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IgniteU NY Hosts Business Acceleration Competition

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The IgniteU NY 2021 Summer Accelerator Cohort. Photo provided. The IgniteU NY 2021 Summer Accelerator Cohort. Photo provided.

TROY – IgniteU NY invites the community for an evening of pitches and networking. 

The 2021 Startup Showcase, presented by IgniteU NY will occur Thursday, Aug. 5 at The Hollow Bar + Kitchen in Albany, NY. The pitch-style event starts at 5:30 p.m. EDT and is free and open to the public. 

The 2021 Startup Showcase is the conclusion to the eight-week, immersive Summer Accelerator program in which selected businesses learn to grow and scale their companies. This year’s Showcase will feature five Capital Region-based companies (“Summer Cohort”): 

The Berkshire Bubbly Beverage Group LLC, creators of Champé Handcrafted Berkshire Bubbly, the light and refreshing canned sparkling wine premium cocktail sourced from the Finger Lakes Region of New York State and crafted in the heart of the Berkshires. 

Digitally Grounded transforms service-based business websites and their digital marketing from bland and dated to creative and current for a more enhanced visitor experience. 

Eorbi is a live-streaming platform that allows users to connect and interact with their favorite actors, producers, directors, and other content creators in the film and TV industry. 

Sun Camoz, a healthy alternative to sunscreen that is environmentally friendly and economical. It is a lightweight fabric accessory that helps prevent wrinkles and sun damage on the neck and chest. 

Zanzibar Seamoss supplies 100% natural, wildcrafted, ocean growth, Purple & Gold Seamoss, referred to as a super food. This super food provides 92 of the 102 minerals your body requires every day.   

The startups will have five minutes to pitch to a panel of three judges – and an audience of potential customers, investors, entrepreneurs, and community connector – to compete for cash and in-kind prizes. 

Judges of the 2021 Summer Accelerator include Carmine DeCrescente III, Vice President of DeCrescente Distributing Company, Walter Thorne, Market President/Publisher of Albany Business Review, and Yumi Kageyama, Owner of Risen Taekwondo, LLC, Founder of EmpowerU Virtual Reality, and an IgniteU 2018 alumnus. 

The 2021 Startup Showcase is sponsored by Center for Economic Growth, Alaant, Troy Web Consulting, Relentless Awareness, Philips Lytle LLP, FuzeHub, Pioneer Bank, Community Loan Fund, and Michael Lanuto, Financial Advisor, CRPC, AWMA. 

The event will also be live-streamed through Facebook. To learn more and to register to attend in person, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2021-igniteu-startup-showcase-tickets-161675181821.  

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