Nov 1st, 2018
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/.
Albany Can Code was built on the idea of adding a new stream of software developers in the area, as many technology companies struggle to find qualified hires.
Jul 18th, 2018 via Albany Business Review
A video game company led by Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute students was named a finalist in the college game competition at the Electronic Entertainment Expo, or E3, in Los Angeles this week.
Jun 15th, 2018 via https://www.timesunion.com/business/article/RPI-hacking-game-IO-Interloper-gets-rave-reviews-12993693.php
This week we announced that Bixby acquired WorkOrder.es, a mobile work-order ticketing platform. With this acquisition, we’ve added another asset to our already encompassing array of services, advancing our reputation as one of the most comprehensive tenant portals for real estate professionals.
Jun 15th, 2018 via https://blog.livebixby.co/read/bixby-acquires-workorderes
A new software-focused networking group that is launching Wednesday in Troy is being driven by pent-up demand and the need for a champion to lead the local effort.
May 23rd, 2018 via Times Union
The virtual reality software startup SpaceoutVR has been acquired by ValueSetters Inc., a Boston public company.
May 21st, 2018 via Albany Business Review
Local technology companies anticipate filling a steady influx of job openings from now and well into 2019. According to the Fall 2018 Alaant Hiring Index, 58% of Capital Region employers have plans to increase their headcount into next year, a three percent increase compared to last year.
Nov 8th, 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.
Nov 1st, 2018
The Google Developer Group of the Capital Region (GDGCR) will host DevFestCR18 at the University at Albany on October 27. This event, now in its third year, combines local and remote speakers with attendees who want to get into the details about technologies including mobile, web, machine learning and cloud computing.
Oct 16th, 2018
The NY Tech Loop is hitting the road for a series of Meet and Greet sessions with students at the computer science departments of several local colleges. Students in all class years will hear firsthand accounts from software professionals about their experiences working for technology companies.
Oct 3rd, 2018
The University at Albany will host its first Grace Hopper tribute event, State of Grace, in late September, to celebrate women in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics (STEAM).
Sep 19th, 2018