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EntreTech NYC

What is EntreTech NYC?

EntreTech NYC is the exclusive week-long intensive opportunity for students to get their feet inside the top startups and technology companies in New York City, and to dive deep into culture of the city. It is also a full-circle opportunity for current students to meet distinguished alumni who live and work in the city.  This program is open to students from all majors, all schools and colleges, and all degree programs.

Potential visits include: Google NYC, FourSquare, Gilt Groupe, Kickstarter, CrowdTwist, Night Agency, Brand Yourself, HuffPost Live, Arkadium, and more!

Travel dates for Entretech NYC: January 5-10, 2020.

What Does A Typical Day on EntreTech NYC Look Like?

  • 7:00 - 9:00 a.m. - Wake up and eat breakfast at hotel with Syracuse University alumni
  • 9:30 - 11:00 a.m. - Visit Company 1
  • 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. - Visit Company 2
  • 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. - Lunch and visit Company 3
  • 3:00 - 3:30 p.m. - Coffee break
  • 3:45 - 5:00 p.m. - Visit Company 4
  • 5:30 - 7:00 p.m. - Interactive activity that may include snacks with Company 5
  • 7:30 - 9:00 p.m. - Dinner and nighttime cultural element
  • 9:30 - 10:30 p.m. - Debrief at the hotel

Why is EntreTech NYC Important?

For students to:

  • Learn what you want in employment
  • Distinguish what you like in a city
  • Learn what recruiters are looking for
  • Connect within a company
  • Deepen connection to Syracuse University through alumni networking

For alumni to:

  • Show off where you work
  • Pay it forward to students who were once in your shoes
  • Meet potential interns and hires
  • Establish relationships within the University after graduating
  • Have a source for focus group studies within your company

For sponsors to:

  • Create a groundbreaking learning style for Syracuse University
  • Foster the connections between alumni and students
  • Pique the interest of alumni in other cities to participate in an immersion program
  • Spread the Orange influence everywhere
  • Influence a current student’s trajectory toward their future careers

What Students Say About EntreTech NYC

"EntreTech has been insane, and I would recommend it to anyone and everyone. Here are a few things to know going in: Keep an open mind. Regardless of the company's focus, go in ready to listen. Lessons are everywhere. People want to talk to you." - Bobbi Whitney, Information Management and Technology '21
"Throughout our EntreTech visits, I was surprised to see just how many of these industries connect in almost every department of a company. I was happy to hear that my communications degree will be beneficial no matter what industry I go into, because successfully and efficiently communicating with employees and clients is an incredibly important part of any job."  -Melissa Cubit, Public Relations '18
"We're all here for very similar purposes and empower one another. So don’t limit yourself! Use these people to help guide you in the entrepreneurial New York City ecosystem." - Jojo Herrera, Illustration '19
"Throughout the trip I’ve taken notes about the different strategies and actions these entrepreneurs have used, and plan to do in-depth research into areas I am interested in. With my new perspective, I will also look to get involved in the campus startup community." - Matt Deeb, Information Management and Technology & Entrepreneurship and Emerging Enterprises '18

EntreTech NYC Course Description

This trip must be taken as a credit­-bearing course (3 credits) for the Fall 2019 semester.

The IDS 460/660 course involves travel and significant dedication. In addition to the approximate 100 contact hours during the trip itself, there are several mandatory pre-meetings, one required local company contact session, several writing assignments and a final presentation required.includes several pre-trip classes, meetings during the trip, and post-trip presentations and reports.

Students are required to study the subject ecosystem and its companies prior to the trip, need to record their observations during the trip, and provide a reflection piece upon their return. Students are required to synthesize their observations by reporting back best practices to a local Syracuse firm.

This course involves travel and significant dedication. In addition to the approximate 100 contact hours during the trip itself, there are several mandatory pre-meetings, one required local company contact session, several writing assignments and a final presentation required.

Program Fee

The program fee is $250 per student.  Thanks to the Rob Harris '77 G'79 Fund for Student Immersion Experiences, the original fee of $750 per student is offset by a $500 scholarship to all accepted applicants.

The $250 fee covers meals, lodging, and transportation for the duration of the trip. Harris believes that all students should have the ability to attend iSchool immersion programs, regardless of ability to pay.

Admissions Information

EntreTech NYC is a competitive program with limited space.

To be considered for admission, you should have, at the time of application:

  • A cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.00 on a 4.00 scale.
  • An advising transcript (unofficial is fine)
  • An up-to-date resume
  • An Experiential Learning statement of 500 words or less, describing how attending an immersion trip would benefit your personal and professional journey.
  • A short video describing what you envision as the ideal company or organization to visit on this trip.

These details are all contained in the application.

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