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Calling All Founders:

April 24 Element 46 Webinar to Focus on Building Teams

Join the Element 46 Tech Accelerator Powered by Cela at an upcoming community event on Monday, April 24 at 4 PM. The guest speaker will be Yuri Kruman, CEO and Principal of HR, Talent & Systems, and an expert in HR, digital transformation and employee experience topics.

Yuri will share how to get additional support, associates, co-founders, and early hires, as well as how to identify the right talent to join your team.

Register here.

Launch1000 Venture Applauded by Leading Neuroscientist

ULUstory, founded by Launch1000 grad Deb V. Pagnotta, has been recognized by renowned neuroscientist, founder of Immersion Science, and author Paul Zak. ULUstory is a B2B managed services platform that helps every user find and craft their many stories in a science-based format within minutes, to create and foster trust, empathy and inclusion.

“As a neuroscientist, I've spent my career studying oxytocin and the power of human connection. ULUstory is revolutionizing how we build and share stories, using a scientifically proven format that generates sustainable trust and empathy, creating authentic connections between people. It's a perfect example of how technology can be used to create positive social change. I’m excited to see where ULUstory goes, and encourage everyone to give them a try and support their mission. I think it’s a game-changer." - Paul J. Zak

Launch1000 Grad Celebrates Book Launch

Pelham author and Launch1000 grad Maria Pilar Rosell will celebrate the launch of her new book, Blue Morphos - Untold Stories from the Andes, during a lunch program at The Manor Club in Pelham on Tuesday, May 2 at 12:30 PM. RSVP for the event by Friday, April 28 at 12:00 PM by calling (914) 738-1528.

About the book:

Explore the Andes mountains with these five short stories about families, culture, flora and fauna. A twist will present itself in these magical folktales, so beware of the supernatural lurking in the dark when night falls…or in plain sight. 

Blue Morphos - Untold Stories from the Andes by M.P. Rosell will be available at the end of this week on Amazon.

Venture NY Featuring NYBC Finals

April 27

Venture NY is Upstate Capital's premier annual event for the early-stage entrepreneur and investor community. The program provides a full-day interactive experience on April 27 at the OnCenter in Syracuse. The event will feature:

  • Great networking for investors
  • Conversations on early-stage investing and entrepreneurship
  • Startup Resource Expo
  • NYBPC Grand Prize Finals with up to $100,000 in cash prizes

Click here to register.

The New York Business Plan Competition (NYBPC) is the intercollegiate entrepreneurship competition that, since 2010, has provided a platform for training New York’s next generation of entrepreneurs, and launching new ventures, commercializing innovations developed on campuses across New York. The NYBPC’s mission is to provide a robust competition for students across New York to promote entrepreneurship and start new ventures.

Ten regional competitions culminate in the Finals where two teams from each of six tracks in each region are invited to compete in a statewide competition, where up to $100,000 in prize money is awarded at Venture NY! Learn more about the NYBPC here.

Apply Today for the Iona University

IdeaSpark Program

The Viscardi Center and Iona University’s Hynes Institute for Entrepreneurship & Innovation are now accepting applications for the IdeaSpark summer program. Do you have an entrepreneurial mindset? Do you want to put it to the test? For more information about this free, virtual program, download the flyer here.

If you are interested in applying for this free opportunity, complete and submit this online application or download the application here and once completed, email your application to

The application deadline for the Summer 2023 IdeaSpark Program is Friday, May 19 at

5 PM. Submissions will be reviewed by a Selection Committee. Be sure to provide complete and thorough responses to all the application questions.

Financial Wellness for Small Business

10 Week Program

SBDC Entrepreneurship Webinars

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Building Teams As an Early-Stage Founder

Element 46 Tech Accelerator Powered by Cela

Date: April 24, 2023

Time: 4:00 PM


5 Strategies to Run a More Efficient Business

SCORE Westchester

Date: April 25, 2023

Time: 1:00 PM


How to Tell Your Financial Story


Date: April 25, 2023

Time: 1:00 PM


Simple Steps to Write and Follow a Sustainable Business Plan that Ensures You Achieve Your Goals

SCORE Westchester

Date: May 2, 2023

Time: 1:20 PM


ABCT | WCBA: Pitch Day 2023


Date: May 11, 2023

Time: 1:00 PM – 6:00 PM

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