The business industry has a rich history in the Capital Region and its success stories were on display Thursday at a first of its kind event. YNN's Jon Dougherty has more on the "Business Opportunities to Success Summit" in this week's edition of the Capital Region Business Beat.
TROY, N.Y. -- It was dubbed "speed dating" for successful business minds. Thursday, more than 80 local CEOs and business leaders who call the Capital Region home were under one roof in Troy.
The Business Opportunities to Success Summit (B.O.S.S.) was hosted by RPI and attracted all types of business minds from every direction.
"We have students, we have faculty researchers, we have young entrepreneurs and start-ups, we have CEOs from publicly traded companies, mid-level companies, fast-growing companies," said James Spencer, Rensselaer Technology Park Executive Director.
Each speaker had five minutes to talk about topics such as their companies, starting businesses and being successful.
B.O.S.S. was not just about the CEOs and business leaders. It also focused on young entrepreneurs looking for advice on how to get started in the business industry.
"Seeing that the people who started companies are coming back to help kids like me. That they think it's worth their time to come back here and share their experiences with us," said student Paul Koetke.
Colleen Costello could relate to the students in attendance. She was a student at RPI last year and graduated in 2012. Instead of the traditional "get a job" after graduation, she created her own company. She's now the CEO of Vital Vio, a surgical lighting company serving hospitals across New York State.
"I challenge anyone who has an idea to go out there and get your hands dirty and try to figure out a way to solve that problem," Costello said.
Organizers said not only does B.O.S.S. show off great business minds the region, the event could very well be where the next great idea comes from.
"We're here to learn," Spencer said. "Not only learn, but to make those connections that will lead to collaborations, which will hopefully lead to more companies being formed and more jobs being created for the region."
YNN was a media sponsor of the event.
Tune in Thursdays and Sundays for the Capital Region Business Beat where we'll introduce you to some of these successful people and their companies who call the Capital Region home.