Andrea Babinec

UVC Correspondent | Freelance Writer

Downtown Startup Challenge

Are you an entrepreneur based in the Utica-Rome area looking for money and support to launch your business? If so, you should know about the Downtown Startup Challenge. A chance for businesses to win up to $30,000 in funding!

Where are the GENIUS NY finalists now?

Central New York is UAS: GENIUS NY is the largest business accelerator for unmanned systems in the world! Competition winners are creating jobs, connecting with industry partners and receiving help to secure follow-on funding. Are you ready to make your UAS company take flight? GENIUS NY 2.0 applications are open!

Marnie LaVigne: Driving Force Behind Upstate NY"s Venture Economy

Marnie is the President of Launch NY, and on the Board of Directors for the Western NY Venture Association. In 2016, Marnie was honored with an Ecosystem Champion award for her contributions to Upstate’s entrepreneurial community. In an exclusive interview, Marnie spoke about startup resources available through Launch NY, and the success of the organization’s new seed fund, which has already invested in 10 companies across the region.