The Utica College Business Program Event

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On Friday, April 5 at the Clark City Center, the Utica College Business Program will host a day-long event focused on the future of work and employment opportunities in the Mohawk Valley. The three-stage event — which includes a regional business pitch competition open to all area college students, a career fair, and keynote speaker — is free and open to all students and the Utica and Mohawk Valley business communities.

The event is sponsored by Bank of Utica and supported by Utica College, SUNY Poly, the ThINCubator (MVCC), and the New York Small Business Development Center.



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Registration is now closed. The day includes:



Jobs? Internships? Join more than a dozen area companies like Adirondack Bank, The Hartford, and DFAS, that will engage with students and identify potential candidates for internships or full-time jobs. The event also gives employers a chance to hear about the great ideas coming from students in the Mohawk Valley and the improvements at the Clark City Center. Students will also have an opportunity to learn more about Rotaract and Utica College’s MBA program.


simons_flyerAs executive director of the Upstate Capital Association, Ms. Simons has breathed new life into the New York Business Plan Competition for college students. She is the founder/manager of the Hudson Valley Startup Fund, an entrepreneur, and a former partner TD Growth Capital. Ms. Simons will cap the event with a talk on upstate’s entrepreneurial ecosystem, equity on the global stage, and women and business. Read more about Ms. Simons here.


pitch_teamThe competition is open to all undergraduate and graduate students who attended any of the region’s institutions of higher learning during the 2018-19 academic year (December graduates are eligible).

This competition is also the qualifier for the New York State Business Plan Competition, which will be held on April 26 in Albany. The top two teams from each of the following tracks at each regional will advance to the state finals:

  • AgTech & Food
  • Energy & Environment
  • Military & First Responder
  • MedTech & Well-Being
  • Technology & Entertainment
  • Consumer Products & Services

Pitch registration is now closed. For more information, contact Prof. Brett Orzechowski via email at bjorzech@utica.edu.


(Clark City Center, Downtown Utica)

9:30 a.m.: Check-in and networking/Lobby
10 a.m.: Opening remarks/Vrooman Room
10:15 a.m. – 12 p.m.: Pitch Competition (First Wave) – Vrooman Room/Grant Room/Hansen Lounge
12 – 1 p.m.: Break for lunch/Downtown Utica
1 – 3 p.m.: Pitch Competition (Second Wave) – Vrooman Room/Hansen Lounge
1 – 3 p.m.: Opportunity Showcase/Cooper Room
3:30 – 4 p.m.: Keynote Speaker: Noa Simons, Executive Director, Upstate Capital/Grant Room; Winners announced/Grant Room
Note: Parking is available on the street or in the garage located behind the Delta Hotel by Marriott (formerly the Radisson) at 200 Genesee Street. Students can also take the shuttle from Utica College’s Burrstone campus.