Terms of Service

This web site (the "Site") is an online information service provided by Connectors Fund, LLC and Solidea, LLC (“us” or "we"), and is available subject to your compliance with the terms and conditions set forth below. Our intended audience is United States residents who are 18 years of age or older.

Terms of Service. Please read the following information carefully before using this Site because these terms govern your use of the Site. If you do not agree with any of these terms, do not use this Site. We reserve the right, in our sole discretion, to modify, alter or otherwise update these terms at any time, and by using this Site after the posting of a modification, you accept the modifications.

Disclaimer of Warranties; Limitation of Liability. THIS SITE AND ITS CONTENTS ARE PROVIDED "AS IS" WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EITHER EXPRESSED OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, OR NON-INFRINGEMENT. These warranties are hereby excluded to the fullest extent permissible by law. UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES SHALL WE BE LIABLE FOR ANY DIRECT OR INDIRECT, SPECIAL, INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES THAT MAY ARISE FROM YOUR USE OF, OR INABILITY TO USE, THIS SITE. Some jurisdictions do not allow the exclusion or limitation of liability for consequential or incidental damages. In such jurisdictions, our liability is limited to the greatest extent permitted by law, or $10.00, whichever is less.

We Are Not Providing Investment Advice Nor Soliciting Offers or Recommendations. Nothing in this web site constitutes investment advice or a recommendation to enter into a transaction or an offer or an agreement, or solicitation of an offer or agreement to enter into a transaction. We are providing information on this Site for informational purposes and do not represent that the information is suitable or appropriate for any user.

Privacy. Personal information transmitted to us will be treated in accordance with our Privacy Policy.

Information Relating to Business Plans. We recognize that you are concerned about protecting information relating to your business plan. We are committed to responsible information handling practices and do not intend to use information included in your business plan for any purpose other than administering and otherwise implementing the NYCENT competition. However, neither we, nor any of the judges, staff or other participants are agreeing to non-disclosure agreements. By taking part in the competition, you agree that we do not assume any liability whatsoever for any disclosures of business plan information which may be made (inadvertently or otherwise) by any judge, staff member, or other individual connected with, participating in, or receiving information from or about the competition. In this regard, you should also recognize that we may receive many business plans and proposals, in some cases applying to similar markets and relating to similar businesses, and that we and other participants in the competition may in fact be engaged in similar markets or businesses ourselves.

Our Copyrighted Materials. The copyrights in all text, images, screens and other materials provided on this Site (collectively, the "Materials") are owned by us and/or by third parties. Except as provided below, none of the Materials may be copied, distributed, displayed, downloaded, or transmitted in any form or by any means without the prior written permission of us or the copyright owner. Unauthorized use of any Materials contained on this Site may violate copyright laws, trademark laws, the laws of privacy and publicity, and/or other regulations and statutes. If you believe that any of the Materials infringe on any third party’s rights, please contact us immediately at the address provided below. Except as expressly provided herein, we and the third parties reserve all rights with respect to the Materials, and may pursue all legally available options under both civil and criminal laws (and may cooperate with law enforcement agencies) in the event of any violations.

Trademarks. Trademarks and service marks that may be referred to on this Site are the property of us or their respective owners. Nothing on this Site should be construed as granting, by implication, estoppel, or otherwise, any license or right to use any trademark without our written permission. Our names and/or logos may not be used in any way, including in advertising or publicity pertaining to distribution of materials on this Site, without prior written permission. You are not authorized to use our logo as a hyperlink to this Site unless you obtain our written permission in advance.

Prohibited Actions. You agree not to: (a) decompile, reverse engineer, disassemble, modify, reduce the Site to human perceivable form or create derivative works based upon the Site or any part thereof; (b) disable any licensing or control features of the Site; (c) introduce into the Site any virus or other code or routine intended to disrupt or damage the Site, or alter, damage or delete any content, or retrieve or record information about the Site or its users; (d) merge the Site with another program or create derivative works based on the Site or any portion thereof; (e) remove, obscure, or alter any notice of the copyright or other proprietary legends on any portion of the Site; (f) sublicense, assign, translate, rent, lease, lend, resell for profit, distribute or otherwise assign or transfer any contents or access to the Site to others; (g) use, or allow the use of, the Site or any contents in contravention of any federal, state, local, foreign or other applicable law, or rules or regulations of regulatory or administrative organizations; or (h) otherwise act in a fraudulent, illegal, malicious or negligent manner when using the Site. Except as expressly provided herein, we and the third parties reserve all rights with respect to the Site, and may pursue all legally available options under both civil and criminal laws (and may cooperate with law enforcement agencies) in the event of any violations.

Acceptance of Risks. You agree to accept all risks associated with the use of the Site and understand that any information posted using the Site may be accessed by third parties and should not be considered to be secure or protected.

Links. Although we control some hyperlinks in the Site, some links within this Site may lead to third-party sites. We include these third-party links solely as a convenience to you. The presence of a link does not imply an endorsement of the linked site, its operator, or its contents, or that we are in any way affiliated with the linked site. The Site does not incorporate any materials appearing in such linked sites by reference. We reserve the right to terminate a link to a third party web site at any time. The third party sites are not controlled by us, and may have different terms of use and privacy policies, which we encourage you to review.

Indemnification. As a condition of use of this Site, you agree to indemnify us from and against any and all actions, claims, losses, damages, liabilities and expenses (including reasonable attorneys' fees) arising out your use of this Site, including without limitation any claims alleging facts that if true would constitute a breach by you of these terms and conditions. If you are dissatisfied with any material on this Site or with any of terms and conditions of use of this Site, your sole and exclusive remedy is to discontinue using this Site.

Must Be At Least 18 Years Old to Use This Site. Use of this Site is available only to individuals who are at least 18 years old. If you are not 18 years old, you are not authorized to use this Site.

Site Controlled from United States. This Site is controlled from offices within the United States. We make no representation that content or materials in this Site are appropriate or available for use in other jurisdictions. Access to this Site content or materials from jurisdictions where such access is illegal is strictly prohibited. If you choose to access this Site from other jurisdictions, you do so at your own risk. You are always responsible for your compliance with applicable laws. THE LAWS OF NEW YORK WILL GOVERN THE CONTENT AND MATERIALS CONTAINED IN THIS SITE, WITHOUT GIVING EFFECT TO ANY PRINCIPLES OF CONFLICTS OF LAWS AND YOU AGREE TO SUBMIT TO THE EXCLUSIVE JURISDICTION OF THE STATE AND FEDERAL COURTS IN NEW YORK IN RELATION TO ANY CLAIM, DISPUTE OR DIFFERENCE ARISING FROM THESE TERMS.

Not Authorized to Do Business In Every Jurisdiction. We are not authorized to do business in every jurisdiction. Information published on this Site may contain references or cross-references to goods or services that are not available in your state or country.

Entire Agreement; Severability. You acknowledge that you have read and understood this Agreement and that you agree to be bound by its terms and conditions. You further agree that this Agreement, together with the Privacy Policy, which is hereby incorporated into this Agreement by reference, constitute the complete and exclusive statement of the Agreement between you and us and supersedes all other proposals or prior agreements oral or written, and any other communications relating to the subject matter of this Agreement. If any provision of this Agreement is found unenforceable, it shall not affect the validity of this Agreement, which shall remain valid and enforceable according to its terms. No specific waiver of any term of this Agreement shall be deemed a waiver of such term or any other term in any other context, and our failure to assert any right or provision under this Agreement shall not constitute a waiver of such right or provision.

Contact Us For further information, or inquiries about this Agreement, please contact:
Douglas Locke
Solidea, LLC
299 Broadway, 12th Floor
New York, New York 10007

March 18, 2009

Privacy Policy


Connectors Fund, LLC and Solidea, LLC (“us” or "we") reserve the right to change this Privacy Policy from time to time at their sole discretion and without sending notice to you, so you should review this Privacy Policy periodically. The effective date of this notice and any revised or changed notice may be found on this page, on the bottom left corner of the notice.

Privacy; Feedback; Confidential Information

We log your current Internet address (this is usually a temporary address assigned by your Internet service provider when you log in), the type of operating system you are using, and the type of browser software used. In addition, we may keep track of what portions of this Site you are visiting. We aggregate this information to help us improve or create a better experience for users of the Site. For example: we may upgrade those parts of the Site that are heavily visited.

We will not receive any individually identifiable personal information from you through the public portion of this Site unless you elect to provide it to us. If you wish to submit your business plan, you will need to provide your name, company name, address, phone numbers, and email address to us. We will treat your individually identifiable personal information in accordance with this Privacy Policy.

We will not release your name to third parties unless: (a) you grant us permission to do so; or (b) we are requested or required to do so by law. To learn more about how we protect your personal information, such as your name and address, please Contact Us.


A cookie is a piece of information that a web site sends to your computer, which is stored in a file on your computer’s hard drive. A cookie does not tell us your individual identity unless you have chosen to provide it to us. Most cookies expire after a defined period of time.

Personally Identifiable Information

The preceding paragraphs describe the categories of personally identifiable information that we collect in this Site. We may use this information to send you our marketing communications. If you do not wish to receive marketing communications from us, simply indicate your preference on the email unsubsribe page, or by following the directions within the email.

We do not share this information with any third parties. Given the limited information collected and the form in which we receive it, we do not offer a process for review and changes to personal information.

We may preserve all personally identifiable information you disclose. We may also disclose personally identifiable information you provide if required to do so by law or in the good faith belief that such preservation or disclosure is reasonably necessary to: (a) comply with legal process; (b) enforce the Agreement; (c) respond to claims that any information you provide violates the rights of third parties; (d) protect the rights, property, or personal safety of us, our users and/or the public; or (e) in the event that all or substantially all of the assets of either of us are acquired by a third party.

Aggregated Data

We may use, transmit, distribute, and/or publish any aggregation of data and information received, collected and/or compiled by the Site, including metrics, compilations and/or marketing or similar materials, provided that we will not disclose your personally identifiable information.


We use no encryption (data scrambling) on this Site. When you are on any web site that asks you for confidential information, you should check to see if the information being transmitted is encrypted in order to increase the security of your information.

Children and Minors

Use of the Website is only available only to individuals who are at least 18 years old. If you are not 18 years old, you are not authorized to use the Website.

Additional Rights

Applicable laws may give you additional rights that are not described in this online privacy policy.

For further information on privacy matters contact:
Douglas Locke
Solidea, LLC
299 Broadway, 12th Floor
New York, New York 10007

Effective Date: March 18, 2009

Blogging Policy

This blog is subject to our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy, but blogs are special, so some special additional rules apply. We can change this policy at any time, so check back here often.

1. The golden rule of this blog is the Golden Rule: treat others as you would like to be treated. Good manners are a must!

2. We welcome relevant, respectful comments, but we are not responsible for, and do not endorse comments posted on this blog.

3. You accept all risks associated with the use of any messages, information or content associated with this blog, including any reliance on their accuracy, completeness, or usefulness.

4. We are not liable for any errors or omissions in this blog, or for any losses or damages incurred as a result of this blog.

5. We reserve the right, but do not have any obligation, to review and moderate comments, and we may delete, move, or edit messages that we in our sole discretion deem abusive, defamatory, profane, obscene, in violation of copyright or trademark laws, in violation of any law or this policy or our Terms of Service, or are otherwise unacceptable.

6. If you decide to provide us with relevant, respectful comments, you give us the right to edit your comments and to republish them without compensation to you or any other person. By providing comments, you warrant that you have the right to provide the information and that all moral rights in the uploaded materials have been waived. Of course, since you intend for your comments to be public, you understand that you have no expectation of privacy in those comments.

7. If you decide to provide a comment, there can be a time lag and your comment might not be posted at all, especially if it violates this policy or our Terms of Service, or if it is repetitive of other comments received. Also, we currently retain blog comments for 90 days, although we may increase or decrease that time period at our discretion.

8. If you have a question about this blog, or believe that someone is abusing it or violating this policy, please e-mail us at . If you believe that someone has infringed your intellectual property, please contact us at:

Douglas Locke
Solidea, LLC
299 Broadway, 12th Floor
New York, New York 10007

9. Our blog is hosted on servers located in the United States. By using this blog, you are agreeing to the transfer to and storage of information in the United States.

10. We reserve all rights in the event of any violation of these rules or of the Terms of Service, including termination of your account and cooperation with national and state law enforcement officials.