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New York State High School Business Plan Competition

Tuesday, April 21st, 2015

8:30am – 4:30pm

Location: Siena College

About: The Center for Economic Growth will be presenting the 2015 NYS High School Business Plan Competition which provides an opportunity for teams of entrepreneurial high school students to express ideas in an educationally competitive environment. To enter the competition, each student team must develop a unique, innovative business concept. Based on this concept each team will prepare a ten minute presentation geared towards motivating potential investors to fund the company and execute the students’ business concept. Coaching will be provided and judges will vote on the final presentations ultimately ending with prizes awarded to the top student teams.

For more information please contact Ellyn Ford at

April Venture BPlan Series

Monday, April 20th, 2015

The Venture Bplan Series is a collaboration of the Center for Economic Growth (CEG) and Rensselaer’s Emerging Ventures Ecosystem (EVE).

This regularly-scheduled forum at RPI’s Heffner Alumni House is designed for entrepreneurs to get visibility to the region’s angel and institutional investors, business service providers, advisors, students, faculty, alumni and the early stage business community.

This month we will be showcasing the following companies:


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Date: April 22, 2015
Time: 7:30 – 9:30 a.m.
Register: Click Here (Free event open to the business community)
Location: RPI Heffner Alumni House (just south of the corner of People Ave and 15th Street, Troy NY)

*Free parking is available next to the alumni house. Please note: Do not park in the lot directly behind the HAH, this is a staff lot only.

Following a 15 minutes PowerPoint presentation the panel will ask the presenter questions and provide feedback.

More Information

For more information please contact Ellyn Ford at or by phone at (518) 465-8975 ext. 243.

Putting Careers in Education Panel Discussion

Tuesday, April 14th, 2015


School-Business Partnerships Building Skills and a 21st Century Workforce

Tuesday, April 28, 2014  |  8:00 AM – 10:30 AM

The Desmond Hotel and Conference Center

660 Albany Shaker Rd, Albany, NY 12211 (directions)
Complimentary continental breakfast will be served


The Center for Economic Growth and the Greater Capital Region Workforce Investment Boards invite you to join us for a panel discussion with leading industry experts and  professionals in workforce and education about how we can strengthen school-business partnerships to build skills and prepare students to compete in a 21st century workforce.

It is up to educational institutions and employers to capitalize on aligning education with the needs of industry. The time to do it is now!

Panelists include:

  • David Davis, President, Simmons Machine Tool Corporation
  • Paul DiCaprio, President, Specialty Silicone Products
  • Kristine Duffy, Ed.D., President, SUNY Adirondack
  • Doug Leavens, Director of Career and Technical Education, Washington-Saratoga-Warren-Hamilton-Essex BOCES


8:00-8:45 A.M. – Registration, networking and continental breakfast
8:45-9:00 A.M. – Welcome
9:00-10:00 A.M – Panel discussion
10:00-10:30 A.M. – Q&A & wrap up

19th Annual Technology Awards Luncheon

Tuesday, April 14th, 2015

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Time: 11:30am – Registration | 12:00pm – Luncheon & Awards

Location: Albany Marriott, 189 Wolf Rd, Albany, NY

This will be CEG’s 19th Annual Technology Awards Luncheon, where hundreds of business leaders gather to celebrate innovative companies and individuals making great strides in Tech Valley. We look forward to celebrating their successes with you.

Have a company or individual in mind? Nominate them today!
PDF Application | Word Application

Application Deadline: Friday, May 8, 2015 at NOON

Submit Applications by email to Ellyn Ford at or by fax to 518.465.6681. Self nominations are encouraged. All applications will remain confidential.

Sponsorships are available – questions please contact Andrea Swank at


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Tech Valley Business Hall of Fame Dinner

Tuesday, April 14th, 2015

Date: Wednesday, May 6, 2015
Location: Albany Marriott |189 Wolf Road, Albany, NY

Reception | 5:00PM
Dinner Seating | 5:50PM

Register here

2015 Hall of Fame Inductees 

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James A. Clark, Jr.
Executive Vice President
Armory Auto Group
Hugh A. Johnson
Chairman & Chief
Investment Officer
Hugh Johnson Advisors
George M. Philip
President (ret.)
University at Albany
Executive Director (ret.)
NYS Teachers’ Retirement System

Induction into the Tech Valley Business Hall of Fame is a preeminent business award in the Capital Region.  The honorees will be part of an illustrious group, living and deceased, who are noted not only for their leadership in enhancing free enterprise but also for their contributions to their community.

More information on the event here


AT&T Tech Valley Civic App Challenge

Tuesday, April 14th, 2015

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The AT&T Tech Valley Civic App Challenge is a two-month  “virtual hackathon” for Tech Valley software developers, coders, innovative thinkers, designers, artists, and entrepreneurs to leverage data to create intuitive and novel mobile apps that address social and civic issues in the Tech Valley region.

Submissions Due Online: *Friday, May 1st -11:59 PM*

Demo & Awards: @The University Hall Atrium, University at Albany: *Thursday, May 14th-10 AM*


Apps submitted to the challenge will be judged on potential impact on the Tech Valley region, execution and creativity/novelty. To make the challenge truly Tech Valley-centric, teams  submitting mobile apps must include at least one member that is a current resident  of the 19 counties that make up the region (Albany, Clinton, Columbia, Dutchess, Essex, Franklin, Fulton, Greene, Hamilton, Herkimer, Montgomery, Orange, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schoharie, Ulster, Warren, and  Washington) or attends  one of the region’s institutions of higher education.


Grand Prize :$10,000

2nd Place: $5,000

3rd Place: $2,000

Two Honorable  Mentions: $500

Stay Connected:

On the Web: 

On Twitter: #TechValleyATT


#TechValleyATT is possible due to support from:

  • AT&T
  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • UniversityatAlbany
  • TechConnex
  • Tech Valley Center of Gravity
  • Saratoga TechOUT
  • Hudson Valley Tech Meetup
  • NewYorkBizLab
  • Beahive
  • Tech Valley Mobile Developers Network
  • Accelerate518
  • HackUpstate


**CEG’s TechConnex is a proud supporter of this event**



SEMI Advanced Semiconductor Manufacturing Conference

Tuesday, April 14th, 2015

Dates: May 3-6, 2015

Location: Saratoga Hilton

About: For over 25 years, ASMC has been a leading international technical conference for exploring solutions to improve the collective microelectronics manufacturing expertise. Solving the challenges presented by semiconductor manufacturing is an ongoing collaborative effort by users, device makers, equipment and materials suppliers and academia. ASMC provides an unparalleled platform for semiconductor professionals to network and learn the latest information in the practical application of advanced manufacturing strategies and methodologies. ASMC 2015 will feature keynotes, tutorials, technical sessions and a panel discussion which touch on the opportunites and challenges in semiconductor manufacturing.  From Fab Optimization to Yield Enhancement, and Enabling Technologies to Advanced Equipment and Materials Processes, ASMC touches on most areas critical to manufacturing.

More info

CEG’s NY Loves Nanotech is a sponsor of this event

AT&T Tech Valley Civic App Challenge Check-In & Open Day of Hacking Event

Monday, April 13th, 2015


What: A “Check-in” and open day of hacking for the AT&T Tech Valley Civic App Challenge. This event is designed to provide a chance to learn more about the AT&T Tech Valley Civic App Challenge and to offer an opportunity to ask questions, pitch civic app ideas, look for a team to join, network, and seek advice on civic apps from mentors. This event is open to all interested members of the business and tech communities, area students and entrepreneurs and it also provides participants a place to openly work on their civic app for the challenge. All attendees will receive a commemorative civic app challenge items.

When: Saturday, April 18th | 11:00am – 4:00pm | Complementary catered lunch will be provided!

Where: Tech Valley Center of Gravity, 35 4th Street, Troy, NY

Cost: FREE!

Registration by April 16 is required:


Hosted by: AT&T Tech Valley Civic App Challenge partnering organizations

In addition, the check-in event will provide attendees an opportunity to discuss their apps or network with regional technology professionals, experts and venture capitalists who have agreed to attend the event to act as mentors for the day. In addition, various judges from the challenge will be in attendance to talk with the participants. Mentors, expert technologists and judges attending include, but not limited to:

About the Challenge: The AT&T Tech Valley Civic App Challenge is a two-month “virtual hackathon” challenging the region’s most innovative computer scientists, entrepreneurs, software developers, designers, makers and hardware engineers to build and deliver mobile apps and services that serve community needs, connect and engage citizens with their governments and demonstrate how mobile technologies can lead to the next generation of tech jobs and investment. Examples of themes for civic mobile apps include public transportation, education, social services, public safety, tourism, volunteerism, workforce development, to list just a few. Top winners will receive prizes totaling $18,000 in cash, which will be announced in May.

More information:

Interested persons can follow the challenge on Twitter using the hashtag #TechValleyATT.



Bioconnex Life Sciences Commercialization Conference

Monday, March 30th, 2015

Albany Molecular Research Inc. (AMRI), 26 Corporate Circle, Albany
8:00am Registration

8:30am Program

For the 4th year, Bioconnex will present its Life Sciences Commercialization Conference (LSCC). This event will bring together innovative biotechnology researchers and institutions, business executives, academics, and possible collaboration partners from within the Capital Region of NY; the conference is designed to encourage networking and the exchange of ideas. The conference will include moderated panel discussions, a “Fireside Chat”, and multiple networking breaks. Also included in the event will be poster presentations by regional biotechnology innovators in the context of a mock “open market” contest, in which innovators will have the opportunity to showcase their research. All entrants who present a poster of their ideas are eligible to win the “2015 Bioconnex Innovative Business Award in Life Sciences”. Call for Abstracts and Sponsorship Opportunities to be announced shortly. Contact Karin Kasparian at CEG for more information.

CEN Manufacturing Scholarship Golf Day

Monday, March 30th, 2015

The Edison Club, Rexford, NY
10:00am Registration

11:00am Barbecue Lunch
12:00 pm Shotgun Start

On June 15th CEN will be holding its annual Manufacturing Scholarship Golf Day at the Edison Country Club in Rexford, NY. The proceeds of this one day event are the only funds that go towards several college scholarships awarded to students planning to enter the manufacturing field in some capacity. In its 15th year, the CEN Scholarship Golf Day has raised thousands of dollars and awarded scholarships to many bright and inspiring area high school and college students.

Join us for a great day of golf on June 15th, and/or consider supporting this event with a monetary or silent auction donation. We offer a wide variety of corporate sponsorship opportunities.

When you contribute to the CEN Scholarship Golf Day, you are making a conscientious decision to insure the continued success of manufacturing and manufacturing businesses in the United States for future generations to come.

Click here for the 2015 CEN Golf Day Packet