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EO to Sponsor NY Business Expo, Early Bird Ticket Ends This Month, Introducing Startup Zone, and Three More Mentors to Add!

Andrew Wong
Posted Jul 24, 2012 2:28 PM
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Hello NYEBN Community Members,



We announced the expo project on May 10th. Thanks to the constant effort of the NYEBN Management Team and the community support, I wanted to share some exciting news regarding our progress with you:


  • Over half of the corner booths are sold (refer to the yellow booths in the floor plan)
  • Over 40 startup mentors have been confirmed (Startup Central mentors)
  • Over half of the seminar sessions have been scheduled (Small Business Classroom)
  • Close to 40% of booth occupancy rate (order a booth)
  • Almost 1,000 people (including seminar registrations) have pre-registered for the event (pre-register)


As a reminder, the early bird exhibit discount ends on July 31. Take advantage of this to save $300 today. To place an order, click here.



EO to Sponsor NY Business Expo


We are currently building up our sponsor network for the expo. This week, EO (Entrepreneurs' Organization) is signing up to sponsor the expo. Other than exhibiting at the show, they will be hosting a panel about "The Value Of A Business Group." More details about this panel coming soon! To inquire about sponsorship opportunities, click here.



NY Business Expo Launching the Startup Zone


If you look at our support network, you will discover that the amount of startups participating in this year's expo actually outnumbers the amount of small businesses. This further emphasizes the theme of this year's expo: to unite the startup and small business communities on the east coast with the largest business trade show you will ever see.


To further enhance the startup exhibitors' experiences at this expo, we are launching Startup Zone today. We actually wrote a blog post about this, check it out here. The goal of Startup Zone will be to offer exclusivity for the booths that are close to the Startup Central area only to startup companies.

Startup Zone includes the following booths (refer to floor plan - http://nybusinessexpo...):

(From Left To Right)

- Booths 65-75

- Booths 88-86

- Booths 89-91

- Booths 112-102

Hopefully, we can better segregate the Exhibit Floor through this initiative so it becomes easier for our attendees to navigate. Currently, many of those 28 booths illustrated above have been taken. To snap the booth of your choice, order it here.



New Startup Central Mentors


As promised, we continue to add startup experts and investors to our Startup Central mentor lineup on an ongoing basis. This week, meet William Reinisch, Jack Groetzinger, and Clarkson C. Logan. See who they are below.


William Reinisch (website, expo bio) - William Reinisch is responsible for the investment activities in the New York office of Paladin Capital.  He is also the CEO and Founder of XIV River. He specializes in strategy and investments for the high tech industry. He is currently an Adjunct Professor at Stevens Institute of Technology.  He was most previously the Vice President of Strategy and Technology with Motorola. In this role he was responsible for intellectual property standards and the corporate technology portfolio in addition to positioning Motorola for growth in emerging new market segments. Previously, he was Vice President of strategy and new initiatives and joined Motorola as a strategic advisor to the Chief Strategy Office.

Prior to joining Motorola he was Senior Vice President of operations and engineering at Magnolia Broadband, where he led engineering and operations for the company. Before that, he led the global technology organization at Multilink Technology Corporation, a company focused on high-speed solutions for advanced optical networks.  He has authored several publications, presentations, three US patents and several patent applications.  He earned an MBA from Fordham University and a B.S. from Rochester Institute of Technology (R.I.T.).   As a native New Yorker, William is uniquely positioned to assist rapidly growing technology companies in the New York Market.


Jack Groetzinger (website, expo bio) - Jack Groetzinger is the co-founder of SeatGeek, the web’s largest ticket search engine. SeatGeek helps users painlessly find the best deals on tickets to sports, concert and theater events. Jack started SeatGeek in 2009 with co-founder Russ D’Souza. Jack has been building websites since high school, and over the past five years has focused on frontend web design and development. His favorite part of his job is working with SeatGeek’s dev team on building a kick-ass experience for users. Prior to SeatGeek, Jack founded Scribnia, a blog content recommendation engine. The company was sold in 2009. He has also worked as a management consultant at Bain & Company in Boston. He has a BA in math and economics from Dartmouth College.


Clarkson C. Logan (website, expo bio) - Clarkson is the co-founder & CEO of Maestro, a digital media company that enables cross platform access, management, and control of your entire media library from anywhere, on any device through a socially interactive platform. Clarkson also serves as the EVP for MusicSynk, a new startup that's launching a sync licensing network that empowers content owners and music supervisors by creating a digital marketplace and exchange for their deal transactions. He also manages Magnolia Crescent Enterprises, where he advises and invests in a variety of technology and media related companies. Previously, he worked at Talus Capital, a startup private equity fund in New York, and spent several years in private wealth management for Sagemark Consulting and Lincoln Financial Group. Clarkson graduated from the University of Richmond, received his MBA from the University of Georgia, and serves on the board of the New York Venture Community (NYVC).


If you have any questions regarding how Startup Central is going to work, we recommend you check out the faq page.




Recap of Last Week's Event


The startup scenes in New York are really heating up these days. I’ve felt the need to do a panel to discuss the ins and outs about startup incubators/accelerators a long while ago. Last Tuesday, NYEBN hosted precisely such a panel to discuss this issue. My sincere appreciation to our partner/friend Chadbourne & Parke LLP for hosting us again. Of course, a big shout-out to our expert panelists: William Crowder (DreamIt Ventures), Charlie Kemper (Entrepreneur Roundtable Accelerator), Sophia Chou (Loudly, a startup @WIM), Mike Zacharski (CPX Interactive Incubator), and Steven Kuyan (Incubator Initiatives). We've uploaded the video for the panel. Check it out here and enjoy!



Upcoming Event


We launched the Pre-expo series last week, which is essentially a series of events we are going to host pre-the-November-expo to provide more value and content to the entrepreneur ecosystem in New York. Mission this series embarks on also aligns well with the goal we are trying to achieve with NY Business Expo.


Make sure you all register for this event early and take advantage of the early bird discount


What: Startup Roundtable 16 with John Frankel

When: Monday, September 10, 2012 from 6:00 PM to 9:30 PM (ET)

Where: Columbia University: Uris Hall, Room 301

3022 Broadway New York, NY 10027

Special Features: Columbia auditorium, beer/open bar, three hours of interview, q&a and networking

Admission: $15 (early bird good until 6 PM on August 24th)/$25 (regular)

Registration: Meetup or Eventbrite





Stay cool, everybody! Peace!









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