Tech Day came to New York City again this year and did not disappoint. Showcasing Startup companies from over 15 different sectors, TechDay is the largest startup event in the US. Connecting 30,000 press, investors, job seekers and early adopters to more than 550 amazing companies. Another draw of the event this year was Shark Tank hosting their open casting call at the event.
If you didn’t attend this years TechDay, it means you skipped out on the opportunity to network with more than 500 startups from NYC and the rest of the world. From popular sites like Delivery.com, IVY, and Bandsintown to explosive startups like Uber, MiniBar, and CommonBond. There was plenty of competition for HIRED with competitor sites like Planted and Hireart on hand. NY Tech Day is a unique opportunity for those looking to make a move in their career or to grow their network.
On Thursday, April 21st, from 9:30am to 5pm, TechDay took over Pier 94 on the West side of Manhattan with the likes of big names sponsors such as HIRED, Capitol One, Digital Ocean, The Tech Garden, WSGR, HEARST, Skaled, Columbia School of Business, and their major partner, General Assembly. This is some major growth from last year, increasing the amount of floor space from last year’s 27,000 square-feet to Pier 94’s 77,000 square-feet. Understandable, though, when you consider the 550+ exhibitors expected to show, plus the 10,000+ expected attendees (co-founder Alex Hartman says they hope to expect upwards of 20,000 attendees).
Founded in 2011 by Hartman, co-founder of DigitalOcean (of Techstars fame) and CEO of NYC DevShop, and Jesse Podell, a former Wall Street trader, TechDay NYC was created as a way to bring the then-nascent NYC tech community together. “From day 1, TechDay’s focus has been to help find talent and support, to get press for the startups, and to find early investment to help them gain traction in the market,” says Hartman.
And the event has accomplished exactly those goals in the past three years, bringing together hundreds of startups, potential employees, various publications, and billions of dollars of venture capital (last year, the event saw over $20 billion in venture capital, not including angel investments) in one central location, for one day. Since year 1, when the event was still new, and only invited NYC-based startups, TechDay NYC has expanded its influence across the country and abroad, pulling institutions and startups from the U.S. and beyond. Students from 58 universities are expected to attend, as well as startups from abroad.
For Hartman, the whole point of TechDay NYC is to bring the NYC startup community together, and to show each of them that there’s a wide net of support in the city for them. It’s also a way to really get things off the ground, whether you’re a startup or a person: “TechDay is really kind of like a springboard for people who want to make it in tech.”
There was so much to see and so many people to connect with, that it was the first time other than SXSW that I truly felt overwhelmed, but in a good way. Making my way through each section, I was looking for companies that not only stood out visually, but could explain their product passionately and had a story to tell.
Here are the top brands that stood out for me this year and garnered my interest to want to know more about their platforms.
Well, another TechDay has come and gone. I guess it’s time to get ready for TechCrunch Disrupt coming to Red Hook, Brooklyn on May 9th!