We start with a great introduction into the NYC business world for innovative and creative companies by Carlton Vann, Director International Business at the Mayors Office for International Affairs, highlighting the sector’s growth potential and the initiatives made by the City to promote innovation and entrepreneurship. Dr. Oliver Schnakenberg of the German Consulate talks about the new opportunities for technology-oriented businesses from Germany through the support of accelerators like the one in Silicon Valley, before Dr. Joann Halpern, Director German Center for Research & Innovation, presents the range of services offered by the Center to newcomers in NYC. Sri Swaminathan, Vice President International Business of NYCEDC – New York City Economic Development details the practical and financial support possibilities by the Economic Development program. Honestly, he doesn’t need to say much about why New York – we are already quite convinced! Specifically for our film industries delegates, David Moy, Supervisor of Field Operations in the Mayor’s Office of Film, Theatre and Broadcasting, makes a great presentation about the Made In NY services and campaign. “Digital Germans” who made it in New York are also there and share their experiences, do’s and don’ts that give us a very pragmatical approach.
After a short but very exclusive tour of City Hall giving us a glimpse of Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s office between historical and Open City rooms, we cross the town to hear visionary insights by R/GA Chief Growth Officer Barry Wacksman, one of the most influential technology oriented communication agency in the States and worldwide. Our advertising delegates gets loads of inspiration there. A highlight, for sure, of our delegation program. In the afternoon, we are delighted to hear we are the very first visitors ever of the new Made in NY IFP Media Center! Mitch Micich of the Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP) shares the vision of the IFP and the Media Center opening next October. For sure, I will be there at the grand opening and want to see the progress of the construction site to a superlative film and multimedia technology center!
Some of us bravour the rain – they told us afterwards we missed something – to follow my recommendation and go back to Manhattan with the ferry. We all meet up at AlleyNYC for the NYTech International MeetUp co-founded by Arthur Bierer. I am honoured to chair the panel “How I made it in NYC / How to make it in Berlin”, hosting Steffen Brünn (Yachtico), Thomas Janze (Blackcam 4D), Adam Lewis (Apploi) and VC Allessandro Piol (Vedanta) and ask them why they chose the US and especially NY (as opposed to the Bay area/Silicon Valley) above any other market. We discuss about the differences in the start-up eco systems of UK, Italy, Germany and the US regions Valleys and Alleys, before exploring how they respectively made it in Berlin and New York. Selling points and pitfalls of both Cities for start-ups or internationalising businesses are preparing our delegates for the challenges they have to expect by expanding to NYC.
Thanks to our sponsor Audio Network we get really cool music by cool DJs and it makes this evening outrageously successful!