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Downtown Troy BID Announces Virtual Programming for Global Entrepreneurship Week



Troy will be Capital Region hub of activity for worldwide event; Community groups, government, universities and businesses partner on events

The Downtown Troy BID announced today Collar City businesses, community groups, government, and universities will come together for a week of virtual panel discussions, gatherings, webinars, resource sessions and a weekend-long Hackathon, all as part of Global Entrepreneurship Week.

Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW), running this year from November 16 – 22, is taking place in 180 countries that are hosting tens of thousands of events involving millions of people. Notable this year is that nearly all programming globally will be virtual due to the effects of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. That includes events organized by the Downtown Troy BID and its many partners, who will be focusing on examining entrepreneurship ecosystems, entrepreneurship education, eliminating barriers for under-represented groups and communities, and ways that government can help entrepreneurs, such as through innovative policies or public programs.

The BID’s partners in GEW 2020 include the City of Troy, the Rensselaer County Regional Chamber of Commerce, IgniteU NY, 1Million Cups, Arts Center of the Capital Region, Troy Innovation Garage, Tech Valley Center for Gravity, Agora Media, Russell Sage College, Collective Effort, deFacto Global, In Focus Brands, and HackRPI.

Participating organizations set several goals for the week, including:

  • Drawing attention to the entrepreneurial business community in Troy
  • Showcasing the entrepreneurial history of the city
  • Demonstrating the necessity of supporting small, local businesses and entrepreneurs, especially in the current economic climate
  • Showcase the collaborative nature of the community

“True to nature, this working group of entrepreneurs has developed innovative ways to connect and collaborate during a difficult year, and we all look forward to making meaningful connections during GEW. I think what is sure to a theme for everyone is how important it is to support local entrepreneurs and small businesses during this crisis, especially as the holiday season approaches,” said Downtown Troy Business Improvement District Executive Director Katie Hammon.

“The IgniteU NY team is always available to collaborate for pushing businesses in the city of Troy and the region forward. We appreciate our partners and the work we do together to help the startups and entrepreneurs in our community,” said IgniteU NY Entrepreneur in Residence Robert Manasier.

“At IgniteU NY, our mission is to support operational companies and entrepreneurs in the Capital Region, to provide them with the tools and resources to succeed,” said IgniteU NY Program Manager Samuel Mere.

“The vibrancy of Troy’s entrepreneurial spirit cannot be denied. The Chamber is proud to collaborate with this talented collective for Global Entrepreneurship Week to highlight the unique and prosperous entrepreneurs who breathe life into the Collar City,” said Kate Manley, President of the Rensselaer County Regional Chamber of Commerce

Among the events for the week include a panel discussion with area entrepreneurs – “From Startup to Operation”; Virtual webinars on grants, intellectual property and trademarking; panel discussions with minority-and-women owned businesses; and virtual tours of entrepreneurial workspaces downtown, a viewpoint the public doesn’t always get to see.

For a full schedule of events and to learn more, visit downtowntroy.org/about-gew.

 

For more information on Global Entrepreneurship Week and events occurring globally, visit genglobal.org.

 

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