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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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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.

Bright Buffalo Niagara Entrepreneur Expo 2018 @ Hotel Henry Resort and Conference Center
May 2 @ 8:30 am – 3:00 pm
Bright Buffalo Niagara Entrepreneur Expo 2018 @ Hotel Henry Resort and Conference Center | Buffalo | New York | United States

Agenda (subject to change)
830am – Registration, Investor-Roundtable Standup, Startup Mixer
9:45am – Case study: “Connect. Innovate. Accelerate”
11am – Innovation Alley Expo and Working Lunch
12:10pm – Keynote Address by Pocket Sun (speaker bio)
1:10pm – Live Pitches w/ Q&A
2:30 pm – In the Spotlight – A Celebration of Licenses, Patents & Spinouts
2:45pm – Bright Awards

Registration closes on April 9, 2018 for Exhibitors and on April 25, 2018 for Attendees. Anyone wishing to register after the deadlines should contact Julianna Fortain (jellis9@buffalo.edu) to register.

RocGrowth Candids @ Downstairs Cabaret Theatre
May 2 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
RocGrowth Candids @ Downstairs Cabaret Theatre | Rochester | New York | United States

RocGrowth Candids is a bi-monthly event featuring regional entrepreneurs share their personal stories and the lessons they’ve learned building successful businesses. We also feature innovative leaders who impact our community’s entrepreneurial ecosystem.


We are pleased to host Aaron Newman, a dynamic serial entrepreneur who, prior to founding CloudCheckr, already had several successful startups to his credit. Founded just seven years ago, CloudCheckr already employs more than 100 people in Rochester’s Village Gate. Aaron’s innovative approach to technology and community leadership falls right in line with RocGrowth’s vision of the New Rochester. If you too are interested in helping to shape the future of our community, this is an event you don’t want to miss!

We start and finish with informal kibitzing over drinks and hors d’oeuvres. As usual, we open with a brief performance by a local artist. In between, we conduct an open interview, followed by Q&A, with our featured guests. Event is free, but attendance is limited to the first 100 RSVPs. Register soon since the events “sell out.”

The event is free, thanks to our sponsor, Complemar. We humbly request a $5 donation to our host, the non-profit Downstairs Cabaret Theatre.

We look forward to seeing you there!

-The RocGrowth Team

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!

Southern Tier StartUp Summit @ Koffman Southern Tier Incubator
May 4 @ 10:30 am – 6:00 pm
Southern Tier StartUp Summit @ Koffman Southern Tier Incubator | Binghamton | New York | United States
Our community has great reason to celebrate some major successes over the past year, and you’re invited! Please join us in celebrating, at the first annual Southern Tier StartUp Summit on Friday, May 4th at the Koffman Southern Tier Incubator.
We will be showcasing the progress of the incubator program over the last year, as well as some of our companies and have several breakout sessions including successful investor Paul Singh, of Results Junkies bringing his angel investment network to Binghamton NY!

Be one of the first 100 to register and receive a FREE t-shirt!


10:30 AM – Registration
11:00 AM – Welcome, 3rd Floor Co-Working, President Harvey Stenger, Binghamton University
11:15 AM – Keynote, 3rd Floor Co-Working, Maggie Chan Jones ’96, Tenshey Inc.
12:15 PM – Lunch, The Colonial
1:15 PM – Workshops featuring Venture Capitalists Paul Singh and Dave Mirsky
2:00 PM – Student Shark Tank, Event Center
3:00 PM – Speaker Series featuring NYSERDA Clean Energy Incubator Highlight
4:00 PM – Pitch Event, Event Center, Dan Mori (Moderator), Binghamton University
5:30 PM – Shark Tank Awards, Event Center
6:00 PM – Dinner/Networking
Inclusive Prosperity Summit @ Holiday Inn Downtown Rochester
May 22 all-day
Inclusive Prosperity Summit @ Holiday Inn Downtown Rochester | Rochester | New York | United States

Conscious Capital ROC and Venture Jobs Foundation invite you to the Inclusive Prosperity Summit.

This year you’ll hear from John Hope Bryant and Mike Brady.

Check out this short video of John Hope Bryant and his message: “There is a Steve Jobs in waiting in EVERY zip code in America. Believing in them, investing in them…will change their lives…use the Free Enterprise System as a force for good at scale.”

And Mike Brady of Greystone Bakery, where their “Open Hiring” model has no interviews and no background checks, allowing them to employ many who are otherwise disenfranchised. Check out Mike’s TED Talk “Hiring the Unemployable.”

Stay tuned for more details coming soon!

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

SBIR Road Tour @ NextCorps
Jun 18 all-day
SBIR Road Tour @ NextCorps | Rochester | New York | United States

The SBIR Road Tour is coming to Rochester, NY on Monday, June 18, 2018, to present non-dilutive technology funding opportunities provided through the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs.

Individual program managers from up to 11 participating agencies representing $2.5 billion in early-stage funding will participate in this one-day event alongside technology entrepreneurs and state innovation ecosystem members.

If you’re an innovator, entrepreneur, researcher, or small technology firm, don’t miss this opportunity.

Special ticket price of $25 only available until May 9, 2018
Ticket price increases to $35 on May 10, 2018
Ticket price increases to $50 on June 11, 2018

Agenda Highlights
– Learn how to access local and state resources available to innovators, researchers, and technology entrepreneurs
– SBIR Agencies Funding Priorities Overviews

Engaging Panel Sessions
– Inside the Head of an Evaluator: Common Mistakes
– Grant Opportunities for a Public Purpose
– Staying On Track: Aligning Your Company for Success in the DoD

Opportunity to meet one-on-one with up to three SBIR/STTR Program Managers
Scheduled in advanced and available on a first-come, first-served basis.

This SBIR Road Tour stop is Hosted by NextCorps in partnership with the University of Rochester. Refreshments and lunch are provided.

Click here to register.

Luminate Demo Day @ Xerox International Rochester Jazz Fest, Big Tent
Jun 28 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Luminate Demo Day @ Xerox International Rochester Jazz Fest, Big Tent | Rochester | New York | United States

On June 28th, 2018, the inaugural cohort of Luminate will participate in an exciting Demo Day event in the Big Tent of the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival! All 10 finalist companies will be pitching their optics, photonics, and imaging startups, and one team will be awarded $1 million in follow-on funding from the Empire State Development’s Finger Lakes Forward initiative. An additional $1 million is also available to be awarded to other finalist companies.

We hope you’ll join us for this exciting event! There will be food available for purchase from a variety of vendors, and you’ll get to hear about some truly incredible innovations in the optics, photonics, and imaging industry.

This event is free, but registration is required to reserve your seat!

2018 New York Venture Summit @ Convene
Jul 10 – Jul 11 all-day
2018 New York Venture Summit @ Convene | New York | New York | United States

Where Innovation Meets Capital

The 18th annual New York Venture Summit, presented by youngStartup Ventures, is the premier industry gathering connecting venture capitalists, corporate VCs, angel investors, technology transfer professionals, senior executives of early stage and emerging growth companies, university researchers, incubators and premier service providers.

Special Offer

Upstate Venture Connect has made a special arrangement for our network to receive a special discount of 10% off the existing “early bird” rates. Register here and use discount code “UVCVIP.”

More Details

Whether you are an investor seeking access to new early stage deals, or a CEO or Founder of a new venture looking for funding, visibility and growth, The 2018 New York Venture Summit is one event you won’t want to miss.

This exclusive full-day Venture Capital Summit will feature: Venture Panels, Company Presentations, High Level Networking.

Audience Profile: Venture Capitalists, angel investors, corporate VCs, CEOs, CFOs and other senior management of early stage and emerging growth ventures, technology transfer professionals and premium services firms.