Pop-up Events

At IgniteU NY, we have a vested interest in developing the communities in which we live and serve. Our pop-up events combine an Informational Forum and an Entrepreneurial Showcase to unite community innovators under a common theme, including health-tech, ed-tech, big data, public safety, and more. The goal is to bring together leaders in the industry, relevant startups and community stakeholders (venture capitalists, employers within the industry, and other interested parties) for an evening of engaging speakers, innovative ideas, and information networking. Pop-up events are mobile and intended to be held at different locations within New York State.


Upcoming EVENTS

IgniteU NY is sponsoring a Population Health Innovation Summit on March 27, 2017 in Albany, NY.  This leadership forum and entrepreneurial showcase is designed to bring together thought-leaders, industry experts, startups, and community stakeholders for a day of engaging speakers, knowledge and idea-sharing, and networking opportunities with local leaders working to realize the potential of health technology and population health data to streamline, target and coordinate the efficient delivery of vital health care and wellness services.   



Past Events

IgniteU NY, in collaboration with DAMA-NYCR, held an informative event on Data Analytics on Thursday, November 17 at TEC-SMART. 

For more information on this event and to watch the event videos to hear the panel discussion and startup showcase where regional experts explored how data analytics and modeling is transforming the way we do business, click here.


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On Tuesday, October 25, 2016, the AFRL Commercialization Academy Showcase was brought to Troy by IgniteU, Griffiss Institute, and Wasabi Ventures. This was a great opportunity to hear from guest speakers and meet the Fall 2016 AFRL Commercialization Academy startup teams before they competed at the Fall 2016 AFRL Commercialization Academy Demo Day on October 26, 2016 at The thINCubator in Utica, NY. Member teams shared how being a part of the AFRL Commercialization Academy has helped them to grow their startups. 

On Thursday, July 28, 2016, IgniteU NY held their Demo Day at the Center of Gravity in Troy, NY. All eight startups that are in the 2016 summer program pitched their startup companies in front of potential investors, business professionals, and community members. The event was followed by a networking opportunity, with food and drinks, for all those that attended. IgniteU wants to thank all those that attended and a special thanks to the Center of Gravity for letting us host our event in their space.  

On Thursday, July 14, 2016, IgniteU NY hosted a Smart City Forum and Showcase in Saratoga Springs, NY. Along with a cocktail reception in the evening and ample networking opportunities, there were three Smart City sessions. For more information, click here.

On Thursday, June 30, 2016, the IgniteU NY took a field trip out to Syracuse to visit Blackstone LaunchPad and the Syracuse Student Sandbox. Core teams and staff visited the Syracuse Blackstone LaunchPad to learn more about one another and talk about entrepreneurship in the Upstate and Capital Region. IgniteU then headed to the Syracuse Student Sandbox to view their Demo Day and partake in a networking event afterwords. We want to thank both Blackstone LaunchPad and the Syracuse Student Sandbox for hosting IgniteU and look forward to growing the entrepreneurship ecosystem in the Upstate and Capital Region of NY State. 


On Tuesday, June 21, 2016, IgniteU NY hosted their second annual Open House at their brand-new offices in downtown Troy, NY. The turnout was fantastic! IgniteU thanks all those that came out to support the program, our 2016 teams, and the startup ecosystem in downtown Troy. Check out some of the pictures below. 


IgniteU NY hosted an Ed-Tech Forum and Showcase on March 21, 2016, at the Wolf Road Marriott in Albany, NY. Attendees were able to network with next-gen entrepreneurs, innovators, and industry professionals shaping the future of K-12 Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, & Math (STEAM) education. For more information click here.

On Dec 3, 2015, IgniteU NY held its first Health-Tech Forum and Showcase at New York BizLab in Schenectady, NY. Four innovative health-tech companies from Upstate New York were spotlighted in front of investors, entrepreneurs, and others. Check out the videos here illustrating their health-tech ideas!