innovation showcase and forums

At IgniteU NY, we have a vested interest in developing the communities in which we live and serve. Our Emerging Trends Showcases combine an Informational Forum and a Startup Discovery Session 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. Emerging Trends Showcases are mobile and are held at different locations within New York State.


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Population Health Innovation Summit 2018 took place on June 6, 2018, in Albany. The event united local government leaders, health industry experts, and frontline implementers to showcase promising innovations that are being piloted in our communities to improve the health and well-being of New Yorkers. For more information on the day, visit the event page here.

The AIS Technology Showcase took place on September 13, 2017 in Troy, NY at IgniteU. AIS presented and demonstrated two different research programs to a packed room of interested cyber professionals.  For a recap of the event and to connect with AIS, check out our blog post here.

The Population Health Innovation Summit took place on March 27, 2017 in Albany, NY.  This leadership forum and entrepreneurial showcase was a day full 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. For more information on the day, visit the event page here.

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 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.

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!