UPSTATE UNLEASHED

CONFERENCE & AWARDS
September 20, 2019

Upstate Unleashed is an annual Conference and Awards luncheon that brings together innovators in Upstate NY. Founders at the helm of high-growth companies meet active investors; early-stage entrepreneurs connect with community leaders. Together we’ll learn, collaborate, and build relationships needed to create a positive impact on our economy.

SPEAKERS

MORE TO BE ANNOUNCED

Melanie Shapiro Upstate Venture Connect

MELANIE SHAPIRO  |  Token  |  Co-founder / CEO

Token is the first universal identity network – for keys, cards, passwords, and IDs. As co-founder and CEO, Melanie is an advocate for personal freedom. She recently spoke at TED2018, and the United Nations about identity ownership. Prior to Token, Melanie co-founded Digsby, which was acquired in 2011. She received her MBA and BFA from Rochester Institute of Technology.

Mark Oney | Upstate Venture Connect

MARK ONEY  |  EmployeeChannel  |  SVP, Product Operations

Mark is a serial entrepreneur living in Silicon Valley. He cut his teeth at Apple, and continued on to launch eight ventures of his own. Most recently, Mark joined EmployeeChannel, Inc., as SVP of Product Operations. He’s an RIT alumni, a founding member of RIT’s West Coast Board of Advisors, and a member of the UNY50 Leadership Network.

John Torrens | Upstate Venture Connect

JOHN TORRENS  |  Vertical Companies  |  President

Dr. Torrens is a healthcare and education entrepreneur with 25 years leading high growth companies. In addition to Vertical Bioscience, John also holds a faculty position at Syracuse University’s Whitman School, where he is recognized as an award-winning Professor of Entrepreneurial Practice.

GEORGE CHAMOUN  | ACV Auctions  |  CEO

George became CEO of ACV Auctions in 2016. He was an early angel investor in ACV and was drawn by the company’s long term potential. He brings a successful track record of accomplishment as an entrepreneur and senior executive. He co-founded Synacor (Nasdaq: SYNC) right out of college in 1998, and spent the next two decades building it.

DAN MAGNUSZEWSKI  | ACV Auctions  |  Co-founder, CTO

Dan has a broad spectrum of experience ranging from software development, angel investing, startups, and network/systems administration. In addition to founding ACV Auctions, Dans is a member of the University at Buffalo Computer Science Advisory Council, and a member of the WNY Computer Science Teachers Association.

AGENDA

Stellar programming with plenty of networking.

 

9 AM – Registration / Breakfast

 

10AM – Conference Programming

 

12:30 PM – Award Lunch & Keynote

 

2:30 PM – Dessert Reception

 

3:00 PM – Meet the Expert Sessions

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New this year, Meet the Expert sessions

Melanie Shapiro, Token
Building an IoT company

Mark Oney, EmployeeChannel
Scaling a Startup Dev Team

John Torrens, Vertical
Cannabusiness Challenges

Christine Tate, VARA
Creating VC-ready Financials

Chuck Stormon, Acumen
Managing Investors

Book Session

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VERONA, NY

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Connect with the best of the best in Upstate NY’s entrepreneurial community. 

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