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Celebrating 7 years of "2020 Startups" at NYC Mayor's Residence Gracie Mansion



Thank you for joining us at the Fireside chat at Gracie Mansion as we explored the entrepreneurial spirit of New York City, while examining how leaders navigate an ever-changing economy.

We concluded with a special reception, recognizing a group of NYC's diverse entrepreneurial leaders who are committed to shaping the future of NYC philanthropy, business, and the civic sector.


The 2023 NYC Innovation Night at Gracie Mansion

Special Benefit and Celebration.

This event is benefiting Gracie Mansion Conservancy. Gracie Mansion was built in 1799, this former country estate on the East River now serves as the official residence of the Mayor of New York City. The Gracie Mansion Conservancy is a private not-for-profit corporation established in 1981 to preserve, maintain and enhance Gracie Mansion - one of the oldest surviving wood structures in Manhattan and a member of The Historic House Trust.


The event also celebrated the 7th birthday of 2020 Startups, since launching the accelerator in April of 2016!



PROGRAM SCHEDULE Welcome Reception | 5:30PM - 6:15PM Check-in and enjoy a private Gracie Mansion Tour with cuisine prepared by Chef Andrea. Fireside chat with Matthew Fraser, NYC Chief Technology Officer | 6:30PM Moderated by Rhonda Binda, Executive Director of Gracie Mansion Conservancy Discover the entrepreneurial spirit and rich history of Gracie Mansion; where history meets the future. Special Recognition Reception | 7:15 PM-7:30 PM Recognizing a group of NYC's diverse entrepreneurial leaders who are committed to shaping the future of NYC philanthropy, business, and the civic sector. Moderated By: Mark Gold, Chair of Marketing Committee for Innovation Nights at Gracie Mansion Conservancy and Managing Director of 2020 Startups Featured Leaders:

Dan Morris Managing Partner at Mindracer Consulting

  • Board Member of St. George's Society of New York

  • NYC-based mentor at the Mayor of London's international business program

  • Advised over 300 CEOs to date and on a mission to help 1000 CEOs by 2025

Jessica Sophia Wong Founder and CEO of Yorkseed

  • Executive Member at United Nations Association of the United States of America

  • Fundraiser for the National Resources Defense Council and The Conservation Fund

  • Nominated honoree for 2022 Bunchful Awards held as UN General Assembly Side Event

Mustafa Dinani Co-Founder and CEO of Navierre

  • Former Vice President at Swiss Re and former manager at Ernst & Young (EY)

  • Raised $1M in pre-seed capital, with majority from NYC investors in 6 weeks

  • Award-winning community leader, corporate advisor and published author on Dow Jones

ABOUT THE ORGANIZER ABOUT THE GRACIE MANSION CONSERVANCY The Gracie Mansion Conservancy is a private not-for-profit corporation established in 1981 to preserve, maintain and enhance Gracie Mansion - one of the oldest surviving wood structures in Manhattan and a member of The Historic House Trust. The Conservancy's mission is to raise funds to restore the historic structure and acquire furnishings that illustrate the rich history of New York; improve the surrounding landscape and gardens; and provide educational services, including publications and tours. PAST SPEAKERS AND GUESTS INCLUDE DECISION MAKERS FROM:



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