Look out for these exciting CUNY startup events this May

Students may already be gearing up for final exams and summer getaways, but the CUNY startup scene is as bustling as ever. As an aspiring entrepreneur, the best way to perfect your own pitch is to learn by example and participate in startup events and competitions. Who knows, next semester you could be the one pitching!

See the top pitches from CUNY entrepreneurs

CSE Incubator Demo Day 

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May 17 from 9:00am-12:00pm at the CUNY Center for Student Entrepreneurship

The Spring 2016 Incubator cohort have undergone a transformative 5 months of workshops, mentoring, investor roundtables, and more in their fearless pursuit of startup launch. Watch the six finalist startups compete on Demo Day for $25,000 of prize money as they pitch to a panel of experts and investors. Click here for more information about the finalists.

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SmartPitch 2016 Final Event 

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May 20 from 9:00am-2:00pm at the CUNY Center for Student Entrepreneurship

As CUNY’s biggest ideation competition, SmartPitch is a hotbed for CUNY’s most innovative startup concepts. Sixty teams are now vying for mentor nominations after having completed all three phases of the semester-long competition, requiring each startup to complete a Business Model Canvas, a YouTube video, and investor pitch deck. With $30,000 up for grabs and an all new Maker Hub category, this year’s pitches are sure to be spectacular. Click here for more information about SmartPitch 2016.

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CUNY & Capital One Community College Innovation Challenge 

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May 26 from 9:00am-2:30pm at the CUNY Center for Student Entrepreneurship

Focusing on associate degree students across CUNY’s seven community colleges, this competition is open to all CUNY associate degree students. See their pitches and hear from keynote speaker Rahfeal Gordon, an award-winning entrepreneur, speaker and author who went from being homeless on the streets of Newark, NJ to providing mentorship for top business leaders.

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Compete for cash prizes for your startup idea

 Creative Inquiry Day 2016 

CID deadline extended again

May 19 from 7:00am-7:00pm at the Baruch College Multipurpose Room 

(Baruch students only. Those interested in submitting projects must apply by May 6)

Do you have a burning research question, creative idea, or artistic inclination that you’d love to actualize? Creative Inquiry Day gives Baruch students the chance to launch creative projects of their own choosing. The event celebrates undergraduate student research and creative projects ranging from theses to class projects, to art and multimedia installations. This year, compete in the all-new Maker Hub category. Click here for more information about Creative Inquiry Day.

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Hear from inspiring entrepreneurial speakers

Lexington League: Building Your Toolkit for Success 

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May 12 from 12:30-2:30pm at Baruch College Engelman Recital Hall

Ramon Ray is a serial entrepreneur who has started four companies. A former United Nations employee and graduate of the FBI Citizens Academy, Ray is passionate about helping small business owners scale up their enterprises. With a specialization in marketing and digital technology, he knows how to help business generate buzz and media attention. At this speaker series, Ray will focus on the following themes:

  • Life Is Your Journey – 23 Rules for Success in Career and Life
  • The Local Celebrity Entrepreneur: Build and Grow Your Person Brand

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