Pitch Your Business Idea at Startup Tech Valley

Nov 1st, 2018

The Tech Loop is filled with established software development companies that all started with an entrepreneur who had a vision of creating a better product or service. If you are in the early stages of developing your business, then pitching your concept to Startup Tech Valley can be a game changer.

Now in its sixth season, more than 150 startups have pitched their ideas and there’s an open call now for new pitches to be made. The next Startup Tech Valley meet-up will take place on November 7th  in Troy. There is also a meet-up scheduled each spring in Schenectady.

Hosted by the Severino Center at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, these meet-ups seem to click with the audience of over two hundred people (on average) each month.The gathering provides an informal atmosphere for students to meet entrepreneurs and business community members interested in keeping startups in New York’s Tech Valley.

Whether you have a new business with a few customers or a well-developed side project, pitching to Startup Tech Valley is ideal for getting feedback on the viability of your business model and making new connections. The coaching received by pitching companies is vital to early stage growth.

Kelly Reardon and Jason Kuruzovich have run these meet-ups in Troy for the last few years.When the economy is doing well, they receive fewer pitches, making now a great time to apply. “Even if it is an early-stage a side project, this is a great place to test the waters,” says Jason.

One key piece of advice Jason wants to share with entrepreneurs is to get feedback on your business idea from potential customers early on—i.e., before you fall in love with your idea. “Once you've spent time building your product and have launched, it will be really hard to listen to customer feedback,” he explains. “We want people to increasingly use Startup Tech Valley to get this early feedback,” he added.   

The feedback pitching companies receive can be invaluable in terms of pinpointing strategies and ultimately growing. A few companies who have pitched at Startup Tech Valley include antibacterial LED light producer Vital Vio, blockchain accounting service Node 40, and maintenance ticketing service app WorkOrder.es.

Companies accepted to pitch will be given 10 minutes (8 minutes to present with 2 minutes for questions). Apply to present at http://startuptechvalley.org/entrepreneurs/.

Latest news
  • Albany, NY | 2019 Top 100 Best Places to Live | Livability

    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

  • Gaming plays growing role among "Tech Valley" startups

    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

  • Candidates are asking for a little respect

    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/

  • Albany Can Code graduates largest class ever

    Albany Can Code graduated its largest class ever last Thursday, with 31 people earning their certificates in JavaScript Frameworks and Front End Web Development software coding through SUNY Schenectady.

    Jan 23rd, 2019 via https://www.timesunion.com/business/article/Albany-Can-Code-graduates-largest-class-ever-13549501.php

  • Troy-based start-up aims to combat online misinformation

    Imagine, for a second, that you're scrolling through the feed of your favorite social media network - headlines, articles, commentary, and memes rapidly careening down your screen. As you scroll, one link pops up: "Democrats Worried About Security for Super Bowl But Not About Security For Country!" — then another "White House Spokesman Refuses To Deny That Trump Directed Michael Cohen To Lie" — then another: "Michelle Obama Says She Plans To Run Against Trump in 2020 – With Barack As Her V.P.!"

    Jan 23rd, 2019 via https://www.timesunion.com/news/article/Troy-based-start-up-aims-to-combat-online-13545125.php

Latest blog posts
  • The state of gaming in the capital region

    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

  • Supporting women in computing within the capital region

    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

  • A conversation with Ted Thien; VP and General Manager of Tyler Technologies

    Describe what it was like when Versatrans was acquired by Tyler? What was your role in the acquisition?   When you look at other technology acquisitions in the Capital District in the last decade, you won't find a better success story.  It has been more than 10 years since Versatrans became part of Tyler.  Since then, our client base has more than doubled, revenues have tripled, and the staff size has grown from 60 to 130 with employee attrition rates remaining in the single digits. And, nearly all of the staffing growth has occurred in our Latham office. We recently acquired, and are almost done renovating, a 43,000-square-foot building in Latham to accommodate our current and future growth. The success of Tyler’s Versatrans acquisition can be attributed to two things: Tyler's acquisition model and the cultural fit between the two companies. Tyler strategically acquires companies who are leaders in their space. Versatrans was the leader in K-12 transportation software in 2008 and we are still the leaders today. We still have the best technology, the largest client base with a 95 percent client retention rate, and the highest client satisfaction ratings. The cultural fit between Tyler and Versatrans was excellent from the start and continues to this day...

    Feb 12th, 2019

  • Local User Groups on the Rise

    A user group is defined as a group of people who have similar goals, interests, or concerns in both personal and business aspects of computing. Typically, members of these groups meet on a regular basis to share ideas, meet new people, and discuss the future of the technology the group is interested in.

    Jan 28th, 2019

  • A letter from the President

    New York Tech Loop wishes you much success for 2019 and beyond. For us we’re only half way through our first year and very excited to jump into 2019!

    Jan 23rd, 2019