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2017 Innovation Celebration

December 12, 2017 @ 2:00 pm - 8:00 pm

  • Building Effective Boards - National thought leaders on board involvement in growing companies including Ana Dutra, Marc Viggiano and Somak Chattopadhyay
  • Startup Pitches - Funded startups in the drone/Unmanned Systems industry graduating from the GeniusNY
  • Central NY Innovation Expo - showcasing NY's leading innovators in  markets from biotech to drone technology
  • Great Networking - Quality networking with investors and business leaders from across the region

The event will include pitches from GENIUS NY's top finalists, a keynote speech from Ana Dutra, national expert on corporate governance, and an expert panel discussion on building an effective Board of Directors for startup and established companies. The program will include networking with investors, entrepreneurs, and business leaders from across the region at the Central New York Biotech Accelerator in Syracuse, NY and a festive holiday theme.

Building an effective Board of Directors

Panel of experts discuss key points to consider when building and maintaining a strong Board to facilitate healthy business evolution


Top six Genius NY finalist pitch their companies to an audience of investors

Demo Alley

Start a conversation with a few of Central New York's most innovative companies, from biotech to drone technology

Holiday Party + Networking with investors and startups

Meet the players: networking with investors and entrepreneurs from across the region.

GENIUS NY Demo Day 2017

GENIUS NY is a year-long business accelerator that awards six finalist teams a total of $2.75 million in investments. At this event, the top six finalists will pitch.

Demo Alley

Discover Central New York startups at this year's Demo Alley

Building an effective board of directors

Board members can bring value to any company, and it’s never too early (or late) to build and engage a Board of Directors.  Great corporate governance with a strong board of directors can make a tremendous difference in how a business evolves.

Join us to hear from Ana Dutra, leadership development expert and CEO of the Executives Club of Chicago, Marc Viggiano, former CEO of Saab Sensis, and Somak Chattopadhyay, venture capital investor from Armory Square Ventures.

Ana Dutra
President & Ceo at the executives' Club of Chicago

Ana Dutra is the CEO of The Executives’ Club of Chicago, a 107 year-old world-class senior executives organization focused on innovation, technology, Diversity & Inclusion and leadership development for current and future top leaders. Prior to that, as the CEO of Korn/ Ferry Consulting and a Proxy Officer for 7 years,  Ana created a $400+ MM new global business through a combination of organic growth, 7 global acquisitions, innovative go-to-market approaches and incorporation of technology and digitalization of products and services. Dutra’s expertise lies in helping Boards, CEOs and their teams to identify and execute growth strategies and turnarounds through innovation, acquisitions and new technologies. As a CEO herself, Ana Dutra has led a number of global acquisitions, post-merger integrations and execution of accelerated growth strategies. She has led and advised businesses in the technology, CPG, food & beverage, retail, pharma, oil & gas, manufacturing, energy and professional services industries.

Marc Viggiano
Former president & CEO of Saab Sensis

Marc J. Viggiano served for two years as CEO of Saab Sensis including global ATM and US Defense Radar businesses. Prior to Saab, he worked at Sensis for 25 years in a variety of managerial and technical positions, helping to guide it from a seven person startup to a 700 employee company. While at Sensis, he launched the Air Traffic Systems business and served as President for 10 years as it grew to a $100M division focused on improving the safety, capacity and efficiency of civil aviation. In 2011, Viggiano led the effort to sell Sensis to Saab which resulted in a 40X exit for initial Sensis investors.  He is a member of the SRC Ventures board of directors. He is also the CEO and founder of Niteopark, LLC.

Somak Chattopadhyay
Managing Partner, Armory Square Ventures 

Somak Chattopadhyay is a managing partner with Armory Square Ventures. He has been operating, advising and investing in technology companies in New York since 1999.  Most recently, he was a Partner at Tribeca Venture Partners, an early stage venture fund in NYC with over $160M under management.  Somak was responsible for sourcing, leading, or managing numerous investments across TVP’s two funds before launching Armory Square Ventures in 2014. Somak sourced and evaluated investments across the Mid-Atlantic for Edison Ventures, an expansion stage fund with over $700M under management. At Edison, Somak launched the NYC office and also worked with M5 Networks, a VoIP software company that was acquired by ShoreTel in 2012. He held senior marketing and business development roles at Medtower, a pharmaceutical IT software company, and DealTime, a comparison shopping company that was later acquired by eBay.  He started his career by working at Broadview International (now Jefferies) and served as a director of the Software & Information Industry Association.


2:00PM -  Registration + Networking

3:00PM - Genius NY company pitches, with introduction by Rick Clonan

4:15PM - Networking & Demo Alley

5:30PM - Keynote with Ana Dutra: "Board Effectiveness: from Startups to Global Corporations"

Building an Effective Board of Directors with Marc Viggiano and  Somak Chattopadhyay, moderated by Jeffrey Scheer, Bond Schoenick and King

6:30PM - Holiday Party + Networking


Receive discounted tickets by registering by November 30th.

Early bird price: $50.00

After November 30th: $75.00

Upstate Capital members receive a discounted price of $35.00

Email bailey@upstatecapital.org to get your discount code


December 12, 2017
2:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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