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Starting Up and Staying Here: Immigrant Entrepreneurship

February 7 @ 3:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Starting Up and Staying Here: Immigrant Entrepreneurship

Upstate Capital is hosting an event to highlight immigrant entrepreneurship in Upstate New York.

  • Startup founders, including Dr. Shailesh Upreti, founder of C4V battery company and Neil Sharma, co-founder of SolarKal, both 76 West winners
  • John Hill, formerly of LinkedIn and now VP at Techstars, and Steve Yale Loehr, attorney at Miller Mayer LLP and internationally-renowned immigration legal expert (including founder of IIUSA, an EB-5 trade association) will have a conversation about current dynamics and considerations for investors and entrepreneurs 
  • Check out Cornell's entrepreneurial hub, meet people and expand your network as we bring the investment and business communities together from across the state

John Hill 

Vice President of Network, Techstars

At Techstars, the worldwide network that helps entrepreneurs succeed, John cross-connects founders, mentors and investors globally. Hear John speak on his global experience at events and conferences in 20 countries, his background in career services assisting international students and his work at Techstars.

Stephen Yale-Loehr

Attorney of Counsel, Miller Mayer, LLP

Mr. Yale-Loehr is an immigration law expert. He teaches immigration and asylum law as Professor of Immigration Practice at Cornell Law School. Hear his discussion on up-to-date immigration laws and how recent changes have effected new business in Upstate New York

Startup pitches

Shailesh Upreti

Founder, C4V - 76 West Winner

Integrated supply line producing 50 amp-hr cylindrical cells for microgrid storage. The initial contract is for cell towers in Africa. These batteries are designed to rapidly charge from solar sources while cycling daily for twenty years.

Neil Sharma

Co-Founder, SolarKal - 76 West Winner

Solar energy brokerage and solutions company for business. From data gathering, through equipment selection, to financing, the process allows business owners to have one point of contact and receive multiple, competitive bids from local solar partners.

Morteza Ahmadi

Co-Founder, Qidni Labs 

Qidni Labs is developing artificial kidney devices for three million patients with kidney failure. Qidni devices are miniature wearable blood purification systems which allow patients to have access to renal treatment frequently without going to dialysis clinics. 

Vipul Saran

Co-Founder, Farther Farms

Innovative technology in the processing of fresh produce. By significantly extending shelf life without preservatives, quality nutrition can travel farther. Produce can last longer, reaching nutritionally-isolated communities while drastically reducing food waste and post-harvest food loss.



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Members: $35 - Send Bailey an email to let her know you're coming and she'll share the member registration code.  

Not yet a member? Tickets are $50 if you register before January 24, and $75 thereafter. Register today!. Membership benefits include discount tickets to our events, members-only networking events and personal introductions within our network. Learn more and become a member for the new year. 

Students and entrepreneurs discount: Students and entrepreneurs receive discounted tickets for $20. Email Bailey for your registration code


February 7
3:30 pm - 7:00 pm
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EHUB at Cornell University
409 College Ave
Ithaca, NY 14850 United States
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