Founded in 1996, the Council is a private, nonprofit membership organization, which supports the tech, innovation, and entrepreneurial ecosystems across the state and region. It is among the largest and most respected trade organizations of its kind nationwide

The Tech Council has the unique ability to:

  • Offer opportunities to learn, network and grow.
  • Recognize and promote member companies and their leadership.
  • Nurture the tech and STEM talent pipeline critical to growth.
  • Provide access to financing sources and additional resources.
  • Advocate and support public policy which strengthens our ecosystem.

CONFERRENCES

The Tech Council boasts some of the most dynamic conferences in the region. Including the Innovation Forecast and Venture Conference which attract hundreds of entrepreneurs, innovators and investors with great ideas and capital to invest. These events are fabulous connectors and grow every year with new faces, innovations and technology.

  • The CIO Conference focuses on current issues, challenges, opportunities and strategies for IT leaders.
  • The Global Commercialization Conference and Incubator Showcase emphasize collaboration in the tech transfer area between industry and academia.
  • The Leadership Summit assembles the region’s best and brightest high-tech and life science executives for insightful discussions, engaging speakers and practical advice for managing growing enterprises.
  • Sector specific conferences such as the Data Summit highlight this growing market related to data storage and analytics.
  • The Fintech Conference addresses the needs of the financial sectors as they seek to develop and implement an effective payment and lending frameworks.
  • The Internet of Things Conference fosters innovation in the region by bringing together developers, entrepreneurs, investors, and students to showcase and share ideas, and find resources and talent.
  • The HealthTech Conference is designed to offer the latest best practices in leveraging tech in the healthcare arena.

Access to Capital

Cofounded by the Tech Council in 2004, Jumpstart NJAngel Network is the region’s most successful network of angel investors. The group is made up of high net worth individual investors collaborating on deals, and as of September 2014 has invested over $40 million. The Council launched the NJTC Venture Fund in 2001, a $72 million early stage fund dedicated to growing technology here in New Jersey. The fund is fully deployed in 37 companies and has helped create over 1,700 jobs. Its successor fund, Tech Council Ventures, is launching this year.

Recognition

At the Council, we believe members should be spotlighted and recognized for their contributions to the region’s technology community. To that end, the Awards Celebration, which has been called the premier networking event in New Jersey, brings together hundreds of the technology elite in the region to celebrate the “Best of the Year” awards. Each year, the Council names CEOs and CIOs of the Year and financial execs are honored at the CFO Awards Breakfast.

Industry Networks and Peer Groups

The Council holds quarterly educational and networking programs in industry verticals: IT/SupplyChain; Communications/Media; Life Sciences/HealthTech; and Emerging/Disruptive Technologies. It also offers exclusive peer forums and dinners/salons on a quarterly basis for CEOs, CFOs, CIOs, Innovation Leaders and Influencers.

Advocacy

As an advocate for technology companies in New Jersey, the Council continuously monitors federal and state policies that impact the growth of New Jersey’s technology industry. Our member companies offer strength in numbers which the Council utilizes to inform and educate policy makers on issues that are important to the state’s technology and life sciences communities.

Publications

TechNews magazine covers the business behind Information Technology, Life Sciences, Healthcare, Education, Electronics, Manufacturing, Supply Chain, Energy, Environment, Communications and Media. Read what industry experts and innovators are saying about how they are growing their businesses.

Education Foundation

The Council’s Education Foundation brings business and academia together to foster collaborative relationships through teacher/student visits to member companies, competitions, hackathons, as well as student internships and mentoring.

“The roadmap for a successful start-up venture is not always a straight and well-defined path. To this point, the New Jersey Tech Council has provided various vehicles throughout the year to network, meet peers, consultants and investors. For example, as a presenting company at the recent Venture Conference our focus was on pitching our business for a potential investor. As it turned out, the timing also coincided with the launch of our first product, GenVisc 850, which treats osteoarthritis knee pain. While we made several good contacts and referrals during the event, an individual approached us as a potential investor, and unexpectedly, as a customer as well. This connection enabled us to make introductions to a major orthopedic practice and we’re presently in discussions to win their business. A great outcome but not one we expected – we didn’t land the investment but we gained a customer. Just one example of our ability to pivot and take advantage of the opportunities presented by the Tech Council.”
Michael J. Daley, PhD
President and CEO, OrthogenRX

Our staff is dedicated to serving the technology and life science companies of the state and region with a host of educational events/programs, networking opportunities and recognition celebrations.

Aaron Price

President & CEO

Poonam Balani

Vice President, Events & Operations

Paul Frank

Executive Vice President

Peggy Reeve

Comptroller

Daniel Sullivan

Manager, Member Experience & Partnerships

Nikey Pierre

Events and Outreach Manager

Ana Mazumdar

Marketing & Events Coordinator

Meredith Bell

Program & Marketing Associate

NJTC Board: Executive Committee

Virginia Alling

Managing Director, PNC

chairwoman

Andrew Gilbert

Co-Managing Partner, DLA Piper

Secretary

Skip Braun

Partner, Grant Thornton

Kelly Ford

Partner, Edison Partners

Ronald Gaboury

CEO, Yorktel

Dan McGrath

COO, EPIC Insurance Brokers & Consultants

Mahesh Yadav

CEO, Optima Global Solutions

Additional NJTC Board Members

Aaron Price

President and CEO, NJ Tech Council

Alex Gonzalez

VP - Corporate Development, Verizon

Benjamin Novak

Associate, Morgan Lewis

Chris Sullens

CEO, CentralReach

David Kimball

SVP, Research & Eco Development, Rutgers University

Garth Holsinger

Founder, Working Man

Gregory Olsen

CEO, GHO Ventures, LLP

Jeffrey Rosedale

Patent Attorney, BakerHostetler LLP

Joel Bloom

President, New Jersey Institute of Technology

John Lanza

Partner, Natl Life Sciences Leader, RSM USA, LLP

Kathleen Coviello

VP, Tech & Life Sciences Investments, NJEDA

Kevin Pianko

Assurance Partner, BDO

Marianna Rabinovitch

President, ECI Technology

Mark Giamo

Partner, BDO USA, LLP

Paul Mlynarski

Partner, Deloitte

Rita Gurevich

President & Founder, SPHERE Technology Solutions

Robert Bardusch

COO/CIO, Valley National Bank

Sarah Knapp

EVP, Spruce Technology

Venu Myneni

CEO, Radiant Systems

Stephen Waldis

Former CEO, Synchronoss Technologies

Alan Wink

Director, Eisner Amper LLC

Ali Houshmand

President, Rowan University

Ari Rabban

CEO, Phone.com

Charlene Brown

RVP, AT&T External Affairs, AT&T

Edward O'Connell

Partner - Technology and Innovation, Withum

Gene Waddy

CEO, Diversant, Inc.

Inderpal Singh Mumick

Founder, Chairman & CEO, Kirusa

Jianping Wang

President, Mercer County Community College

Simon Nynens

VP, NJIT; Former CEO, Wayside Technology Group

John Vernazza

Regional Vice President, Tierpoint

Alison Yablonowitz

Assurance Partner, Ernst & Young LLP

Mark Clifton

Former General Manager, Princeton Identity

Nariman Farvardin

President, Stevens Institute of Technology

Peter Harris

Founder & CEO, The Harris Agency

Robert A. Trenery Jr.

Tax Managing Director, KPMG LLP