TROY, NY –  The Sage Colleges is pleased to partner with In Focus Brands to host Startup Weekend Troy. The event will take place Friday, November 4, 2016 through Sunday, November 6, 2016 at Bush Memorial Center on the Russell Sage College campus in Troy.

Startup Weekend is a collaborative and intense 54-hour event which focuses on innovation and the formation of credible businesses over the course of a weekend. It brings together individuals with different skillsets to formulate and present successful ventures to launch.  Representatives from the manufacturing, information technology, medical, finance, media and software industries are among those who will be present.

The organizational team includes Dr. Kimberly Fredericks, Dean of the School of Management at The Sage Colleges and Robert Manasier, a serial entrepreneur and investor who currently serves as CEO of In Focus Brands, COO of Autonomy Distributors, and President of IFP Films.

“This event is a catalyst for innovative entrepreneurs and students,” explained Fredericks. “Sage is proud to host such a unique forum that will help to connect students and individuals from the business community with industry coaches and mentors and lay the groundwork to turn their visions and ideas into reality. It is a valuable opportunity for them to share resources and to create something substantial and sustainable.”

“We have added new services and experiences to the weekend that will enhance the learning and networking opportunities for all involved,” said Manasier. “In addition to a performance by a startup musician, we have partnered with the Troy Innovation Garage for a networking dinner, our television firm for viral videos and our recent launch partners for hiring opportunities. We always view the weekend as a comprehensive economic development starter and introductory collaboration point for the area and enjoy meeting and working with new contacts and old friends. I love the effort and excitement of a weekend of forming ideas into go-to-market action plans.”

Startup Weekends are designed to provide superior experiential education for technical and non-technical entrepreneurs. Beginning with Friday night pitches and continuing through brainstorming, business plan development, and basic prototype creation, Startup Weekends culminate in Sunday night demos and presentations. Participants create working startups during the event and are able to collaborate with like-minded individuals outside of their daily networks. The weekend is centered around action, innovation, and education.

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Media Contact:
Deanna Cohen, director of external relations, The Sage Colleges,
(518) 244-4593 (O), (518) 598-4927 (C), email: [email protected]


Interdisciplinary academics, combining the professions and the liberal arts, community engagement, international exposure, and artistic and athletic endeavors are among the pillars of the educational experience at The Sage Colleges. Sage enrolls more than 3,000 students in bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral programs at the undergraduate Russell Sage College for women in Troy, N.Y.; the coeducational undergraduate Sage College of Albany in Albany, N.Y.; and the graduate-level Esteves School of Education, School of Health Sciences and School of Management, with programs on both campuses; adult education through the School of Professional and Continuing Education and via the Internet through Russell Sage Online. The Sage Colleges, founded in 1916, is celebrating its Centennial. For a complete listing of Centennial events visit us at