Upstate Venture Association is proud to assist Upstate Venture Connect in shining a spotlight on Upstate NY’s top CEOs and ecosystem builders.

Join 300+ entrepreneurs, investors and startup supporters at the 2017 Upstate Unleashed Conference & Venture Ecosystem Awards.

This epic event will introduce us to Upstate NY CEOs who are building the future today, and celebrate over 100 award nominees who are helping make Upstate NY the go-to destination for entrepreneurs.


Upstate Unleashed & Awards

September 19, 2017

Marriott Syracuse Downtown



Guha and Karthik Bala, Cofounders of Velan Studios and Velan Ventures to keynote.

Other speakers include:

  • Brian Bauer – Project Manager, 76West Clean Energy Competition
  • Chedy Hampson – Founder and CEO, TCG Player (e-Commerce)
  • Chuck Green – Founder and CEO, AIS (Cybersecurity)
  • Colleen Costello – Founder and President, Vital Vio (CleanTech/Healthcare)
  • David Dussault – Founder and CEO, P1 Industries (Advanced Manufacturing)
  • Garrett Bastable – Director of Operation, Density (Internet)
  • JIm Senall – President, High Tech Rochester (Luminate Optics Accelerator)
  • John Gavigan – Exec Director, 43North Business Competition
  • Kate Brodock – CEO,  Women 2.0 (Media)
  • Martin Babinec – Founder, TriNet (Healthcare/Venture Catalyst)
  • Michael Oshetski, Founder and CEO of Micatu (Smart Grid/Clean Energy)
  • Michael Quigley, Cofounder of SpinCar (Software)
  • Rachel Jackson, Founder and CEO of Rachel’s Remedy (Healthcare)
  • Rick Clonan, VP of Entrepreneurship, CenterState CEO (GENIUS NY)


The last two years sold out, so please reserve your spot now. Early bird ticket sales end on July 31.


We look forward to learning, networking and celebrating with you on September 19!

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