InnovationIt was great to see the New York entrepreneurial community and the next generation of entrepreneurs gather at this year’s Columbia Business School (CBS) Fall Venture Fair, which was held on Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014. Approximately 40 student business teams were showcased to more than 100 guest attendees from the New York entrepreneurial community, including, seasoned entrepreneurs, investors, lawyers, accountants and financial advisors. After a few brief opening remarks by the CBS faculty members who helped organize the event, guests were invited to meet with student teams at their dedicated booths setup throughout the room. As student teams showcased their business ideas, guest attendees were encouraged to provide feedback on the students’ investor pitch and to provide informal guidance with respect to the development of the students’ business plans.

The scope of business ventures represented at the event varied considerably. The companies ranged from early stage ventures still working on a beta test of their product to fully operating small businesses with product presently available on the market. The breadth of product offerings were also extremely varied and included everything from mobile apps and other technology platforms to skin care products and ready-made cold brewed iced coffee for home and office use.
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Though tourism and gaming will lead Nevada’s economy for the foreseeable future, businesses and government entities in Nevada, and Las Vegas in particular, have invested deeply into several areas of emerging technology.

In Las Vegas, The Downtown Project – an incubator and investor in several Las Vegas-based startups – has been the catalyst for several emerging technology companies in Las Vegas, including arguably the most prominent support organization for start-ups: Tech Cocktail. Tech Cocktail hosts monthly events in Las Vegas and puts on start-up showcases in other emerging tech hubs nationwide such as Austin, Baltimore, Denver, DC, Philadelphia, Raleigh, Chicago, and Miami. In October 2014 Tech Cocktail hosted its second annual “Tech Cocktail Celebrate Conference” where over 50 startups from over 30 cities competed in Tech Cocktail’s “Nation’s Hottest Startup” competition, over 50 speakers from various tech industries presented, and hundreds of startup companies and venture capitalists were in attendance.
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