Aug 14th, 2018
The Rensselaer Emerging Ventures Ecosystem Accelerator Lab (REVEAL)at RPI wrapped up their summer accelerator program in July, which was geared specifically for video game developers. Any business with a video game project was invited to apply to the REVEAL program with priority given to Capital Region startups. There is no cost to participate in the program and accepted businesses receive funding.
At the Quackenbush Building in nearby Troy, you’ll find Ignite U NY, which offers a 9-week, industry-agnostic accelerator program. Ignite U NY recently held a Startup Showcase event where businesses in the program pitched their offerings in the hopes of receiving funding or making key connections.
Aurox, CenterSquare and CampusPro are a few of the businesses in the 2018 Ignite U NY class. Aurox uses drones to provide data solutions for dairy farms and their nutritionists. CenterSquare is a hyper-local mobile marketing app that connects residents and visitors to local businesses. And CampusPro is also a mobile app that connects student freelancers with peer consumers.
In Schenectady, the New York Biz Lab, gives businesses access to its network, provides mentors and offers a low-cost space within the tax-free StartUp NY zone. The New York Biz Lab also partners with local colleges through a lunch and learn series with Clarkson University Graduate School and a 24-hour hackathon hosted last February at Schenectady Country Community College.
Saratoga Springs is home to Spark Saratoga, which also offers entrepreneurs a way to submit ideas and perform market research and feasibility analyses on the ones that show merit. Spark Saratoga also offers services to help businesses with proven concepts grow faster.
Even if you have a compelling product or service to offer, sending cold emails and making cold phone calls to potential clients can be a challenge. Accelerators provide startups with a built-in network that helps entrepreneurs focus on the company’s overall strategy instead of sales or administrative tasks. The mentorship at any accelerator is also crucial for leaders who have not previously launched a business.
Whether you’re at the conceptual stage or have started building a mobile app, video game or software solution, an accelerator can be an absolute game changer for your business. If that describes you and you’re located in New York’s Tech Loop, now is the best time to apply with one of these local accelerators.
Join hundreds of business professionals, entrepreneurs and innovators on June 27 for networking, awards ceremony and celebration with heavy hors d'oeuvres, cocktails, music & more!
May 17th, 2019
260,000-plus new jobs created in 2018 as 43 states grow their tech worker ranks, according to CompTIA Cyberstates 2019™ report Downers Grove, Ill. – Tech-related employment across the United States increased by more than 260,000 jobs in 2018 and the tech sector raised its contribution to the nation's economy, according to Cyberstates 2019™, the definitive guide to national, state and metropolitan area tech sector and tech workforce analytics published annually by CompTIA, the leading technology industry association.
Apr 3rd, 2019 via https://www.comptia.org/about-us/newsroom/press-releases/2019/03/26/technology-employment-expands-its-presence-in-the-nation-s-workforce
As the capital of New York, Albany has long been a hub of history, culture, art and more. Albany received an above-average rating in health, as the city is home to a number of hospitals (chief among them is St. Peters, which is considered high-performing in a number of advanced surgical procedures). Health education is also a focus for the city, with Albany Medical School producing two Nobel Prize winners and numerous leaders in medicine and research.
Mar 18th, 2019 via https://livability.com/best-places/top-100-best-places-to-live/2019/ny/albany
The Capital Region has earned its "Tech Valley" moniker by fostering a healthy growth ecosystem for start-ups. Increasingly, those start-ups are game development studios, according to a local entrepreneurial and venture capital expert. Rich Honen, a partner at the Phillips Lytle LLP firm, detailed the Capital Region's tech startup landscape, and what needs to happen to maintain the growth the industry has experienced, during the monthly Albany Roundtable meeting held Thursday afternoon at the University Club of Albany.
Mar 15th, 2019 via https://m.timesunion.com/business/article/Gaming-to-take-over-Tech-Valley-startup-13685767.php
Dive Brief: Respect is a key driver of job satisfaction, according to newly revealed data from Monster's State of the Candidate Report. About 14% of job seekers surveyed said they didn't feel respected throughout their most recent job search. They said recruiters could have been more respectful by, among other things, telling candidates why they weren't advanced to the next stage in the recruiting process (32%); following up with candidates soon after an interview (31%); acknowledging receipt of applications (28%); and sending out timely rejection notices (23%).
Mar 4th, 2019 via https://www.hrdive.com/news/candidates-are-asking-for-a-little-respect/549075/
The Elastic Stack is a collection of freely downloadable products which enables engineers to implement search solutions. You may have heard of this called the "ELK" stack before. The Elastic Stack is an evolution of the ELK stack, but the underlying concepts haven't changed.
May 21st, 2019
What if you’re asked to present or you want to pick up side work? If you’re happy at your job, you probably haven’t given any thought to your resume or LinkedIn profile. This is as important now as when you do decide to look for that next big opportunity. Just because you’re not looking right now, doesn’t mean that no one is paying attention to your current achievements.
May 17th, 2019
"There's an app for that." You know that idea you had a while ago but didn't have the skills or resources to get it up and running? Ever wanted to join a driven team, ready to grind and with plans to create something great? The 7th Annual Techstars Startup Weekend will be held in Troy this time around at the IgniteU office on Mar 29, 2019. Presented by IgniteU NY, Sage School of Management, Troy Innovation Garage, In Focus Brands, CampusPro, Innovate 518, this years' event pulls in leaders from across the region who are both eager and willing to spend time with each team, building and improving upon their ideas.
Mar 26th, 2019 via http://communities.techstars.com/events/14298
The Capital Regions’ software community continues to grow in everything from AI to local user groups. Gaming is yet another software industry on the rise in the region. Startups and large companies are choosing the capital region to build and grow their applications. We’ve interviewed three leaders from local gaming companies who are growing the capital regions’ gaming community; Taro Omiya from Omiya Games, Clarke Foley from PUBG MadGlory, and Jamey Stevenson from Tech Valley Game Space.
Mar 18th, 2019
The future of being a woman in technology what it means for those within the NY Tech Loop. What lies ahead and how far have we really come? Events like NYCWiC 2019 is a great opportunity for students to come and learn in an informative and supportive environment. The ACM-W New York Celebration of Women in Computing, is an annual event with the ultimate goal of encouraging women to continue to pursue their careers in computing by exploring career opportunities and meeting highly influential women in business, industry, and academia.
Mar 4th, 2019