#HarlemDemoDay to connect local startups with industry experts and funding resources

Seeking expert advice and seed-funding for your venture? April 23rd’s “Harlem Demo Day” will offer Harlem and Bronx start-ups the opportunity to pitch their unique business ideas before an esteemed panel of judges in consideration for a series of prizes – including free packages to work out of HarlemGarage, in-kind services from local business partners, and more. The event will take place from 6:00p-9:00p at the Harlem Garage, located at 318 West 118th Street in New York.

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Hosted by Harlem Garage, Silicon Harlem and the Uptown-Harlem Co-Working Group, the primary goal of the event is to highlight the best and brightest start-ups north of 96th Street and connect them with quality resources to support their growth and development. The following judges have been confirmed for #HarlemDemoDay so far:

  • Bruce Lincoln, Columbia Entrepreneur-in-Residence & SiliconHarlem founder
  • McAdory Lipscomb, Jr., General Assembly lecturer, CEO Coach & investor
  • Ron Paliwoda, Paliwoda Ventures founder
  • Diallo Powell, Co-founder and CEO of Nethermead, former GM/CIO of Freelancers Union
  • Aaron Holiday, Managing Entrepreneurial Officer at Cornell Tech

Additional judges are expected to be announced in coming weeks. To qualify, at least one co-founder must reside and/or work above 96th St (Manhattan or Bronx), be a member of HarlemGarage, or have registered and attended any of IncubateNYC’s classes. Applicants are required to submit a one-sheeter outlining their concept, staffing and relevant background information, plus a 5-slide Powerpoint presentation outlining their concept. Finished products or businesses (up to two years in operation) are preferred, but they are accepting submissions in the “idea” phase as long as there are wireframes and/or a workable presentation.

To submit your start-up idea for consideration, fill out the application at http://bit.ly/1gInE9r or send it directly to demoday@nyctechbridge.com. Tickets for the general public are slated to go on sale Tuesday, April 1st.