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UVANY Holiday Event

Monday, November 24th, 2014




UVANY Holiday Event With Hamilton Lane, TPG and JMI Equity

Tuesday, December 2 | 5:00-8:0opm

Wolferts Roost Country Club | 120 Van Rensselaer Blvd, Albany


The Upstate Venture Association of New York, Inc.(UVANY) is pleased to present its annual Holiday Event in collaboration with the Center for Economic Growth (CEG), the Upstate New York Turnaround Management Association (TMA) and the New York State Common Retirement Fund (NYSCRF).

Featuring a Fireside Chat with: 

Kevin Burns
Partner, Operations Group, TPG Capital (TPG)
& Board Member, Chobani

Harry Gruner
Founder and Managing General Partner
JMI Equity

Moderated by:
David Helgerson
Managing Director
Hamilton Lane

TPG and JMI will highlight their recent investment activity in New York State. Learn about the Comptroller’s New York State focused private equity program and the launch of the New York Credit Fund targeting small businesses.


5:00-6:00pm – Registration & Networking

6:00pm – UVANY Introductions

6:10pm – Fireside Chat

6:55pm – Event Wrap-up, F. Michael Tucker, President & CEO, CEG

7:00-8:00pm – Networking Continues

Thank you, Sponsors!


Venture Bplan Series

Saturday, November 1st, 2014

Venture Bplan is designed for entrepreneurs to gain visibility in front of the region’s investors and the early stage business community. The forum is a great place for newly formed start-up companies to make their first public appearance. Two businesses are selected monthly to present in front of a panel of investors, entrepreneurs, business leaders and the general public at each meeting. Following a 15 minute Power Point presentation, the panel will ask the presenter questions and provide feedback.

Time: 7:30 – 9:30 am
7:30 – 8:00 Continental Breakfast/Networking
8:00 – 8:30 Presenter 1 with Q&A from Panelist
8:30 – 9:00 Presenter 2 with Q&A from Panelist
9:00 – 9:30 Networking

More Information


Sponsored by:


2014 Cyber Security Panel Discussion: A Shared Responsibility

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month and tw telecom invites you to join the conversation and to learn more about the risks impacting your organization and the solutions available.

Wednesday, October 1
7:30 a.m. – breakfast & networking, provided by tw telecom
8 a.m. – 9 a.m. – panel discussion

Hilton Garden Inn
Osborn Theatre
235 Hoosick Street
Troy, NY 12180

This is event is free and open to the public.
Please register here for the event or the live webinar.

Panelists include:
Henry Yu, chief security architect, tw telecom
Kishor Bagul,chief technology officer, NYS Office of Information Technology Services
John Fisher, director of information security, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Reg Harnish, chief security strategist, GreyCastle Security

Dr. Jane LeClair, chief operating officer, National Cybersecurity Institute at
Excelsior College


Business Opportunities with our NAFTA Partners, Canada and Mexico

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014

Presented by: Tech Valley Global Business Network

Wednesday, October 1

Interested in international trade? Start close to home. Canada and Mexico are our neighbors and largest trading partners. Join in on a discussion of the happenings north and south of our borders affecting bilateral and tri-lateral trade and investment, as how to get involved with international trade to grow your business. Featured speakers are Heidi Kutz, Deputy Consul General of Canada, and Mildred Ruiz, Deputy Director ProMexico.

7:30 a.m. check-in & networking
8 a.m. program
Albany-Colonie Regional Chamber office, 5 Computer Drive South, Albany
Cost: $20

Register online or call 518.431.1400

Corporate Sponsor: Mohawk Global Logistics

UVANY Venture Forum, NYSERDA Success Stories @ UAlbany

Friday, May 23rd, 2014

University at Albany, Business Building
1400 Washington Ave, Albany, NY 12222

Meet leading NYSERDA backed companies and investors from throughout the region; network with the Upstate deal community; see the state of the art Business Building at the University of Albany and hear the popular “One Minute Entrepreneur Pitch”.


5:00pm   Registration/Doors Open

5:30pm   Welcoming Remarks:

  •  Don Siegel, Dean, School of Business, University at Albany
  • Jeff Peterson, Program Manager, Innovation and Business Development, NYSERDA
  • UVANY Overview, Jennifer Tegan, Managing Director, Cayuga Venture Fund

Company Panelists: 

  •  Ecovative Design, Gavin McIntyre,Co-Founder, Chief Scientist
  • XOS, David Gibson, Co-Founder
  • SOMS Technologies, Miles Flamenbaun, Founder &President
  • Paper Battery Company, Shreefal Mehta, CEO, Paper Battery Company
  • Moderated by: Peter Rothberg, Reitler, Kailas & Rosenblatt LLC

Investor Panelists: 

  •  Eastern New York Angels, Dick Frederick
  • Advantage Capital, Chris Harris
  • Small Business Technology Investment Fund, Clayton Besch
  • Excell Partners, Rami Katz
  • Moderated by: Mike Shimazu, University at Albany

One Minute Entrepreneur Pitches from companies including: MicroOrganics, Glauconix, BessTechand others.

WrapUp – F. Michael Tucker, President and CEO, CEG

Register for the event at:   at

CEG Member Breakfast: Capital Region Economic Development Council Round IV Update

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

WMHT, 4 Global View, Troy, NY | Directions

7:30 AM Continental Breakfast | 8:00 – 9:00 AM Program w/ Q&A

Register Here CEG Members Only


Karen Bilowith, President and CEO, Capital Region Community Foundation,
Capital Region Economic Development Council member

Todd M. Erling, Executive Director, Hudson Valley AgriBusiness Development Corp.,
Capital Region Economic Development Council member

Omar Usmani, Executive Partner, Aeon Nexus Corporation,
Capital Region Economic Development Council member

Arnold WillActing Regional Director and Executive Director of the
Capital Region Economic Development Council


CEG members are invited to join a discussion on Round IV of the Capital Region Economic Development Council initiative, which will award up to $750 million in state funding and tax incentives through the Consolidated Funding Application (CFA). A panel discussion will provide highlights of Round III’s successes and provide insight into the region’s prospects in this fourth competition round.

The Regional Economic Development Council initiative (REDC) is a key component of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s transformative approach to State investment and economic development.  The Councils are public-private partnerships composed of local experts and stakeholders from business, academia, local government, and non-governmental organizations. The REDCs have redefined the way New York invests in jobs and economic growth by putting in place a community-based, bottom up approach and establishing a competitive process for State resources. After three rounds of the REDC process, more than $2 billion has been awarded to job creation and community development projects consistent with each region’s strategic plans, resulting in creation or retention of more than 100,000 jobs.

Port of Albany Tour

Monday, May 19th, 2014

Presented by: Tech Valley Global Business Network

7:30 a.m. check-in & networking; 8 – 9:30 a.m. bus tour
Port of Albany
Cost: $25  | Register online or call 518.431.1400

Prior registration is required for this event. Walk-ins will not be accepted.

The Port of Albany doesn’t just live in history books. In fact, it’s a vibrant, modern transportation hub through which goods are moved daily between ocean-going vessels to the New York State Canal System and the Great Lakes. If you’ve ever wondered who utilizes the Port and what goes on there, join us for an insider tour hosted by Richard Hendricks, general manager, Albany Port District Commission. You never know what you’re going to see and experience at the Port!

Corporate Sponsor: LinguaLinx

Startup Tech Valley

Tuesday, May 13th, 2014

5:30 PM to 7:30 PM EDT

Revolution Hall, Brown’s Brewing Co.
425 River Street
Troy, NY 12180

New York Venture Summit

Tuesday, May 13th, 2014

CEG is pleased to announce its sponsorship and invite you to attend New York’s largest Annual Venture Summit

Special discount.  Use promo code “cegvip” and receive 10% off the current rate.  (Details on applying to present below).

Digital Sandbox | New York City

Come meet, interact and network with more than 500 VCs, Corporate VCs, angel investors, investment bankers and CEOs of early stage and emerging growth companies at the prestigious New York Venture Summit being held on June 16th-17th, 2014 at Digital Sandbox in New York City.

Whether you’re a startup seeking capital and exposure, or an investor seeking new deals, The New York Venture Summit™ presented by youngStartup Ventures – is one event you won’t want to miss.

A highly productive venture conference, the New York Venture Summit is dedicated to showcasing VCs, Corporate VCs and angel investors committed to funding early stage and emerging companies.

This exclusive summit will feature a distinguished line up of more than 40 Investors on interactive panelspresentations by more than 50 Top Innovators seeking funding, and high-level networking opportunities.

Partial list of VCs confirmed to speak include:

  •  Gil Beyda, Managing Partner, Genacast Ventures
  • Eric Bielke, Senior Investment Associate, Siemens Venture Capital
  • Greg Bohlen, Managing General Partner, Union Grove Venture Partners
  • Stanley Buchesky, Founder & Managing Partner, The EdTech Fund
  • Mary Lincoln Campbell, Managing Director, EDF Ventures
  • Eliot Durbin, General Partner, Boldstart Ventures
  • Rami Elkhatib, General Partner, Acero Capital
  • Ming Fang, Senior Associate, Safeguard Scientifics
  • Stan Fung, Managing Director, FarSight Ventures
  • Lisa Granick, Vice President, Fletcher Spaght Ventures
  • Oliver Guinness, Co-Founder & Managing Director, Clearpoint Ventures
  • Henrik Holland, Venture Principal, Shell Technology Ventures
  • Adrian Horotan, Principal, Elm Street Ventures
  • Tetsuro Iwata, Senior Manager, MP Healthcare Venture Management
  • Sachin Jade, Partner, Klifer Capital
  • Roman Kikta, Managing Partner, Mobility Ventures
  • Dave Kirkpatrick, Founder & Managing Director, SJF Ventures
  • George Krautzel, Managing Partner, MissionOG
  • Spencer Lazar, Principal, General Catalyst
  • Glen Lewy, Senior Managing Director, Hudson Ventures
  • Alexander Lloyd, Founder & Managing Partner, Accelerator Ventures
  • Jim LoGerfo, General Partner, Earthrise Capital
  • Laura Oliphant, Investment Manager, Intel Capital
  • Alessandro Piol, Co-Founder & Partner, AlphaPrime Ventures
  • Suraj Rajwani, Partner, DoubleRock
  • Aymerik Renard, Director, Corporate Business Development, Sandisk Ventures
  • Lisa Rhoads, Managing Director, Easton Capital Investment Group
  • Saul Richter, Founder & Managing Partner, Rittenhouse Ventures
  • Stacey Seltzer, Principal, Aisling Capital
  • Alex Suh, Founding Managing Director, California Technology Ventures
  • Sebastian Titz, Manager, New Ventures, 3M Ventures
  • Brent Traidman, Partner, Fenox Venture Capital
  • Sonali Vijayavargiya, Founder and Managing Director, Augment Ventures
  • Alex Zisson, Partner, Thomas, McNerney & Partners


CEG has made special arrangement for our network to receive a special discount of 10% off the “early bird” rates.

To Register now and receive the special discount as well as take advantage of the “Early bird” discount rate, use this link and enter discount code “cegvip” by May 14th

In addition to providing access to leading Investors, the conference will feature more than 50 pre-screened venture backed and emerging companies seeking capital, and hardcore networking.

This conference will be attended by the best people in the industry. Please register early to avoid disappointment.


To RSVP by phone, to inquire about group rates or for more information call youngStartup Ventures at 212-202-1002

FEES: “Early bird” registration savings expire Wednesday. May 14th.  Use code “cegvip” and receive an extra 10% off.

Entrepreneurs: Regular: $395 | At the Door: $790

Investors: Regular: $495 | At the Door: $990)

Service Providers: Regular: $695 | At the Door: $1,390

Québec – New York: Regional Partners in Economic Development and Innovation

Monday, April 7th, 2014

In partnership with Center for Economic Growth

Empire State Plaza Convention Center- meeting room 7
Please register by email to:


Annual bilateral trade between Québec and New York stands at $7.5 billion dollars.  Anchored by this long standing economic relationship, Québec and New York are leveraging their unique cross-border resources to build-out key economic and R&D corridors in strategic areas of innovation including nanotechnology, electric transportation and associated technologies.

Please join our panel of experts as we contextualize this relationship and explore future areas of cross-border collaboration.


Overview of Québec’s commercial and R&D relationship with New York”- Dominique Poirier, Québec Delegate General in NY

“North Country- Strategic transport and logistical hub for Québec & New York”- Garry Douglas, President & CEO, North Country Chamber of Commerce

Tech Valley and the innovation boom New York State F. Michael Tucker, President & CEO, Center for Economic Growth

Panel 1-Fueling Electric Vehicle Adoption” - smart grid & electric transport technologies to promote EV adoption and energy efficiency in the region

Moderator: Evan Juska, Head of Policy, The Climate Group, North America


Chantal Guimont, Director of Strategic Planning and Electric Transportation, Hydro-Québec
Louis Tremblay, President, AddÉnergie
Dr. William P. Acker,
Executive Director, NY-BES+
Kala Henry, Assistant R&TD Engineer, Clean Energy Technology Group, New York Power Authority

Panel 2- “Strengthening the Tech Valley”- widening R&D collaboration between Québec and NY in nanotechnology/micro-electronics

Moderator: Kimberly G. Finnigan, Esq., Attorney, Cooper Erving & Savage, LLP


Tony Collins, President, Clarkson University
Normand Bourbonnais, CEO, Center for Collaboration MiQro Innovation, C2Mi
Dolores Martinez, Director of Scientific Affairs, Nano Québec
Nick Viggiani, Assistant Vice President for Research, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute


A reception will follow the seminar at the Legislative Office Building from 5:00-7:00 PM.