ifridge Village: New York

Our second annual ifridge Village: New York came together wonderfully.  From September 11-13, 2013, we worked with an impressive group of European entrepreneurs to help them break into the American market.  The exciting agenda included:

  • Incorporating 101 & Finances: We asked Reinhard Augustin about Inc. vs. LLC? How does the money thing work here? Taxes?  
  • Raising Capital and Pitch Training: Prominent Venture Capitalists provided insiders’ guides to raising capital.
  • Strategy and Positioning in a New Environment: Daniel Kraft and Stefanie Lightman led strategy, positioning, and sales workshops.
  • Getting Down to Business: Markus von Aschoff will held a discussion on going from product to market, and Jens Haack provided the nitty gritty on what you need to do to prepare for an expansion.
  • Benefits and Culture of NYC: Carlton Vann, the Director of the Division for International Business of the Mayor's Office, spoke about the city's best initiatives and programs.
  • Biting Into the Big Apple: Our visitors befriended other Entrepreneurs who have found success in NYC.


A highlight of the event was the German Innovation Showcase, where our visitors got to pitch to, and receive feedback from, a panel of prominent Venture Capital Investors and startup experts, which included, Lucas Nelson of Gotham Ventures, David Teten of ff Venture Capital and Harvard Business School Alumni Angels of Greater New York, Brian Frumberg of VentureOutNY, and Stefanie Lightman of ifridge & Company. 

As a co-host, the German Center for Research and Innovation arranged for this event to be held at the beautiful auditorium at the German Consulate. In addition to the pitching sessions, we enjoyed networking over wine and hors d'oeuvres. The crowd was filled with entrepreneurs, angel investors, and industry experts

We'll certainly be holding ifridge Village: New York again next year, so get in touch if you'd like to get involved next time!


Blogs about this event:

A Win for All

Event Posted 24 Oct 2013 by Jesse Waxman

So many days of hosting foreign entrepreneurs in NYC recently; we’re getting good at helping companies break into the Big Apple! Just last week, we wrapped up our second “Germany to NYC” event, a Delegation from Hamburg, organized by Senator Frank Horch. But before that was the …

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So Who's at ifridge Village: New York?

Event Posted 29 Aug 2013 by Daniel Kraft

Just two more weeks and ifridge Village: New York will be upon us. It’s the opportunity to stop whining and get up on stage to show the world that you're ready to rock. Our funders will take the stage at the German House to share why they deserve your attention, respect and funding t…

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Take a Moment to Remember

Event Posted 15 Aug 2013 by Jesse Waxman

With ifridge Village: New York now just a month away, the excitement has really become tangible.  This “Germany to NYC” event has a jam-packed agenda that will be even more productive and educational than last year’s.  However, there had been one thing on the agenda that everyo…

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Pitching Your Business, Product, and Self in Under 5 Minutes

Operations Posted 13 May 2013 by Jesse Waxman

Building a well rounded presentation that clarifies who you are, what you do, where you stand, and where you’re going all within 5 minutes can feel like an impossible undertaking. But when speaking concisely and in a structured fashion, while anticipating and addressing any questions…

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A Game Changing Event

Event Posted 30 May 2013 by Markus von Aschoff

Every year, we invite entrepreneurs to come over and experience The Big Apple. And we do anything to it make a great event. So last year, for example, we had investors, successful entrepreneurs and subject matter experts sharing their stories about why The Big Apple is the best place …

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Guiding our Friends Through the Darkness

Event Posted 23 Aug 2012 by Jesse Waxman

I’m sure that mostly everyone in our community has been made aware of the Germany to NYC event ifridge is hosting from October 10th to 12th.   We’ll be bringing a group of German entrepreneurs to New York City to help them make the decision of whether or not they&rsquo…

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Making it in the Big Apple

Event Posted 4 Oct 2012 by Stefanie Lightman

Next week we are hosting our annual Germany to NYC event. For two days we will have a handful of successful German entrepreneurs join us in New York for an intensive workshop, networking and some good old New York adventure. I love having the chance to talk to entrepreneurs from diffe…

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Productivity Can't Always be Scheduled

Event Posted 18 Oct 2012 by Jesse Waxman

I have no doubt that most of you are aware by now of the wonderful time we all had at ifridge Village: New York last week.  Over the span of 3 days, we introduced a group of visiting German entrepreneurs to NYC and the local business environment. We set up conversations with lawyers…

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Daniel Introducing the Presenters

ifridge Team with the Director of the GCRI

Audience at our German Innovation Showcase

Networking and cocktails at the GIS

A break for Burgers at the Palm