T-shirts and suits mingled nicely as both aspiring and established entrepreneurs listened intently to panel presentations and keynotes from accomplished panelists from the media, technology and financial sectors at New World Stages in midtown Manhattan.
Featured speakers such as Huffington Post's Arianna Huffington, Gilt Group's Kevin Ryan, and Rose Tech Venture's David Rose offered opinions and wisdom from experience to those in the audience seeking startup advice and guidance.
Topics ranged from how to build a successful business, to funding, to the NYC tech scene, as well as generous and candid anecdotes as speakers recalled strategies that both did and didn't work for them on their road to success. In addition to nationally and internationally known top speakers, local NYC tech and digital leaders such as Dan Huttenlocher, Dean of Cornell University’s NYC Technology Campus, and Rachel Sterne, Chief Digital Officer of New York City were also featured, offering up some New York-centric encouragement to today and tomorrow’s startup pioneers.
At the end of the day-long program, SoMoLend, a startup that helps businesses and individuals borrow money from their peers, was judged the winner of the Startup 2012 pitch contest, and awarded $75,000 in cash and in-kind prizes.
You can read more about founder Candace Klein, as well as a video of her winning pitch here