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NYC Tech Talent Draft Enlists Startups in Bold Mission to Recruit Top Students to the City


Tech Talent Draft at Penn

By Virginia Maloney, Project Manager, and Betsy Scherzer, Senior Project Manager, Media & Emerging Technology 

This fall, 31 of the City’s hottest startups swarmed six college campuses across the Northeast as part of the NYC Tech Talent Draft. Their mission? To provide over 450 computer science and engineering students with a top-secret peek into exciting NYC tech startup careers through on-campus information panels and networking events.

At Brown, Carnegie Mellon, Cornell, MIT, Penn and Princeton, distinguished NYC startup founders, CEOs, and CTOs spoke candidly about their entrepreneurial experiences, the tough technical problems their software teams tackle, and what it’s like to live and work in New York City. The panel kicked off with a Made in NY video put together by New York Tech Meet Up and Nasdaq. Following the panels, students discussed compelling startup job opportunities and sought career advice from panelists and other NYC startup representatives during networking receptions. 

At most schools, NYC Tech Talent Draft events were aligned with campus career fairs to help maximize impact for participating startups and students. At Cornell, NYC Tech Talent Draft held its own dedicated career fair and kicked off Cornell’s Startup Weekend, where teams of student entrepreneurs conceived, pitched, and received feedback on their startup ideas in the course of a single weekend. 

Watch a full video of Cornell's panel event, as well as entrepreneur interviews from the panelists at Penn. View a collection of photos from NYC Tech Talent Draft.

Participating startups remarked on the high quality of student candidates, while students were grateful for the introduction to the City’s startup scene and opportunity to talk to leading executives, many of whom were fellow alums. 

The fall Draft built on the success of its spring pilot, during which 15 executives from 13 NYC startups shared career advice and networked with nearly 300 students across five top Northeastern universities.

Next up? NYC Tech Talent Draft Wants You for 2013! 

Students seeking a career at a startup can browse available job openings from participating startups on our career opportunities website. 

Startups interested in registering for participation in the spring 2013 Draft can sign up here to be notified when our spring application process opens. 

Photo credit: Virginia Maloney/NYCEDC



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