The Upstate Venture Association of New York (UVANY) is evolving! Since 2003, the statewide organization has served as a hub connecting investors, lenders, professional advisors and companies seeking capital in Upstate New York. To better represent its mission and membership, the organization is changing its name to the Upstate Capital Association of New York (Upstate Capital). Under its new name, the organization will continue to facilitate access to capital for companies and deal flow for investors, while expanding a robust network of dealmakers, transaction professionals, company founders, executives and capital providers across the state.
Upstate Capital is the only organization that supports the full spectrum of investment and entrepreneurial communities within Upstate New York, from early stage ventures to middle market and later stage companies. The organization was founded to address the funding needs of local companies with high growth potential. As the market has evolved, venture capital and private equity investors have been joined by private and institutional lenders, angel investors and family offices seeking to invest in Upstate New York companies. Through Upstate Capital, capital providers network with company founders, executives and professional advisors to share knowledge and strengthen professional networks. The organization’s new name more accurately reflects its membership and objectives: increasing access to available capital and deal flow across the entire funding spectrum.
As Upstate Capital evolves, the association will continue to connect members across three distinct platforms: events, newsletters and an online membership portal. The events calendar is curated to provide networking opportunities for companies, capital providers and dealmakers within educational settings that provide insights on relevant subjects. Topics range from seed and venture investing to middle-market and private equity deals. Recent programming includes regional Capital Stack presentations for Buffalo, Rochester and Troy
introducing funding sources for businesses at all stages, as well as a presentation from the National Venture Capital Association on trends and politics, and one on the options for funding strategic acquisitions for middle market companies. Two annual events bookend the Upstate Capital calendar. In early spring, the Annual Investors’ Celebration in Buffalo celebrates the most noteworthy deals and deal teams across the state, and the Saratoga Investor Forum and Day at the Races occurs during the height of racing season in August. Upstate Capital communicates regularly with its statewide membership, using the newsletter to highlight successful transactions from angel investments to IPOs, introduce capital providers, and summarize private investment activity across Upstate New York. Finally, all members can access exclusive, curated detailed transaction information and request introductions to other members via the online membership portal.
Upstate Capital provides members and event attendees with opportunities to access valuable information while connecting with investors, lenders and professional advisors throughout Upstate New York. Focusing on streamlining access to capital makes the organization a valuable resource for capital providers, companies, professional advisors and partner organizations seeking to support thriving businesses in the region. Upstate Capital offers memberships and sponsorship opportunities for those interested in growing the upstate investment and entrepreneurial ecosystem. For more information, please visit www.upstatecapital.org.