• Q&A with Kelly Reardon-Sleicher, Co-Founder of Startup Tech Valley

    Startup Tech Valley is an event that is joined by 200 people each month in providing, “a common ground to engage and inspire entrepreneurial activity and discussions in our community and beyond. A fantastic series of events for individuals interested in entrepreneurship to learn from experienced entrepreneurs, launch a new venture to the public, and demo/pitch new products for feedback (and potential initial customers and investors). The program is sponsored by the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Paul J. ’69 and Kathleen M. Severino Center for Technological Entrepreneurship and other local community partners.”


    1. What is essential from event space management to help you have a successful event?

    Politeness, the ability to listen to my needs, take direction on the day of the event, and good email follow thru to requests.


    1. What industry trends do you predict will have a big impact on events and conferences?

    COVID-19 isn't an industry trend but it sure will have an impact on in-person events moving forward. A front runner in the area of technology which connects people live in a networking atmosphere should eventually get a foothold. Audience participation and engagement tools will continue to evolve. AV quality should improve also.


    1. Do you already lean towards technology to make a successful event or would you be inclined to try more technology if you haven’t had an opportunity yet?

    I use the basics and am not usually an early adopter but will eventually start using new tech as it arises.


    1. In your opinion, what do you see the best exhibitors at an event do to engage attendees?

    Being personable helps. Drawing participants' attention with color, movement and sound. Showing something new helps too.


    1. What tips do you have for first time event organizers to successfully run an event?

    Overbudget and expect hiccups that no one but you will notice.


    1. In your opinion, what creates a great event and earns rave reviews from attendees?

    It depends on the event, but food, technology, attendees present, room temperature and lighting.


    For more information on Startup Tech Valley please visit this link: http://startuptechvalley.org/


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