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Announced: Winner of the First “Harlem Demo Day” Startup Pitch Event

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Gerrad Larriett of East Harlem has won the first ever Harlem Demo Day.  He will receive a prize package including more than $1,000 in seed capital, a year of free business checking, and more.

The event was hosted by Harlem Garage where it took place, Silicon Harlem, and Harlem Co-Working Group, with special guest Mike Street acting as the official emcee.

The event raised more than $1,000.00 through ticket sales, including a matching grant from crown sponsor Spring Bank. All proceeds will go directly to Mr. Larriett along with a free year of business checking from Spring Bank, three free months of co-working space from Harlem Garage, and a free two-week social media campaign from PR/Branding agency Pixel Prose Media.

Larriett’s business Gerrard Larriett Aromatherapy Petcare is a luxury-style “pet spa in a box” that offers fresh and soothing products for owners and their pets. His exclusive products are already available for purchase online through the company’s website and in stores in select cities across the country.

Said Larriett of his win: “I am so honored and humbled to win the first ever Harlem Demo Day! It was an amazing experience to fine-tune my elevator pitch as we expand our aromatherapy pet grooming product line.”

A diversity of local startups and entrepreneurs submitted applications to pitch their business ideas for the chance to present at Harlem Demo Day, a community crowd-funding series that aims to create a new model for investment in local entrepreneurship and economic prosperity by enabling to residents to participate in the growth of local businesses.

Out of the initial pool of applicants, four were chosen as finalists to present before an esteemed panel of judges that featured:·

  • Silicon Harlem Founder Bruce Lincoln;
  • General Assembly lecturer, CEO Coach & Investor McAdory Lipscomb, Jr.
  • Former Freelancers’ Union CIO and Co-founder/CEO of Nethermead Diallo Powell;
  • Entrepreneur and founder of Red Giraffe Advisors Sapna Shah;
  • Managing entrepreneurial officer at Cornell Tech Aaron Holiday;
  • Paliwoda Ventures Founder Ron Paliwoda.

The finalists which also included social media sharing app TeamSync, Mobile Dry Cleaning and Delivery App Door2Door, and Construction Management App TrackFlo were evaluated on such factors as innovation, scalability, execution, business model and others.

All of the presenters – and even some attendees received valuable feedback from judges on how to strengthen their pitches and make their businesses more viable.

“It was great to hear the incredibly helpful feedback from the judges and to witness the excitement of the finalists and attendees alike,” said Tasha Williams, founder/CEO of TTW Consulting and Co-Founder/Co-Organizer of Harlem Demo Day. “We are proud to have been able to highlight such amazing entrepreneurs and create visibility around Uptown’s growing startup community. Plans are currently underway for future events, and we look forward to continuing to support local entrepreneurship and economic growth in Upper Manhattan and the Bronx.”

Those who are interested in learning about future “Harlem Demo Day” events and others are invited to sign up at http://eepurl.com/F5oBz.

 

SAVOR THE SEASON~UPTOWN (EAST HARLEM)

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Save The Date! SAVOR THE SEASON~UPTOWN Thursday, September 18, 2014 at the Museum of the City of New York in East Harlem.  Here at the 3rd annual Gala you will sample some of the finest dishes from select restaurants in New York City to benefit Harvest Home’s new Educational Center and Market expansion project.

For more information on this Gala visit  www.savortheseasonnyc.org
Museum of the City of New York
1220 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY

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What’s your reaction to this map’s depiction of Harlem?

Judgmental Maps‘ released this cliche-laden NYC map which includes Harlem.

What’s your reaction?

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via Does This Map Of NYC Offend You?: Gothamist.

Celebrate Easter “Harlem Shake” Style

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On Easter Sunday, April 20th at 2:00pm, the “burger & milkshake joint” in the heart of Harlem will be partnering  with Susie Q, local celebrity fitness trainer and clothing designer, to offer guests an afternoon of line dancing, an Easter egg hunt, prizes and good food.

Harlem Shake has a full-day of celebrations planned: ·

2:30-3:30PM – Line dancing with Susie Q as the leader·

3:30-4:00PM – Easter egg hunt for children 12 and under with prizes!·

4:00PM – Best colored egg winner announcement.

Starting March 17th, each in-store purchase by a guest with a child will receive an egg coloring sheet. Children can color in their own creative design and drop it in a box to be entered into a contest for the best colored egg. One creative child will win a $50 gift card to Harlem Shake, and two runners up will win a $25 gift card. The restaurant will be serving two Easter themed milkshakes on Easter Sunday.

Try the Funny Bunny, a hazelnut chocolate shake with a chocolate Easter bunny hidden inside, or the Kool Peeps, a pistachio flavored shake topped with Peeps candy.

Signature items from the regular menu like specialty burgers, fries and shakes will also be available for purchase.