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Rural Access to Capital
Thursday, September 10, 2020, 2:00 PM - 4:15 PM EDT
Category: Regional Events

Connect with investors and entrepreneurs to explore accessing capital in rural areas. The event will feature innovation and succession planning while in Upstate New York’s rural communities. 

  • Meet founders from across the underserved innovation centers of Upstate NY
  • Learn about the resources in various regions and how collaboration across the ecosystem is working
  • Talk to capital providers who are looking for opportunities to support rural communities
  • Network with investors, entrepreneurs, executives and advisors in Upstate NY
Register now!


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2:00PM: Keynote Conversation

  • Anthony Collins, President of Clarkson University

2:15PM: Entrepreneurs’ Panel

  • Cissi Schaffer, CEO of PVA Med
  • Danny Drake, Co-Founder of Enduraphin

2:45PM Startup Showcase

3:00PM: Resources Panel: How collaboration happens across geography

  • Jamey Hoose, Director of the Shipley Center, Clarkson University 
  • Dani Delaini, Business Transition Program Coordinator at ANCA, Adirondack North Country Association 
  • Adele Connors, Investor and founding member of Point Positive 
  • Nancy Kirby, Executive Director/Chief Financial Officer, IncubatorWorks 

3:30PM: Capital Providers Panel:

  • Chris Laughton, Director of Knowledge Exchange, Farm Credit East 
  • Karin Gregory, Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Blue Highway Capital 
  • Denisha Kuhlor, Early Stage Tech at Grasshopper Bank
  • Wayne Miller, Limited Partner at Hudson Valley Startup Fund
  • Moderator: Renee Darrah, VP/Tri-Lakes Manager, Champlain National Bank 

1:1 and group networking opportunities are available all day!

Register Now! 

Are you a startup looking to raise capital in a rural or underserved area? Apply to pitch at Rural Access to Capital here

Thank you to our event sponsor!