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 >
8 a.m. Registration
Sign-In, Light Refreshments, Networking, Visit Innovation Connectors Table Displays
8:30 a.m. Welcome
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
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
Moderator: Kathryn Cartini, Upstate Venture Connect
12 p.m. Working Lunch - Finding Help: Overview of the Regional Innovation Ecosystem
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
Sign-In, Networking, Appetizers
5 p.m. Welcome
5:15 p.m. Impact Investing: Overview & Success Story
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
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.
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.