Last night at Roc Brewing we had the kickoff mixer for this year’s HTRLaunchPad. It combined a kind of speed dating opportunity for our team to get face to face with the software teams applying to the program. It also offered more interaction with prospective mentors (more on that soon), a brief presentation about TEN, The Entrepreneur’s Network, great beers and Marty’s Meats, a food truck entrepreneur who bravely sold us all kinds of delicious meaty goods out in the cold rain.
I spoke with around 17 teams. The other teachers and advisory board members, Mike R, Todd, Richard, Sasha and Alex also did the same so there was a lot of interaction. We estimate about
sixty eighty people showed up. The response to our request for applications has been overwhelming and getting face to face with many was a great experience. So much dynamism. For those of us who have been around this scene in Rochester for a long time, the consensus was that people and ideas are much more open and sophisticated these days. Quite an amazing evening!