Cornell University and the New York City Economic Development Corporation hosted a career fair Friday as part of the city’s ongoing“Tech Talent Draft” initiative, which seeks to give students career advice and exposure to NYC’s tech startup community.
The event, which featured representatives from more than a dozen tech startup companies, is the result of collaboration between student organizers and the EDC, according to event planners.
Jesse McElwain ’13, one of the event’s organizers, said that after helping organize the University’s Startup Career Fair last semester, he thought it would be productive to have a career fair designed for startup companies being supported by the NYCEDC.
“The EDC wanted to come up, but there was no one entrepreneurial career service office to provide the required resources,” McElwain said. “Having students help out with the event is how it was able to succeed.”
Mark Savage, director of Career Services for the College of Engineering, said he contacted about 6,000 Cornell students via email to inform them about the event.
“We wanted to bring a representative group of students here and I think it’s going pretty well,” Savage said. “Students who come here are really looking for a niche in the startup community, and not necessarily a Fortune 500 company.”