Entrepreneurs Stories

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...

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Women Fill Key Positions in Upstate New York

Women Fill Key Positions in Upstate NY

The number of women who serve in key strategic positions is growing slowly but surely in all industries. And this is also true for the Upstate entrepreneurial ecosystem, as more and more women tend to launch themselves on the entrepreneurial adventure or help grow the ecosystem through venture funds or in public entities....

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UNY Startup Community Given Golden Opportunity

Over the last several months, I’ve had the pleasure of connecting with DC area entrepreneur and venture capitalist Paul Singh as Upstate Venture Connect prepares for his Upstate Tech Tour August 15 - 19. Paul will join us in Upstate New York to meet privately with promising startups raising capital, have lunch with community members interested in learning more about angel investing and share...

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Startup Community Feels UNY50 Impact

What would happen if a group of Upstate ecosystem leaders built a network of likeminded entrepreneurial members across multiple Upstate communities? The answer is the UNY50 Leadership Network of proven entrepreneurs, corporate intrapreneurs and ecosystem influencers paying it forward to help next generation entrepreneurs. Here are just a few of the accomplishments UNY50 members have achieved in 2016. ...

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David Colligan: How to approach an angel investor?

How to Approach an Angel Investor?

Angel investor and startup mentor David Colligan won the 2015 Community Catalyst award for his contributions to the Upstate startup ecosystem. Since winning the award, David continues to pay it forward as the active member of the Buffalo Angels and Trustee of the Wilson Foundation. He also joined with Buffalo First to create a podcast on angel investing and early-stage capital investment. ...

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