Representatives from the CUNY Institute for Virtual Enterprise (IVE), the Lawrence N. Field Center for Entrepreneurship,
IBM and the New York City-sponsored Sunshine Bronx Business Incubator joined Mayor Bloomberg to announce the inaugural SmartPitch Challenge during the ribbon cutting of
the Sunshine Bronx Business Incubator. The Challenge is open to all of CUNY as well as students from other New York City colleges and universities.
The competition will link students into New York City’s small business social networking environment and prepare them to launch their businesses by Fall 2012 .
The SmartPitch Challenge Kick-off Event will be held on Friday, February 3, 2012 at the The William & Anita Newman Conference Center, 151 East 25th Street (Room 750),
New York, NY 10010. SmartPitch is the culmination of a Virtual Incubation process that invites student entrepreneurs to develop,
pitch, validate and launch business ideas in a social networking environment by using IBM's Smarter Cities as well as Mayor Bloomberg’s PlaNYC as organizing frameworks.
Supporting events, workshops, roundtables and mentorships lead to the SmartPitch Challenge's Summer Incubator, which includes an Entrepreneurship Boot Camp in Vermont,
expert IBM Mentorships, access to the entrepreneurship network in virtual and real space, stipends, and incubator space at Sunshine Bronx. Winners of the SmartPitch
Challenge will be recognized as IVE Fellows in a continuing support network.
For more info and to sign-up for the SmartPitch Challenge visit: www.smartpitch.org