• WCA Launches "Accelerate Westchester" Networking Group for Entrepreneurs, Startups, and Incubators


  • Accelerate Westchester to provide entrepreneurs with events and opportunities to learn, connect, share, and take part in Westchester’s entrepreneurial ecosystem

  • At a press conference today announcing the addition of six new early-stage companies to its BLUEPRINT Accelerator Network, the WCA’S BLUEPRINT for Westchester also announced the formation of a new networking group for its BLUEPRINT Accelerator companies, startups, and entrepreneurs who want to meet like-minded innovators. “Accelerate Westchester: Meetup. Startup.,” will offer opportunities to share tips, address startup challenges, and attend forums where entrepreneurs can bounce ideas off industry experts.

    David Crane, CEO, Mobile Health One, is slated as a speaker at the first Accelerate Westchester meetup on April 2.

    Accelerate Westchester also builds upon the WCA’s long history of serving as an advocate for the business community, said Marissa Brett, executive director of the BLUEPRINT for Westchester, the WCA’s aggressive economic development initiative, driven entirely by the private sector.

    “Westchester’s growing entrepreneurial economy has the potential to change our local economy, but they need support,” Brett said. “Today’s entrepreneurs must be equipped with knowledge, skills, and networking to succeed and scale their businesses—and the WCA wants to help provide those opportunities,” she added.

    “Ultimately, our goal is economic development and job creation. The BLUEPRINT Accelerator Network and Accelerate Westchester help businesses begin and remain in Westchester as they grow.”

    The first event for Accelerate Westchester: Meetup. Startup. is scheduled for Wednesday, April 2, 2014, at 5:30 p.m., in the Executive Dining Room at 1133 Westchester Avenue in White Plains. Slated to speak is David Crane, CEO of Mobile Health One, a new member of the BLUEPRINT Accelerator Network, who will give a short talk titled “On My Sixth Startup: Confessions of a Serial Entrepreneur.” WCA representatives will be on hand to share information on the Accelerator program’s resources to help companies grow. Registration for the event is $15 and available at www.westchester.org.

    About The Blueprint for Westchester

    The Blueprint for Westchester is the Westchester County Association’s aggressive campaign to revitalize Westchester’s economy in collaboration with the county’s real estate, business, and academic sectors, and strong participation from Westchester’s six cities and County government. This multi-million dollar, multi-year initiative has been organized and driven by the private sector. Westchester is home to a highly educated workforce, a multi-billion dollar healthcare system, and internationally renowned cultural and recreational offerings. And with magnificent parks and preserves, excellent schools, beautiful communities, and highly touted restaurants and retail establishments, Westchester cannot be beat in terms of our lifestyle.

    About the Westchester County Association

    The Westchester County Association (www.westchester.org) is the preeminent business leadership organization serving Westchester County. The Association is committed to business advocacy, economic vitality and to providing a strong and clear voice for the interests of businesses on the regional, national and international levels. Its key objectives are promoting positive economic development in the region; fostering business development; and providing its members with access and interaction with key public and private sector individuals, agencies and organizations.

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