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About Us

Upstate Capital is a robust membership network for private equity investors, M&A professionals, venture capital investors, CEOs and business owners, entrepreneurs and ecosystem support professionals. Our mission is to increase access to capital for companies and deal flow for investors across New York.

The Upstate Capital Association of New York, founded in 2003, is a 501c6 membership association built by venture capital and private equity investors and professionals. The organization supports entrepreneurship education and advancement through the NYBPC, the CEO Peer Group, and other programs through its educational 501c3, the Capital Foundation of NY, founded in 2018.


Noa Conger Simons

President & CEO

Bailey Burke

Events Director


Investors representing the full spectrum of capital available to companies from inception through the lifecycle of the business serve on the board, alongside a number of business and investment transaction professionals. 

Executive Committee

Brian Model

Managing Partner, Topmark Partners

Noa Conger Simons

President & CEO, Upstate Capital

Randy Bianchi

Managing Partner, Lakelet Capital

Jennifer Tegan

Managing Director, NY Ventures

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David Brown

Managing Partner, Impellent Ventures

Sam Ticknor

Principal, Union Hill Advisors

Ari David Kocen

Managing Member, Bluehenge Capital Partners

Mike Lasch

Managing Director, Pine Street Capital

Board Members

David Helgerson

Managing Director, Hamilton Lane

Somak Chattopadhyay

Managing Partner, Armory Square Ventures

Thomas Quinn

CEO, WNY Impact Investment Fund

Vikram Agrawal

President & CEO, Levrx Technology Inc.

Nicholas Querques

Nicholas Querques

Director of New Ventures, SUNY Research Foundation

Sean Moskal

Senior Vice President, KeyBank

Jeremy Shure

Co-Head, Technology Banking (Venture Capital and Private Equity)

Rami Katz Excell Partners

Rami Katz

COO, Excell Partners

Grum, Pete

Pete Grum

Venture Partner, Advantage Capital

David Dinolfo

Principal, The Bonadio Group

Kelsey Thomas

Senior Manager, Withum Holdings

Matt Watson

Senior Vice President, Empire State Development Division of Science, Technology & Innovation (NYSTAR)

Capital Foundation

The Capital Foundation, Upstate Capital’s 501c3 charitable arm, develops programs to support entrepreneurship and business owners focused on growth and change in their organizations. Current programs include the NYBPC and the Executive Peer Group.

Learn more about the Capital Foundation’s board and programs.


Event Sponsorships

Event sponsors help to drive content for a panel, discussion and communications at individual events.  Please navigate to any of our annual events to view event sponsorship opportunities.

Annual Sponsorships

Annual sponsors have multiple opportunities for engaging with the investment community throughout the year.

Exclusive naming rights for one marquee event or one signature product – e.g. Saratoga Forum, Buffalo Private Equity Summit, Quarterly Deal Report, Annual Report
Consideration for a board seat – Provider BoD positions are 1-year terms and are selected by the board based on value added to the community ✓
Featured listing in Upstate Capital’s Who’s Who in VC + Growth and PE + M&A Membership Guide
Speaking and/or planning roles for selected event (introduction, panel, etc.)
Entitled to purchase passes to the invite-only Saratoga Forum
Exhibit spaces at selected online and in-person events
Year-round support sharing content in newsletter and social media
Year-round branding on website, in the Annual Report and Who’s Who in VC + Growth and PE + M&A Membership GuideProminentIncluded
Individual membership seatsCustom10

Annual Sponsors

Annual Reports


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42 N. Chestnut St, Ste 101, New Paltz, NY 12561
Phone: (845) 204-8090

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