NYC Venture Fellows receive access to a series of exclusive programs throughout 2016.  We ask that Fellows attend one core event per month.  Below are the programs we have in the works for 2016. Please note – these dates and events are subject to change.

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2016 NYC Venture Fellowship Agenda

December 17, 2016  |  2015 Closing Reception/2016 Opening Reception  |  Hearst Core Event

Hearst hosted NYC Venture Fellows & Mentors, as they were honored for their commitment to the program. Invitees included the 2015 Class, Mentors, Alumni, 92Y + NYCEDC staff, and the incoming 2016 class.

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January 25, 2016  |  Mentor Fellow Speed Matching  |  Convene Core Event

NYC Venture Fellows met their potential Mentors. Each Fellow was scheduled for five rapid fire conversations with their potential Mentors. At the end of the night, Fellows and Mentors submitted their preferences for who they wanted to work with. A few weeks later, the Fellows were introduced to their assigned Mentors. Each pair will meet at least four times throughout the Fellowship.

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February 18, 2016  |  Workshop: Next Jump Academy  |  Next Jump Core Event

Next Jump Academy and Mentors Charlie Kim, Meghan Messenger, Tom Fuller, & Lokeya Venkatachalam hosted the 2016 Fellows at Next Jump Academy for a half-day workshop focused on leadership development and innovation. A private session with co-founders Meghan and Charlie allowed Fellows to tackle real challenges they are facing in the workplace.

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March 9, 2016  |  Yancey Strickler in Conversation with Jessi Hempel |  92Y

Kickstarter began in 2009 with a simple but important mission: help bring creative projects to life. To date, thousands of artists, musicians, filmmakers, designers and other creators have found the resources and support they need to make their ideas a reality. And now, in their boldest move yet, Kickstarter is becoming a public-benefit corporation to serve the greater good as well as its shareholders. Co-founder and CEO Yancey Strickler explained how Kickstarter measures success, the culture he hopes to help create and the unique genius of doing business differently.

NYC Venture Fellows received complimentary tickets to this event.

March 24, 2016  |  Workshop with Google Ventures  |  Google Core Event

NYC Venture Fellows partnered with the Google Ventures Team for a workshop hosted at their offices at Chelsea Market. The event included a fireside chat with Erik Nordlander, an engineering partner at GV since 2010, followed by time for open Q&A.

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April 6, 2016  |  CEO Conversation with Dave Kerpen Core Event

Fellows sat down with Dave Kerpen, Founder of Likeable and Likeable Local and author of three New York Times Bestsellers to discuss his award-winning social media leveraging and word of mouth marketing knowledge.

May 17, 2016 | You Don’t Have to be a Shark: Creating Your Own Success  | 92Y  

Many people assume that effective sales ability demands a unique personality and an aggressive attitude. But that’s not true, and “Nice Shark” Robert Herjavec (from ABC’s hit show “Shark Tank”) is living proof. He’s developed an honest and genuine approach to life and selling that has set him apart from his cutthroat colleagues and rewarded him with a degree of wealth measured in hundreds of millions of dollars, and a level of fame and respect that most people can only imagine. Fellows were offered complimentary tickets to see him with “Shark Tank” co-star Barbara Corcoran for an inspiring and motivating exploration of his secrets and business philosophy, as outlined in his new book, You Don’t Have to Be a Shark.

May 19, 2016  |  CEO Conversation with David Karp  Core Event

Fellows met at Tumblr HQ for a fire-side chat and CEO conversation with David Karp, CEO & Founder of Tumblr.

May 17, 2016  |  Workshop: Moms inPower with Dr. Gail Saltz  | 92Y

Being a parent and leading a business are both full time jobs.  Fellows were invited to join 92Y and Dr. Gail Saltz to learn some of the tips and tricks to find success (and happiness!)  in the home and the office.

Gail is Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at The New York Presbyterian Hospital, psychoanalyst with The New York Psychoanalytic Institute, columnist, bestselling author and television commentator including frequent contributing to the “Today Show,” CNN and MSNBC. She is the emotional wellness contributor to Health Magazine and, Chair the of 92Y 7 Days of Genius Advisory Committee and Consultant and Event Moderator for the Clinton Foundation’s Health Matters Initiative.

June 29, 2016  |  Executive Training with Caroline Webb Core Event

Fellows will attend a workshop with Caroline Webb, CEO of Sevenshift & Senior Advisor to and former Partner at McKinsey. Caroline will blend her experience in management consulting and insights from behavioral science with her training as a coach to workshop with the Fellows how they can be at their best–and how they can help bring the best out of their colleagues in turn.

July 26 2016  |  Summer Social | Microsoft     Core Event     

NYC Venture Fellows, Mentors, Advisors, and friends of the program will come together to celebrate the half-way mark of the 2016 Fellowship and summer. In addition, the Summer Social will open its doors for attendees to bring a plus 1 to introduce to the program and community.

September 14, 2016  |  Executive Leadership Seminar on Acquisitions | Google  Core Event

Elliott Breece, Co-Founder of Songza, and Patrick Sullivan, Founder & CEO of Source3 will sit down with NYC Venture Fellows for a conversation on acquisitions and the transition that follows from their unique perspectives.

October 27, 2016  |  Financing Workshop with David Johnson & Johnnie Walker of TempCFO | WeWork  Core Event

Fellows will attend a workshop & discussion presented by TempCFO’s David Johnson and Johnnie Walker, who will address a variety of pre-financing and post-financing topics and open up the floor to questions and discussion on finance-related issues Fellows are facing with their companies.

November 2016  |  2016 Fellows Sounding Board Session |   TBD  Core Event

Fellows will get together to brainstorm solutions to issues they are facing with their companies. This event will include breakout sessions and small group discussions that allow Fellows to learn from each other and utilize their individual experiences to offer insight into common challenges among startup founders.

December 2016  |  Closing Reception     Core Event

The Closing Reception will bring the 2016 Fellows, Mentors, and Advisors together to celebrate the year and to welcome the Class of 2017 Fellows.