celebrating 15+ years in upstate ny 

Our History

Since 2003, our organization has served as a hub connecting investors, lenders, professional advisors and companies seeking capital across Upstate New York.

Upstate Capital is key to raising capital for emerging and established companies all across New York State, and has been for over 15 years. We will continue to provide connections and opportunities for our investors, companies and communities for many years to come.

Our founders

Gary Hull

Harborside Capital Resources

Denny DeLeo

Venture Jobs Foundation

David Kocen

Bluehenge Capital Partners

Monty Estes


Read Monty's account of

founding the organization

Not pictured: Scott Murphy, Dirk Sonnenborn, Dick Schneider, David Waterman, John Cococcia