Syracuse, NY:  Four Upstate NY Healthcare leaders will participate in an online conversation titled Rebuild Upstate: Outlook for Healthcare. The CEOs will describe their experiences navigating the COVID-19 pandemic and share their views on how Upstate’s residents can stay safe in case of a second wave of infections this fall. Registration is free at


Panelists for the July 9 conversation include:


This event is the second Rebuild Upstate leadership conversation organized by Upstate Venture Connect. According to UVC CEO Nasir Ali, “Healthcare institutions are the front lines of our region’s defense against the pandemic. They are also major Upstate employers facing significant challenges to their business models. Understanding the role that innovation and technology can play for them is critical to our future success.”


The Rochester Beacon, a nonprofit digital news publication is partnering with UVC on this effort to share a wide selection of leaders’ views from across the region. Beacon publisher and serial healthcare entrepreneur Alex Zapesochny will moderate the discussion. “Major healthcare systems and organizations in our region have been experiencing unprecedented pressures from the health and economic impacts of COVID-19,” said Zapesochny.  “Understanding what they have learned and how they move forward from here is critical to planning upstate’s comeback from this crisis.”


The CNY Business Journal, Utica Observer-Dispatch, and Herkimer Times-Telegraph will also be covering the event as media partners. RSVP at



About Upstate Venture Connect

Upstate Venture Connect (UVC) is a 501c3 public nonprofit creating an entrepreneur-led startup ecosystem for Upstate NY. Our mission is to empower and connect Upstate NY entrepreneurs to the people and resources needed for building high-growth companies. To these ends, UVC hosts Upstate Unleashed, an annual conference and awards luncheon that celebrates the top CEOs and entrepreneurial leaders in Upstate NY for their contributions. UVC also hosts a region-wide events calendar and a communications platform that reaches over 16,000 founders and startup supporters. The UNY50 Leadership Network is another signature resource. Membership is invitation-only for individuals who have experienced the startup world roller coaster, and who are committed to paying it forward. Learn more >


About Rochester Beacon

The Rochester Beacon is a digital publication and community forum in Rochester, N.Y., that provides an in-depth look at the region’s complex challenges. One of a growing number of nonprofit journalism efforts around the world, the Rochester Beacon publishes news articles, analysis and commentaries that shed light on issues of public interest.



Nasir Ali, CEO

Upstate Venture Connect


Alex Zapesochny, Publisher

Rochester Beacon

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