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Featured Events

2018 Bright Buffalo Niagara Entrepreneur Expo
2018 New York Venture Summit
2018 Unleashed - Marc Randolph

UVC Photo Gallery

Serial entrepreneur will meet with 12 startups on upstate New York tech tour
SciTech Panel at LeMoyne College
Steve Raines - UNY50 Leadership Network
Become a UVC Community Connector
Ryan Miller @ 2015 Upstate Venture Ecosystem Awards
13th Annual Frank Fernandez Dinner at Le Moyne College
Ecovative Founder at Cornell
Syracuse CoWorks Members
The Thrive Project Team
A Concert of Ideas – Exploring & Celebrating Entrepreneurship & Innovation @ University at Albany Campus Center
Apr 26 @ 10:30 am – 10:30 am
A Concert of Ideas - Exploring & Celebrating Entrepreneurship & Innovation @ University at Albany Campus Center | Albany | New York | United States

A Concert of Ideas: Join us for the first of three days of special programs in celebration of the launch of

The Renaissance Center for Knowledge Integration, Interdisciplinary Thinking and

Advanced Applications of Imagination at the University at Albany.


10:15 Arrivals and Registration

10:30 Welcome, Overview and The Concert of Ideas

12:10 Turning to One Another: Lunch and Conversation Circles

1:00 Sharing of Insights and Ideas

1:30 Panel: Synthesis and Vsion

Made possible by a generous grant from the Carnegie Corporation of New York

A project of Creative Leaps International

Who should attend?

· Students interested in exploring ways to ignite innovative thoughts and entrepreneurial thinking.
· Faculty that wish to deepen their scholarship through orbital thought processes that expand interdisciplinary thinking and open pathways to new research opportunities.
· Entrepreneurs, freelancers and small business owners that have a connection to the creative economy and wish to experience how to integrate the creative and performing arts into their strategic thinking and planning.
· Entrepreneurial ecosystem thought leaders and administrators that want to share the gift of creativity and advanced applications of imagination with their constituents

What is the Renaissance Center?

The Renaissance Center is a revolutionary collaborative space and ideation laboratory for convening a diverse array of minds, methods, means and measures for positively impacting the course of some of society’s greatest challenges — a space of synergies and imagination that catalyzes new thinking, new perspectives, vital new relationships and partnerships. The Renaissance Center will cultivate and challenge the common interests of educators, leaders from business and government, artists, scientists and entrepreneurs, and serve as a springboard to collaboration, economic development, research and social change.

Who is Creative Leaps International?

Creative Leaps International (nonprofit, since 1992) is a highly innovative team of learning specialists, interdisciplinary thinkers, performing artists and scientists working worldwide as creative catalysts and agents of change in business, government, higher education and the social sector. They have performed their signature “Concerts of Ideas” as the centerpiece of hundreds of national and international gatherings on six continents, including projects of The White House, the United Nations, The Earth Summit, The World Bank, the Aspen Institute, the Center for Creative Leadership and scores of Fortune 500 corporations, including Pfizer, IBM, GE and Starbucks, as well as dozens of universities and business schools around the globe. Their performers are winners of more than 60 national and international awards and prizes for excellence and have performed on the stages of Carnegie Hall, Broadway, Lincoln Center and countless prestigious venues around the world.

Their most prized capacities are exceptional imagination and a gift for agile, 360° orbital thinking, that is, thinking generated from multiple perspectives — intellectually, culturally, across disciplines and generations. They are the founders and developers of the Renaissance Center concept.

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BizLab-Clarkson Lunchtime Entrepreneurship Series with Lisa Avila @ New York BizLab
Apr 26 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Mark your calendars: On April 26, Lisa Avila, Co-Founder, President & CEO of Kitware, will be presenting at the BizLab-Clarkson Lunchtime Entrepreneurship Series.

Lisa co-founded Kitware in 1998 when she and four co-workers who were conducting computational science at GE Global Research left to form the software company.Today, Kitware has recorded more than $17M in revenue in 2016 and has offices in North Carolina, New Mexico, Virginia and France.

The company has more than 160 employees and recently relocated its headquarters from Halfmoon to Clifton Park.

But you’ll learn even more if you attend Lisa’s talk at the BizLab-Clarkson lunch on April 26. Tickets are $10 for the general public.

Attendees will have time to network, eat and hear a great speaker and be out the door in an hour!

Earlier this month, CommerceHub CEO Frank Poore spoke at the BizLab-Clarkson lunch. It was his first public presentation since selling CommerceHub for $1.1B.

“How Frank Poore made CommerceHub into a $1.1 billion company” – Albany Business Review

Free parking is available in back of the BizLab, on either side of Liberty Street and metered parking in front on State St.

Managing Risk and Strategic Growth: Startups & Growth-Oriented Companies @ WMHT Studios, Rensselaer Tech Park
Apr 26 @ 2:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Upstate Capital and the Center for Economic Growth are co-hosting an event for startups and growth-oriented companies to explore best practices and lessons learned in managing risk for startups, launch and scaling for established companies. Participants will include entrepreneurs, company executives, investors and business leaders across the region.
Keynote: Investing in Cybersecurity with Roselle Safran
President of Rosint Labs & EIR with Lytical Ventures
Investor Perspective with Karthik Bala
CEO of Velan Ventures and co-founder of Vicarious Visions
Member of the UNY50 Leadership Network!
Investor Perspective with Vikram Agrawal
Co-CEO of Agrawal Holdings, Inc and Founder of eTransmedia
2018 New York State Business Plan Competition Finals @ SUNY Polytechnic Institute
Apr 27 all-day
2018 New York State Business Plan Competition Finals @ SUNY Polytechnic Institute | Albany | New York | United States

Over 100 teams hailing from across New York State will vie for cash prizes and statewide recognition at the 9th annual New York Business Plan Competition Final presented by SEFCU at SUNY Poly in Albany on April 27, 2018. The NYBPC is the only collegiate business competition that is a regionally coordinated, collaborative statewide program connecting students from more than 75 two- and four-year colleges and universities, setting it apart from all other competitions in the nation.

Startup Tech Valley @ Revolution Hall, Brown's Brewing Co.
May 2 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Startup Tech Valley @ Revolution Hall, Brown's Brewing Co. | Troy | New York | United States

Startup Tech Valley – Where entrepreneurs come together after hours!

Join us to hear pitches from:
Voiceter Pro, LLC – revolutionizing AI-assisted searches in the real estate industry and other markets
Taste – a personalized recommendation platform with an initial focus on the restaurant industry
Hudson Virtual Tours – 3D virtual tours transport you to any home or business
One-Simple Worldwide, Inc. – offering enterprise quality IT and cyber security for small-mid size businesses

Plus updates from Node40 and Leet Systems / CoLab!

BEYourStart Presents: Rise and Shine Startup Networking Event and Showcase @ Hampton Inn Clifton Park
May 4 all-day
BEYourStart Presents: Rise and Shine Startup Networking Event and Showcase @ Hampton Inn Clifton Park | New York | United States

Stop by the Hampton Inn Clifton Park meeting room to learn about or meet startup companies that BEYourStart and Robert Braathe have worked with including CampusProApp, Heaven’s Grand Gate, Jasconius Gaming Studio and more.

Official 2600 Meeting @ Starbucks
May 4 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Sharatoga TechTalks @ Sinclair Saratoga
May 16 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Sharatoga TechTalks @ Sinclair Saratoga | Saratoga Springs | New York | United States

I know it’s been FOREVER since our last event, but what can I say – things have been crazy! But I’m excited to host a Sharatoga TechTalks event on May 16 at Sinclair Saratoga with networking starting at 5:30 PM, and TechTalks from 6 – 7 PM.

Presenters: TBD

Get at me if you’re interested in presenting!


Chris Thompson
Founder of Sharatoga TechTalks
@ChrisJ_Thompson @SharatogaTech

3D Printing Meetup
May 17 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Contribute to the Monthly Printing Challenge, show off, tell stories- hang out with other 3D Printing enthusiasts!

Leah Busque, Keynote Speaker: Annual Key4Women Forum @ Albany Marriott
May 18 @ 8:30 am – 10:00 am
Leah Busque, Keynote Speaker: Annual Key4Women Forum @ Albany Marriott | Albany | New York | United States

Join the EO Albany table for this dynamic keynote from Leah Busque (Founder & Executive Chairwoman, TaskRabbit, General Partner at Fuel Capital) at the Annual Key4Women Forum.

Entrepreneurship: From Engineer to Entrepreneur, 5 Lessons Learned

It’s a big step from engineer to entrepreneur. And one that Leah Busque has successfully taken. What has she learned along the way? Make plans to join the Key4Women community to find out. You’ll enjoy breakfast, networking, and the opportunity to hear from entrepreneur Leah Busque. Leah relates so well to founders because she is one herself. In 2008, she founded the pioneering on-demand marketplace company TaskRabbit. She served as the company’s CEO for eight years, and in 2017 oversaw TaskRabbit’s successful sale to IKEA, the multinational home décor corporation. Leah currently is a General Partner at FUEL Capital, where she invests in early-stage companies across a variety of sectors. Fast Company named Busque one of the “100 Most Creative People in Business.”


7:30 a.m. Registration, networking, and breakfast

8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Program, Leah Busque – Founder & Executive Chairwoman, TaskRabbit, General Partner at Fuel Capital

We’re excited to once again have a business trade show at this year’s forum. Before and after the program, feel free to visit the booths of some fabulous Capital District women-owned businesses. Be sure to stop by the EO Albany trade show table and say hello! Please RSVP by Friday, April 13! 

Women TechMakers event: Building a New Horizon @ CommerceHub, Zen Building, 6th Floor
May 19 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Please join the Capital Region GDG community for this inclusive Women TechMakers event (every member of the community is invited). The event theme is: “Building a New Horizon”. The goal of the event is to inspire you to envision how your involvement in the tech industry does, or could, impact the world, or even a small corner of it.

We’ll bring you two inspirational and motivating keynotes from Pamela Pavliscak and Janet Carmosky, as well as networking periods and lightning talks. Pamela is an author, founder and speaker who focuses on human / technology interaction. Janet is the Executive Director of Albany Can Code, where she is focused on equipping aspiring software developers with the tools to enter this field and excel. Both Pamela and Janet are engaging speakers and each have a wealth of experience in and around the tech industry.

In addition to Pamela and Janet, we will have networking and lightning talks as well! Our venue host, CommerceHub will be providing the space and food/drink. Great thanks to CommerceHub!

So, if you would like to gather to share experiences and build each other’s confidence in how the technology industry can be impacted with our collective skills, please do join us!


10:00am – 10:30am: networking and refreshments

10:30am – 11:15am: Keynote #1

11:15am – 11:45am: Lightning talks

11:45am – 12:30pm: Networking and group interaction

12:30pm – 1:15pm: Keynote #2

1:15pm – end: Networking

2017 NY High School Business Plan Competition @ Siena College
May 24 @ 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

The mission of the New York State High School Business Model Competition is to provide an opportunity for teams of entrepreneurship high school students to express ideas in an educationally competitive environment.

The students gain:
– practical entrepreneurial and communication skills
– an understanding of that their peers are developing
– an opportunity to improve their business model

Please join us in supporting our next generation entrepreneurs.

Spring 2018 AFRL Commercialization Academy DEMO DAY @ Griffiss Institute
May 31 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Spring 2018 AFRL Commercialization Academy DEMO DAY @ Griffiss Institute | Rome | New York | United States

Celebrate four months of accomplishment with the five startups of the Spring 2018 AFRL Commercialization Academy cohort! The hard work and dedication by each startup will culminate with a pitch competition and networking at Demo Day, Thursday, May 31, 2018, at Griffiss Institute, Rome, NY! Please join us and help advance the entrepreneurial fabric here in New York State by helping to drive innovators toward success!

Griffiss Institute and Wasabi Ventures would like to invite you to join the five startups of the Spring 2018 Commercialization Academy cohort as they pitch a panel of judges, and live audience, on the companies they have built around Air Force Research Laboratory Information Directorate (AFRL/RI) technology. A judges’ vote and an audience vote will be held, with two cash prizes of $15,000 and $5,000, respectively, to be given to the winners of the two best pitches of the day.

That means each startup will have the opportunity to win much-needed seed money!

The five startups are: AudioStaq (Baltimore, MD), Go Figure (Utica, NY), idoolocal (Clinton, NY), Off the Cuff (Baltimore, MD), Pulse (Hanover, NH). Over the last four months, these entrepreneurs have received an abundance of tools and resources, including a startup educational platform that has taught each of them the logistics of building a startup.

2018 Spring Demo Day Agenda:

Emcee: Michele Pesula Kuegler, Program Manager at Wasabi Ventures

5:00 pm: Get to Know the Startups & Network
Talk to the teams at their booths, mingle, grab a bite of food & a cold beverage (Copper City Brewing Co.)

6:00 pm: Welcome & Opening Remarks

6:15 pm: Program Overview
Michele Pesula Kuegler, Program Manager at Wasabi Ventures

6:20 pm: Academy Pitches
Go Figure
Off the Cuff

6:55 pm: Alumni Presentations

7:10 pm: A Word from Our Supporters

7:20 pm: Thank Yous
Dan Fayette, Principal Engineer, Griffiss Institute

7:25 pm: Closing, Awards & Reception

* Agenda subject to change

Official 2600 Meeting
Jun 1 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
3D Printing Meetup
Jun 21 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Contribute to the Monthly Printing Challenge, show off, tell stories- hang out with other 3D Printing enthusiasts!

Official 2600 Meeting
Jul 6 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
3D Printing Meetup
Jul 19 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Contribute to the Monthly Printing Challenge, show off, tell stories- hang out with other 3D Printing enthusiasts!

Official 2600 Meeting
Aug 3 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
3D Printing Meetup
Aug 16 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Contribute to the Monthly Printing Challenge, show off, tell stories- hang out with other 3D Printing enthusiasts!

Official 2600 Meeting
Sep 7 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Hudson Valley, NY Tech Tour @ Various Locations
Sep 12 – Sep 14 all-day
Hudson Valley, NY Tech Tour @ Various Locations | New York | United States

Hudson Valley is the next stop on our North American Tech Tour and we’re coming down to spend some time with you and a few smart friends in the local tech community. Come say hello and hang with us for a bit.
We’re still pulling the exact plan together but you should RSVP now to be the first to know when we lock things in. All the events are free but, given that most of the venues are small, they’re first-come-first-served.
Great content, coffee (and beer) and conversations with the area’s top deal-makers, deal-breakers, entrepreneurs and assorted hangers-on. And, yes, Jack and the Airstream too.

Complete your registration here.

3D Printing Meetup
Sep 20 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Contribute to the Monthly Printing Challenge, show off, tell stories- hang out with other 3D Printing enthusiasts!

Official 2600 Meeting
Oct 5 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
3D Printing Meetup
Oct 18 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Contribute to the Monthly Printing Challenge, show off, tell stories- hang out with other 3D Printing enthusiasts!