UVC and Upstate Venture Association of NY invite you to join us in recognizing and celebrating the leaders in five awards categories who are shaping a new economy for our region.
- Community Catalyst Award – For individuals who organize programs that bring together diverse startup ecosystem players in a local community and/or increase the amount of capital and number of active early stage investors in that community.
- Campus Connector Award – For individuals affiliated with an educational institution (could be an administrator, student, alumnus or faculty member) who are leveraging on and off-campus resources and connections to spinout research startups and/or create opportunities to retain entrepreneurial students in Upstate.
- Magical Mentor Award – For individuals who have had a transformative impact on the trajectory of one or more startup companies.
- Deal of the Year Award – For a company whose exit created wealth for investors and founders/employees, as well as making the company a stronger contributor to the local economy.
- Ecosystem Champion Award – For individuals who are catalyzing and supporting startup activity across multiple Upstate communities.
Keynote and Awards Presentations
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The location of this event is the beautiful Turning Stone Resort & Casino. Turning Stone has a lot to offer, from delicious food, your choice of several golf courses, a full spa, a buzzing nightlife, and of course - the casino. We have reserved a number of discounted and tax-free rooms for you at Turning Stone if you wish to stay Thursday and/or Friday night. Just call 1.800.771.7711 and mention Upstate Venture Connect (Code: HUSVCCI).
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When & Where
Upstate Venture Connect
Making Upstate NY the go-to detination for entrepreneurs
Upstate Venture Connect is a 501c3 nonprofit whose mission is to connect UNY entrepreneurs with the people and resources for building high-growth companies. Since 2010, UVC has collaborated with entrepreneur leaders and community supporters to:
Build a network of 13,000+ founders and supporters across Upstate NY
Create six angel funds and multiple student startup focused programs
Organize the UNY50 Leadership Network
Launch the Upstate Ecosystem Map and Event Calendar
Establish the Upstate Unleashed Conference and Venture Ecosystem Awards
UVC is a nonprofit supported by tax deductible donations and sponsorships. We also offer advisory services to communities seeking entrepreneurship growth. There are many ways to support to support UVC’s mission to build Upstate’s startup community. Here's how you can get involved!