September 7, 2019
Author: Susan Yee
Category/Tags: Media release

(Philadelphia, PA) September 6, 2019 – Broad Street Angels (BSA), an angel investment group in Philadelphia, held its monthly pitch meeting on board the Battleship New Jersey, located in Camden, NJ on Thursday, September 5, 2019.

“Veterans are part of the essence of the Union League of Philadelphia and its members. It’s natural for the Broad Street Angels to support veteran entrepreneurs in our region and connect them to our BSA members for potential funding,” said RoseAnn Rosenthal, Chair of the Broad Street Angels.

With a sold-out crowd of over 60 BSA Union League members, their guests and a few nearby venture capital executives, presentations were made from 3 veteran led companies. The companies were:

Military Talent Group, ( an HR technology startup that provides companies, a SaaS platform enabling them to better attract, recruit, develop and retain top military veteran talent.

Fast Bags ( solves the problem “where is the next bag” after you change your trash bag with a multi-patented trash bag dispenser and biodegradable trash bags.

ZeroEyes ( is an intelligent video analytics company with technology powered by AI that can detect weapons in real time and send alerts to first responders of the shooter’s description and location.

John Rigaut of JTR Insurance and Katherine O’Neill, Executive Director of Jumpstart New Jersey, served as co-chairs of the event. “Hearing presentations from CEOs with military service on the most decorated battleship in US history was such a worthwhile program and inspiring for all our members”, said John Rigaut.

So far in 2019, the Broad Street Angels have invested nearly $1.4 million in 6 companies.

About Broad Street Angels,

Founded in 2017, Broad Street Angels is an affinity club at The Union League of Philadelphia.  It consists of over 90 Union League members who actively invest in qualified, early-stage enterprises in the Mid-Atlantic region as a means of growing the region’s economy, retaining and attracting talent and fostering innovations that strengthen our civic infrastructure.  Chair, RoseAnn B. Rosenthal, is also President & CEO of BenFranklin Technology Partners.  The group is a member of ACA, PACT, PA Angel Network, Ben Franklin Angel Coordinating Group and others.

About the Battleship New Jersey,

NEW JERSEY (BB-62) was decommissioned for the fourth and final time on February 8, 1991 in Long Beach, California and later towed to Bremerton, Washington where she resided until heading home to New Jersey. She was officially stricken from the Navy list on February 12,1995 but was then ordered reinstated by an order of congress as a mobilization asset under Bill 1024 section 1011. On January 4, 1999 NEW JERSEY was again stricken from the Navy list and IOWA replaced her as a mobilization asset. On September 12, 1999 NEW JERSEY began her Final Voyage home from Bremerton, where she had rested in mothballs for the last 8 years. On November 11th, she arrived at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard. Since that time, she has been restored, opened and established as an educational museum and a tribute to the brave sailors who served on her during her long and distinguished career. The Battleship New Jersey opened as a Museum and Memorial in October 2001.

The Home Port Alliance for the USS New Jersey. Inc. (Home Port Alliance), a private, 501 (c)(3) non-profit, is the organization responsible for the restoration and management of the Battleship New Jersey Museum & Memorial, our country’s largest and most decorated Battleship.

For information, please contact: Communications Chair, Susan Yee, CEO of Active Data,, 610-997-8100