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Upstate Medical University 2nd Presidential Symposium: Society & Health @ CNY Biotech Accelerator
Mar 30 – Mar 31 all-day

Upstate Medical University 2nd Presidential Symposium 
“Society & Health”

Special Guest & Keynote Speaker: Steven H. Woolf, MD, MPH, Director, Virginia Commonwealth University Center on Social and Health and New York State Lt. Governor and Chair of Regional Economic Development Councils, Kathy Huchul.

Free and open to the public. Parking in the back. The last Symposium was a packed house, so please reserve your spot by calling 315-464-7868 or email rsvp@upstate.edu.

The final schedule is forthcoming: www.upstate.edu/symposium

Thursday, March 30, 9-4PM will include lunch and reception. Topics: Heroin/Opioid Epidemic, Community Violence, Place-based Determinants of Health

Friday, March 31, 9-12PM will include continental breakfast. Topics: Emerging Disparities in Women’s Health, Refugee Health, Preparing Health Care Practitioners to Address the Social Determinants of Health


Powered by UVCIn addition to providing space for amazing events like the Upstate Medical University 2nd Presidential Symposium, the Central New York BioTech Accelerator (CNYBAC) Cultivate Program powered by UVC is another way for you to connect with area entrepreneurs, community leaders and investors.

The mission of CNYBAC is to incubate and accelerate university-industry partnerships that discover, design, develop and deploy innovative products for bioscience marketplaces.

For more information on CNYBAC call 315-464-9288 or visit www.cnybac.com

Capital Region New York Business Plan Semifinal Competition @ SUNY Polytechnic Institute
Mar 31 all-day

The Capital Region semifinal competition of the 2017 New York Business Plan Competition (NYBPC) will be held at the SUNY Polytechnic Institute (SUNY Poly) on Friday, March 31, 2017. Student teams from New York’s Capital Region that meet the eligibility requirements below are invited to submit applications for their idea or venture under one of the following six categories:

  • Information Technology/Software
    • Any idea, technology, product, and/or service that relates to apps, informational technology, software, and/or internet applications in for profit enterprises. If the value that your idea or technology provided lies in the creation of or is delivered through an app, then you belong in this category.
    • Examples: An app that helps pairs potential roommates, a website/app that uses social media to collect payments from friends, a web service designed to tailor resumes for specific jobs, a file sharing service, an app or website that aggregates data and reviews about solar panel installers.
  • Social Entrepreneurship/Non-Profit
    • Any idea, product, and/or service that addresses a social need, for which profit is not the primary motivation, or provides a product/service for nonprofits. If formed, the venture would be either a Benefit corporation or be eligible for 501(c) status.
    • Examples: Selling a good or service that raises awareness and donates significant portion of the revenues to a cause, organization that provides financial literacy training, cooperative non-profit coffee shop, bike trail, a website to connect community members with volunteer opportunities.
  • Clean Technology
    • Any idea, technology, process, product, and/or service that relates to energy, clean energy, renewable energy, energy efficiency, environmental, and/or sustainability applications.
    • Examples: Recycling technology, LED manufacturing technology, lithium ion batteries, clean energy crowd funding service, composting subscription service.
  • Advanced Technology
    • Any idea, technology, product, and/or service that relates to materials science, life science, advanced hardware, semiconductors, optics, and/or electronics applications that are not applicable to Clean technology. These products and processes have been likely developed after years of laboratory research and have patent protection.
    • Examples: High-performance skis coated with nanomaterial, vibration detector, new method for testing pharmaceuticals, physical therapy massager.
  • Products
    • Any physical, tangible goods offered for sale.
    • Examples: Custom designer eyewear, vending machine, protein shakes, craft beer or alcoholic beverages, innovative water bottle, locally sourced tea, camera backpack.
  • Services
    • A value add process for delivering products of fulfilling customer needs.
    • Examples: Lice removal company, meal delivery, custom clothing design, custom song writing service.

The two winning teams in each of the six categories from the Capital Region Semifinal Competition will advance to the final round of the NYBPC on Friday, April 28, 2017 in Albany, NY. They will compete head-to-head for the grand prize against regional semifinal winners from New York’s 9 other Regional Economic Development Council zones – Central New York, North Country, Mohawk Valley, Finger Lakes, Western New York, Southern Tier, Mid-Hudson, New York City, and Long Island.

Each team will have 10 minutes to pitch, which will be followed by 5 minutes of Q&A with the panel of investor judges. Judges are advised to act as they would in a closed-door boardroom investment presentation during the Q&A session.

Competition Format

Presentations must be submitted as either a PowerPoint presentation or a PDF file. These are the only formats that can be accepted and will be eligible for competition. 

The NYBPC reserves the right to withhold prize money and/or in-kind services from winning teams who do not comply with the eligibility requirements. In order to be eligible to apply for and participate in the competition, all teams must meet the following criteria:

  • Teams must consist entirely of graduate, undergraduate, and/or community college students enrolled in an accredited New York colleges and universities during the 2016-2017 academic year. Students who graduated during the Fall 2016 semester are still eligible to complete in the 2017 competition.
  • A faculty or staff member is required to be listed as an advisor for the team; offering guidance, support and technical expertise.
  • Teams must indicate whether they consist of community college, undergraduate, or graduate students, or a team with mixed student status.
  • Students may not participate on more than one team each year of the competition.
  • Cumulative public and private capital raised may not exceed $100,000. This does not include research funding that may have supported the development of the technology in an academic laboratory.
  • Student ownership of the venture must be 100%.
Tour New York BizLab @ New York BizLab
Apr 5 @ 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Prior to Startup Tech Valley on April 5 at Proctors Theatre, the community has been invited to tour the New York BizLab in Schenectady. This is a great opportunity to check out the space and meet high-growth founders making it happen in Upstate New York. Email Rick D’Errico at rderrico@transfinder.com if you plan on taking the tour.

AND…after Startup Tech Valley we’ll head over to Transfinder for an After Party. Transfinder is hiring, so bring your resumes!

Startup Tech Valley – April Pitch @ GE Proctor's Theatre
Apr 5 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Startup Tech Valley - April Pitch @ GE Proctor's Theatre | Schenectady | New York | United States

NEW location! We’ll be holding April’s Startup Tech Valley at Proctor’s Theatre in Schenectady.

Join us beforehand to take a tour of the New York BizLab at 4:45 p.m. Email rderrico@transfinder.com if you’re interested in taking the tour.

After SUTV we’re heading over to Transfinder for an After Party. Transfinder is hiring, so bring your resumes!

Startup Pitches for April 5 include:

Kirsh Helmets – bringing together style, safety, comfort, and improved performance of impact technologies.

Fundabilitiesa crowdfunding platform that allows you to raise money through social networks such as Facebook.

[s] Cube Inc. –  a technology services company specializing in e-governance, e-discovery, application development, and IT staff augmentation.

Update Captain –  simplifies the process of soliciting feedback from team members on the status of projects.

We’ll also receive updates from Upstate Concierge Medicine and Dumbstruck.

Contact Kelly Reardon-Sleicher if your interested in pitching your startup or business idea at a future event. scte@rpi.edu.

SUTV After Party at Transfinder @ Transfinder
Apr 5 @ 8:15 pm – 10:00 pm

After Startup Tech Valley on April 5 at Proctors Theatre we’ll head over to Transfinder for an After Party. Transfinder is hiring, so bring your resumes!

And…prior to SUTV at Proctors Theatre (6-8 p.m.), the community has been invited to tour the New York BizLab in Schenectady. The tour start at 4:45 p.m. This is a great opportunity to check out the space and meet high-growth founders making it happen in Upstate New York.

Email Rick D’Errico at rderrico@transfinder.com if you plan on taking the tour of the New York BizLab or joining us at the Transfinder After Party.

RocGrowth Coffee – Share Inspiring Stories @ Carlson Cowork
Apr 7 @ 7:30 am – 9:00 am
RocGrowth Coffee - Share Inspiring Stories @ Carlson Cowork | Rochester | New York | United States

What is RocGrowth Coffee?
An informal morning event designed to facilitate USEFUL collisions by sharing inspiring stories and empowering the new generation of entrepreneurs in Rochester. Free coffee and bagels will be provided by our underwriters.  This event is affiliated with RocGrowth Candids.

Why attend?
To meet and befriend other Rochester innovators and become familiar with potentially helpful resources.  RocGrowth Coffee is a way for you to hear about new ideas, offer YOUR assistance, and announce YOUR ideas to a community of thinkers, entrepreneurs and venture capitalists!

Each RocGrowth Coffee will highlight several pre-selected local innovators. These entrepreneurs will have a few minutes to introduce themselves and describe their endeavor.  Most importantly, they will request from the community some specific form of support. This could range from technical skills to customer identification.

The audience (YOU) will be able to connect with each other and the entrepreneurs, before and after the presentations, over coffee and breakfast.  Most of the time will be dedicated to unstructured networking.

NOTE: If you would like to be among the innovators who present to the group for THREE minutes, e-mail info@rocgrowth.com.  Briefly introduce yourself, explain a project or business you’ve started, and make a request for specific assistance.  We have limited the number of presenters to four.

Breakfast & coffee will be generously provided by Cooley Creative LLC & Carlson Cowork!

Hack Upstate IX @ The Tech Garden
Apr 8 – Apr 9 all-day
Hack Upstate IX @ The Tech Garden | Syracuse | New York | United States

Hack Upstate’s mission is to unite and facilitate collaboration among the greater Upstate New York technology community. In doing so, we aim to contribute to the growth of Upstate New York’s technology sector, and to create a robust network of technologists and regional technology companies.

We organize weekend hackathons (open to students and practitioners) that happen twice a year (i.e. Fall & Spring) where developers, engineers and innovators from across Upstate New York come to Syracuse, NY, share ideas, form teams and build awesome projects. We’d love for you to join us! Did we mention Hack Upstate is FREE to attend?!?

hack·a·thon (noun) — an event in which computer programmers, hardware engineers and others involved in product development, including graphic designers, interface designers and project managers, collaborate intensively on software and hardware projects over a short period of time.

American Chestnut Research and Restoration Project @ CNY Biotech Accelerator
Apr 13 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am

9:00 – 9:50 a.m. Presentation – Open to the Public
10:00 – 11:00 a.m. High School Program

William A. Powell, PhD, Professor and Director, Council on Biotechnology in Forestry and
Allison Oakes, Postdoctoral Research Associate, PhD in Plant Science and Biotechnology
Department of Environmental and Forest Biology
SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry

This exciting community and high school education program will provide an understanding of the historic research being conducted to save the once prolific American Chestnut. Genetically engineered, blight resistant American chestnut plantlets are being acclimated from sterile culture conditions to newly installed, state of the art, high-humidity and high-light growth chambers. Eventually the American Chestnut Restoration Lab at CNYBAC will be the main production facility for blight resistant American chestnut trees, with a goal of producing 10,000 American chestnut trees in five years.


Supported by UVC Logo - WhiteThis event is part of the Central New York BioTech Accelerator (CNYBAC) Cultivate Program powered by UVC.

The mission of CNYBAC is to incubate and accelerate university-industry partnerships that discover, design, develop and deploy innovative products for bioscience marketplaces.

Patents and Inventions Policy Upstate @ CNY Biotech Accelerator
Apr 13 @ 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Patents and Inventions Policy Update

Featuring Matthew Mroz, Assistant Director, Innovation and Partnerships, The Research Foundation for SUNY.

Research at SUNY produces more than 100 new technologies every year. The Research Foundation (RF) works with business and industry, government agencies and other partners to convert SUNY’s research capacity into economic growth. The RF offers services that fuel innovation, move ideas and inventions to the marketplace and complements SUNY’s efforts to create entrepreneurship and revitalize New York’s economy. Technology Development Support, Joint Ventures and Strategic Partnerships are programs that Matt will discuss. Matt will also give an update of SUNY’s Patents and Inventions Policy defining SUNY’s intellectual property, commercialization objectives and strategic goals.


Powered by UVCThis event is being held at the Central New York BioTech Accelerator (CNYBAC).

The mission of CNYBAC is to incubate and accelerate university-industry partnerships that discover, design, develop and deploy innovative products for bioscience marketplaces.

WISE Symposium @ SKY Armory
Apr 25 @ 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
WISE Symposium @ SKY Armory | Syracuse | New York | United States

What others dream about, WISE women do! On April 25, 2017, the Women Igniting the Spirit of Entrepreneurship (WISE) Symposium is hosting our 15th annual event at SKY Armory in downtown Syracuse. WISE has been synonymous with entrepreneurial excellence and has grown to become the premier event not only for up-and-coming entrepreneurs, but for anyone active in the business community — from corporate to aspiring entrepreneurs, intrapreneurs, start-ups and growth business owners, and anyone interested in networking with smart, savvy women in business.

Entrepreneurship at Cornell Celebration 2017 @ Cornell University
Apr 27 – Apr 28 all-day

Save the Date

This 2-day entrepreneurship conference is conducted annually on the Ithaca campus to bring together more than 700 students, alumni, faculty, staff and community participants.  Multiple colleges and programs collaborate to provide:

  • Symposia on a wide range of topics including family business, social entrepreneurship, health administration, etc.
  • eLab Demo Day
  • New Business & Emerging Technologies Showcase
  • Cornell Entrepreneur of the Year
  • Student Business of the Year Announced
  • Business Idea Competition Finals
  • Networking opportunities…and much more!

See Who Came

Sponsorship Opportunities

View Celebration ’16 Photos


8th Annual New York Business Plan Competition @ SUNY Polytechnic Institute
Apr 28 all-day

The New York Business Plan Competition (NYBPC) is a venture creation and innovation competition that was established in 2010 to encourage innovation and entrepreneurship throughout New York’s colleges and universities.

Project Fibonacci Annual STEAM Conference @ The Beeches Inn & Conference Center
Jul 30 – Aug 5 all-day
Project Fibonacci Annual STEAM Conference @ The Beeches Inn & Conference Center | Rome | New York | United States

Project Fibonacci Annual STEAM Conference

Project Fibonacci® is a nonprofit educational organization that is dedicated to improving workforce education and preparedness and economic development through STEAM education. This week-long program is aimed at students entering 11th grade in high school and going through their senior year of college (roughly 16-22 year olds). The conference will be held primarily at The Beeches Professional Campus in Rome, NY, with visits to facilities off-site in the cities of Rome and Utica.

Step 1: Nominations
Nominate students, or even yourself, by having a teacher, mentor or guidance counselor sign of on your paperwork.

Step 2: Registration
Join The Annual Project Fibonacci Conference. Register before March 31, 2017 for discounts.

Step 3: Scholarships
Need help paying for the conference? Apply to receive a scholarship!

Questions? Check out their FAQ page, or email Project Fibonacci with questions.


Keynote Speakers

Dr. Michio Kaku
– One of the most widely recognized figures in science in the world today.

Christine McKinley – Mechanical engineer, musician, TV host and author.

Dr. Deborah Berebichez – Physicist, TV host and data scientist.

Learn more about the speakers


The Project Fibonacci STEAM Conference is the brain child of ANDRO Computational Solutions, LLC, in cooperation with local schools, businesses and non-profit agencies. This remarkable opportunity provides your exceptional student with a unparalleled, content rich, workshops and off-site tours, along with personal access to some of the best and brightest minds in various STEAM fields! Our week-long, summer event tightly blends science and art themes through a series of all-encompassing Fibonacci STEAM-themed tracks culminating in a team-based project, career fair and awards ceremony.