About Innovation Nights
Our mission is to help local entrepreneurs get more visibility for their new products. We want to connect members of the local innovation community.
Innovation Nights is an event designed to help local innovators increase the buzz around new products and companies.
Ten companies bring new products to the event and the social media community turns out to blog, tweet, post pictures and video, add product mentions to LinkedIn and Facebook statuses, and otherwise help spread the word. In the last five years, the events have helped to:
-- launch more more than 700 new products
-- Connect dozens of job seekers and hiring managers
-- Profile dozens of local experts and service providers
-- Launch a wave of Innovation Nights events
Registration and networking at 6:00 p.m., presentations start showing at 7:00 p.m., the live events allow companies to show off NY-based innovation. The Experts Corner team has one-on-one conversations with start-ups and entrepreneurs. Innovation Nights are held on site at various venues who donate their space to further the cause of local innovation.
We call an Innovation Nights event a "stone soup" event. Remember the folk story of Stone Soup? A stranger or small group of travelers come upon a poor village. The travelers are hungry but everyone claims to have nothing to share. So the travelers create a fire, hang a pot of water over it and place a stone inside, telling one and all that they are creating "stone soup." Of course, it will taste better with a little something for flavoring, a carrot, a potato, maybe even a little piece of meat. Soon everyone in the village has contributed "just a little something" and everyone sits down to enjoy the wonderful feast.
Innovation Nights are like stone soup. Someone has a space where we can hold an event, with tables and wireless. Other companies have new products to promote Others are social media mavens who can create buzz. Still others donate a few hours of their time and expertise. Soon, everyone is benefiting from the wonderful event we create together.