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Western New York Venture Association

November 13, 2019 @ 7:30 am – 9:00 am
The Buffalo Club
388 Delaware Ave
Buffalo, NY 14202
Western New York Venture Association
Western New York Venture Association @ The Buffalo Club

Networking for investors, entrepreneurs and business professionals in the startup community.

(Business Attire Required – Jacket for men, NO JEANS)

7:30 – 8:00 AM Registration, Continental Breakfast, Informal Networking

8:00 – 8:15 AM Announcements, Attendee Self-Introductions, One Minute Presenters

8:15 – 9:00 AM Business Plan Presentations and Audience Questions


Presentations contain general information about the presenting companies and are for educational and networking purposes only. Presentations do not include information or discussion of any fundraising or offering of securities.

FoodNerd Inc. Sharon Cryan, Founder & CEO

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, only 1 out of every 10 of us meet the federal fruit or vegetable recommendations – whether you are an adult or child. Limited access to healthy options, escalating costs of fresh food, and lack of tasty treats are some of the reasons for only 10% of the population in the United States reaching minimal nutritional requirements. The results of poor eating habits significantly impact our healthcare, our economy, and our environment.

With a mission to feed the world and improve health for all, FoodNerd has developed the most nutritious, affordable, and delectable offerings available to everyone. Using sustainable, organic, and nutrient-dense ingredients, FoodNerd’s products are great for you and your bank account. All the offerings of FoodNerd are gluten-free and vegan – benefiting not only customers but the environment as well. Visit www.foodnerdinc.com for more information.

As part of the growing $30 billion market, FoodNerd has created plant-based products that are never processed nor treated with chemicals or preservatives. The experienced team of food scientists and chefs at FoodNerd have developed the ultimate products in terms of nutrients, texture, and taste – and the company is ready to increase production for an explosive launch.

As a participant in Startup NY, FoodNerd is firmly planted in Upstate New York. The company has received initial pre-seed investment from customers who thoroughly enjoy the products and support the mission. FoodNerd is looking to grow existing sales and build a suite of plant-based offerings using their sophisticated production process.

Rora Systems, Inc. William Reilly, Founder/CEO

As technology continues to make its way into our lives, we are now witnessing a renewed focus on the home. Technology giants like Amazon and Google are showing us all the fantastic things our homes can do. This vision has been the unfulfilled promise of the Smart Home for the past several years. A key question no one is answering is who is going to install and support all of these new technologies in our home.

Rora Systems is a technology company, founded on the principle of making technology consumable. With our combined backgrounds in IoT, Housing, and Network Automation, we are delivering the tools and technology for both home builders and home remodelers to be the go-to workforce in the birth of the Smart Home Services market.

With our Smart-Home-as-a-Service solution, we empower this workforce to deliver simple, secure, smart home experiences. As a customer, you choose from our marketplace library the “Experience” you desire. With choices like: “Never coming home to a dark house again” or “Having my Kitchen tell me what I can make.” Our Home Automation System Integration Technology (HAS IT) platform allows us to do the heavy lifting of integrating the technologies to work as a solution. We then deliver these experiences as turnkey technology packages to our certified homebuilders and home-remodelers to be installed your home.


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