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Upstate NY Helps SmartyPans Get Cookin'

Since graduating from the StartFast Accelerator, SmartyPans has attracted a lot of global attention. Most recently the brother-sister duo have been asked to demo at the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Vegas. In conjunction with the event, you can now vote for SmartyPans to win Tech.Co's Startup of the Year Competition! Show your #StartUNY support by voting online before January 5....

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This post is by Devin Daly, Founder and CEO of Spincar, a 2013 graduate of StartFast Venture Accelerator. Accelerators present a complex opportunity for startup founders. It’s easy to pin the equity deal as weak and devalue the intangibles. When a founder overcomes this and decides an accelerator makes sense, they’re presented with a myriad of options, each with dozens of moving pieces: economic deal, location, partners,...

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By: David Dussault Chapter One: Where do you start? The Start-Up Scene in Upstate NY Over the last several years, I have become actively engaged in the start-up ecosystem that is emerging in Upstate NY. High tech incubators and accelerators are popping up, RPI manages a monthly start-up tech valley event, there is a local chapter of Google Startup Grind and schools all over the area are developing...

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Entrepreneurs from Upstate, Philly, NYC and beyond, visited The Tech Garden in Syracuse, NY to pitch their ideas hoping to become nominees into the StartFast class of 2014.  With only 5 minutes to sway the panel, the energy and enthusiasm was elevated.  Narrowed down from over 1000+ candidates, the StartFast panel and mentors were looking for the final X-factor from the teams in order to...

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Kyle Blumin is a lifelong resident of Syracuse, an alumnus of Syracuse University and has successfully started, turned around and exited three businesses.  He is also an avid observer of the changes taking place in the region's economy, especially our emerging ecosystem for supporting fledgling companies.  Like many successful entrepreneurs, Kyle can choose to live where he wants to and spend his time doing whatever...

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This is a guest post by StartFast Entrepreneur in Residence Kyle Blumin.  UVC has reprinted it to mark the release of the Steve Jobs biopic this weekend. Follow Kyle on Twitter (@kyleblumin) A friend of mine invited me to go see the Sundance Film Festival premier of the Steve Jobs biopic. I couldn't pass up the offer and I'm glad I didn't. It was a great movie that made every cell...

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