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2016 Upstate Venture Ecosystem Award Winners

Celebrating Leaders and Companies Building UNY’s Ecosysem

On September 16, more than 300 entrepreneurial leaders supporting UNY’s venture ecosystem came together at Turning Stone Resort. The 2016 conference theme was Discover | Connect | Celebrate. Morning sessions showcased Upstate business and technology leaders who are building the future today. There was also opportunities for guests to interact with each other and the speakers. The awards luncheon celebrated five leaders shaping Upstate’s startup ecosystem.

Awards Categories

Venture Ecosystem Award nominations are solicited from the public. An independent panel of judges evaluates the nominees and their achievements to pick the winners.

Community Catalyst Award – For individuals who organize programs to bring together diverse startup ecosystem players in a local community and/or increase the amount of capital and number of active early stage investors in that community.

Campus Connector Award – For individuals affiliated with an educational institution (could be an administrator, student, alumnus or faculty member) who are leveraging on and off-campus resources and connections to spinout research startups and/or create opportunities to retain entrepreneurial students.

Magical Mentor Award – For individuals who have had a transformative impact on the trajectory of one or more startup companies.

Deal of the Year Award – For a company whose exit created wealth for investors and founders/employees, and also made the company a stronger contributor to the local economy.

Ecosystem Champion Award – For individuals who are catalyzing and supporting startup activity across multiple Upstate communities

Speakers & Panelists

Business and technologies leaders who are building the future today.
View presenter and panelist bios. 

Tim Keenan
Venture Awards Keynote Speaker
Cofounder, Keenan Center of Entrepreneurship

Dr. Natalie Apparicio-Farrell
CEO, Healthcare Hub

Brian Corrigan
Managing Partner, MadGlory

George Daddis
CEO, OMNI-ID

Devin Daly
Cofounder, Spincar

Anthony Johnson
CEO, Empire Genomics

Elisa Miller-Out
Cofounder, CourseQ

Rohini Srihari
Professor at SUNY Buffalo, Entrepreneur

Sinclair Schuller
CEO, Apprenda

Dane Stangler
VP, Kauffman FND

Paul Travers
President, Vuzix

Victoria Van Voorhis
Founder, Second Avenue Learning