Entrepreneurs Stories

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...

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Dual:Lock | 2016 NYS Business Plan Competition

With over $500,000 in prizes annually, the NYS Business Plan Competition is one of the largest collegiate business plan competitions in the world. Here's a recap of each regional competition, including application deadlines and competition dates, as well as a look at the winners of the 2016 NYS Business Plan Competition....

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Starting Up in Upstate New York

Starting Up in Upstate New York

There are numerous startup resources available in Upstate New York. In this article, I'll take you through some of the resources that I have found helpful, as well as the various ecosystems you can participate in to increase your entrepreneurship exposure before you start your first company. ...

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A Day in the Syracuse Startup Scene

A Day in the Syracuse Startup Scene

Matt Pelkey believes that every community in Upstate New York can—and should—learn from one another to create a thriving, regional ecosystem. After all, while each community is unique, we all face similar challenges and legacies, from a thriving manufacturing past, now relegated to memories and inspiration. Here are a few takeaways that we can all learn from across Upstate New York’s startup ecosystem....

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Analyzing Fundamentals

Analyzing Fundamentals

When analyzing a problem to move forward towards a solution, there is a lot of emphasis placed on determining the impact of the fundamentals of the problem. But problems involving people, rather than processes, are constantly in flux. Jesan Sorrells gives us a reality check on how to move forward....

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