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Second Annual State of The NY Ecosystem Address

Karen Bhatia
Senior Vice President at New York City Economic Development Corporation

Karen Bhatia is Senior Vice President at the New York City Economic Development Corporation, leading Creative and Applied Tech strategies to promote economic development and entrepreneurship throughout the city. This includes emerging tech initiatives such as NYC's blockchain strategy, launching the first publicly-funded VR/AR Lab in the country, spearheading the City's strategy for ethical development of AI & data, and growing advanced manufacturing in fashion. 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 Stanford Startups NY, a business network of over 700 Stanford entrepreneurs and investors in the region. She is an advisor to several tech organizations and also on the Board of Trustees of Mott Hall, a middle school in the South Bronx. Raised in Queens, 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:

The New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) plays a critical role in developing and promoting economic growth throughout the city. There is no sector of the City’s economy that better reflects this than technology. Starting with the launch of the first City-sponsored tech incubator nearly 20 years ago, the NYCEDC has helped foster what has become arguably the most powerful network of investors, innovators, academics, incubators, large corporates, and tech startups to be found anywhere in the world.

Join Karen as she shares a candid assessment of how the tech ecosystem is doing in New York City. Perhaps even more importantly, she will share with you how the NYCEDC is working to help the City and its tech community prepare for the challenges and opportunities that likely lie ahead.

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


  • Capitalize on the growth of the tech sector in NYC

  • Discover the City’s programs for entrepreneurs

  • Learn about the specific ways in which NYC is supporting emerging technologies