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.
DAVID COLLIGAN – Buffalo, NY
Board, WNY Ventures Association
Board, Erie Canal Harbor Dev Corp
Founder, WNY Angel Fund
Ex-Chairman, Launch NY
Founder/Partner, Colligan Law
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.
JOHN LIDDY – Syracuse, NY
Director, Syracuse Student Sandbox
Entrepreneur in Residence, The Tech Garden
Entrepreneur in Residence, Le Moyne College – Madden School
Entrepreneur in Residence, ThINCubator – MVCC
Magical Mentor Award – For individuals who have had a transformative impact on the trajectory of one or more startup companies.
CHUCK STORMON – Syracuse, NY
Serial Entrepreneur with multiple venture backed companies
Angel investor, Seed Capital Fund of CNY
Cofounder & Director, StartFast Venture Accelerator
Ecosystem Champion Award – For individuals who are catalyzing and supporting startup activity across multiple Upstate communities.
ZACH SHULMAN – Ithaca, NY
Managing Partner, Cayuga Venture Fund
Director, Entrepreneurship @ Cornell
Professor, Johnson School, Cornell University
Board Member, Upstate Venture Connect
Mentor, StartFast Venture Accelerator
Board Member, Launch NY
Deal of the Year Award – For a company whose exit created wealth for investors and founders/employees, as well as making the company a stronger contributor to the local economy.
BINOPTICS – Ithaca, NY
Manufacturing of monolithically integrated optoelectronic components for datacom and telecommunications applications
Acquired by M/A-COM Technology Solutions in November, 2014
$38.81M in funding; Sold for $230M in cash
Matt Van Ryn
Franklin E. Hoke, Jr.