Startup Tour PHL>NYC – Fall 2016

Startup Tour PHL>NYC

About Startup Tour | Program & Itinerary | Additional Information

About Startup Tour

Are you a Philly entrepreneur, student or mentor interested in learning more about the tech & startup scene in NYC?  

Great!  But where do you start?

Join us on our next Startup Tour to NYC on Tuesday, September 27th as we formally introduce you to the NYC tech scene and startup ecosystem.  We will travel together as a group from Philadelphia aboard a charter bus, where you’ll be able to connect with your fellow startups & technologists to and from NYC.  On this tour, you’ll meet “movers and shakers” in the NYC community, explore different resources and networks that can help your business or career and listen to great leaders in the space talk about their experiences building their ventures in New York.  This unique opportunity will allow entrepreneurs and students the ability to share their current work and business needs throughout the day. 

Our goal is to help each attendee learn how to navigate and work with NYC startup & business community now and in the future.

Who is this for?

  • Founders and startup teams involved with early to growth stage ventures
  • Local mentors, technologists and press interested in exploring connections to the NYC startup scene
  • Students interested in starting or working for a startup

What’s the agenda?

  • Private fireside chat interview with prominent member of NYC tech community
  • Opportunity to share your current work & needs with local mentors & investors in NYC
  • Attendance at a local evening networking event


Program & Itinerary


Session 1:  Intro to the NYC Tech & Startup Scene, hosted by RISE New York

Interested in hearing more about where NYC Tech is today and where it’s going?  How about a better understand of the opportunities available to you as an entrepreneur in New York?  Join us for a fireside chat and discussion with a Silicon Alley insider who will give us the “scoop” on what’s happening and how we can get “in!”

We welcome Julie Samuels, Executive Director of Tech NYC as our featured speaker.


Session 2:  NYC Mentor Exchange & Brainstorm, hosted by RISE New York

Looking for insights into how “insiders” view various startup verticals and define growth?  Do you need advice on how to solve business challenges you may be facing in your own venture?  Mentor Exchange and Brainstorm fuses the best parts of a panel discussion with topic driven breakout sessions.  First, mentors from local incubator, accelerators and consultancies briefly share best practices & advice on how to build successful ventures in New York City.  Then, each panel member will host a breakout session on topics the group wants to discuss based on a vote of attendee suggestions.

Panelists include:

  • Jared Sorin, Associate at McCarter & English, Co-Founder at entreprenYours
  • Chike Ukaegbu, Lead Executive, Startup 52
  • Christiana Ting, Strategic Acquisitions Associate, Samsung Global Innovation Center
  • Lena Kuznetsova, Chief Analyst and Program Manager, Starta Accelerator

Panelists will be added as they are confirmed.


Lunch Session:  Mix & mingle with your fellow attendees at Chelsea Market over lunch 


Session 3:  Peer Startup Pitch Checkup

How clear is your professional pitch to other people (customers, partners, investors)?  Whether it’s for your own career or that of your business, your message is central to your success.  As we travel together to our Investor panel and evening networking session, you will work in small groups with your peers aboard the bus to answer the hard questions about you, your venture and your goals.


Session 4:  Investor Insights Roundtable hosted by Data Future Labs

Seeking best practices on fundraising for your startup?  Or are you interested on how investors source, filter and approach potential investments?  Let your curiosity run free at our Investor Insights Roundtable, where Venture Capitalists who invest in early stage companies discuss how to best prepare for fundraising and trends in investment.  Following the 45 minute panel, you’ll have time to meet with the panelists after the event.

Panelists include:


Session 5:  Founders Freestyle, hosted by Galvanize NYC

The fireside chat interview reimagined.  At Founders Freestyle, we empower you, the audience, to guide the conversation with our two featured speakers through live, crowdsourced content.  The event features three rounds of storytelling, where each speaker will choose an audience member to share a random idea or thought.  The speaker will then have to share a story from their personal or professional lives that involves that thought before the other speaker responds with their own story.  Their collective experiences, in turn, will give you a unique perspective into how these accomplished founders paved their road to success.

We’re proud to host these accomplished founders at our evening event:


Additional Information – What Else Should I Know?

Refund Policy:  No refunds or exchanges are allowed.  You may transfer your reservation to another person, but the request AND approval of the transfer must be made via email to CoTo Travel at least 3 days prior to the event.  No Exceptions.

Registration Questions:   Part of the experience is connecting members of our community at our events.  In order to provide the best possible matches and pairings that meet your needs and interests, we require you to answer a series of questions when reserving your seat.  We ask you to describe the problem you need help with and the people you’d like to meet.  Our goal is to provide a safe environment for the exchange of ideas.

Please note that the answers you provide will NOT be used by CoTo Travel or our affiliates beyond the scope of our service and related programs.  In line with legal standards, we ask that you only share information that you are legally allowed to disclose to the public.  If you encounter any questions that may require you to violate this request, please DO NOT proceed with the registration.

Service Disclaimers:  Please note that the itinerary, locations and equipment to service this event is subject to change at any time.  Should the event be cancelled for any reason, you will receive an email communication announcing the cancellation and a full refund within 3 business days of the announcement.  Cancellation by CoTo Travel is the ONLY grounds for a refund.