Honoring Your Favorite Ecosystem Builders

Know an individual or company making an impact on Upstate NY’s venture ecosystem? Here’s your chance to recognize them for their contributions. Each year, Upstate Venture Connect receives hundreds of nominations across our 5 Awards categories.

The 2018 Upstate Venture Ecosystem winners will be revealed during a special awards celebration on October 2. Fill out the form below to submit your nominations before July 27. Early bird tickets and sponsorship opportunities available now!

  • Community Catalyst Nomination

  • 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.
  • Name the group or program affiliated with the nominee.
  • Share your personal views and also provide any relevant data, web links and other supporting information that would help our judges in making their decision (limit 1,000 characters).
  • Campus Connnector Nomination

  • 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.
  • Name institution nominee is most closely affiliated with.
  • Share your personal views and also provide any relevant data, web links and other supporting information that would help our judges in making their decision (limit 1,000 characters).
  • Magical Mentor Nomination

  • For individuals who have had a transformative impact on the trajectory of one or more startup companies.
  • Tell us about one or more occasions when the mentor's input or introductions have altered the trajectory of a business. Provide contact info for individuals who can support your claims (1,000 character limit).
  • Ecosystem Champion Nomination

  • For individuals who are catalyzing and supporting startup activity across multiple Upstate communities.
  • Share your personal views and also provide any relevant data, web links and other supporting information that would help our judges in making their decision (limit 1,000 characters).
  • Deal of the Year Nomination

  • 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.
  • Describe roles played by the above individuals and impact of the deal on the local economy. Share your personal views and also provide any relevant data, web links and other supporting information that would help our judges in making their decision (limit 1,000 characters).
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