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TechUnited:NJ Launches Innovation Committee

Onyx Equities’ Jonathan Schultz Named New Chairman

Following the rebranding of the NJ Tech Council into TechUnited:NJ, New Jersey’s largest technology and entrepreneurial community has launched a new Innovation Committee – aimed to galvanize the visionaries of the region – with Onyx Equities’ Co-Founder and Managing Partner Jonathan Schultz as its chairman.

TechUnited has adopted a new mission as it confronts an evolving economic environment that is bringing a surge in high-tech entrepreneurial and corporate activity to New Jersey.  The Innovation Committee was formed to advance the broader strategic and practical perspective and support entrepreneurship for the TechUnited community and officials.

“The TechUnited Innovation Committee surrounds our organization with leaders who can  guide New Jersey’s technology community through the evolution of the economy and the inevitabile technology-led market disruption,” says Aaron Price, president and CEO of TechUnited. “We want members to capitalize on New Jersey’s inherent advantages and create growth and advancement at the very edge of technology development.  For entrepreneurs and tech leaders big and small, this added value represents a critical component of our renewed mission, to empower entrepreneurs, innovators, and instigators to build a better future for all.”

TechUnited’s Innovation Committee is comprised of a blend of tech and corporate leaders in New Jersey who reflect the changing composition of the tech community, including:

  • Joel Bloom, president, NJIT;
  • Nariman Farvardin, president, Stevens Institute of Technology;
  • Ralph Izzo, chairman of the board, president & CEO, PSEG;
  • Ari Rabban, CEO, Phone.com;
  • Jonathan Shultz, co-founder and managing principal, Onyx Equities;
  • Sampath Sowmyanarayan, CRO, Verizon Business;
  • Chris Sullens, CEO, CentralReach.

“Each of our Innovation Committee members can point to a specific recent instance where our technology exposure enabled an opportunity that generated benefits to the broader business community,” says Schultz. “Technology evolutions are the most exciting aspect of all business today, whether it be changes on our services to tenants or emerging enterprises or corporate intrapreneurism – every layer of the business community touches technology.  What some tech entrepreneurs fail to recognize is how to create advantages utilizing the many tiers of support New Jersey already has in place for them.  With this Committee we will be there to identify opportunities and guide decisions for many innovators and entrepreneurs in the TechUnited community.”

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