DC Area Entrepreneur Tim Keenan to Keynote Upstate Unleashed Conference
Speaker List includes 10 Upstate CEOs and Kauffman Foundation VP
UPSTATE, NY – (PRESS RELEASE) – Upstate Venture Connect (UVC) is excited to announce serial entrepreneur Tim Keenan, will be the keynote speaker for the 2016 Venture Ecosystem Awards on September 16 at the Turning Stone Resort.
Tim Keenan has been a principal in the building and selling of four businesses and a 2005 E&Y Entrepreneur of the Year. He is also the cofounder of the Timothy and Kathleen Keenan ‘81 Center for Entrepreneurship at Le Moyne College, which seeks to advance the Central New York economy by utilizing personal enterprise to promote economic development and combat poverty.
The Awards Luncheon will celebrate the achievements of ecosystem leaders across five categories. Preceding the Luncheon will be the 2nd annual Upstate Unleashed Conference, showcasing Upstate’s top business and technology leaders who are building the future today.
“We are thrilled that Tim Keenan will be joining us to share his message with entrepreneur leaders from across Upstate. The conference presentations from top CEOs of the fastest growing high tech businesses in Upstate NY will certainly echo Tim’s call to action,” said Nasir Ali, Cofounder and CEO of Upstate Venture Connect.
The conference will kick off with a presentation by Dan Stangler, VP for Entrepreneurship Research and Policy at the Kauffman Foundation. Following him will be individual CEO presentations on emerging market opportunities:
- Brian Corrigan of MadGlory (Saratoga Springs) on E-Gaming
- George Daddis of Omni-ID (Rochester) on Advanced Manufacturing
- Anthony Johnson of Empire Genomics (Buffalo) on Personalized Medicine
- Sinclair Schuller of Apprenda (Troy) on Enterprise Computing
- Paul Travers of Vuzix (Rochester) on Augmented Reality
Also on the agenda is a panel discussion on Launching your Startup Journey in Upstate NY moderated by Elisa Miller-Out of Women 2.0, CourseQ (Ithaca). Panel members include:
- Devin Daly, CEO of SpinCar (Syracuse)
- Dr. Natalie Apparicio-Farrell, CEO of Healthcare Hub (Buffalo)
- Rohini Srihari, serial entrepreneur and professor at SUNY Buffalo
- Victoria Van Voorhis, CEO of 2nd Avenue Learning (Rochester)
Members of the public can purchase tickets online for the conference and awards luncheon at 2016-Upstate-Unleashed-Awards.Eventbrite.com.
Media representatives are invited to attend and interview the speakers and winners after the Awards Luncheon. Please connect with Kathryn@UVC.org to arrange your interviews.
UVC is a 501c3 public nonprofit creating an entrepreneur-led startup ecosystem for Upstate NY. Our mission is to connect and empower Upstate NY entrepreneurs with the resources for building high-growth companies. Since 2010, UVC has helped launch six angel funds and four startup accelerators. UVC also hosts a region-wide events calendar, online startup map and a communications platform that reaches over 10,000 founders and startup supporters. In 2014, UVC launched UNY50, an invitation only network of individuals who have experienced the startup world roller coaster and are committed to helping build the next great Upstate company. UVC was awarded the 2015 Global Innovation Ecosystem Award. More information at http://uvc.org and here’s how the community can help support our mission http://uvc.org/Ecosystem-Growth.