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Start-Up City Conference

Manhattan Borough President Scott M. Stringer

Friday, April 26, 2013 from 8:30 AM to 2:00 PM (EDT)

Start-Up City Conference

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Conference Agenda:

8:30am to 9:00am:  Registration

9:00am:  Introduction and Keynote Address

  • Manhattan Borough President Scott M. Stringer
  • Fred Wilson, Managing Partner, Union Square Ventures & Flatiron Partnership

10:00am to 11:00am:  Breakout Session A: I. and II.

11:00am to 11:30am:  Break

11:30am to 12:30pm:  Breakout Session B: III. and IV.

12:30pm to 2:00pm:  New York City Mayoral Candidate Forum: Mayoral candidates will participate in a moderated discussion about the strategies for growing NYC's entrepreneurial economy while making jobs accessible to the middle class.

Breakout Session A:

I.  From the Classroom to the Boardroom: Preparing Our Students for Success

The number one concern of entrepreneurs interviewed by the Manhattan Borough President’s Office was the shortage of talent to fill the jobs of the 21st century economy. Companies are struggling to fill a range of jobs, from low- to mid-level coding, to marketing positions and high-tech engineering slots. This breakout will examine ways to boost the skills of New Yorkers of all ages to meet this demand.


II.  Breaking Down Barriers to Entrepreneurial Success

This breakout will examine ways to both make starting a business in New York City easier and make government more responsive to the ongoing needs of the entrepreneurial economy.  

Breakout Session B:

III.  Infrastructure for the 21st Century: How Fast, Reliable Internet Access Can Boost Business Throughout the Five Boroughs

For a city that is an established leader in the technology revolution, New York has slow, spotty internet access—even in Midtown Manhattan—and many communities lack multiple options to create redundant connections. This breakout will look at ways to boost internet speed and reliability, including the promise of municipal fiber networks, expanded public WiFi through public-private partnerships, and more.


IV.  Tech as an Engine of Innovation: How Technology is Fueling the City's Diverse Economy

While tech start-ups receive a significant amount of publicity, the entrepreneurial ecosystem goes far beyond social media and information technology to touch practically every sector of New York City's economy. As Steven Rosenbaum, the New York City Economic Development Corporation's (EDC) first ever "Entrepreneur at Large" said, "[New York] is fertile ground for a whole series of tech enabled industries. There's advertising tech, there's fashion tech, there's financial tech, media tech and more." This panel will include entrepreneurs from a variety of fields to discuss how technology is becoming an ever-more integral part of their industry. 

Questions?  Please e-mail:

Co-Sponsor:  New York Law School

Have questions about Start-Up City Conference? Contact Manhattan Borough President Scott M. Stringer

When & Where

New York Law School
185 West Broadway
Between Leonard and Worth Streets
New York, NY 10013

Friday, April 26, 2013 from 8:30 AM to 2:00 PM (EDT)

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