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5 Startup Events and News to Watch This Week

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Learn from the best of the digital media industry at MediaNext, SCORE helps you build a profitable online business, jam with more than 1,500 students at the National Conference, MetLife is on the hunt for rock-star programmers to help out veterans and the tech industry makes a formal push for immigration reform … This week's notable news and startup events for entrepreneurs:

1. Want to get the inside scoop on media? Learn from the best in the digital media industry and get the insider information on trends at the multi-track MediaNext event. The event will host a variety of different "tracks," like MediaManagement and MediaRevenue, along with more than 100 speakers. (New York, Oct. 28-30)

2. Build your online business: SCORE is offering a $30 course on building a profitable digital business. Learn the basic principles of online success and marketing for small business. SCORE hopes businesses gain enough knowledge to implement the practices themselves or hire outside assistance to achieve online goals. (West Palm Beach, Fla., Oct. 29)

3. Network, learn and be inspired: is hosting their annual National Conference where more than 1,500 students from around the nation will come to “network, learn and be inspired to pursue their entrepreneurial pursuits.” Eighty business leaders and entrepreneurs will share their startup stories and insights they learned along the way, hoping to inspire the next generation of do’ers. (Chicago, Ill., Oct. 31- Nov. 2)

4. Innovate to help veterans: Insurance company MetLife is putting out a call to all the brightest software engineers and innovators asking them to join together for its Synapse event. The goal is to help the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs create an “efficient and innovative technology solution” that organizes and provides access to veteran’s medical information. (Research Triangle Park, N.C., Nov. 1-2)

5. The time for immigration reform is now: The tech industry is pushing hard for comprehensive immigration reform to get wider access to foreign talent. Next week Mark Zuckerberg-backed and other business groups will meet with GOP lawmakers to champion their case for broad immigration reform, possibly opening the door for bright individuals looking to join the American talent pool. (Businessweek)


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