Entrepreneurial Institute

Reflection on Entrepreneurs Festival '14

As Co-Lead of the Festival, an MBA student at Stern, and Co-Founder of one of NYU’s student businesses, HireCanvas, I am left speechless after the Third Annual NYU Entrepreneurs Festival. An event that rightfully had a lot to live up to with last year’s cast of speakers, including Jack Dorsey, definitely did not disappoint. A huge thanks goes out to all the sponsors, speakers, students, and alumni that made it possible...oh and of course the team that made it all happen...an incredible group of student leaders, university faculty, and alumni that volunteered their time to make an event like this happen. So from the entire NYU community...THANKS!

This year’s event was highlighted by keynote speakers Jeff Dachis (Co-Founder of RazorFish and Founder of Dachis Group), Glen DeVries (Co-Founder & President of Medidata Solutions), and John Johnson (Co-Founder of BuzzFeed and Founder of EyeBeam), workshops, roundtable and panel discussions, and over 40 NYU student and alumni businesses, made NYU the place to be February 28th and March 1st. New events, including The Pitch competition, allowed some of NYU’s up and coming student business to share the spotlight.

I can only hope that other festival attendees have had the same experiences as me. Being a part of the festival for the last two years, has been life changing. Previously focusing my MBA in Finance and Accounting, I have since changed my path. I stumbled upon a planning meeting for festival last year, and it was only a matter of time before I was “bitten by the bug” or “drinking the cool-aid”. When it comes to the festival and entrepreneurship, I have never met so many passionate and interesting people. The energy is one of a kind. And an event like the festival is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to entrepreneurship at NYU and the greater NYC community. If you’ve ever thought about getting involved…DO IT!

For those that are interested in entrepreneurship, startups, or just think it sounds interesting, attending the festival is a MUST DO. So be sure to look out for the event next year, and mark it off on your calendar. I'll see you there!