Our Favorite Startup Events this week

Each week, we handpick a few of our favorite (mostly free) startup and tech events for beginner and established entrepreneurs.

Week of July 24-28

1. Your First Venture Round: Fundraising Advice from the Experts

When: July 24 at 6:30 PM

Where: Knotel Bryant, 22 W 38th St, New York, NY 10018

What: A rundown of all the important FAQs for beginner entrepreneurs who are looking to raise funding from experts at General Assembly, WayUp, ZocDoc and more.

Why we love it: It’s easy to fall into the trap of thinking that venture capitalists are your only source of funding. Here, you’ll learn about angel investors, crowdfunding, business loans and how to get them.


2. Connecting the Innovation Economy with Fashion and Commerce

When: July 25 at 6:00 PM

Where: Fashion Institute of Technology, 22 W 27th St, Great Hall, New York, NY, 10001

What: Meet industry-changing tech companies that are solving the current retail crisis.

Why we love it: Brick-and-mortar retail is taking a hit as more and more consumers choose to shop online. How does this affect the fashion industry, where try-before-you-buy is of utmost importance?

3. Focus|AI: The Ethical Impact of AI

When: July 26 at 6:30 PM

Where: Verizon Open Innovation Lab, 119 W 24th St, New York, NY, 10011

What: An in-depth exploration of the ethical concerns of using AI to make our businesses and personal lives more efficient.

Why we love it: There’s so much buzz surrounding AI and yet little is said about its potentially negative impacts. Are personalized Facebook ads or an infringement of privacy? Is it a good thing that YouTube’s algorithms give you more of what you’ve liked in the past? At this seminar you’ll consider these questions and more.


4. Idealist and MIT Solve|Solve-a-Thon

When: July 27 at 12:00 PM 

Where: Idealist HQ, 302 5th Ave, New York, NY, 10001

What: Come and learn about Solve at MIT, which invites you to solve some of the world’s most pressing challenges through innovation and partnership. You’ll address issues like youth and the workforce of the future, women & technology and sustainable urban communities.

Why we love it: While hack-a-thons tend to scare off non-coders, solve-a-thons welcome those with big ideas. Here, you’ll get to contribute and network with some of tomorrow’s brightest thinkers.