Global Innovation Summit

Celebrating the New Economy

UVC CEO Nasir Ali received the 2015 GIS Innovation Ecosystem Award from Summit Deputy Director Mark Newberg

Together, we are transforming UNY!

Give and Grow Upstate

100's of new companies are being launched in Upstate NY each year. Many will leave without support from the broader community. Help UVC build the connected network for creating tomorrow’s economic champions.

RocGrowth Candids

Next Event 4/15

Jason Arena, Founder and CEO of Workinman Interactive will be interviewed about creating an entertainment-based content creation company that specializes in creating games for the youth market

April 10th-11th

Colgate Entrepreneur Weekend

Featuring Jessica Alba, Founder and CCO, The Honest Company, Neil Blumenthal, Co-founder and CEO, Warby Parker, Greg Coleman, President, BuzzFeed, MC Hammer, Artist and Entrepreneur, Jennifer Hyman, Co-founder and CEO, Rent the Runway.

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Abundance of talent

Student Entrepreneurs

A 21st century economy is emerging, fueled by the region’s incredible intellectual resources (100+ colleges and universities drawing more than 500,000 students from around the globe. Photo from 2014 Colgate TIA Entrepreneur Weekend.

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Tradition of Growth

Global Reach

It's not just Chobani: the founders of AirBnB, Android, TriNet, Priceline, Foursquare and Quicken/Intuit all have roots in Upstate to name a few. Photo from 2014 Colgate TIA Entrepreneur Weekend

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Leadership Network


The goal of UNY50 is to create peer-to-peer collaboration within the membership to help drive a vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystem in Upstate NY.

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Building Startup Communities

We help entrepreneur leaders build sustainable startup programs for their communities.

Measuring Ecosystem Growth

We follow the growing numbers of Upstate startups, supporting orgs, and tech community events.

Celebrating our Achievements

We create and distribute content featuring Upstate entrepreneurs and their high growth businesses.

Signature Programs

  • UNY Startup Map
    UNY Startup Map

    The UNY Startup Map has been created in partnership with Startup Genome and with the support of volunteer community connectors across...

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  • UNY Event Calendar
    UNY Event Calendar


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  • UNY 50
    UNY 50

    Upstate NY’s Entrepreneur Leadership Network Member Login UNY50 is a network of successful entrepreneurs, investors and business leaders who are...

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  • StartFast Venture Accelerator
    StartFast Venture Accelerator

    StartFast’s managing directors have invested in and mentored more than 26 companies, enabling them to raise over $40 million (10x the original capital of...

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