, with a party from 5 – 7 pm.

=SPACE Downtown will live on the storefront level of Gateway Project Spaces in Gateway 2, directly connected to Newark Pennsylvania Station (NJ Transit, PATH, etc.) Gateway Project Spaces is a 30,000 sq.ft. creative hub that is comprised of a non-profit gallery, additional event spaces, an art supply store and 56 rentable workspaces. The 24/7 facility has carved out a 2,000 sq. ft. space that will host membership based desk space, creative meeting space and private conference rooms with tech equipment and a design aesthetic to greet users with comfort, convenience and resources.

=SPACE Downtown will be the perfect workspace for creative professionals, freelancers, writers, techies, startups, small non-profits, commuting students and more.  “The joint venture is an opportunity for = Space and Gateway Project Space to create an ecosystem of creatives of all types with the goal of growing within the city of Newark.” said Medina, Founder of = SPACE

“We’re thrilled to bring another level of participants to our space. Gateway Project Spaces is currently the home to over 50 visual and performing artists from the surrounding areas. Developing a larger, diverse group of on-site creative professionals and cultural practitioners will continue to make Newark a destination to work, network and live.” said Jasmine Wahi and Rebecca Jampol, Founders of Gateway Project Spaces

In addition to the memberships and new space options, the partnering organizations plan to work together on a series of programs that cater to the community and onsite audience.


About EqualSpace

=SPACE is a magnet for intellectuals, techies and entrepreneurs of New Jersey. It will be headquartered in the City of Newark a share space and incubator = SPACE will provide resources for startups, coaching for tech companies. We believe providing access and resources will equal space for opportunities. Our = SPACE(r)s are the risk takers, the pushers and game changers, and the next wave of innovation will be born from them.

About Gateway Project Spaces

Founded in 2012, Gateway Project Spaces is a hub for multidisciplinary creative engagement. The three-level facility is split between a highly competitive and curated residency program, a project-based gallery in collaboration with Project For Empty Space, and rentable artist studio/ work spaces.


The Fold- Enough is Enough

Why you should make your web precise and concise?  The human race is lazy. I don’t mean that in a negative way, I’m just being honest. You, me, your mother… we’re all lazy. The physical act of scrolling is unlikely to wear you out but the mental power required to comprehend the information entering your visual cortex is worth considering. Work with the system by clicking here.