Week 5 was a big week for the startup teams. On Tuesday, IgniteU brought in advisors and seasoned professionals from all over the Capital Region for the startups’ halfway pitch. This was a chance for the teams to practice how to pitch their companies as well as receive feedback from the judging panel in the startup community. The halfway pitch event was a great success.

After our long and busy Tuesday, the IgniteU staff and the teams went out to relax and watch the local Tri-City ValleyCats game, thanks to our friends at the Rensselaer County IDA. The ValleyCats faced off against the State College Spikes for the first game in their three-game series. They put on a great performance and shut out the Spikes 7-0. This was a great chance for the startups to socialize and, as our Startups In Residence would say, go “Two Buttons Deep.”

On Thursday, we wrapped up the week by taking the startups to Schenectady to visit the NYBizLab and the Electric City Innovation Center (ECIC). The BizLab is both an incubator and accelerator that offers an environment to foster entrepreneurial growth in the heart of Schenectady, NY.

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The ECIC, also in downtown Schenectady, is a co-working space where community members can make valuable connections, participate in events, and stretch their dollars in an all-inclusive office environment. Introducing the teams to these local resources is a major piece of what we do at IgniteU: exposing startups to the people and resources that can help them grow their businesses further, even after they finish our program.