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Featured Events

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
IgniteU Sandler Sales Training Workshop @ IgniteU
Oct 15 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

In the Sandler Sales Training you will learn how to identify and comfortably connect with your ideal prospect in a meaningful manner, create a concise 30 second commercial, develop an engaging prospecting script, and start by engaging with assistants and other gatekeepers.

Topics to be covered include:

  • suspects vs prospects

  • profiling your ideal prospect

  • your competitive advantage

  • your 30 second commercial

  • engaging gatekeepers

  • creating the no-pressure prospecting call

  • creating the up front objection prospecting call

Attendance will be limited to 20 participants and will be highly selective.

2019 William F. Glaser Rensselaer Entrepreneur of the Year Celebration @ RPI Biotechnology Building, Auditorium
Oct 16 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

The Severino Center for Technological Entrepreneurship and the Lally School of Management at Rensselaer are proud to honor an entrepreneurial team that recognized a business opportunity and weren’t dissuaded by the technology challenge ahead of them at the 2019 William F. Glaser Rensselaer Entrepreneur of the Year Celebration.

In an era when the one-to-many style of online video communication solutions was flawed and slow due to bandwidth limitations, this founding team developed the first PC-based “virtual classroom” and “web conferencing” software product using multi-casting and agent technology to manage the bandwidth on the network.

Please join in the celebration and hear their story as it is time to recognize two Lally School MBA graduates and one former Rensselaer faculty member turned business partners.

CEG Empowering your Sales Process with Technology @ Tech Valley Center of Gravity
Oct 16 @ 11:30 pm – 11:30 pm
CEG Empowering your Sales Process with Technology @ Tech Valley Center of Gravity

This CEG Knowledge @ Noon explores the ever evolving use of sales tech stacks in today’s sales process. 10/16 from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm

Can your company do more to …

-better understand our buyer’s behaviors?
-implement best practices and leverage technology to align your sale team?
-improve quality of your customer data?
-Improve the accuracy of revenue forecasts?

Whether your organization has an established sales process and sales technology platform such as Salesforce, Hubspot, ACT, or none at all, we welcome you to join CEG and ZeroFrixion at this upcoming Knowledge @ Noon Event.

Leveraging Sales & Marketing Technology Stacks to enhance your sales process is a critical component of 21st century sales prospecting. Companies looking to better understand buyer behavior, prospect based on quality data, and/or establishing best practices for aligning these technology tool-sets with existing processes should consider attending this event.

Lunch will be included.

Cost: $15.00

Space is limited to sign up here today!

Bizlab-Clarkson Lunchtime featuring Brian Epstein of Deep Blue @ New York Bizlab
Oct 17 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Bizlab-Clarkson Lunchtime featuring Brian Epstein of Deep Blue @ New York Bizlab

On Thursday, Oct. 17 the BizLab-Clarkson Lunchtime Entrepreneurship Series will feature a true newsmaker, Brian Epstein, CEO of Deep Blue, a Comcast company.

Epstein is a serial entrepreneur who also co-founded Autotask and Vision Systems Inc. In May, the giant conglomerate Comcast acquired Deep Blue, which engineers, installs and manages Wi-Fi networks across North America, Mexico, the Caribbean and Canada, focusing on hospitality and large venues. At the time of the acquisition, Deep Blue was a $40 million company with 130 employees.

Tickets to hear Epstein speak are $10 for the general public. Attendees will have time to network, eat a great lunch and hear an amazing speaker and be out the door in an hour!

We are thrilled to announce Ballston Spa National Bank is our Meal Sponsorfor this event. BSNB offers a wide range of financial products and services to individuals, families, municipalities, nonprofits and businesses throughout New York’s greater Capital Region.

We are still seeking a Video Sponsor for this event, so please contact BizLab Managing Director Rick D’Errico at rderrico@transfinder.com if you are interested in either! Click here to see the BizLab YouTube channel.

Free parking is available in back of the BizLab, on either side of Liberty Street, and metered parking in front on State Street. Enter via the doors to the right. Please do not park in spaces marked for customers of Saratoga National Bank.

Please share on LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter and forward to your contact list.

We hope you can make it!

Rick D’Errico

BizLab Managing Director

End to End Quality, Learn a System to Solve Unforeseen Quality Issues, BEFORE They Happen @ Desmond Hotel
Oct 22 @ 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
End to End Quality, Learn a System to Solve Unforeseen Quality Issues, BEFORE They Happen @ Desmond Hotel

Does Your Company Have a System for Seeing and Solving Quality Issues?

Whether using A3s, the 5 Whys, DMAIC, Value Stream Mapping, or any other problem-solving tool, having a System for seeing and solving quality issues can ensure the real problem is solved and protect precious resources from being deployed erroneously to solve a non-existent issue.

Learn a System to Solve Unforeseen Quality Issues, BEFORE They Happen

Lead by Brent Wahba, Strategy, Innovation & Transformation executive at Strategy Science, Inc., Brent is a well-known expert in product development, manufacturing operations, supply chain management, and quality control. He brings global managerial and technical expertise across several industries.

1 Million Cups Albany @ UAlbany
Oct 23 @ 8:30 am – 9:30 am
1 Million Cups Albany @ UAlbany

Our next 1 Million Cups meeting will be at the University at Albany, Massry Center for Business, Room BB151, Wednesday, October 23rd, 2019 from 8:30 – 9:30 am. Join us for some great presentations from entrepreneurs in the community!

WordPress Training (2 Hour) @ 488 Broadway
Oct 23 @ 9:30 am – 12:00 pm
WordPress Training (2 Hour) @ 488 Broadway

WordPress is the content management system that powers over 75 million websites. Harness this powerful system so you can create and manage websites for yourself, your employer, or your own business.

At this training, you’ll learn the difference between WordPress, GoDaddy Website Builder, Wix, Weebly, Squarespace, and other web builders. Get a list of other web builders and content management systems to explore. Check out what else can be done with WordPress like with portfolio sites, business directories, job boards, news sites, and more.

Nancy Tedeschi and Snapit Screw: A Local Inventor’s Story @ Tech Valley Center of Gravity
Oct 29 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Nancy Tedeschi and Snapit Screw: A Local Inventor's Story @ Tech Valley Center of Gravity

For our Fall meetup come and meet Nancy Tedeschi, inventor of the Snapit Screw. Nancy will talk about her inventing and entrepreneurial journey.

Free dessert and prizes! Bring a friend and you each get a Snapit Screw!

Please send questions to Sam ahead of time so he can get Nancy prepared.

The Snapit Screw Story:
My mother was doing volunteer work in a 3rd world country and she broke her glasses. She took her earring out of her ear and fixed here glasses. She had this beaded earring hanging from her glasses. People everywhere would stop her and ask her where she got it. After wearing it for about a year she came to me and said “you have to invent charms for eyeglasses.” So I started the process. I invented a washer that was double slotted that would fit over the little screw. One slot was round and the other was a slot. I invented a hook that fit in the slot and we made jewelry to hang on the hook and it fit in the slot. Everyone loved them but getting this washer on the screw and back in the glasses was next to impossible. So one day while doing this I thought why can’t I put a break away tab on the washer so I did this. Once I had the washer made it was easier to now hold the washer while dropping the screw into the washer and putting it back in the glasses. One day while doing this something click and I said well if I can put a break away tab on the washer why can’t I put one on the screw? So that is how snapit was born. I just received a notice of allowance from the patent office on my charms. It is true that necessity is the mother of invention.

Looking For Inventors:
Are you an inventor, patent attorney, product developer, or someone in the field of invention, who would like to present? Do you know anyone who would like to present? We are looking for future presenters. Please message Sam if you have someone in mind.

About the Venue:
Tech Valley Center of Gravity is a makerspace, prototyping center, manufacturing incubator, STEAM-education center and creative community located in the heart of downtown Troy, New York. A member-supported 501(c)(3) community resource organization, the Center of Gravity serves members from Albany, Columbia, Rensselaer, Saratoga and Schenectady counties and beyond with space, tools, technology and expertise to explore and exercise their creativity, turn ideas into objects of art and/or utility, and launch new ventures based on their own ingenuity. Within the walls of this 15,000 sf facility — spread over two floors of an award-winning historically renovated former department store — you will find:

3D Printers
Fiber Arts Area
Electronics and Microprocessors
Metal Shop
Co-Working Space/Amenities
Innovation Studio Space
Meeting and Class Rooms
THINQubator (STEAM Education)
Laser Cutter
Glass and Enamel Shop
Model Shop
Welding Shop
Prototyping Center

Hope to see you there!


ANYCON @ Pearl. Street Pub. Albany. Ny
Nov 1 – Nov 2 all-day
ANYCON @ Pearl. Street Pub. Albany. Ny

3rd Annual ANYCON Hacker Conference. November 1 and 2 in downtown ALBANY, NY. Capture The Flag, CTF training, hardware havking and lockpick villages, talks and more. http://anycon.info/
Tickets https://anycon2019.eventbrite.com/

Startup Tech Valley @ Revolution Hall
Nov 6 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

This month’s meetup is being hosted by the Troy Innovation Garageand the Bull Moose Club who crafted an excellent lineup of startups working out of the capital region’s coworking spaces.


co-mads– develops curated experiences for the modern-day traveler, within the U.S., that focus on local culture and community service

Simplecast– offers podcast hosting, distribution and analytics

Two Buttons Deep – a digital entertainment company creating quick-form content meant to be consumed and shared on social media

ILUM Health Solutions – a precision medicine company for infectious disease

With updates from:

Peak Neuro Group

Jeff Lawrence Innovation Fund Commercialization Competition @ Albany Capital Center
Nov 18 – Nov 19 all-day

Whether you’re a founder, an investor, or an academic, step into the future at the FuzeHub Commercialization Competition 2019. Expand your horizons through a program packed with visionary keynotes and expert panels. The two day event will culminate with a pitch competition for the ultimate prize of $150,000. Be there to help us propel early stage companies and their innovations.

VETCON @ The Desmond Hotel
Nov 19 – Nov 20 all-day
VETCON @ The Desmond Hotel

Join us for the fourth annual, award-winning Veterans in Economic Transition Conference (VETCON). This conference is the first of its kind in the Capital Region to help Veterans as they make transitions into their future professional careers. It is an unprecedented collection of public and private businesses, non-profit and for-profit organizations, and government agencies gathering together for a worth initiative.

The Conference will:

  • Provide support, advice and direction to startups and existing businesses owned by Veterans
  • Host seminars and presentations on topics including issues that confront new businesses and how to do business through technology and marketing.
  • Make available businesses and organizations that help Veterans obtain employment and to encourage industries to consider Veterans. The New York State Office of General Services will have representatives from state programs and agencies that will help guide veterans toward useful programs that already exist. Representatives from OGS will help instruct and educate Veteran business owners as to the process and requirements in becoming certified as a New York State Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Business (SDVOB) in order to increase participation in New York State’s contracting opportunities.
  • Have the potential to present monetary awards, grants and prizes to veteran-owned businesses.
  • Provide access to organizations that are not necessarily focused towards Veterans, but offer services to them to succeed and thrive after service.
  • Have speakers of national notoriety serve as mentors during seminar sessions, and networking opportunities with the inclusion of notable Veteran business owners, investors and financial institutions. There will be specific rooms made available to connect investors with potential businesses, and networking between attendees.

Veteran Owned Business Owners, don’t forget to bring your Capabilities Statement to facilitate being added / listed to the NYVOBA.org website.

Ticket Information

Veteran Business Owner Attendee – Two Day Ticket w/ Hotel includes:

  • This ticket is only available to current or aspiring Veteran Business Owners.
  • One night hotel accommodation, with your choice of 1 king or 2 queen beds, for Tues, Nov 19th. Please make sure to select bed preference from “Add-On” menu during checkout.
  • Admission to VETCON on Tues and Wed.
  • Breakfast on Wed.
  • Lunch on Tues and Wed.
  • Mid-day refreshments.
  • One free drink ticket for the networking mixer.
  • Attendee thank you gift.

Attendee- Two Day Ticket includes:

  • Admission to VETCON on Tues and Wed.
  • Breakfast on Wed.
  • Lunch on Tues and Wed.
  • Mid-day refreshments.
  • One free drink ticket for the networking mixer.
  • Attendee thank you gift.

Attendee – Tues Only Ticket:

  • Admission to VETCON on Tues.
  • Lunch on Tues.
  • Mid-day refreshments.
  • One free drink ticket for the networking mixer.
  • Attendee thank you gift.

Attendee – Wed Only Ticket:

  • Admission to VETCON on Wed.
  • Breakfast and lunch on Wed.
  • Mid-day refreshments.
  • Attendee thank you gift.

Agency Tickets:

  • State agencies are invited to send up to 2 representatives to the event for free, and will be given a 2-person matchmaking table in our sponsor area! Please make sure to register each attendee, and use your agency-related email address for confirmation purposes. Two attendees per agency maximum. We’re sorry, but we are unable to make hotel accommodations for agency attendees.
  • If you would like to send up to 2 additional attendees (4 total), or if your agency would like to have a booth at the event, please select the “Agency Booth Add-On” at checkout. Additional agency attendees must be registered as full attendee tickets.

For questions, call Cassandra at 585-899-1406, email info@vetconny.com, or visit our website at http://www.vetconny.com