The collaboration between the various institutions happens on four levels: networking events, curricular course development, competitions and research.

Formal and In-Formal Networking

     Bringing students from different colleges and universities together to network and learn the foundation of entrepreneurial and innovative thinking.

Throughout the 2014-15 academic year, students from many Capital Region institutions participated in formal instruction and mentoring events where they shared ideas and formed interdisciplinary teams. They key student startup project of A518 was the 2014 Startup Series, a weekend workshop series teaching student’s about the different aspects of entrepreneurship.

A518 also supported other formal and informal networking events including the Albany Center for Entrepreneurship, Foundry (at RPI), Startup Tech Valley, and Startup Weekend.


The Student Startup Series helped students create companies to compete in a wide variety of competitions.

NYS Business Plan Competition[1]
    The New York State Business Plan Competition is an annual event that promotes student entrepreneurship across all New York Regions.  Participating teams advance from regional competitions held throughout New York to compete at the state level.  This competition is held at the State University of New York Polytechnic Institute. This competition is an example of both regional and state-wide collaboration.


VentureWell Grant for “Fostering Interdisciplinary Collaborations for Innovation and Entrepreneurship”, M. Cusack, J. Kuruzovich, B. Swersey

NY EXCEL – Cathy Hill and Skidmore