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2016 Upstate Venture Ecosystem Award Winners

Celebrating the leaders and companies who are building the UNY ecosystem.

On September 16, more than 250 entrepreneurial leaders supporting UNY’s venture ecosystem will come together at Turning Stone Resort. The 2016 conference theme is Discover | Connect | Celebrate. Morning sessions will showcase Upstate business and technology leaders who are building the future today. There will also be opportunities for guests to interact with each other and the speakers. The awards luncheon will celebrate five leaders shaping Upstate’s startup ecosystem.

Speakers and Panelists

Tim Keenan | Upstate Unleashed Speakers

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

Dr. Natalie Apparicio-Farrell - Upstate Unleashed Speaker

Dr. Natalie Apparicio-Farrell
CEO, Healthcare Hub

Brian Corrigan | UNY50 Leadership Network

Brian Corrigan
Managing Partner, MadGlory

George Daddis | 2016 Upstate Unleashed Speakers

George Daddis

Devin Daly | Upstate New York Startup Founder

Devin Daly
Cofounder, Spincar

Anthony Johnson - Upstate Unleashed Speakers

Anthony Johnson
CEO, Empire Genomics

Elisa Miller-Out | UNY50 Leadership Network

Elisa Miller-Out
Cofounder, CourseQ

Rohini Srihari - Upstate Unleashed Speaker

Rohini Srihari
Prof at SUNY Buffalo, Entrepreneur

Sinclair Schuller | UNY50 Leadership Network

Sinclair Schuller
CEO, Apprenda

Dane Stangler | 2016 Upstate Unleashed Speaker

Dane Stangler
VP, Kauffman FND

Paul Travers - 2016 Upstate Unleashed Conference Speakers

Paul Travers
President, Vuzix

Victoria Von Voorhis

Victoria Van Voorhis
Founder, Second Avenue


(8:30 am) Breakfast and Registration

(9:30 am) Conference Starts

Powering Entrepreneurship Across America: What the data tells us Presentation by Dane Stangler, VP of Research & Policy at Kauffman Foundation

Capturing the Future: How new technologies and markets are creating opportunities for Upstate NY companies
– Brian Corrigan, CEO of OddNetworks
– George Daddis, CEO of Omni-ID
– Anthony Johnson, CEO of Empire Genomics
– Sinclair Schuller, CEO of Apprenda
– Paul Travers, CEO of Vuzix

Founders Panel: Launching your startup journey in Upstate NY
Moderator: Elisa Miller-Out, CEO of Singlebrook Technologies
– Devin Daly, Founder and CEO of SpinCar
– Natalie Apparicio-Farrell, CEO of Healthcare Hub
– Rohini Srihari, Professor at SUNY Buffalo, Serial Entrepreneur
– Victoria Van Voorhis, CEO of Second Avenue Learning

Lunch and Keynote Address

Awards Presentations

(2:00 pm) Adjourn

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