Tech: Make it in New York City

6:45 am - 7:00 am

Karen Bhatia
Vice President at New York City Economic Development Corporation

Karen Bhatia is Vice President at the New York City Economic Development Corporation, leading Creative and Applied Tech strategies and initiatives to promote economic development and entrepreneurship throughout the city. Karen is also an attorney, entrepreneur and startup advisor. She was the principal of her own law firm advising tech startups on corporate issues, financing and overall business strategy. As an entrepreneur, Karen founded ActionCam, an educational platform explaining public policy issues and providing resources for people to take action. Karen also founded and is President of Stanford Startups NY, a business network of over 650 Stanford entrepreneurs and investors in the area. She is also on the Board of Trustees of Mott Hall, a middle school in the Bronx. Karen has a B.A. from Stanford University, a Master's degree in Public Policy from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government and a J.D. from George Washington University Law School.

Course Description:

New York City is one of the world’s fastest growing startup and technology ecosystems. The industry raised in excess of $9 billion in venture capital funding in 2017 and has over 9,000 start-ups and 120 incubators located here. New York City has more software engineers that any other city and is home to 3.3 million immigrants from over 150 countries, putting it at the forefront of nationwide, inclusive entrepreneurial growth. NYCEDC plays a pivotal role in developing the tech ecosystem and promoting job growth through various programs.

Attendees will leave this session with a better understanding of how to:

Navigate the City’s programs fostering tech innovation
Find available resources you can leverage
Discover ways to get involved