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NYC Makes Strides To Attract The World's Top Talent


By Kat Lau, Project Manager, and Virginia Maloney, Senior Project Manager, Media & Emerging Technology

NYC’s tech scene is booming! With over 1000 tech companies now calling the city home and new jobs opening up every day, the Big Apple is a top destination for talented job seekers.

NYCEDC is doing its part to help connect talented college students with the growing pool of NYC tech companies. Through on-campus events, student trips to NYC, virtual events, and an online common application, this year’s NYC Tech Talent Draft program connected over 3,500 students at 90 schools with over 150 NYC-based startup companies.

Sign up to participate in the Fall 2014 draft here, and read on to find out more about the past spring’s events!

Back-to-Class: Startups Visit Campus

Eric Gertler, NYCEDC EVP of the Center for Economic Transformation, and executives from AHAlife, Behance, Buzzfeed, Fog Creek, FoodtoEat, and Gilt at the January Columbia Panel

The spring semester kicked off with a series of on-campus events at Columbia, Cornell, Brown, and the University of Pennsylvania. Startup executives and founders from companies like Control Group, Callida Energy, and Splash met with students and spoke about their experiences at these startups. Students learned why panelists chose to work at startups, what defines the New York tech scene, and what startups looks for in hires—and even had a chance to network with panelists on-on-one over food.

Experiencing the City: Student Tech Treks

Students visiting the office of NYC startup Contently

In addition to on-campus visits, NYCEDC invited students from across the northeast to experience the magic of NYC’s startup scene firsthand. In partnership with Wakefield Media, we hosted students from Johns Hopkins University, University of Maryland, Kent State University, Stony Brook University, and Boston University in NYC for an action-packed day of visiting startup offices like Flatiron Health, Chartbeat, and Updater. The April two-day trek included a full day at Wakefield Media’s Uncubed, an exciting event focused on tech startup recruiting and a full day of startup tours culminating in a reception at WeWork’s brand new space at 25 Broadway.

Students got a firsthand look at what it’s like to work in New York City tech and many came away with a changed outlook. “I didn’t feel like I really understood or deeply wanted to work at a startup until after the tours. Now, I am unsure that I want to work anywhere else,” said a student from Boston University.

Stretching the City Limits

tech talent draft at sxsw

NYCEDC's table at the NY Tech Meetup in Austin, photo credit NYTM 

The Draft hit the road this year to bring the talent search national with visits to San Francisco, Boston, and Austin. Through Wakefield’s national Uncubed events, we got to speak with companies and job-seekers from across the country about how awesome NYC’s tech scene is. In our biggest splash of the year, NYCEDC co-sponsored NYC’s presence at SXSW with NY Tech Meetup in Austin. The event included a NY Tech Fair and NY Tech Meetup Demo Day featuring great conversation and interactions with over 500 attendees and 20 featured companies.

Those from farther afield had the chance to continue to participate by watching our Virtual Panels which featured startup executives and by using our online jobs application platform that features over 120 NYC-based startup companies. The results: over 2700 student applicants from 80 universities across the country applied to work at companies that are Made in NY!

What’s next?

After a great season, we’re looking forward to making the Fall NYC Tech Talent Draft bigger and better.

Students: Check out the NYC Tech Talent Draft’s Facebook and Twitter to stay in the loop about upcoming events, or email us at [email protected].

Startups: Looking for top talent? Sign up here to express interest in participating in the Fall 2014 Draft.



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