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New York Entrepreneur Week 2010

Gary Whitehill, founder of New York Entrepreneur Week.

Gary Whitehill, founder of New York Entrepreneur Week.

Last year, the New York Entrepreneur Week (NYEW) took place during one of the most challenging times for the U.S. economy. Perhaps it was the unprecendented unemployment rate caused by the global economic depression that drove many to consider entrepreneurship, but 2009’s NYEW drew some 9,000 attendees both in person and online, with one in every 36 attendees going on to incorporate a new business, and one in every 75 attendees went away with plans to start their own business.

“Unstable times create unbelievable opportunities,” said founder of NYEW Gary Whitehill, 26, who founded the week-long event with a vision toward providing help to those entrepreneurs with US$5 million in revenue and below. “Small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs, many of whom are out of work, often lack the resources, support, and network to jump start their vision. There are a lot of smart people out there with great ideas who are limited by their lack of resources. This forum cultivates opportunities for entrepreneurs to create new alliances that can expand their business.”

This year, the week-long forum will take place in New York City from Monday April 12 to Friday April 16, featuring educational workshops, keynote speeches by recognized business leaders, expert panels delivering advice and as well as networking opportunities. The event will showcase over 100 speakers from 40 cities, 15 states and 3 continents, including David S. Rose, chairman of New York Angels and founder of Angelsoft and Rose Tech Ventures, Jeff Pulver, founder of Vonage, 140 Characters Conference & chairman of Vivox, Marc Cenedella, founder of, and Carley Roney of The Knot, amongst others.

“For entrepreneurship to attain its potential in New York and develop into a powerful force driving the economy, we must break down barriers and build platforms which unite the entrepreneurial landscape. Now more than ever, it is critical for business owners of all sizes – especially entrepreneurs – to grow and sustain their network and New York Entrepreneur Week offers just that,” adds Whitehill.

Daniel Goh is the founder and chief editor of Young | Upstarts, as well as an F&B entrepreneur. Daniel has a background in public relations, and is interested in issues in entrepreneurship, small business, marketing, public relations and the online space. He can be reached at daniel [at] youngupstarts [dot] com.

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  • Gary Whitehill

    Thank you very much for the feature article Daniel – truly appreciated.

  • Alex

    That sounds like an unbelievable event. 9,000 attendees?! That’s incredible. It’s an expensive event, but it must be worth it.

    • Gary Whitehill


      It’s a heck of a lot of work. But as you stated, it’s more than worth it. We’ll be streaming live over the internet all week so hopefully you can take some time to watch and spread the word! At 11:00AM EST on Monday we’ll be setting a WORLD RECORD for the most venture pitches in 5min!

      Best regards,


  • sheena repath

    Thanks Gary, i love this post! My dad, Murray Smith co-author of The Answer, once told me most peoples largest obstacle in business is you don’t know what you don’t know.

    Not knowing the steps or having access to the resources you need to move forward wtih your idea and your business is paralizing and everyone needs to learn to associate with experts in the fields in which they are trying to launch their idea.

    I’m passionate about helping people take their dreams, ideas and products and bring them to life! I’d love to share some valuable tips & tools that can help other entrepreneurs be successful!!

    Looking forward to helping people see their potential and take their idea to the next level! THANK YOU

    • Gary Whitehill

      Great points Sheena. I hope you can make it out to the event in the Fall!

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