Startup Events Digest: The 9 Best Events for NYC-Based Entrepreneurs This May

Attending the right startup events can elevate your entrepreneurship to the next level. You can get deals done, learn from other entrepreneurs and get that extra boost from folks that have experienced what you’re going through.

Whether you get your business going from a WeWork or your studio apartment, you’ll still face the same questions:

How will I get funding?

What type of business entity should I start with?

What should I to do first?

Luckily, we’ve prepared a list of the best startup events where you can learn from the experiences of seasoned entrepreneurs, meet potential investors and/or business partners, and get tips from experienced entrepreneurs on how to accelerate your startup’s growth.

Techstars Startup Weekend NYC — Impactful Ventures

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Techstars Startup Weekends are 54-hour events designed to provide superior experiential education for technical and non-technical entrepreneurs. Beginning with Friday night pitches and continuing through brainstorming, business plan development, and basic prototype creation, Techstars Startup Weekends culminate in Sunday night demos and presentations. Participants create working startups during the event and are able to collaborate with like-minded individuals outside of their daily networks. All teams hear talks by industry leaders and receive valuable feedback from local entrepreneurs.

The weekend is centered around action, innovation, and education. Whether you are looking for feedback on an idea, a co-founder, specific skill sets, or a team to help you execute, Techstars Startup Weekends are the perfect environment in which to test your idea and take the first steps towards launching your own startup.

When: Fri, May 4, 2018, 6:00 PM – Sun, May 6, 2018, 8:30 PM EDT
Where: TechHub NYC, 158 West 27th Street, New York, NY 10001, United States
Why: test your idea and take the first steps towards launching your own startup
Price: $25 – $65


NY’s Biggest Tech Startup, Business & Entrepreneur Professional Networking Mixer

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This is the largest networking mixer for Entrepreneurs, Startups and Business Professionals.

Are you looking for co-founders, partners, coaches or core team members for your start-up? Please join an evening of creativity, inspiration and passionate conversations.

When: Mon, May 14, 2018 from 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM (EDT)
Where: Attic Rooftop Lounge & Bar, 251 W 48th St, New York, NY 10036, United States
Why: meet like-minded individuals
Price: $0-$10


Startup and Entrepreneur Networking

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Big Apple Startups is the fastest growing community in New York for entrepreneurs, artists, creators, and innovators.

Our monthly events bring people together to openly discuss and share ideas with like-minded individuals. We welcome entrepreneurs of all types, startups of all sizes, industries and stages to join us in finding the inspiration, resources and friends that will make them successful.

Whether our members are just beginning to build a company, or are years into their venture, Big Apple Startups aims to refer the best services available for helping them achieve their goals. We aim to work with sponsors and partners who share our vision in helping the start-up community grow and succeed.

When: Wed, May 23, 2018 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM (EDT)
Where: 1740 Broadway, 15th Floor, New York, NY 10019, United States
Why: meet like-minded individuals
Price: free


Meet the Founders – Special Speaker Series & Networking Event

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Agenda & Learning:

  1. Starting a business and the mistakes to avoid – CoreyEulas
  2. Startup 101,what can companies do to get off the ground and raise VC money – Matt Harris
  3. Low budget marketing ideas for startups – Sama Jashnani
  4. 0 to Growth: How to start growing your key metrics -Michael Lisovetsky
  5. Marketing Accuracy – Adi Patil

When: Tue, May 22, 2018 from 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM (EDT)
Where: TechHub NYC, 158 West 27th Street, New York, NY 10001, United States
Why: listen to successful startup founders
Price: free-$10


Small Business Expo 2018 – NEW YORK CITY

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Small Business Expo is America’s BIGGEST & most anticipated business-to-business networking event, trade show & conference for business owners, entrepreneurs, start-ups, decision-makers or anyone who works for a small business or is interested in starting a small business.  Small Business Expo is a FREE one-day event for small businesses to network, build new business relationships, attend cutting-edge and business-building workshops/seminars, exchange ideas, shop for new vendors and learn from leading industry experts. If you are serious about growing or starting your business, Small Business Expo is a “MUST ATTEND” event for you.

When: Thu, May 3, 2018 from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM (EDT)
Where: Jacob K. Javits Convention Center | Hall 1A, 655 W. 34th Street, New York, NY 10001, United States
Why: network with entrepreneurs and visit workshops
Price: free-$100


Entrepreneurs Roundtable 118

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Entrepreneurs Roundtable Accelerator is focused on helping young entrepreneurs with launching their startups. They are growing up a new generation of New York technology companies.

This organization searches around the world for companies capable of starting in NYC and using that opportunity for a successful entry into the market for their product.

ERA runs two four-month sessions per year. Each accepted startup receives $100K, with potential follow-on funding for later rounds. Companies also get free office space along with free legal and other services.

When: Tue, May 8, 2018 from 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM (EDT)
Where: Microsoft, 11 Times Square (8th Ave between 41 and 42), New York, NY 10036, United States
Why: pitch your startup
Price: free


Entrepreneurs & Investors at Americas Tower

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It is a networking event for entrepreneurs, private investors and corporate finance professionals. Startup companies pitch for funding and this is followed by networking over drinks. The pitches typically cover a wide range of industries including fashion, fintech and VR. Join if you have a passion for innovation and new ideas.

When: Wed, May 2, 2018, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM (EDT)
Where: Americas Tower (Seventh Floor), 1177 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10036, United States
Why: pitch your startup idea for funding or listen to others
Price: $30



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500+ Startups | 20,000+ Attendees

Why should you exhibit at TechDay?

TechDay will connect you with all of the resources your startup needs to continue growing and will put you directly in front of the perfect audience. The event will bring together tens of thousands of members of the tech community. Exhibitors can connect with:

  1. Investors;
  2. Media;
  3. Corporates;
  4. Top Talent;
  5. Users;
  6. Early adopters;
  7. Influencers;
  8. Accelerators.

If you are not going to exhibit, but want to stay on the top of latest technologies, you should buy a visitor’s ticket.

When: Thu, May 10, 2018 10am-5pm (EDT)
Where: Pier 94, 711 12th Avenue, New York, NY 10019, United States
Why: exhibit your startup or listen to founders’ presentations
Price: to exhibit $795-$1535 / to attend $10-$135


12th Entrepreneurial Summit 2018

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This year’s theme is “Entrepreneurship (E’ship) for All!”

Want to start a business? Have an idea but do not know what to do next? Want to work for a startup? This half day event showcases the best and brightest in entrepreneurship. Come and get inspired by some of New York’s top businesspeople and international experts. #esummitBMCC

Open to all CUNY college students, alumni, faculty, and staff.

Speakers will include entrepreneurs in:

  1. Food
  2. Fashion
  3. Film
  4. Services
  5. Finance
  6. Tech
  7. Sports

When: Thu, May 3, 2018, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM (EDT)
Where: Borough of Manhattan College, Fiterman Hall, 245 Greenwich St, 13th Fl, New York, NY 10007, United States
Why: listen to top business people and international experts
Price: free