With three recent events, the regional incubators are working on getting restarted with one of the key functions: Networking.
Networking is especially important to entrepreneurs because they are able to find help, advice, and allies on their journey. When everything shut down for covid, this is one thing that didn't really find an online replacement.
Rev:Ithaca Startup Works got things going with an event at South Hill Cider:
IncubatorWorks was next with a well attended event that took advantage of their unique outdoor space:
Rev:Ithaca Startup Works then invited folks in for the celebration of the success of the Prototyping Hardware Accelerator and ClimateTech Prototyping Hardware Accelerator teams summer programs:
In-person networking is so meaningful and effective. There are folks working on figuring out how to take it online, and one day someone will likely figure it out, but for now, there's really no meaningful substitute.