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Venture Fest '19
Thursday, October 17, 2019, 12:30 PM - 6:30 PM EDT
Category: Partner Events


Upstate Capital is proud to sponsor the Hudson Valley Venture Hub's first annual Venture Fest!

This event will bring together the HV entrepreneur ecosystem to connect and collaborate. Help us make this the largest HV entrepreneur ecosystem gathering ever held in the Hudson Valley 

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Venture Fest ‘19 Highlights
Presenting Sponsor, The Pasternak Family Foundation

Venture Fest Program

12:30 - 1:00 - Registration and Networking
1:00 - 1:45 - Welcome (Kristin Backhaus, Dean, SUNY New Paltz School of Business)
Keynote Speaker (Kenneth Pasternak, The Pasternak Family Foundation)
Sponsor Message: Noa Simons, Executive Director, Upstate Capital
Sponsor Message: David Dell, Managing Director, Schwartz Heslin Group, Inc.
1:45 - 2:30 - Entrepreneur Panel - Crossing the Chasm to High Growth
Startup Founder panelists include Frank Borchetta (Repairogen), Chelsea Briganti (Loliware), Brad Smith (Simplecast
Moderated by Johnny LeHane, Founding Managing Member, HV Startup Fund

2:30 - 4:30 Breakout Sessions

Tech topics
Blockchain for Business (Kirk Ritchey, Founder / Advisor, Enterprise Systems Group)
Rapid App Development (Dan Stone, Principal. Senior Creative Technologist, Moonfarmer)
Prototype Manufacturing Innovation (Andrew Clearwater, VP of Sales Fala Technologies and Daniel Freedman, Dean of the School of Science & Engineering, SUNY New Paltz, HV Advanced Manufacturing Center)

Business topics
Meet the Mentors - an opportunity for HV entrepreneurs to meet a number of potential HV mentors
Design Thinking for Entrepreneurs (Jana La Sorte, Founder/Creative Director, Ambassadora)
Professionalizing Your Team (Andi Gray, President, Strategy Leaders)

Investor topic - The Angel Investing Experience
Panel of local active angel investors, moderated by Chad Gomes, Founding Managing Member, HV Startup Fund 

4:30 - 5:15 - Sponsor Message: Mike Caslin, GCSEN Regional Resilience Accelerator

Food & Beverage Startup Showcase
A number of local HV food & beverage startups providing their products

Startup Pitch Fest
8 HV Entrepreneurs with 2 min rocket pitches to investors with awards for the top three (1st $2000, 2nd $1000, 3rd $500)

5:15 - 6:30 - Oktoberfest Theme Networking (food, drinks, music), Music by Eric Baal, of Alpine Squeeze


Additional Details

  • Date: October 17, 2019
  • Location: SUNY New Paltz, Student Union, 2nd floor
  • Attendee Fee: $20