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Veteran Startup Pitch Event – Steve Cohen

When ?

Thursday, September 15, 2016 from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM (EDT) Add to Calendar

Where ?

Dentons @ The Rockefeller Plaza – 1221 Avenue of the Americas, New York, New York 10020 –


Featured Companies/Founders:
Viridis Learning – Felix W. Ortiz III, CEO, U.S. Army
Sandboxx – Sam Meek, CEO, U.S. Marine Corps
Unite US – Dan Brillman, CEO, U.S. Air Force / Taylor Justice, CBO, U.S. Army
Polco – Alex Pedersen, COO, U.S. Air Force
Lettrs – Drew Bartkiewicz, CEO, U.S. Army


Claudia Iannazzo – General Partner, Alpha Prime
George Popescu – General Partner, LunaCap Ventures
Joshua Siegel – General Partner, Rubicon Venture Capital
Mike Parris – Partner, Shaquille O’Neal Family Office
Steven Cohen – Point 72 (pending availability)

More information

Veterans are well equipped to thrive in an entrepreneurial environment. Their skill set, including leadership, decisiveness, and the ability to maintain composure under pressure, lends itself to successfully operating startup businesses. LunaCap Ventures is raising its second fund, focused on investing in veteran owned and operated companies. This fund will identify, invest in, and mentor veteran owned companies. In helping these companies succeed, we will provide LPs with healthy returns while facilitating veterans’ transition to civilian life.


About the author

George Popescu

Serial entrepreneur.

George sold and exited his most successful company, Boston Technologies (BT) group, in 2014. BT was a technology, market maker, high-frequency trading and inter-broker broker-dealer in the FX Spot, precious metals and CFDs space company. George was the Founder and CEO and he boot-strapped from $0 to a $20+ million in revenue without any equity investment. BT has been #1 fastest growing company in Boston in 2011 according to the Boston Business Journal and the only company being in top 10 fastest in 2012-13 as it was #5 in 2012. BT has been on the Inc. 500/5000 list of fastest growing companies in the US for 4 years in a row ( #143, #373, #897 and #1270). After the company sale in July 2014 until February 2015 George was Head-of-Strategy for Currency Mountain ( ), a USD 100 million+ holding company focused on retail and medium institutional currencies, precious metals, stocks, fixed income and commodities businesses.

• Over the last 10 years, George founded 10 companies in online lending, craft beer brewery, exotic sports car rental space, hedge funds, peer-reviewed scientific journal ( Journal of Cellular and Molecular medicine…) and more. George advised 30+ early stage start-ups in different fields. George was also a mentor at MIT’s Venture Mentoring Services and Techstar Fintech in NY.

• Previously George obtained 3 Master's Degrees: a Master's of Science from MIT working on 3D printing, a Master’s in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Supelec, France and a Master's in Nanosciences from Paris XI University. Previously he worked as a visiting scientist at MIT in Bio-engineering for 2 years. George had 3 undergrad majors: Maths, Physics and Chemistry. His scientific career led to about 10 publications and patents.

• On the business side, Boston Business Journal has named me in the top 40 under 40 in 2012 in recognition of his business achievements.

• George is originally from Romania and grew up in Paris, France.

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