Nasir Ali has been actively building the high growth entrepreneurial ecosystem across Upstate New York for the past 15 years.
Ali launched The Syracuse Technology Garden incubator in 2004, followed in 2007 by the Seed Capital Fund of CNY, Upstate NY’s first angel investor fund. In 2010, Ali joined with TriNet founder Martin Babinec to form Upstate Venture Connect, a 501c3 non-profit that has helped organize five angel funds in Upstate; built an online communications platform that reaches more than 15,000 startup community members; created the UNY50 Entrepreneur Leadership group; and established the Upstate Venture Ecosystem Awards.
Ali is the co-founder and Managing Director of StartFast Venture Accelerator, Upstate NY’s only private capital-backed startup accelerator program. Ali’s investment portfolio of more than 40 companies has raised well over $100MM since 2007. He is also a board member and advisor to numerous entities including the NYS Innovation Venture Capital Fund, Next Gen Venture Partners, Fitzgate Ventures and multiple portfolio companies, including LotMonkey.
Ali received his undergraduate degree in Physics from Princeton University. He also holds an MBA from Yale University.