The Hudson Valley of Opportunities
From Tech Startups to Agriculture
You’ve found your dream home. You love the Hudson Valley. That startup business plan you’ve had in the back of your mind for years is now in the forefront of your life, providing for your needs. Now comes the scary part: Can you make it work? Are you alone in the valley blazing your startup trail or are there neighbors nearby who have blazed similar trails, willing to direct you away from dangerous terrain and up to majestic vistas?
New tech and agricultural startups in the Hudson Valley are creating fertile soil for more businesses to crop up. Connections with existing businesses around the state and New York City commerce are common elements in the success of the latest startups. Here are a few ideas on how to get past the ‘scary part’ and have some fun.
Meeting Other Entrepreneurs
Hudson Valley Tech MeetUp
Hudson Valley Tech Meetup is a monthly gathering of creatives, engineers, entrepreneurs, educators, students, and genuine lovers of technology who share their passion for all things tech in the Hudson Valley of New York State. With 2.5K members, the meeting spot alternates each month across the Hudson River. Right now their two main locations are Kingston and Poughkeepsie with plans to expand to additional locations up and down the river.
If you’re just testing out the waters, why not make it a retreat? The next Catskill Conference in Olivebridge, NY brings together Technologists and Creators in a relaxed environment of talks, presentations, demonstrations, Q&A sessions and activities that promise to energize and motivate all in attendance.
Mull over your business plans at the event and be inspired by the fall foliage at the Catskill Conference from Friday, October 19, 2018, 4:00 PM to Sunday, October 21, 2018, 4:00 PM at the Ashokan Center in Olivebridge, NY.
Are you traveling from NYC? Included in the price of your event ticket is bus transportation from NYC to Ashokan on Friday (leaving NYC at 12pm) and back down on Sunday (back in NYC by 5pm).
Co-working has hit the Hudson Valley, and brings not only a functional place to work but also an opportunity to meet and network with other like-minded local entrepreneurs. In the community of a shared workspace with the backdrop of the Hudson Valley landscape, you can keep your work in the city and your mind, body and inspiration in the valley.
CO is a trendy, new workspace for entrepreneurs, small business owners, freelancers and remote workers. Although a cooperatively-owned and operated co-working center, you don’t have to be a member to rent a space.
Kingston: Senate Garage
Centrally located in the historic Stockage District, the space offers all the amenities of a city WeWork, combined with large scale event facilities, and modern flair.
Help with Funding
Hudson Valley Startup Fund
This fund provides seed funding, mentorship, and connections for local entrepreneurs, while delivering investment returns to its members.
Provides funding for a growing number of local companies that show high growth potential.
Collaborates with local academic institutions, economic development groups, and other organizations, providing access to additional capital and resources for companies to grow.
Strengthens the startup ecosystem beyond investment with mentorship to promote the Hudson Valley entrepreneurial community.
Hudson: Hudson Valley AgriBusiness Development Corporation (HVADC)
From analysis and start-up assistance for new ventures and enterprises, to market expansion and improved distribution networks for existing agricultural businesses, HVADC has expertise and resources to assist you.
Kingston: The Farm Bridge
Are you a farmer, food entrepreneur, food service director, or owner of a store looking for a private label? Do you have customers and retailers waiting for your new, exciting product?
The Farm Bridge works with you as a co-packer: They make your product while you grow your business. Whether your product is on the verge of, or already in production, the Farm Bridge has the experience and local connections to get your product made and ready for market.
The Farm Bridge works with over 50 regional farms to offer top quality farm-identified frozen, IQF (Individual Quick Freezing) and shelf-stable produce in bulk cases for institutions in the Northeast and retail packs for delivery services and CSAs (Community Supported Agriculture).
From technology to agriculture, dreamers have turned startups into successful businesses in the Hudson Valley.