Right now is an ideal time to explore the possibilities of entrepreneurship or start your own business. Running your own company takes passion, drive, and mental stamina, but the rewards of doing what you love on your own terms are unparalleled.
Many entrepreneurs make the rookie mistake of trying to figure out everything for their new business on their own. But there is a wealth of knowledge and support in the NYC community to help entrepreneurs and start-up businesses get off the ground and succeed for many years to come.
Here is our top five NYC event list for entrepreneurs this summer and fall.
This is FundingPost’s big summer conference coming to the far upper west side in the Washington Heights area on the Hudson River. The 5th annual Summer Venture is happening on Thursday, August 3 and expected to draw many entrepreneurs and investors to the lovely waterfront venue. Many Angel Groups in NYC will be showcased, and the main topics discussed will be strategies to meet, pitch, and get funded by investors.
Come to this event to learn about the best ways to reach investors and earn their support. Food and frozen cocktails will be served, with plenty of networking time to put your newfound knowledge to use. The event will be moderated by David Sorin of McCarter & English and Kevin Pianko of BDO. Other speakers are Rishi Patel of Plus Eight Equity Partners, Doug Clinton of Loup Ventures, Joseph Coyne of Studio VC, J. Skyler Fernandes of One Match Ventures, and Paul Capon of Luna Adventures.
The cost to attend the event is $85, and it runs from 2pm to 6pm on August 3. The venue location for La Marina NYC is 348 Dyckman Street in New York City. But coming early from 11am to 1pm for the pitching workshop lunch, which costs $370 and includes your $85 ticket to the main event. Here you’ll learn how to perfect your two-minute elevator pitch so that investors can quickly and decisively choose to support your start-up.
Another great event is taking place in NYC this August is being hosted by the New York Entrepreneurs, Startup & Business Network on August 14. The area’s largest networking reception and valuable to attend for entrepreneurs, tech start-ups, and policy makers.
What’s great about this event, especially for cash-strapped entrepreneurs just starting out, is that it is free to attend. Just RSVP and come to the Hudson Terrace at 621 West 46th Street on Monday, August 14 between 6:30pm to 9:30pm to connect with like-minded New Yorkers and potentially meet new co-founders, partners, coaches, and team members for your start-up.
The dress code is business-casual, and everyone will receive a name tag upon arrival. Bring your business cards! Since this event is being hosted at club/lounge, there is a one drink minimum to help support the venue. You can follow the NYESN Facebook page to stay in tune with updates about this event and to see who else is attending.
Women entrepreneurs are changing the world with every idea and bold leadership move. One of the best events to attend this year in NYC is the 2017 Inc. Women’s Summit this fall. Here you’ll find some of the world’s most passionate and driven entrepreneurs and have the chance to connect with other business owners to hear their stories and learn from their mistakes.
It’s a one-day event taking place at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York City. Last year’s event took place in November and featured high-profile speakers like Barbara Corcoran of “Shark Tank,” tennis star Venus Williams, and the founder/CEOs of many creative and innovative businesses.
Come to this event to get inspired, empowered, and ready to take on the world with your start-up idea. Check the event’s website closer to the event date for an updated agenda and to read bios of the speakers for this year’s summit.
If you’re looking to get in on the ground level with an NYC start-up rather than pitch your idea, this is the 2017 event for you. It’s also a great event for local start-ups looking to hire new staff.
The NYC Startup Job Fair kicks off on September 29 at noon and runs until 5pm inside Vanderbilt Hall, 40 Washington Square in New York City. The purpose of this event is to connect job seekers of all levels of experience with NYC-area start-up businesses. In the past, epic start-ups like Vimeo and Etsy have exhibited at these job fairs. A list of this year’s start-ups attending the event will be posted on the job fair’s website.
Since this is more of a platform for start-ups to hire exceptional talent rather than a traditional conference, there is not a speaker series or workshops to attend. Similar job fairs are taking place in other major cities as well, including Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, and San Francisco.
Before attending this event, check out Don Tapscott’s TED Talk on How the Blockchain is Changing Money and Business. This event is all about taking your ideas from concept to creation and getting involved in the world of entrepreneurship. Here you’ll also learn how to build a great team, practice entrepreneurship skills, and meet experienced start-up leaders in a variety of industries.
This event kicks off on Friday, October 20 at 6:30pm at Galvanize, which is at 315 Hudson Street on the 2nd floor in New York City. You can come to this event if you have an innovative idea for a start-up already in mind or even if you don’t and are looking for inspiration.
Ticket prices range from $30 to $99 and include access to the weekend-long event, the chance to pitch your idea, seven meals, mentoring, workshops, a book, t-shirt, and countless networking opportunities. One event judge is Marie Wieck of IBM, and coaches and mentors on the schedule include Craig DiFolco of The Pitch Doctor, Sophia Lopez of IBM, Jiro Otsuka of Urban Future Lab, Don Buckley of Columbia University, and Jeff Hittner of Your Project X.
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If you’re planning to travel to New York for one or more of these exciting events or just need a professional space for networking and collaboration, we can help set up you with NYC office space for rent in Midtown Manhattan. We can also help your start-up establish a virtual office NY with a high-profile mailing address, telephone services, flexible office space, meeting rooms, and much more!