November 11, 2009 14:30 ET

Top NY Non-Profits Come Together for First Time to Bolster Impact of Non-Profit Resources Throughout State

NYEW Gets Siloed Non-Profits Collaborating on How to Better Serve the Underserved

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - November 11, 2009) - New York Entrepreneur Week (NYEW), the state's largest aggregator of entrepreneurial events, today announced the introduction of a large-scale non-profit focus. The week-long series of events being held from November 16th-20th, 2009 will directly incorporate 11 of the most prestigious non-profits, including: Astia, Endeavor, Entrepreneurs' Organization, FEED Project, Thypin Oltchick Institute, MIT Enterprise Forum, Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship, New York Academy of Sciences, SweatEquity Enterprises, Robin Hood and Workshop in Business Opportunities.

Because most non-profits throughout New York are siloed and lack extensive communication with one another, the necessary resources to facilitate a healthy ecosystem and provide assistance to the underserved may not be leveraged to maximum potential. New York Entrepreneur Week has created a framework to help support all non-profits in uniting to deliver mission critical resources to those who need it most.

"New York Entrepreneur Week is addressing many of the fundamental challenges currently faced here in New York's entrepreneurial ecosystem," said Steve Mariotti, Founder of the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship. "Furthermore, NYEW is fostering invaluable collaboration between non-profit organizations who otherwise wouldn't have thought to stand up and come together for the social good of entrepreneurship here in the state."

New York Entrepreneur Week provides a change for non-profits to send their message directly to those they serve as well as potential donors. The participating non-profits help individuals in a variety of ways as follows:

-- Astia -- committed to building women leaders and accelerating the funding and growth of high potential, high-growth, women-led companies

-- Endeavor -- supports high-impact entrepreneurs who have the potential to create thriving economies and inspire countless others

-- Entrepreneurs' Organization -- most influential group of Entrepreneurs in NY State with $1m or more in revenue

-- FEED Project -- creates quality products that help FEED the world

-- Thypin Oltchick Institute for Women's Entrepreneurship at FEGS -- recommends professional resources to women of all ages who want to become entrepreneurs and small business owners

-- MIT Enterprise Forum -- platform for entrepreneurial networking, inspiration and education

-- Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) -- leading provider of entrepreneurship education programs to young people from low-income communities

-- New York Academy of Sciences -- to advance scientific knowledge, to help resolve the major global challenges facing society with science-based solutions, and to increase the number of scientifically informed individuals

-- SweatEquity Enterprises -- designs groundbreaking collaborations between youth and industry -- an innovation lab for companies, and an unbelievable learning opportunity for teens

-- Robin Hood -- targets poverty in NYC by finding and funding the best and most effective programs

-- Workshop in Business Opportunities (WIBO) -- committed to enabling under-served men and women with small businesses and/or the drive to become successful entrepreneurs

"All too often, non-profits are afraid to work together. They see one another through just one lens -- as competition for funding and resources," said Gary Whitehill, Founder of New York Entrepreneur Week. "New York Entrepreneur Week is about standing up and coming together; because when everyone works together, we all win in the long term."

To become a part of NYEW and to learn more, visit or contact Jessica Fletcher at

About New York Entrepreneur Week

NYEW is a 501c(3) non-profit organization founded by 26-year-old serial entrepreneur Gary Whitehill. NYEW is the first of its kind and largest aggregator of entrepreneurial events in New York State. NYEW provides a framework and the catalyst for conquering New York's economic challenges by aggregating New York's most important disparate entrepreneurial stakeholders so that founders, angel investors, venture capital firms and New York's top connectors can learn, grow, network and leverage opportunities to do what they do best: drive economic change in exponential ways. Taking place throughout the week are over 350 events across the state from November 16-20th, 2009. NYEW consists of five days of innovative and hyper-targeted events, including: inspiring keynote speeches from recognized business leaders, riveting panels delivering relevant mission-critical advice, third party events and the flagship RELENTLESS business plan competition. The week unites the state's diverse entrepreneurial community and will provide an educational experience for all entrepreneurs -- from enterprising young idea-stage innovators to hundred million dollar revenue generators. For more information, visit

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