OCTOBER 2 @ CNYBAC  – Accelerator Your Growth with IMPACT CAPITAL

Join some of the most influential entrepreneurs, investors and ecosystem builders in Upstate NY at The Funding Roadmap, a two-part series where you’ll connect with other business owners, hear inspirational stories, and learn about valuable resources and tactics to help secure funding for your venture. You don’t want to miss these transformative events. Discounts available when you purchase tickets for both sessions >


Part 1: Startup Capital

@ The Tech Garden
435 Harrison Street
Syracuse NY

Tickets are $15 each or attend both events for $25

8 a.m. Registration

, Light Refreshments, Networking, Visit Innovation Connectors Table Displays

8:30 a.m. Welcome

Rick Clonan, VP of Innovation & Entrepreneurship at The Tech Garden

8:45 a.m. Building Your Case: Black Box of Financing

Lee DeAmicis, Regional Manager, Business Banking, M&T Bank

You’ve built your plan, done customer discovery, and developed your product or service. Now you are launching or ready to scale and looking for funding. What’s right the source of capital for your business? Where do you find it? What are the essentials you need to have in place to approach a funder? What’s the capital continuum, from ideation to acceleration, and what kinds of funding are best matched for each stage?

9:20 a.m. How I Did It: A Case Study

A perspective from founders who have gone from concept to launch to growth, utilizing various phases of funding.

 Carrier Blackmore, Cofounder, Good Nature Brewery
 Ben Reilley, Owner, Life of Reilley
 Wills Mahoney, Cofounder, Plowz and Mowz
 Tim Shaughnessy, President & CEO, Rapid Cure Technologies
 Natalie Evans and Jennifer Walls, Co-owners, The Sweet Praxis

Moderator: Amy Wyant, Syracuse CoWorks & Tech Geekery

10:30 a.m. Break

Bring your business cards. It’s time to network and re-visit the Innovation Connectors table displays.

10:45 a.m. Funding Options: A Panel of Founders & Funders

 Bootstrapping and Crowdfunding (Erin Miller, Out There Productions)
 Loan Guarantee Programs (Grace Conners, Small Business Administration)
 Online Funding Source (Paul S. Kaiser, NYBDC and Excelsior Growth Fund)
 Specialized Programs: tax credits, state programs, etc. (Bob Herz, InSourcing and Joanne
Lenweaver, WISE)

Moderator: Kathryn Cartini, Upstate Venture Connect

12 p.m. Working Lunch - Finding Help: Overview of the Regional Innovation Ecosystem

Part 2: Accelerator Your Growth with Impact Capital

@ CNY Biotech Accelerator
841 E. Fayette Street
Syracuse NY

Tickets are $15 each or attend both events for $25

This workshop in the Innovation Connectors Funding Roadmap 2-part series provides an overview of impact investing – capital for enterprises addressing social and environmental challenges. Attendees will also learn from seasoned investors and a successfully funded company about their experience with impact investors, as well as network with local impact entrepreneurs and a variety of investors.

4 p.m. Registration

, Networking, Appetizers

5 p.m. Welcome

Dr. Robert Corona, VP of Innovation & Business Development, CNY Biotech Accelerator

5:15 p.m. Impact Investing: Overview & Success Story

Jill Newbold, Director of Business Development, Investors’ Circle
Jon Strimling, Chairman & CEO, UltraCell

5:45 p.m. Investors Panel: Understanding the Investor Mindset

 Michael Lasch, Managing Partner, Pine Street Capital Partners
 Alan Bernstein, President, Investors’ Circle New York Local Network
 Sharon J. Weinberg, Managing Director, New York Ventures
 Rami Katz, COO, Excell Partners
 Kathryn Cartini, Partner, Chloe Capital

Moderator: Nick Querques, Technology to Market Program Manager, NYSERDA

6:30 p.m. The Pitch: Region's Top For-Profit Impact Ventures

 Josh Aviv, Cofounder, Spark Charge
 Richard Uhlig, CEO, Quadrant Biosciences
 Joe Dickson, CEO, Pelitex, Inc.
 Fuz Eller, Founder & CEO, Euphony, Inc.

Moderator: Linda Dickerson-Hartsock, Executive Director, Blackstone LaunchPad at Syracuse University

7 p.m. Networking, Demo Alley & Cocktail Reception

Have your business cards ready! It’s time to discuss what you learned, meet the presenters and experience more innovations happening in central NY and beyond.

About Innovation Connectors

Supporting, engaging and connecting CNY’s entrepreneurial ecosystem

The Syracuse Innovation Connectors group includes leaders within government, business, incubation, acceleration and resource organizations across central NY. We meet monthly with the collaborative goal to share information, build alliances, collaborate on events and understand the strength of our region’s resources to better assist our next generation entrepreneurs. View events across central New York, and add your own entrepreneurial events to the list.