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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
Angels and Startups: Building Entrepreneurial Ecosystems @ SUNY New Paltz
Mar 1 @ 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Are you considering raising capital for your startup? Thinking about doing some (more) angel investing? Want to learn about what’s happening in the Hudson Valley Startup community? Join us to hear lessons learned from experienced investors about how they select, invest in and work with entrepreneurs to build strong companies and generate returns.

On March 1, 2018 at SUNY New Paltz in the Hudson Valley, Upstate Capital is hosting an event to connect current and prospective angel investors, entrepreneurs and people interested in entrepreneurship, investing and the burgeoning Hudson Valley startup scene.

Experienced Investors

Chip Parmele, based in Princeton NJ, is a limited partner in several early stage funds and has invested directly as an angel in several companies in biotech, ed tech and other industries. He will discuss lessons learned for both investors and entrepreneurs, including the importance of alignment, fundamentals he looks for in potential investments, and what to think about when considering taking on outside investors.

Best Practices

Rami Katz created a proprietary deal scoring system at Excell Partners, the firm he helped launch in Rochester NY. That scoring system is used by multiple firms to rank potential investment opportunities. Originally from Israel, Rami brings a combination of legal expertise and investment experience to share best practices for evaluating potential investments and working with entrepreneurs.

Growing Startups

The Hudson Valley and the rest of Upstate New York is home to many new and growing startups. We’ll showcase a few of them at the startup showcase. This is an opportunity to meet startup entrepreneurs. You never know who you might meet at an Upstate Capital event!


Request an invitation to attend the regularly scheduled Hudson Valley Startup Fund meeting. Attendees will be asked to sign in and observe rules for guests. It is an opportunity to see how the Hudson Valley’s member-managed angel fund operates.

Event Schedule

3:00PM – Registration + Networking + Startup Expo

4:00PM – Startup Pitches + Investor Conversations

5:00PM – Networking + Startup Expo

6:00PM – Hudson Valley Startup Fund Meeting (invited guests)

Members: $35 – let us know you’re coming and we’ll send a code.
Not yet a member? Tickets are $50 if you register before February 15, and $75 thereafter. Register today!
Membership benefits include member newsletters in your inbox and discount tickets to events. Learn more and join Upstate Capital.
Stovetop to Storefront Workshop @ thINCubator
Mar 19 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Stovetop to Storefront is a 1-day workshop for new entrepreneurs or those of you who have a food-related product that you’d like to bring to market. This could any value-add product such as salsas, sauces, jams, baked goods and more.
Over the course of the workshop we’ll discuss Product Development, Food Safety, Rules & Regulations, Labeling/Packaging requirements and best practices for marketing your product once it’s developed.
No experience necessary. Lunch will be served. You’ll leave with the insights on how to take your secret recipe from the stovetop to the storefront.
Brought to you by Nelson Farms, Cornell Cooperative Extension and the thINCubator
Trademarks: The Key to Commercialization
Mar 28 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Featuring Craig Morris, Managing Attorney for Trademark Outreach, United State Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)

Topics include: process and issues related to trademarks, copyrights, patents, domain names

Sponsored by Technology Commercialization Law Program of the Intellectual Property and Technology Institute, Syracuse College of Law and CNYBAC

There is no cost to attend, RSVP:  cnybac@upstate.edu

2nd Annual Upstate Capital Celebration @ TBA
Mar 28 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm


Deal of the Year awards to companies with the most significant transactions in 2017 for the Upstate New York region, including:

Venture Capital Investment

Private Equity Investment

Merger / Acquisition Transaction

Buyout Transaction

And finally, Dealmaker of the Year to the person who has made important contributions to the Upstate New York investment community.

Nominations open Feb 1.

Contact Upstate Capital to learn more about sponsorship opportunities.

Mohawk Valley Student Business Pitch Competition @ Utica College’s Brvenik Center for Business, Clark City Center
Apr 6 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Mohawk Valley Student Business Pitch Competition @ Utica College’s Brvenik Center for Business, Clark City Center | Utica | New York | United States


The Utica College Business Program will host a day-long event focused on the future of work and employment opportunities in the Mohawk Valley. The three-stage event – which includes a regional business pitch competition open to all Utica / Mohawk Valley college students, a panel discussion and keynote speaker – is free and open to the community.

Space is limited, so please register here by Monday, April 2

#PTF2018 Schedule
10AM: Check-in and networking
10:15AM: Opening remarks
10:30 – 12:30PM: Business Pitch Competition (First Wave)
12:30-1:30PM: Break for lunch
1:30-3PM: Business Pitch Competition (Second Wave)
1:30-3PM: Panel – The Future of Work in the Mohawk Valley
3-4PM: Keynote – Adam Day: The Changing Nature of Work
4-4:30PM: Winners announced

Keynote | Adam Day
As creative director for Helios + Matheson, Adam Day is the driver behind MoviePass, created by Netflix’s co-founder. Now, the $9.95 monthly subscription concept is forcing Netflix and traditional movie theaters to rethink the movie-going experience model.

As the event’s keynote speaker, Adam will discuss MoviePass, his journey from the Mohawk Valley, and why college students can find new and innovative job opportunities regionally and in upstate New York. Click here for Adam’s complete bio.

Much like the rest of the global economy, the Utica and Mohawk Valley business communities are adapting to technological advancement while searching for solutions to replace industry that once thrived in the region, but will the job force of 2030 look like what is expected today? Hear from local regional professionals from the finance, marketing, and insurance sectors to understand what is expected of college graduates now — and in the future.

Mohawk Valley Business Pitch Competition
Almost $10,000 in prizes (cash and in-kind) will be awarded during the Mohawk Valley Business Pitch Competition/Demo Day. The competition is open to all undergraduate and graduate students who attended any of the region’s institutions of higher learning during the 2017-18 academic year (December graduates are eligible). A separate registration is required, but will be included in the full day’s event. Click here for more information, including full rules and regulations for the competition. Application deadline is March 28.

Note: Parking is available on the street or in the garage located on the corner of Bleecker and Burnet Streets. Students can also take the shuttle from Utica College’s Burrstone campus.
GENIUS NY Finals Night @ TBA
Apr 12 all-day
GENIUS NY Finals Night @ TBA | Syracuse | New York | United States

Mark April 12, 2018 on your calendars to experience 6 GENIUS NY teams complete for $3 million in investments.

WISE Symposium 2018 @ Sky Armory
Apr 18 all-day

Mark your calendar for WISE Symposium taking place on April 18, 2018 at SKY Armory.

Join us for the entrepreneurial event of the year at WISE Symposium. WISE (Women Igniting the Spirit of Entrepreneurship) is synonymous with entrepreneurial excellence and has grown to become the premier event not only for up-and-coming entrepreneurs, but for anyone active in the business community — including corporate leaders, aspiring business owners, people interested in professional development and networking, and those with ventures at any stage of growth!

Learn from:

  • Engaging, high-profile speakers

  • Interactive panel discussions

  • Dynamic exchanges with exceptional entrepreneurs

Ticket includes a continental breakfast to start off your day, lunch, and a cocktail party.

Check out the WISE Women’s Business Center website for Agenda and more details.

The Jefferson Clinton is the official hotel for WISE Symposium speakers and attendees, offering a special rate of $139/night. To book your room, call (315) 452 0500.

Managing Risk and Strategic Growth: Startups & Growth-Oriented Companies @ TBA
Apr 26 @ 2:00 pm – 7:00 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.
More information to come! 
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.