2017 Upstate Unleashed & Venture Ecosystem Awards

Join us for the 3rd Annual Upstate Unleashed Conference and Venture Ecosystem Awards. Last year’s event sold out – so we’re making early-bird registration available now!

√ Collaborate with Upstate business and technology leaders who are building the future today

√ Celebrate the leaders shaping Upstate NY’s startup ecosystem

2017 Awards Categories

Nominate your favorite leaders for the 2017 Venture Ecosystem Awards.

Community Catalyst Award – 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.

Campus Connector Award – 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.

Magical Mentor Award – For individuals who have had a transformative impact on the trajectory of one or more startup companies.

Deal of the Year Award – For a company whose exit created wealth for investors and founders/employees, and also made the company a stronger contributor to the local economy.

Ecosystem Champion Award – For individuals who are catalyzing and supporting startup activity across multiple Upstate communities

An independent panel of judges evaluates the nominees to pick the winners.

Conference Agenda

Conference Starts @ 9AM

Welcome & Keynote Address

Panel: Rewarding Innovation and The Search for Future Giants

Session 1: Building Fast Growing Companies
TED style presentations by Upstate growth company CEOs

Lunch & Awards Presentations

Session 2: Building Fast Growing Companies
TED style presentations by Upstate growth company CEOs

Panel: Why I’m Back in Upstate NY

Reception @ 3PM

Email nasir@uvc.org or kathryn@uvc.org for additional information.