Honoring Your Favorite Ecosystem Builders

Upstate Venture Connect received 120+ nominations across the 5 Awards categories.
The winners will be revealed on September 19. This year’s event has sold out. Get on the Wait List to reserve your spot.

Thank you to our amazing Sponsors for helping make the 2017 Upstate Unleashed Conference & Venture Ecosystem Awards so special.

Magical Mentor

Campus Connector

For individuals affiliated with an education 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 creating opportunities to retain entrepreneurial students. 

Nasir Ali
Todd Bernhard
Terry Brown
Martin Casstevens
Scott Catlin
Antonio Civitella
Matthew Cusack
Linda Dickerson Hartsock
Michael D’Eredita
Erin Draper
Amy Johnson
Wills Hapworth
Laura Holmes
Jim Joseph
Felix Litvinsky
Robert Manasier
Rich Notargiacomo
Erin K. O’Brien
Kelly Reardon-Sleicher
Mike Riedlinger
Tom Schryver
Chuck Schwerin
Zach Shulman
Esther Vargas

Community Catalyst

Deal of the Year

For a company whose exit created wealth for investors and founders/employees, and made the company a stronger contributor to the local economy.

Annese & Associates
CFO for Hire

Ecosystem Champion