2018 Upstate Unleashed Conference & Venture Ecosystem Awards

2018 Upstate Unleashed Conference

Featuring Netflix Co-Founder Marc Randolph

Syracuse, NY – October 2, 2018

Marc Randolph | 2018 Upstate Unleashed Keynote

Marc Randolph is a veteran Silicon Valley entrepreneur, advisor and investor. His career spans over four decades, having been the founder of more than six other successful startups, a mentor to hundreds of early-stage entrepreneurs, and an investor in numerous tech ventures. Marc is an alumnus of Hamilton College in Upstate NY.

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Featured Speakers

Keynote – Entrepreneur lessons from the edge
Marc Randolph, Co-founder, Netflix

CEO Talks – Leading Upstate’s fast-growing companies
Aaron Newman, Founder & CEO, CloudCheckr (Rochester)
Chedy Hampson, Founder & CEO, TCG Player (Syracuse)
Brian Corrigan, Studio Director, PUBG MadGlory (Saratoga Springs)

Panel – How to raise $50M in outside capital
Aaron Newman, Founder & CEO, CloudCheckr
Jeff Valentine, Chief Product Officer, CloudCheckr
Matt Fiore, Managing Director, DCS Advisory
Gautam Gupta, Vice President, Level Equity

Panel – Creating a region-wide startup ecosystem
Nasir Ali, Co-founder & CEO, Upstate Venture Connect (Central NY)
Richard Glaser, Creator, RocGrowth (Finger Lakes)
Bob Manasier, New Venture Manager, Innovate 518 (Capital Region)
Elisa Miller-Out, Founding Partner, Chloe Capital (Southern Tier)
Dan Miner, Reporter, Buffalo Business First (Western NY)


New in 2018, the Upstate Venture Ecosystem Awards will be announced throughout the day. Pleases review the agenda below to make sure you’re on hand when your category is recognized. View all nominees here.

8am – Registration
Networking | Vendor Displays

9am – Session 1
CEO Talk with Brian Corrigan (video gaming cluster in UNY)
Community Catalyst Award
Panel: A look at Upstate’s ecosystem
Campus Connector Award
CEO Talk with Chedy Hampson (hiring talent to grow fast)

10:30am – BREAK
Networking | Vendor Displays

11am – Session 2
Ecosystem Champion Award
CEO Talk with Aaron Newman (raising outside capital)
Panel: CloudCheckr Case Study – How to raise $50MM
Magical Mentor Award

12:10pm – BREAK
Networking | Vendor Displays

12:30pm – Session 3
Deal of the Year Award
David M. Ahlers Master Ecosystem Builder Award
Marc Randolph Keynote

2pm – Get Unleashed Reception!
Networking | Coffee | Desserts

2018 Award Sponsor

Ernst & Young - Award Partner | 2018 Upstate Unleashed

Community Partners

NYSERDA | UVC Partners
Cooley | Upstate Venture Connect
CloudCheckr | Upstate Venture Connect
FuzeHub | NYS Manufacturing Resource
The Tech Garden | UVC Sponsor
Andro | Upstate Venture Connect
Colligan Law | Upstate Venture Connect Supporters
NYS Science + Tech Law Center | 2018 Upstate Unleashed Sponsor
Visual Technologies | 2018 Upstate Unleashed Sponsor
Jorsek | easyDITA | Upstate Venture Connect
Fast Tracking Solutions | Upstate Venture Connect

Media Sponsor

CNYBJ - Media Partner | 2018 Upstate Unleashed

Event Partner

BizEventz - Event Partner | 2018 Unleashed Conference

Table Sponsors

2018 Sponsorships
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2018 Nominees