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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
NEXUS-NY Judges
The Thrive Project Team
Oct
28
Wed
Webinar: Scaling Sales @ VIRTUAL
Oct 28 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Back by popular demand: Hear from Matt Scanlon who manages 60+ sales employees as head of Bandalier’s Binghamton office, a startup that provides growing tech companies with on-demand inside sales teams. Learn sales tactics that will work for your business. Topics to be covered include: hiring for sales roles, scaling a sales training program, goal setting, commission structure and leadership development.

Register here: https://binghamton.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJEpduCqrT8jH9cFF45pezTiIiUP4sxdNbEi

WISE Power Hour – Open for Business, featuring Gypsy Freedom @ Zoom
Oct 28 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
WISE Power Hour - Open for Business, featuring Gypsy Freedom @ Zoom

A lunch hour conversation around important small business topics!
About this Event
Join the WISE WBC Coaching Team via Zoom for an energetic lunch hour conversation around important small business topics. Each week will feature a central topic (and on occasion guest expert) to discuss best practices that will challenge you to push your ideas and strategies even further.

Offered the second and fourth Wednesdays of every month, from 12-1pm — Select date to attend during registration

Location: Zoom

Upcoming topics:
Oct. 14: (Barb and Lacey) Starting a Business During a Pandemic – Key Considerations
Oct. 28: (Lacey and Caeresa) Open for Business featuring Gypsy Freedom (Other participants TBD)

Topics will vary based on community need, check back for more!

After registering, you will receive an email from Eventbrite with a link to access the webinar. Please save this email and be sure to check your SPAM folder if you don’t see it in your email inbox.

You will also receive a link on your confirmation page and in your confirmation email asking you to complete a WISE information form if you have not before. Please complete the form at the link in the confirmation prior to the event.

Self-Development for Women Entrepreneurs: Leading an Effective Virtual Team @ Zoom
Oct 28 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Self-Development for Women Entrepreneurs: Leading an Effective Virtual Team @ Zoom

Self-Development for Women Entrepreneurs: Leveraging Yourself in Business During and after a Pandemic
This series of webinars focuses on your self-development as a businesswoman and business owner. While it is important to focus on the business plan, the financials, and other key aspects of starting and owning a business, the role of the owner in the business is also critical to business success.

As a busy woman in business, you may not make the time needed to think about leveraging yourself in your business. In this series, you will develop practical skills to design your unique plan in three areas: self-care and personal resilience, leading using your strengths and style, and leading others virtually to drive business success. You will participate in break out discussions and begin work on a personal plan that you can modify in each area.

Session Three: Leading an Effective Virtual Team in a Small Business
Business owners/entrepreneurs need to do more meetings virtually than ever before, especially given the coronavirus crisis. This is a new territory for most people. In this workshop, you will learn about some general strategies to keep in mind as well as reflect on your own personal style and preferences for engaging your team members. Key learnings include:

• General principles in leading virtual teams

• Using your own preferences to create an effective team environment virtually

• Identifying the preferences of your team members for virtual teaming

• How to manage a hybrid model for teaming (some in person and some virtual connections)

Location: Zoom

After registering, you will receive an email from Eventbrite with a link to access the webinar. Please save this email and be sure to check your SPAM folder if you don’t see it in your email inbox.

Oct
29
Thu
Mentorship+ Presents: Forming Entities with Co-Founders @ Online
Oct 29 all-day
Mentorship+ Presents: Forming Entities with Co-Founders @ Online

Once a month, 30-minute time slots open all day. Sign up starting 2 weeks before and set your own schedule. Match with people offering what you’re seeking. Set up meetings and communicate often. Keep your commitments. Give and get great advice. Free and open to everyone.

EXITO! Tools to Take Action: Master Your Mind @ Zoom
Oct 29 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
EXITO! Tools to Take Action: Master Your Mind @ Zoom

Have you noticed there’s SO much MORE to starting your business than merely creating a business plan, getting a website, and selling your stuff!?

Ohhhh, why does it feel so stressful, overwhelming & well – just plain HARD?

It’s not just YOU! Every entrepreneur feels this way, especially at the beginning.

That’s why we’re offering 3 specific workshops to give you the tools to deal with this overwhelming & stressful part of starting a business!

Dates and Sessions:
10/15/20 – Master Your Time: How to find the TIME to work on your business, so you can stop feeling like you’re always frazzled, scattered, & can’t breathe!

10/29/20 – Master Your Mind: Learn strategies to deal with the mental OVERWHELM – so you can feel excited & confident rather than scared & doubtful…*

11/12/20 – Master Your Plan: Get CLARITY in where you’re headed – so you can make a REALISTIC do-able plan and achieve your goals – rather than keep them living in your head*

*You must register separately for each session. Find additional sessions HERE

In each session, you’ll be able to ask questions – and walk away with tools & strategies to implement RIGHT AWAY, in your life and your business!

Location: Zoom

After registering, you will receive an email from Eventbrite with a link to access the webinar. Please save this email and be sure to check your SPAM folder if you don’t see it in your email inbox.

Oct
30
Fri
Insurance Considerations for Small Business Post COVID-19 @ webinar
Oct 30 @ 10:00 am – 10:00 pm

Learn what you need to know about insurance when starting a small business and what changes existing businesses need to make during this period of the pandemic.

A SCORE expert will cover all the types of insurance needed for new business and the changes necessitated during this trying time for an existing business. Coverage will include:

– Liability Insurance
– Property Insurance
– Worker’s Compensation Insurance
– Medical Insurance

Along with the latest legislation in light of the changes needed.

Nov
3
Tue
Managing through Uncertainty Workshop: Self-Care & Work/Life Balance @ Online via Zoom
Nov 3 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Managing through Uncertainty Workshop: Self-Care & Work/Life Balance @ Online via Zoom

The Ain Center for Entrepreneurship is hosting a Special Edition of the BuzzLab Boot Camp this fall! This series of online workshops will provide training and strategies for Managing through Uncertainty.

Mark your calendar for Tuesday, November 3 at noon for a workshop on Self-Care & Work/Life Balance with Melissa Mueller-Douglas (Founder, MYRetreat).

We’ve all had conversations about working and living through a global pandemic. As a licensed therapist and business owner, what I hear most is that we recognize self-care is important, yet the demands of life make it difficult to prioritize.

Set your intention to find your work/life balance.

Select a piece of chocolate for this workshop and experience the simplicity of mindfulness practice. We will pause, take a moment to take a breath, and learn mindfulness practices you can use day-to-day. Register here.

The University of Rochester is committed to providing inclusive experiences and equal access to programs and services. If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation or have questions about the access provided, please contact AinCFE@rochester.edu. In all situations, a good faith effort (up until the time of the event) will be made to provide accommodations.

Nov
4
Wed
Food for Thought # 5: Prototyping for Mixed Reality Games with Velan Studios @ (Virtual) Tech Valley Center of Gravity
Nov 4 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Food for Thought # 5: Prototyping for Mixed Reality Games with Velan Studios @ (Virtual) Tech Valley Center of Gravity

The Manufacturing Incubator at Tech Valley Center of Gravity presents Food for Thought: A Business & Product Development Virtual Luncheon Series. What started as an experiment by a small team at Velan Studios ended up as their debut title, Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit! Starting as a “find the fun” experiment, their team began the prototyping process for what would become a mixed-reality game partnership between Nintendo and Velan Studios right here at Tech Valley Center of Gravity!

“Find the fun” in prototyping and join us for a special presentation from Velan Studios! Dan Doptis, Jan-Erik Steel, and Ed Tumbusch of Velan will discuss the challenges and the magic of their team’s three-year journey from ideation to prototype for the studios debut title, Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit!

Dan Doptis, a Full Sail graduate, has worked in the video game industry for over 16 years. He is credited as an engineer and designer on over 8 titles and most recently is credited with being the Game Director and co-inventor of Mario Kart Live Home Circuit. He has a passion for toy building and is named on several US patents related to hardware interaction within a video game. He currently works at Velan Studios as an engineer.

Growing up, Ed Tumbusch always knew that he wanted to make video games. After graduating from the University of Nevada Reno with a degree in Computer Science, he began his adventure in the game development world that has spanned 14 years, 4 studios and over 12 shipped titles to date. Ed has always been an avid maker, diving headfirst into 3D printing, electronics building, woodworking, and drone racing. Today, Ed is employed by Velan Studios where he can combine his game development experience with his love for tinkering.

Jan-Erik Steel has worked in the game industry for over 20 years, and has been credited on over 15 console and handheld titles. His most recent role as Lead Programmer on Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit was a career highlight and a dream come true. Prior to joining the founding team at Velan Studios, Jan-Erik was co-founder of Waypoint Labs, an AR-centric startup that was awarded Grand Prizes at VR/AR challenges at the MIT Media Lab and an AT&T Developer Summit. He is named on several patents for physical toy-game interactions and touchscreen gameplay mechanics.

Velan Studios was founded in 2016 with a mission to uncover the magic of breakthrough technology and design to deliver revolutionary gameplay experiences. Based in downtown Troy, the team at Velan Studios is comprised of a diverse set of seasoned developers who have worked on multiple hit games and franchises; including Guitar Hero, Rock Band, Uncharted, Destiny, Skylanders, Metroid, Tony Hawk, Donkey Kong Country, and more. Velan’s first game, Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit, was released in October of 2020 in partnership with Nintendo.

The Manufacturing Incubator at Tech Valley Center of Gravity provides expert coaching and incubation across industries, advisory services and support for product-related startups. For members launching entrepreneurial ventures, we offer resources for product development through the Prototyping Center, with its advanced manufacturing equipment and flexible workspace.

Nov
5
Thu
Cashing In on your Side Hustle by Tom Fecteau @ Virtual
Nov 5 @ 5:30 pm
Cashing In on your Side Hustle by Tom Fecteau @ Virtual

The movie Field of Dreams is popular for “build it and they will come”. That has actually been the mantra of all types of inventors for centuries, and now this phrase is owned by the tech community (modernized) “build an app and ye will be rich”. Despite logic showing us repeatedly how false that statement is, we are humans and hope can not be quashed by mere logic. So, what is the first major deviation that takes a cool idea down a path of effort, energy and resources but ultimately falls off a cliff or gets stuck in a dead-end street vs. similar resources yielding that rarer thing we label success? Those that understand the “big” value your app serves, and those that are willing to ask others and risk learning that there may be a lesser value, are the ones most likely to succeed. Once it’s clear to you, and you know how to communicate that value in a manner meaningful to others, success becomes a high probability. In this short event we will dig in to “value”, people, and communication to stack the deck in your favor.

So, who is Tom? During my college years I discovered (with the help of a couple great professors) a natural ability to understand why people and processes would work, or not work. After several years chasing “corporate success” a chain of circumstances (aka failures) led me to a company with a cause to turn the profession of selling on its head. To be of value to this company I studied human behavior, brain science, and completely reframed my thinking about “sales”. That resulted in coaching over 200 start-ups to success. ** And I’m hoping my insights can help turn your dreams in to reality.

HATCHED – The Capital District Inventors and Entrepreneurs Meetup @ (Virtual) Tech Valley Center of Gravity
Nov 5 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
HATCHED - The Capital District Inventors and Entrepreneurs Meetup @ (Virtual) Tech Valley Center of Gravity

SHARING NIGHT: An informal virtual gathering where everyone can introduce themselves and show off what they’ve been working on. Share your project’s current status, get and give feedback, explore next steps, connect with potential team members.

Joining us this month are industrial designers and new Troy residents, Dierdre and Julian. Dierdre will talk about her experience utilizing ceramics in prototype development, and Julian will introduce Soft Monitor, which is telling the stories of materials, technology, and culture through physical experience.

REGISTER ON MEETUP to access the Zoom link!

Join us the first Thursday of each month to connect with other creative souls, product developers, inventors, patent attorneys and more who are interested in bringing ideas to life. Our goal is to help inventors and entrepreneurs navigate the business world.

This meetup is organized by The Tech Valley Center of Gravity. We are 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.

Nov
11
Wed
November VentureB Virtual Pitch Presentation @ Zoom
Nov 11 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
November VentureB Virtual Pitch Presentation @ Zoom

CEG coaches entrepreneurs in creating & delivering a presentation resulting in an open public pitch to regional investors & business leaders.

VentureB is a quarterly program designed for entrepreneurs to gain visibility to the region’s angel and institutional investors, business service providers, advisers, students, faculty, alumni and the early stage business community.

Join us for a VentureB Virtual Presentation on Wednesday, November 11th.

Agenda:
4:00 – 4:10pm | Welcome & Panel Introductions
4:10 – 4:55pm | Presentations (listed below)
5:00 – 5:35pm | Transition to Breakout Sessions (15 min each)
5:40 – 5:45pm | Closing

About the presenting companies:
Free Form Fibers (Shay Harrison )
Free Form Fibers is the world’s only manufacturer of high purity, high performance, inorganic fibers using a unique “laser printing” approach called Rapid Laser-assisted Chemical Vapor Deposition. These fibers are critical components of the next generation of materials called composites for use in high temperature, chemically aggressive applications like land-based and aerospace-based turbomachinery and nuclear power generation.

Pill-Locker (Victor Lewis)
The Pill-Locker is a portable, secure, electronic dispenser for opioids, cannabis products and other potentially dangerous prescription medications. It is designed to prevent addiction, abuse and overdose deaths by dispensing medication automatically only in accordance to the physician’s prescription.

Nov
12
Thu
Upstate Unleashed 2020 @ Online
Nov 12 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Upstate Unleashed 2020 @ Online

We’ll see you in person when the time is right. Stay safe. 

Upstate Venture Connect welcomes you to experience the best celebration of entrepreneurship each year in Upstate NY.

Upstate Unleashed is an annual conference and awards luncheon that brings together innovators in Upstate NY. Founders at the helm of high-growth companies meet active investors; early-stage entrepreneurs connect with community leaders. Together we learn, collaborate and build relationships needed to create a positive impact on our economy.

Unleashed 2020 will be held online.

Sponsorship are also available. View more at uvc.org/unleashed-sponsorship

EXITO! Tools to Take Action: Master Your Plan @ Zoom
Nov 12 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
EXITO! Tools to Take Action: Master Your Plan @ Zoom

Have you noticed there’s SO much MORE to starting your business than merely creating a business plan, getting a website, and selling your stuff!?

Ohhhh, why does it feel so stressful, overwhelming & well – just plain HARD?

It’s not just YOU! Every entrepreneur feels this way, especially at the beginning.

That’s why we’re offering 3 specific workshops to give you the tools to deal with this overwhelming & stressful part of starting a business!

Dates and Sessions:
10/15/20 – Master Your Time: How to find the TIME to work on your business, so you can stop feeling like you’re always frazzled, scattered, & can’t breathe!

10/29/20 – Master Your Mind: Learn strategies to deal with the mental OVERWHELM – so you can feel excited & confident rather than scared & doubtful…*

11/12/20 – Master Your Plan: Get CLARITY in where you’re headed – so you can make a REALISTIC do-able plan and achieve your goals – rather than keep them living in your head*

*You must register separately for each session. Find additional sessions HERE

In each session, you’ll be able to ask questions – and walk away with tools & strategies to implement RIGHT AWAY, in your life and your business!

Location: Zoom

After registering, you will receive an email from Eventbrite with a link to access the webinar. Please save this email and be sure to check your SPAM folder if you don’t see it in your email inbox.

Nov
18
Wed
Commercialization Competition 2020 @ Virtual Event
Nov 18 – Nov 19 all-day

As part of the Jeff Lawrence Innovation Fund, FuzeHub will hold its fourth New York State Commercialization Competition on November 18 & 19, 2020. Companies will compete virtually to demonstrate the commercialization potential of their technology or product and can win up to $50,000. This competition is intended to help small and medium-sized manufacturing and technology companies strengthen their “go-to-market” strategies as they move from new product/production method to marketplace.

Nov
20
Fri
Startup Bytes: Digital Brown Bag Lunch with Entrepreneurs @ Online via Zoom
Nov 20 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Startup Bytes: Digital Brown Bag Lunch with Entrepreneurs @ Online via Zoom

Join the Ain Center for Startup Bytes, a digital brown bag lunch with entrepreneurs! Via Zoom, the Ain Center invites UR innovators to take a break from noon to 1 PM once a month to hear from local or alumni entrepreneurs, and to engage with different topics in entrepreneurship.

Click this link to join: https://rochester.zoom.us/j/94897918506. If you are participating from a different location or would like the dial-in information, please contact AinCFE@rochester.edu prior to the event.

November will feature speakers from Chloe Capital, a venture capital firm in upstate New York that invests in women-led, seed stage tech/tech-enabled companies with a product in the market validated through early revenue and/or strategic partnerships.

Please register online and contact AinCFE@rochester.edu with any questions or suggestions for future topics!

The University of Rochester is committed to providing inclusive experiences and equal access to programs and services. If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation or have questions about the access provided, please contact AinCFE@rochester.edu. In all situations, a good faith effort (up until the time of the event) will be made to provide accommodations.

Dec
4
Fri
Startup Bytes: Digital Brown Bag Lunch with Entrepreneurs @ Online via Zoom
Dec 4 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Startup Bytes: Digital Brown Bag Lunch with Entrepreneurs @ Online via Zoom

Join the Ain Center for Startup Bytes, a digital brown bag lunch with entrepreneurs! Via Zoom, the Ain Center invites UR innovators to take a break from noon to 1 PM once a month to hear from local or alumni entrepreneurs, and to engage with different topics in entrepreneurship.

Click this link to join: https://rochester.zoom.us/j/91003255318. If you are participating from a different location or would like the dial-in information, please contact AinCFE@rochester.edu prior to the event.

December will feature speakers from Launch NY, who will talk about the new Founders Go Big program, which supports minority and female entrepreneurs in low-income areas.

Please register online and contact AinCFE@rochester.edu with any questions or suggestions for future topics!

The University of Rochester is committed to providing inclusive experiences and equal access to programs and services. If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation or have questions about the access provided, please contact AinCFE@rochester.edu. In all situations, a good faith effort (up until the time of the event) will be made to provide accommodations.

Dec
19
Sat
Linux Workshop
Dec 19 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Linux WorkshopCome and get your questions about Linux answered. We have experts on hand to fix problems and answer questions about Ubuntu and FOSS. Bring your system in so we can help you get the most from your FOSS.

Jan
1
Fri
Rochester 2600
Jan 1 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Rochester 2600 is an information-security / hacker meetup that meets regularly at the hackerspace, Interlock Rochester. It’s a loosely organized group that hangs out, does presentations related to security and technology, and discusses a variety of topics throughout the night. All are welcome. Agenda usually includes: * a monthly information security news that’s relevant * [Usually] at least one presentation on a hacker-ish topic. Visit https://www.rochester2600.com for this month’s meeting details