Creating a New Brooklyn in Troy, New York (Vic Christopher, Clark House Hospitality)

Jack and Bob of IgniteU NY sit down with Vic Christopher, the outspoken VP of Clark House Hospitality who run a collection of restaurant, retail, and private event spaces in Troy New York. Vic has had a roller coaster of a career, which all started working as a janitor in Brooklyn for the better half of a decade. Since then he pursued his passion for film, became a minor league baseball executive, followed by Troy's economic development coordinator, and now VP of a renowned hospitality group in downtown Troy. We discuss the ups and down of his journey and what made him leave Brooklyn to set up shop here in Troy, New York.

Learn more about Vic on his website: vicchristopher.com

Presented by IgniteU NY. Hosted by Jack Carpenter and Bob Manasier. Produced by Richard Lin.

Enabling Student Freelancers (Sam Mere, CampusPro)

Jack and Bob of IgniteU NY chat with Sam Mere, the founder of CampusPro. An app that connects college freelancers with their campus. They discuss the challenges and tribulations of being a bootstrapping entrepreneur (including taking free sandwiches when possible) and the vision for enabling the college freelance market.

Download CampusPro in the Apple App Store, follow them on social media @_campuspro, and check out their website: campusproapp.com

Presented by IgniteU NY. Hosted by Jack Carpenter and Bob Manasier. Produced by Richard Lin.

From Homeless To Helping Young Professionals (Coach Carmen Duncan, Mission Accomplished Transition Services)

Jack and Bob of IgniteU NY sit down with Carmen Duncan, appropriately known as Coach Carmen of Mission Accomplished Transition Services (Mission Accomplished). Carmen established the organization in 2012 with a vision to create a professional and personal development resource that recognizes the potential and power of aspiring young professionals. She tells her story of growth from being homeless in Albany to helping others in similar situations get into legitimate career tracks, just as mentors had done for her when she needed it most.

To find out more about Mission Accomplished Transition Services visit their website: matransitionservices.org

Presented by IgniteU NY. Hosted by Jack Carpenter and Bob Manasier. Produced by Richard Lin.

Virtual Reality Self Defense (Yumi Kageyama, EmpowerU)

Upstate On The Move highlights entrepreneurs in Upstate New York who are, well, on the move. We dive into a deep discussion about their endeavors, their trials and tribulations that come with running a startup company in Tech Valley. We also discuss what the company is looking for and how our community can help. Today we spoke with Yumi Kageyama, who is taking her expertise as a taewkondo instructor, and using it to develop defense courses via virtual reality.

Learn more about Risen Taekwondo here: risentaekwondo.com and EmpowerU VR here: empoweruvr.com

Presented by IgniteU NY. Hosted by Jack Carpenter, Richard Lin, and Bob Manasier. Produced by Richard Lin.