Alessandro Piol —  March 7, 2013 — Leave a comment


Many of the schools in New York offer business plan competitions. To get up-to-date information it is best to go to a site like BPC that tracks the many events and competitions taking place in New York.

Very popular are the Hackathons, and has been at the forefront in organizing them. To learn more about HackNY, watch this video.

The City of New York, through NYCEDC, is also involved in organizing business plan competitions. A notable one is NYC Next Idea, organized by NYCEDC’s Center for Economic Transformation together with Columbia’s Fu Foundation School of Engineering, aiming to attract teams from all over the world to relocate to New York.

Another competition opened to entrepreneurs all over the world and organized by the city is NYC Venture Fellows.

Another important appointment is BigApps, a contest organized by the City of New York for the best applications centered around the City, and for which the City makes available its own databases.


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Alessandro Piol is a New York-based venture capitalist and angel investor with over 30 years of experience in the technology industry. Alessandro is a Partner and co-founder of Vedanta Capital. Previously he was a General Partner of Invesco Private Capital where he headed the technology practice. Prior to joining Invesco, Alessandro spent 10 years with AT&T where he co-founded AT&T Ventures, the venture capital arm of AT&T where he focused on early-stage new media investments, as well as Pixel Machines, an AT&T-backed startup in the graphics super-computing business. Alessandro is President of the New York chapter of TiE, a global organization fostering entrepreneurship; he serves on the Entrepreneurial Advisory Board and the Board of Visitors of the Fu Foundation School of Engineering at Columbia University; and he is a mentor, advisor or board member of various private companies. He received an BS and MS in Computer Science from Columbia University and an MBA from the Harvard Business School. Twitter: @ilmago