October 14-15th, 2016 | New York City

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Start @ a Startup Conference 

In partnership with Sequoia Capital, Business Today’s Start @ a Startup Conference connects the brightest college students with startups from across the country for a weekend of educational and recruiting events. The Start @ a Startup Conference, now in its fifth iteration, will take place in New York City on October 14-15th.

2016 Keynote Speakers

Max Levchin

Founder and CEO @ Affirm.

Marco Zappacosta

Founder @ Thumbtack.

Vladimir Tenev

Founder @ Robinhood.

Raylene Yung

Head of Product Engineering @ Stripe.

Tyler Droll

Founder @ Yik Yak.

2016 Panelists

Justin Rosenstein

Co-Founder @ Asana.

Pete Morelli

VPE @ Lyft.

Teresa Dietrich

CTO @ Namely.

John Thimsen

VPE @ Qualtrics.


of the world's most innovative startups.

Be Inspired


Conversation Groups: A startup leader and 10-12 students converse in a setting that encourages lively group discussion and idea sharing.


Keynotes: Startup leaders give keynote addresses on the most important and relevant topics of the industry.


Networking: Attendees meet the top students and start up leaders in the country.

Steps to Start @ a Startup

Make your Start


Student resumes are shared with all attending startups.


Attendees interview with startups on-site and make their Start @ a Startup.


Students engage with startups tackling a diverse range of challenges and find a new passion.


How much does the conference cost?

It’s free! All hotel, food, and miscellaneous costs are completely covered, and we reimburse travel expenses up to $100 per student.

Am I eligible to apply?

The application is open to all undergraduate students with an interest in startups. A background in engineering, computer science, or business development is recommended.

When should I apply?

Apply now! The final application deadline is September 7th.

When will I receive a decision regarding my application?

All application decisions will be sent out around September 14th. Please check your spam folder to ensure that you do not miss an email from our team.

This Year’s Participating Startups 

More to Come! 

Presented By

Business Today

Founded in 1968 by three Princeton undergraduates as 501(c)3 student-run non-profit, Business Today creates a meaningful dialogue between student and business leaders from across the globe while prioritizing equal access and opportunity. After 46 years, over 100 magazines, and more than 50 conferences, Business Today continues to be at the forefront of student-executive engagement.

Sequoia Capital

Sequoia Capital helps founders turn imaginative ideas into enduring companies. As the “Entrepreneurs Behind the Entrepreneurs,” the Sequoia team has worked closely with legendary founders such as Steve Jobs of Apple, Len Bosack and Sandy Lerner of Cisco, Sergey Brin and Larry Page of Google, Steve Chen and Chad Hurley of YouTube, and Reid Hoffman and Jeff Weiner of LinkedIn. Sequoia is now helping the next generation of innovators build the lasting companies of tomorrow.

Past Attendees 

"I got to meet and interview with five startups

in one day, all of which were a great match for my interests and skills. A traditional career fair can never provide the same level of personalized interaction. Drew Houston, for instance, sat behind a small group of us attending a Dropbox information session and answered questions intermittently. Hearing him and other prominent founders talk about their approach to scaling a business idea was invaluable.”

– Rishabh Kabra’14, MIT

"The conference gave me a personal connection

to several startups, leading first to an internship then a full-time job. After attending both conferences, I can confidently say it is the event most responsible for where I am today.”

– Benjamin Vishny’14 Brown University

Contact Us

Questions or comments? Reach out to the Start @ a Startup Conference team at startup@businesstoday.org