StartUp Meeting Offers Advice, Success Stories

By John Cropley
The Daily Gazette, Schenectady, N.Y.

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) “Startup Town Square” is providing upstate New York entrepreneurs great opportunities for networking. Budding entrepreneurs receive the opportunity to connect with advisers who have track records of success in investing and entrepreneurship.

The Daily Gazette, Schenectady, N.Y.

The Electric City Innovation Center on Wednesday launched StartUp Town Square, an entrepreneurial program to boost the ecosystem in which young companies operate.

ECIC is a co-working environment and as such is a good place for collaboration, said Jeff Goronkin, CEO of ECIC and founder of StartUp Town Square.

But the monthly program will provide a larger group of potential contacts for networking and learning, he said.

“We’re trying to shine a light on the ecosystem we have here,” he added. “There’s a lot going on in the region.”

Goronkin and Susan Bardack of Buzz Media Solutions acquired majority ownership of ECIC earlier this year and set about making it more effective at its mission.

The industrial-styled glass-and-steel room is a very neat space in which to work, Goronkin said, but ultimately it’s just a space. What happens there matters more than what it looks like.

“We just want to keep it really vibrant,” Goronkin said.

His idea for an event like StartUp Town Square predated his ownership of ECIC, but ECIC provided an ideal venue for it, with its open floor plan and mini-amphitheater.

On Wednesday, the theme was the Internet of Things. A handful of tech companies gave technology demonstrations and Wink and POMCO gave presentations on themselves and their work.

There were also opportunities for networking and for entrepreneurs to meet with volunteer advisers with a track record of success in investing and entrepreneurship.

Dave Dussault, an adviser to StartUp Town Square and an investor in POMCO, spoke about the progress the Clifton Park firm has made bringing its personal safety device to market.

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