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Upstate Venture Connect

UVC’s mission is to connect and empower Upstate NY entrepreneurs with the resources for building high-growth companies. We believe the isolation of Upstate communities from each other is a major barrier for startup founders seeking access to advice, talent, connections and early stage investment.

Since 2010, UVC has collaborated with entrepreneur leaders and community supporters to:

  • Build a network of 10,000+ 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 501c3 non-profit 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. Get involved!

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