Technology and Entrepreneurship Week A Huge Success for New Jersey

 Bootcamp photoApril 22 through 26, 2013 was proclaimed Technology and Entrepreneurship Week in New Jersey by Governor Chris Christie. During the first annual NJ Tech & Entrepreneur Week, The Technology & Entrepreneurship Talent Network, The New Jersey Technology Council (NJTC), and the NJ Department of Labor and Workforce Development hosted a series of successful events that created awareness for the many employment and business growth opportunities in the NJ technology sector. The response was phenomenal; the events garnered over 500 business, academic and government leaders as well as entrepreneurs, students, thought leaders and volunteers.

 It’s no secret that New Jersey is a hub for technology companies and career opportunities. In fact, according to U.S. Census Bureau 2010 American Community Survey, New Jersey’s technology cluster accounted for 312,000 jobs or 10 percent of private sector employment statewide in 2011, and many of the state’s start-up companies are tied to that industry. As technology based industries and occupations continue to evolve, New Jersey will remain in a strong, competitive position on the global market. The growth of that entire industry cluster is supported by the state’s highly educated workforce, which includes nearly 240,000 New Jersey residents in science, technology, engineering and mathematics occupations.

NJ Tech & Entrepreneur Week provided professionals with insight into the current market and allowed them to connect and network with industry leaders and peers. Each day included an event that highlighted NJ’s technology sector. On April 22nd, the How to Make New Jersey a High Tech Hub, hosted by RowanUniversity attracted over 100 business, academic and government leaders. Dr. Aaron Fichtner, Deputy Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development, Dr. Ali Houshmand, President, Rowan University, Doug Schoenberger, Vice President, Public Policy, Verizon and more joined together to discuss the technology and infrastructure needs required to further position New Jersey as a high tech destination.

On April 23rd, the entrepreneur bootcamp, presented by the NJTC and Rutgers University, included over 100 attendees including entrepreneurs, graduate students, meet up representatives, co-worker space representatives, accelerator representatives and incubator representatives. This powerhouse event was an intense conference of speakers and discussions for pre-seed and early stage entrepreneurs. The event included a wide range of speakers such as Richard Mammone, Executive Director, Rutgers Office of Technology Commercialization, James C. Bourke, Partner, WithumSmith+Brown, Brian Donohue, Co-Founder & Lead Developer, Echolocation, Michael Wiley, Senior Venture Officer, Technology & Life Sciences Division, NJEDA, Maxine Ballen, President & CEO, NJTC, and more.

Meanwhile, on April 24 th  , the Share the Vision: New Jersey Technology Council Tech & Science Showcase included discussions, panel presentations and exhibits that focused on the latest trends and innovative technologies driving the  growth and development of technology in the Northern New Jersey region. Then, on April 25th the People 2 Business event, created by NJIT, linked 40 middle-to-top executive level industry professionals

Finally, on April 26th , the Bridging the Gap Interview Skills Workshop included 24 professionals and eight business interviewer volunteers. This workshop was designed for job seekers interested in obtaining a position in technology and addressed practical job search strategy and interview practice with hiring managers and executives.

 Maxine Ballen, CEO, NJTC said “Technology and Entrepreneurship Week was a huge success. We were able to demonstrate that the region’s ecosystem is supported by a highly educated workforce and a committed public sector. The events this week highlighted many of the strengths New Jersey has to offer the aspiring entrepreneur”.

For more information please visit: www.njtc.org or contact Lmennitt@njtc.org

The mission of the Technology & Entrepreneurship Talent Network is to create an infrastructure and support network that provides training for individuals seeking a career in the following technology sectors: IT/Software, Communications, Life Sciences, Electronics/Advanced Manufacturing, Energy/Environment, and for individuals seeking to start and/or grow a business in New Jersey.

 About the New Jersey Technology Council

The New Jersey Technology Council (NJTC) provides business support, networking opportunities, information, advocacy, and recognition of technology companies and their leaders. Founded in 1996, NJTC’s member companies work together to support their own enterprises while advancing New Jersey’s status as a leading technology center in the United States.

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