Nasir Ali

UVC Cofounder & CEO

Monty Estes

Our friend and mentor, J. Montieth “Monty” Estes, a visionary leader who helped create the culture of entrepreneurship support in Upstate NY, passed away on February 11, 2018. With his passion for founders commercializing new technologies, Monty was a passionate advocate for our region and its entrepreneurial potential.

Tending Seeds of Growth Across Upstate NY

UVC and its partners have been working diligently to promote the cause of high growth entrepreneurship across Upstate NY. The first Upstate Venture CEO Survey (conducted by Rochester-based CGR) offers many insights into high growth businesses and their economic impact on the state. It also points to opportunities for the broader community to support and nurture these drivers of our future economy.

Upstate CEO Survey | Upstate's New Economy

Since launching Upstate Venture Connect in 2010, Martin and I have met with thousands of Upstate NY entrepreneurs, from startup founders to CEOs of profitable fast growing companies. Invariably, our conversations with every CEO turn towards a few themes: how to recruit talent, attract attention and raise capital. Our new Upstate CEO Survey will now help us determine the impact our high growth businesses are having on Upstate’s economy. Please take this short, confidential online survey to shine light on your accomplishments!