Hundreds of Upstate entrepreneurs faced off in business competitions for over $250,000 in prize money this past month.
CenterState CEO Emerging Business Competition:
Winner: MicroGen Systems
(Nanotechnology power generator for autonomous electronics and wireless sensor applications). Founder: Robert Andosca
Entrepreneurship@Cornell BIG Idea Competition:
(LED light assembly on cap of a bottle designed to provide low-cost, energy-efficient lighting in areas without electricity). Founders: Chris Dobyns and Folajimi Fowose (Cornell '13)
2012 New York State Business Plan Competition:
Winner: Strong Arm Technologies
(Products designed to increase safety and productivity in the materials handling industry). Founders: Sean Petterson and Justin Hillery (RIT '12)
Startup Weekend Rochester
Winner: In Time
(Makes a funeral accessible via an online digital channel). Founder: Tony DiPietro
Congratulations to the winners and a big thanks to all who helped organize these wonderful events across Upstate.
--The UVC Team
Don't Miss the 2012 Venture Forum!
The 2012 Venture Forum, jointly hosted by the Center for Economic Growth and Bright Buffalo Niagara, is May 16-17 in Buffalo, NY. The event will consist of presentations from over 30 companies and break sessions designed to encourage networking among an expected attendee audience of 300-plus. This is a great opportunity to connect with like-minded individuals-including students, college faculty and administration, scientists and engineers, investors, entrepreneurs, attorneys, and various members of the Upstate business community.
Please visit the 2012 Venture Forum registration page to sign up.
StartFast Venture Accelerator
StartFast launches in Syracuse on May 14. Stay tuned for more exciting mentor speakers and networking events. Join Syracuse Tech Meetup on meetup.com
and follow @Start_Fast on Twitter for uptodate news.
StartFast and its companies are hiring designers and developers. Details at http://startfast.net/openings/
May Entrepreneur Spotlight
John is a serial entrepreneur
with multiple successful exits. He is a founding member of Eastern NY Angels
and the driving force behind TechValley Startup Weekend